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Kate's Song (Forever After in Apple Lake #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Summerside Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 23, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
OK, for the record I'm the author's husband, and my wife has turned me into a romantic over the years. Bias aside, I really enjoyed Kate's Song. What a great story! It flows from start to finish and the characters are outstanding. The Amish setting adds rich context to the story. I found myself very emotional as I read three particular parts of the book. (I won't ruin anything with more information.) I was inspired and uplifted. Way to go Jennifer!
Jun 20, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I wanted to have the real book in hand but it's easier on my arms to read from my Kindle. From the first page to the last, this book interested me and captivated my heart. Kate has a gift from God for singing but her Amish faith keeps her from being worldly and enjoying praise from others. She knows God wants her to use her gifts to help others, yet it is a sin to leave her peaceful Amish world for worldly things. The Amish think her wanting to sing for people is prideful. Kate has to learn much ...more
Casey Rock
Jan 08, 2013 Casey Rock rated it liked it
* Before diving into the book itself, I feel the need to warn you that as much as this book is a romance novel at heart, it is also a little different from what I typically choose to read. In many reviews, I have seen readers call it a “Christian Romance.” That threatened to turn me away from this book immediately. Although I am a Christian, I do not consider religion to play a strong role in my life, let alone find it to be a topic I enjoy exploring for relaxing enjoyment. Thanks to ...more
Kate’s Song is an Amish romance. I confess, I’m not a romance reader, so I wasn’t aware this has become a popular subgenre. Well, I can see why. It’s clean, gentle, and heartwarming. Sort of like Amish people.

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish. I suppose I envy them–-their peaceful existence, their devotion. In the clamor of real life, it was nice to pick up this book and go somewhere quiet.

That’s not to say the book has no tension or conflict. It’s there. But it’s more along the lines of
Apr 01, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok
There were too many unrealistic responses by characters in this book 1. The parents lack of worry/outrage/questions at their daughters physical and emotional condition when she unexpectedly arrives home before completing her much fought for opportunity to attend school and study music among the English, 2. The uncharacteristic meanness and hatefulness/pettiness of the older brother and his wife, and 3. The young man who loves her has the patience and determination to wait for her, but not the ...more
Rachel Brand
The story of an Amish girl who longs to use the musical gift God has given her yet doesn't want to forsake her Amish upbringing and family is compelling, yet there were many aspects of this novel that were frustrating for me. For the most part, this book was a light, easy read with a storyline that made it difficult to put down in places, but I struggled to relate to the actions of some of the characters.

I don't wan to spoil too much, but the main conflict revolves around a big misunderstanding
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May 29, 2014 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it it was amazing

Kate’s Song is such a heartwarming story because Kate struggles between her singing and her Amish faith. Her main interest is God’s will for her life, but just what is His will? Is it her singing career or at home in her Amish community? And the Ordnung will not allow her to have both. Kate’s journey is a difficult one as she struggles to make a decision.

Jennifer Beckstrand is a new author for me, and I am very glad I had the opportunity to read and review Kate’s Song. I
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This was a sweet read that at times had a bit too much drama for me. I like the unique plot points - Kate has yet to be baptized and has to choose between her music career or her Amish life in Apple Lake.

Some aspects of the plot were a bit predictable, and I didn't follow some of the characters actions and motivations. The big conflict came about from a "big misunderstanding." If the male lead, Nathaniel, would have simply asked Kate to explain her actions, there wouldn't have
Mar 16, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
I had a like / dislike relationship with this book.

I loved watching Katie grow in her relationship with God, seeing her get angry and question her relationship. Most readers can understand those feelings.

There was one point I was so disappointed in where the book was going that I had to put the book down and walk away.

As with most Amish books I read there was an accident that was a major turning point and also a misunderstanding. I don't understand after spending so much time together there wa
Feb 21, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Knowing that this was Ms. Beckstrand's first Amish fiction novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. This was not written as your generic amish storyline. It had an added twist, a villain of sorts and the definite true romance. I loved the humor that the author has added into this story.

Kate was given the gift of song with a beautiful voice. Because of this gift, she has a huge decision to make. A decision that is thwarted by her brother Aaron and her love for Nathaniel King. W
Tina at Mommynificent
I'm a big fan of Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill series, but while there were chunks of this one that I really enjoyed, there was a lot of it that was just downright painful. I don't enjoy books where the conflict is driven solely by misunderstandings, especially when they are purposefully perpetrated by one or more of the characters.

I did appreciate Kate's purity of heart in really seeking to follow God's will for her life despite what others had to say about it. Her tenacity in seeking
May 31, 2012 MaryLynn rated it really liked it
One of my sons knows the woman who wrote this--she lives in Davis County. It is well written, but it had one too many misunderstandings for my taste as it drew to the inevitable conclusion. I can't stand villains that won't die, plot holes, overly emotional heroines and too many obstacles before the happy ending.
Oct 28, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story. I just get so frustrated when all the issues are caused because people don't tell each other what is going on.
Jul 26, 2013 Tori rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I liked that I knew how I HOPED it would end, but that I was holding my breath until the last few pages. I can't wait to read the others in this series. :)
Sep 13, 2012 Camiba rated it liked it
I wanted to give this book 4 stars but the male protagonist traded in his brain for a skull of rocks. It was irritating to read. This book could've been 100 pages shorter.
Amy Lillard
Feb 17, 2015 Amy Lillard rated it it was amazing
What a great read! A lot of research for authenticity went into this book. The dialogue is charmingly Amish and the relationship between the characters amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every word!
Jun 24, 2013 Chesney rated it it was amazing
So much emotion in this book. Yes I burned the midnight oil for this one too. Sooooooo good!
Oct 25, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't laugh-out-loud funny like the other books. But I still completely enjoyed it! The characters were real and drew me in. I truly love reading books by Jennifer Beckstrand and this one didn't disappoint.
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I got this book without even realizing it was going to be an Amish love story. I got attracted to this book by the title. I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I must confess I had no notion of the Amish religion.

It is a fast paced Amish love story. I read it in 4 days. So if you’re in the mood for a quick read, this one is for you.

I have to say that right from the start I found the story predictable. Kate has two options. She has to chose between following her
Kim Justice
Oct 09, 2012 Kim Justice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kim by: the Author
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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
Jul 28, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
***This review does include some spoilers***

I enjoyed reading Kate's Song by Jennifer Beckstrand. I have not read many Amish fiction books so I feel that the plot, conflict and resolution were appropriate for an Amish community. Like many others have stated, I was frustrated with Nathaniel's stubborness and willingness to listen to Aaron and Ada rather than the object of his affection, Kate. I do think that there are probably a good many "Aaron's" in an Amish community, especially given that he
Dec 20, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
My grandmother lives in a region where there are a lot of Amish and I've met several. I've always wondered about their lives and have always enjoyed reading books about them. I had this book on my kindle and started it last night, finished it tonight. Really enjoyed it, it is really well written and I learned some new phrases that the Amish use in this book. Some people explain the words and others just put the words in for what the call or describe something and assume you are smart enough to ...more
Dec 05, 2014 D.J. rated it it was amazing
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“Is he dead? Please tell me he’s not dead!”

What do you do with an opening line such as this one? I can assure you, this was NOT what I was expecting!

But of course I was hooked!

…so I kept reading.

My favorite genre is Amish fiction — and I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve been happy when an Amish character punches someone, be they Amish or Englisch. But there’s an underlying pleasure when an Amish man punches another Amish man! I have to admit, sometimes I would like to be able to p
Jan 13, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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Kate Weaver returns home to her family's farm in Apple Lake, Wisconsin, battered and bruised and carrying a secret. She is not yet baptized and has spent the past year at a music conservatory in Milwaukee, living among the English. Music is Kate's passion, and she is very good, so she faces a difficult choice; she must either give up her family and home to pursue her talents or come home and be baptized and give up on her dreams. And with Nathaniel K
Feb 20, 2015 Lynda rated it it was amazing
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This is the author's debut novel. And the 1st in the series with two more books, Rebecca's Rose & Miriam's Quilt to follow.

I did not realize this was the author's debut novel until after I finished the book & had rated it 5 stars. I truly enjoyed every bit of it. The story in Chapter Four about "Say When" touched me personally except the liquid was coffee. :-)

Kate has a God-given talent. A HUGE one. She can sing. She can do more than just sing. She literally can soar to the heavens with
Jan 15, 2016 Gayle rated it it was amazing
Since this was her first book I thought maybe it would be different from the others. It was. I was so captured by this book I didn't want to put it down. From the first page the author has you in a don't stop reading mode. The book was so loving and it just brought forth so many emotions. Your heart just went out to Kate and Nathaniel. Her brother's interference led to so much grief and heartache. The author put so much descriptive phrases in the book, the story came alive. Kate learned so
J.C. Morrows
It’s a difficult thing sometimes to be a mom who enjoys reading more than almost anything else.


I enjoy my children above all other things on this earth.

And it has been many years since I stayed up into the wee hours because I just could not put a book down. When you’re a mom who puts your kids ahead of everything else, there are plenty of times you don’t want to put a book down. There are many times you’re annoyed at having to put the book down and there are times you stay up late – even
Shari Larsen
Aug 22, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Weaver returns to her family's farm in the middle of the night, battered and bruised and carrying a secret. She has not yet been baptized into the Amish church and has spent the past year at a music conservatory, living among the English. Music is Kate's passion, and she has a beautiful voice, but she faces a difficult choice, she must either give up her family and home and pursue her talents or come home and be baptized, and give up her dreams of a singing career.

Making the choice even har
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Kate Weaver is an Amish by birth and she knows that God has given her a beautiful singing voice that is normally hidden by their community. Kate’s Song by Jennifer Beckstrand is a wonderful story that shows a love for family and being able to utilize a God given talent to please others sometimes can be misconstrued between each other.

Kate has come back to Apple Lake broken and needing to find herself. Nathaniel King is a friend from way back and they once again become important to each other. Bu
Sep 07, 2012 Mom rated it really liked it
Kate loved to perform for her brother and sister. She went to Milwaukee to school.
She performed in several plays and got leading roles. She was coming home for the summer break. She had not been baptised but was still trusting God to show her the way to go.
She was Amish. Her oldest brother always put her down. She liked Nathaniel and he liked her.
She left with Carlos because he told her Maria needed her to help watch her child while Maria worked. If she did not go, Maria would lose her job, and
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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 ...more
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Forever After in Apple Lake (3 books)
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“I cannot give up chasing after happiness simply because there might be pain down the road.” 15 likes
“Grief is a stern teacher, but I am confident I could not have learned some lessons in any other way. For that, I am grateful. Grateful to God for loving me enough to stretch me and push me and crush me, to refine me in the furnace of affliction, to force me to stretch my faith beyond what I could see.
God loves me more than I can possible comprehend. He watches over me. He watches over all of us. But if the way were easy, how could we grow into who He wants us to be? How could our faith become unshakable?”
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