Simple Song, A: A Novel - eBook
This is the sort of book they should make into a movie! It is the story of Katrina Yoder, an Amish girl with a gift for singing, who ventures into the English world to enter a TV talent contest to win enough money so her Dad can have surgery to relieve chronic debilitating back pain. I guess it could have been called 'predictable' or 'been done before,' but I found it interesting, most enjoyable, and an all-round feel good read. Katrina was a bit lost in the big wide world, and it was great to see it through her eyes. The contrast between Katrina and Englisch contestant Breezy was clear, although I was pleased to see Katrina's light changing the darkness around her, rather than the other way around, which so often happens. I especially loved Aunt Alma, who took modern life in her stride and even managed to get the mobile phone working! This is a lovely story, which I recommend to all.
February 5, 2014
An Amish girl in Hollywood?
In her second Amish novel, best-selling author Melody Carlson has crafted a unique story with true-to-life characters. Katrina Yoder, who has been blessed with a heavenly singing voice, was taught by her family not to draw attention to herself with her musical talent. That would be vaingloryÃ¢ÂÂsomething the Amish strive to avoid. Since sheÃ¢ÂÂs in her rumspringa, or running-around teen years, her friend Bekka convinces her to try out for the TV program America Star. The only reason Katrina agrees is because her dad is in severe pain, unable to work, and needs surgery on his back. This could offer the means to win money to help her family.
It seems a noble reason to sacrifice her way of life and venture into the Ã¢ÂÂEnglishÃ¢ÂÂ world in an attempt to ease her fatherÃ¢ÂÂs suffering. The premise, however, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt fit the Amish community because they will rally to pay for a memberÃ¢ÂÂs medical needs so the family doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have to struggle financially. Despite the fact that this unlikely scenario would ever occur, the book is enjoyable and the journey Katrina undertakes is worth reading about. She faces challenges of faith and lifestyle and must decide whether to compromise or stand firm in what she truly believes.
February 13, 2014
fun, light read
What a wonderful book! I love the connection to music as I also find great joy and stress-relief from singing! Amish do not encourage singing English songs or singing with instruments or even with "great joy and feeling". I can not imagine singing any other way and so I can see how it was so difficult for Katrina. This book was a fun, light read and gave me a good deal to smile about!
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing in a giveaway. Thank you so much!
June 19, 2013
A Simple Song is a Story with an Enduring Truth
A Simple Song: A Novel
By Melody Carlson
When her father's painful injury, which keeps him from working, threatens to take away her family's livelihood Katrina is forced to make a decision that takes from her family, her friends, and her community. Can the voice that she has been given truly be a gift from God or is it from the devil so that she will seek vainglory and the English world?
What 17 year old girl wouldn't be tempted by the thought of wealth and fame? There are some who wouldn't and Katrina Yoder is one of them. Katrina puts herself out of her comfort zone, but only to help her father and her family through a physically and emotionally difficult and trying time.
I have to say I really dislike Aunt Fannie and her attitude towards her injured brother-in-law. But I'd also like to know why she feels like that towards that family, as she phrases it.
I like Aunt Alma, but when Katrina wanted to stay true to her Amish beliefs in how she dressed I think Alma could have been more supportive and understanding. But I assume that Alma was just as overwhelmed by the situation as Katrina was. Sometimes ignorance and outside pressures can force us into uncomfortable situations and compromises, but that inner voice that makes us uncomfortable is speaking to us for a reason.
I like the fact that Katrina was a Godly influence on her new friend Breezy by her helpful nature and her stand. We don't know how we will affect those around us by our behavior so we should always be true to our beliefs and faith in God. Katrina was an influence of goodness to those she befriended at the American Star competition and to those watching on television.
But while she is away from her community Katrina learns about the woman who was her Mammi (grandmother) and how she spent her non-Amish years. Sometimes the discovery of another's pain or joy brings into focus what is truly important in our own lives and A Simple Song is just such a story.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
June 15, 2013