By Kathryn Cushman
Bethany House, $14.99, 332 pages
“face was bright red, so that his freckles barely showed”
“his face had gone so red…, his freckles had nearly vanished.”
Susan is ambitious, driven, and perfect. Julie, her sister-in-law, is anything but. Together they will work together to simplify their lives in a reality show called Almost Amish and thereby launch Susan’s entertainment career. Their kids go along happily and adapt surprisingly well. However, the mothers clash, each struggling to overcome their innate behaviors. While Almost Amish offers a nice premise and a statement on the hurriedness of our modern lives, it suffers from a preachy style and a lack of editing. For example, within a page, readers learn that Julie’s son’s “face was bright red, so that his freckles barely showed” and “his face had gone so red…, his freckles had nearly vanished.” This reader found the dialogue at times unbelievable, given the age and relationships of the characters.
Reviewed by Lisa Ard