Monday, July 16, 2012

CFBA Tour for Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Almost Amish
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
Kathryn Cushman


Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but all her life she knew that she wanted to write a novel “some day”. For her, “some day” came in 2003, when she started writing and never looked back.

Her first two manuscripts remain firmly ensconced in the back of her closet (the dust bunnies tell her they really are terrific!). Her third attempt became her first published novel.

A Promise to Remember and Leaving Yesterday were both finalists for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

On the homefront, she has been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for nearly twenty-five years now, and their two daughters are currently braving the worlds of high school and college.

They’ve lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty years. It’s a beautiful place and Kathryn feel blessed to be there (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves her dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)

When she's not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find her trying her best to keep up with her daughters in their various theater, softball, dance, and filled-with-activity lives.


Proving the Simple Life Isn't So Simple After All

Overcommitted and overwhelmed, Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She knows she should feel blessed as a mother and wife--but she just feels exhausted. And then, the miraculous happens. Her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series about trying to live like the Amish and needs another family to join her. It's just the break Julie needs.

But the summer adventure in simple living soon proves anything but simple. With the camera watching every move, Susan's drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. Whether it's cooking, cleaning, or dressing differently, each new Amish challenge raises new complications...and soon each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Almost Amish, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS-This was a very different book from my normal read. I don't often read Amish books because I find a lot of the same plots. Needless to say, this was also my first ever Kathryn Cushman read:) And I thoroughly enjoyed it! The plot is sooo different, the characters were very human which made me like them, and the romance was kind of sweet too. But let me tell you, there is a lot to learn from this book! Whether it is learning to slow down and enjoy our family or that family is more important than how your job turns out, there are many lessons that will stay with you for a while. Thanks for writing a book that makes you think!


Joy Hannabass said...

Thanks for your interview......sounds like a wonderful book. I have it to read...but would love to win a,copy to donate to my local library. Thanks. For the offering

Joy Hannabass said...

Ooppss I forgot to leave my address. It is ibjoy1953(at)

Monja Blue said...

I like the premise of this book! Great interview!
Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway!

Kristie said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I love Kathryn's books. I love Amish fiction so this would be great. Thanks for the heads up. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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