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.
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