Kate's Song, Forever After in Apple Lake Series #1
An Amish story full of twists
I stayed up until the wee hours to finish KateÃ¢ÂÂs Song. This story has more twists than I usually find in Amish novels.
Kate comes home from her Milwaukee music school with a black eye and swollen lip. She stood up to the drunken, abusive boyfriend of her best friend in Milwaukee. Now sheÃ¢ÂÂs home for the first time after two years away. Her eldest brother Aaron is quick to condemn her for vanity and wickedness. He has no problem spreading vile rumors about her.
The community is wary of her and her Ã¢ÂÂworldly ways.Ã¢ÂÂ All except Nathaniel , whoÃ¢ÂÂs loved her since he was a boy. He hopes she wonÃ¢ÂÂt return to school in September. His mother makes no secret of her disapproval of Kate as a prospective wife for Nathaniel. She pushes Sarah Schwartz, who happens to be the sister of AaronÃ¢ÂÂs wife Ada.
Kate is tugged in two directions, and she wishes she could discern GodÃ¢ÂÂs leading in her life. Should she go back to school or stay in Apple Lake, be baptized, marry Nathaniel and have children? She enjoys the applause when she sings, but it gets lonely without her loved ones.
IÃ¢ÂÂm used to reading about stern Amish papas, but KateÃ¢ÂÂs dad is supportive if not fully understanding of her desire to use the voice God gave her.
November 20, 2013
A great Amish story
Kate Weaver is a young Amish woman with a special gift of song. During her rumschpringe (which her older brother likes to remind her has gone on for six years), she has left home to attend a music academy and pursue her dreams of using that talent on stage. Although her musical endeavors have gone beyond her dreams, not all has been good in her personal life, and she comes home, needing physical and emotional healing. Once there, she finds mutual interest with her long-time friend Nathaniel King, and soon that interest goes past simple friendship. More than anything, Kate longs for a definite answer from God about the direction her life should take. After much soul searching she finally believes she has God's answer, but misunderstandings abound and become roadblocks in her attempts to follow God's plan. Will love and truth prevail as she tries to find her way to live out her song?
Jennifer Beckstrand brings a new voice to the Amish fiction genre. The conflicts her characters face seem a little "rougher and tougher" than in some of the other stories I've read. In both of her stories (Kate's Song and Rebecca's Rose), she has an interesting way of drawing you directly in to the characters' dilemmas without revealing the whole problem at once. The complexity of the situation grows throughout the story, and then another "kink" appears to add a new level of intrigue -- even if you feel confident of how things might ultimately work out. She certainly kept me hooked to the very end of both books. And I'm definitely looking forward to next year's release of Miriam's Quilt, the next installment in the Forever After in Apple Lake series.
September 15, 2012
excellent, I couldn't put the book down.
This is a heart warming story of how two people meet from very different backgrounds and find love. Very heart warming.
July 2, 2012
Excellent, unusual storyline
I am a huge fan of Serena Miller's books. This is another, showing her excellent writing and storylines. I enjoyed it immensely.
May 22, 2012