Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kate's Song

Kate Weaver was raised in an Amish home and has always been expected to choose baptism and strict observance of the Ordnung. But Kate is blessed with a beautiful singing voice, and when another path leads her to the academy for vocal training, she struggles to understand God’s will for her life. She returns to Apple Lake, haunted by a violent encounter with a fellow student, and finds herself drawn to the peace and devotion of her Amish home. But can she give up her dreams? Or will her calling forever separate her from the people and the way of life she holds so dear?

Nathaniel King has never wavered in his commitment to the community and the Old Order Amish Church into which he is baptized. He has been in love with Kate for as long as he can remember, and he is devastated when she leaves Apple Lake to attend the academy. When Kate returns, will she make his most profound hopes a reality—or will she break his heart all over again?

About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. After six children, Jennifer decided to pursue a career in writing. One of her manuscripts, Rachel’s Angel, won first place in two writing contests. Jennifer is a member of the RWA and coordinates the Utah RWA Great Beginnings Contest. She lives in Utah.

My Review
This is Jennifer Beckstrand's first book, and I was not sure what to expect  a lot of the new Amish authors;  just write the same stuff that has already been written, but not Jennifer. This was a very well written book and a new story worth reading. I enjoyed it. I got very upset at one point in the book but it all turned out okay. I loved the ending. This was a very easy read. I cannot wait to read book two!


  1. Sounds very interesting.Great review.One I will definately be reading.Thanks

  2. Wonderful review Mary,,look like its going to be a good read.

    1. James, you are the Winner! I will get your book out to you right away!

  3. Love to read Amish books would love to read this .Thanks

  4. OK, your review convinced me - now I'm wanting to get my hands on this and read it. Girl, you are making my reading list grow and grow - I love it! Yes, count me in - I'd love to enter the contest. ~ Beth Russo

  5. The book sounds very good - review was great - hope I win the contest!!!! thank you!

    Dianna Bupp

  6. I will share on FB!!!!

  7. Good review. Still have this on my wish list. Haven't seen this one at the library. Going to tweet this review.

  8. Nice review. Thank you. I would like to be entered please. Terri Clark

  9. Kate's Song sounds like a great story. It's refreshing to know that this book is a bit different than many of the others. I love nearly all of the Amish fiction books, but it will be interesting to see what Jennifer has done with her book. Thanks for a great review, Mary!

  10. Mary, as always I enjoyed your review. Now, I must read this book to find out what part upset you and why! You have definitely raised my interest in this book. Winning a copy would be great. If not, it goes on my list of must haves.


  11. Soulnds like it is going to be a very fascinating book.
    Would love to win a copy of it.
    Cheryl B

  12. sounds interesting. would love to win.
    thanks for doing this

  13. sounds good...I just got into reading Amish books and loving them. I'd love to win. Jessica

  14. Thanks for introducing us to great new authors.

  15. Thanks for the review. Have not heard of this author. Book sounds interesting.

  16. I love Amish books and this sounds very interesting and different from others that I have read. Defintely adding it to my list.


  17. Mary,
    Thanks for the wonderful review. I've heard from lots of people that they have to skip to the end to make sure things turn out okay. :) Don't worry, they do. I can't resist a happy ending.

    I loved writing this book and hope you will love reading it.
    Jennifer Beckstrand