Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Book Review: Kate's Song by JENNIFER BECKSTRAND

Title: Kate's Song
Author: JENNIFER BECKSTRAND
Category: Christian/Amish/Fiction
Pub. Date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Summerside
Format: E-Book
Pages: 320
ISBN#: 1609366395

Synopsis:  
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? 


My Review:  
I would love to just tell you every thing about this book and every thing in this book. But will not due to not wanting to spoil it for you. Let me say it this way. This book, Kate's Song Is A Must READ!

You all know that Amish stories are some of my favorite books. Well this book has just been placed on top of all my books. Author Jennifer Beckstrand is an outstanding author. She captured my attention from the start and held it till the end. None of this book, or her writing style was in vain. I got the whole message of the book and story line was awesome. 

All of the characters in Kate's Song were great to connect to. Kate is one that of course you get to know due to her being the main character. But her whole story is one that you can relate to. It is written in a way that I was able to relate but then there were times I could relate to her mother. Being a mother of children around that same age, I could so see myself trying to allow Kate to decide her own future and supporting her, but then I also see the other side. The side where you want them to be safe and find the right partner. But I loved the fact that as far as Kate's ma and pa were supportive even though their beliefs were different. 

There were times when I wanted to scream at a few characters, who at this time will remain anonymous. Then I loved how author Jennifer Beckstrand's writing style brings in to story the "outside world". The story never lost any thing with in the different worlds. Which I so love. Some authors, just because there is some other kind of belief or world other than the main one, they loose the real part of the story. But not here at all. 

Kate's Song has love, faith, music, maternal love, which is different, and Kate in some ways proves this. It has family dynamics, mystery, how making the right choices in life and wrong choices can change you in so many different ways. 

This book as I said above is Diffidently A Must Read for young adult and I would even say some older teens may enjoy this book. Would recommend it to all my friends and book lovers alike. 

So due to the above, if I could it would be higher, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 


Five Clock Rating!!!  

Disclosure: I received the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Opinions are my own and yours may differ. 

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About the Author:  
I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework.
After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript--a Western--in just under fourteen years. (Because all my children have finally entered the public school system, and I can now write a book in significantly less time.) I sent my manuscript to an agent, who asked me to try my hand at writing Amish fiction. After much research and travel, I fell in love with the people and the genre.
My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I've done my job.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.
There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate's Song and Rebecca's Rose are now available. Miriam's Quilt is scheduled for release in spring of 2013. Kate's Song was the #1 Romantic Religious Fiction download in the Free Kindle Store, and Rebecca's Rose is currently in the top 100 Religious Fiction books on Amazon.com.  
 

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