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?
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!
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