Tuesday, March 19, 2013

almost amish, but no cigar

"Almost Amish" by Kathryn Cushman is a novel (which actually has no Amish people in it) that entails two women, Julie and Susan, who are sister-in-laws, become the stars on a reality TV show.  On this reality show, which contains very little reality, the two women and their children must live a lifestyle similar to the Amish for three months.  Susan has plans of becoming a "Martha Stewart" of sorts with cookbooks and lifestyle books.  Her career rides on this show.  In actuality, Martha Stewart would probably consider Susan an anal nightmare.  She is your classic stick in the mud (or stick somewhere).  She railroads over everybody, and everything must be perfect at all times.  Julie is me, you, your typical American mom.  She is over scheduled, under appreciated, and stressed to the point of hating her life. 
This is a pretty good book.  The main characters bounce off of each other well and the side characters are great.  One of my favorites is Kendra, the producer.  Kendra could be easy to hate, but you don't.  She is kinda fun to hate actually.  The kids are real and this whole book is just pretty darn good.  I think it would make a pretty good movie.  I received this book for free from Bethany Publishers.

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