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Kate's Song

(Forever After in Apple Lake #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,336 ratings  ·  140 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 studen ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Summerside Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 16, 2012 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!
Casey Rock
Dec 22, 2012 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
Jun 20, 2012 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
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
Feb 06, 2013 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 wi ...more
Ellen White
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate attending the academy, blessed with a beautiful voice. Eating an apple transport her to memories of the apple trees back home. A love that Nathaniel has for her awaiting her return. Her parents are worried she has so far choose.not to be baptized. The words flow, and the description feels real, to the choices that are heavy on her heart. Seeking God’s way, what will she choose.
Janet C
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-fiction
This was my first jennifer Breckstand book. This was also Breckstands first book in the Apple Lake series. I really enjoy Breckstand's writing style and found her characters to have depth and her story well developed.

Kate Weaver is still on her rumpringa. She left home 2 years prior to attend a music academy and develop her beautiful voice that God blessed her with. This schooling and pursuit of her musical talent goes against the Ordung. After a traumatic event during her second year at school,
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
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
May 29, 2014 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
Another Freebie :)

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
Aug 16, 2012 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 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 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 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.
Book Chick (Tori)
May 26, 2013 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 12, 2012 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.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So much emotion in this book. Yes I burned the midnight oil for this one too. Sooooooo good!
Amy Lillard
Feb 17, 2013 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!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a lot more nuanced than I expected at first glance. I appreciated Kate's struggle in finding her place in God's plan, and saw unexpected parallels to my own journey with finding 'my' song. I also appreciated how Elmer was willing to stick up for his sister.
Unfortunately, I did not end up liking Nathaniel very much. His actions, and who he ended up trusting were definitely cringe-worthy. (And that's as far as I can go without giving major spoilers.)
This was my first Jennif
Deevena Jemima
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book i read, written by Jennifer Beckstrand. I enjoyed every bit of it. the story line was really good. Some of the dialogues spoken by the characters made me laugh out loud. Immediately made me want to get the other books in the series. Got them too.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much fun reading about other cultures. I loved Kate and Nathaniel but I'll admit, I had to skim over the chapters when she went back to Milwaukee, they seemed to drag on when I really wanted to know how everything worked out.
Nicely written

Beautiful story of love, forgiveness and redemption. In our darkest hour is when we lean on God most. It was a hard lesson for Kate and Nathaniel to learn but when they trusted him, all things fell into place. According to His will not theirs.
Ruth Miller
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional story. It was not easy to read, not always comfortable, but well-worth the read! Jennifer has such a way with crafting a story and her characters feel like dear friends!
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-literature
I read this book because I had heard that Amish romance books were a thing. I liked this book, very pleasant. If you're looking for a very clean, very family friendly romance, check it out!
Sweet story and definitely recommend.
Read full review on my blog

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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kim by: the Author
Shelves: reviewed
My Review:
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 08, 2013 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 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 m ...more
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Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Chris ...more

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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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