Tuesday, June 12, 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?

My Review:

From the riveting first page, Beckstrand caught my attention and held it as I quickly became immersed in Kate's story. This is a thrilling read that packs an emotional wallop. Full of complex issues and important questions, I was pulled betwixt a rock and a hard place right along with Kate, frantically looking for some divine direction. It creeps up on her but not until a summer full of angst...and delight.

The angst stems from her own inner turmoil, events in her past and issues with some of the people in her community. The delight she experiences can be summed up in two words. Nathaniel King. Oh la la! But I fell hard and fast for the hero of this book. He seemed almost too perfect, but I wasn't about to complain even though he fell off his pedestal as the plot thickened and so did my ire.

Jennifer Beckstrand is a welcome newcomer to Amish fiction and I'm thrilled to report that Kate's Song is the first in a three-book series Forever After in Apple Lake. In fact, the second book comes out in August and I can't wait!

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Kate's Song, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 17 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. This is a new to me author. I would love to read this!! I love Amish Fiction.

  2. Ladette -- I believe this is Jennifer's debut novel, so she's new to everybody. I'm thrilled with how quickly her books are following one right after the other. Good luck!

  3. Would love to read this one!
    smilesalot2010 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Oh, this sounds good. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  5. Kate's Song sounds like a great story. Please add my name into your "hat".



  6. Please add me for Kate's Song, you make it sound really terrific and I always love a great hero.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  7. I've been looking forward to getting this book, to win it would be great. Thank you for the chance.


  8. Always fun to discover a new author, thanks for introducing her!


  9. Oh I can't wait to read this book! Winning it would even be sweeter! Kate's Song sounds sooo good! I have a niece named Kate and she sings too! Jennifer is a new author to me and she is definitely going on my list of books to buy from this author!


  10. Not only did i find a new author, and new novel, i also found a new blog! Thanks! And the novel sounds great. Thanks for the introduction, and the awesome giveaway.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

  11. I enjoy Amish fiction. Love to read this!

  12. I would love to win this awesome Amish book....'Katie's Song'...by writer Jennifer Beckstrand....sounds really good.....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

  13. A new author and a new book to add to my list. Would love to win this one.


  14. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Thank you for your review! Please add me for the drawing for this new book by a new author! God gives us gifts and He will provide the way for Kate's Song.

  16. I'd love a copy of this book. I have read other reviews, and Jennifer's new book is high on my list of must reads. Thank you for a wonderful review and for offering this giveaway!

  17. Thank you for the great Review, please add me to your Giveaway, the Book sounds wonderful.


  18. The more that I have been reading Amish stories lately, the more I have been enjoying them. Please enter me!


  19. Please enter me, Kav! Wonderful review! I love Amish books...can't seem to get enough! lol Don't you just love it when the books in a series come out closer together and you don't have to wait a whole year for the next one!?


  20. Thanks for the response, everyone. I've been out of pocket for a day and come back to find all these fellow Amish lovers! How sweet is that? Welcome, Marianne, glad you found your way here. And Diana -- have you seen the list of Amish releases coming out this summer? I'm about to fall into a swoon just thinking about it!!!!

    Good luck everyone!

  21. Heard some great things about this book. Please enter me. Thank you.


  22. Sounds like a great book!


  23. This is a new author for me. Looks good. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  24. This is a new author for me. Just looked the book up on Amazon, and bookmarked it, just in case I didnt win!
    Thanks ladies for the interview and for the information on this book. I will sure add Jennifer Beckstrand to my list of authors to read!

  25. Yes, I have seen them, Kav, and this is one of those times I wish I had two heads for reading. One just doesn't seem to get it all done as fast as I want it to. lol These authors are just popping them out right and left, and I LOVE it!

  26. Two heads? LOL. How about four eyes on one head? You could read twice as fast!

    Good luck my fellow Amish book lovers!!!!

  27. A riveting sounding read indeed and by a new author to writing Amish books no less. Definitely will have to let my library know to add another new author to their list of requested books.

    Can you please enter my name in the draw as this sounds like an awesome read.

    Many thank.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  28. Book sounds very interesting. Please enter my name. Thank you.