Kate’s Song by Jennifer Beckstrand: Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up

Kate's Song


I can’t believe how time flies and I haven’t been here for months! Wow… been so busy with family, a visit from my sister who lives about 5000 miles away, Spring, gardening, work, and of course scrapbooking my grandson’s pictures (he’s my one and only), I’ve had little time for anything else. But I did read an absolutely awesome novel I want to share with you.

When I sat down to read this book, I was in the mood for a good Amish story. I always liked reading of their ‘simple way of life’, the kind most of us can’t begin to imagine, especially in today’s day and age of technology. After going through my eReader—where I have several—I chose this one. I’m so glad I did because I’d give it 10 stars if I could. No Amish story moved me the way this one did.

Kate’s Song, by Jennifer Beckstrand, is a constant page-turner-can’t-put-it-down kind of book. Superbly written, with great twists from beginning to end, and is sure to delight everyone. Personally, I can’t say enough about it. The author paints an amazing picture of the Amish community, and brings the readers into the story, so much so that one can’t help but love the characters, feeling their every joy and pain.

The first of a three-part stand-alone series, Kate’s Song tells the story of a young Amish woman who chooses a path different than the one most expected her to take. She has a deep passion for music and decides to leave home for Milwaukee to take voice training. She later returns home, battered and bruised, and haunted with a secret.

Now home, she struggles with her choices: giving up her dream to sing and be baptised… or her family… She rekindles old friendships, with people she’s left behind. One of them is a young man she’s known forever and a day. She grew up with Nathaniel King, a former school friend who’s now giving her more than enough attention.

When a friend from Milwaukee needs her help, Kate runs to her side, but things really don’t go the way she thought they would. Will she pursue her dream and sing, or will she stay home, be baptized live the life she’s expected to? Can she find her place in this world, and understand God’s will for her life?

Very well written, Jennifer Beckstrand had me in tears, some joyful ones, and some very sad ones.

I could say so much more but I don’t want to give away any spoiler. But what I can say is this: Buy the book. You’ll be so glad, you’ll want to read the other two: Rebecca’s Rose and Miriam’s Quilt.


51 thoughts on “Kate’s Song by Jennifer Beckstrand: Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up

  1. Hello! My name is Andrew. Great blog you have there. Interesting. I shall look further into it! I liked your post. Would you mind if you could check out my blog and probably give me a follow?

  2. I’ve read all three in this series and am looking forward to more by this author. It a refreshing voice in the Amish genre. Very well written

    • Thanks for your comment Nicole. I only read the first one in the series but by the sounds of it, I’ll devour the next two. I’ve read numerous awesome reviews about Jennifer Beckstrand’s books. I tip my hat to her for such a wonderful first novel. I’m quite impressed. I too look forward to reading more.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann

  3. I’ve read this book as well and I absolutely love it. I love the theme of being still and listening to the voice of God. I can’t wait for more of Jennifer’s novels to hit the shelves!

    • I must agree with you Jessica. It is an awesome theme. I’ve always loved this verse but reading about it in this novel was like a gentle reminder that I don’t do that often enough. Stopping what I’m doing, being still, listening to His Voice. Wow…

      Looking forward to read Rebecca’s Rose.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann

  4. I love reading Amish stories.
    I have a few Amish writers that I anticipate the next novel of the series and this is one of them. Well written and a great story. I like that it strays from the norm in Amish story telling. Will definitely read the other two. 🙂

  5. Sounds interesting. I recently heard people are more interested in Amish life now because our lives are so complicated. But i find it wonderfully ironic we read their story on our Kindles!

  6. Hi,I would like to enter your contest and I would this particular book .I am sorry to say ,I haven’t read any of this series.I would like to win but if not someone that is like me that loves Amish reading.Thank you for the chance.Blessings to you.Linda Dianne stowe

  7. I am an avid reader of Amish fiction. I so look forward to reading these books. I love to find authors that I have not read before. thank you so much for your blog!!!

  8. This sounds wonderful and a different look at life’s many twists and turns! Please enter me in your giveaway…thank you.

  9. This sounds really good, another new author for me so I can spend more money on books, lol. My husband won’t be happy about that, haha.


    • Thank you so much everyone for all your comments. I’m not sure when Jennifer is doing the draw, but I wish you all good luck. And keep your eyes peeled to this blog for more chances to win. I’ll be doing this again! 🙂

      Blessings, Renee-Ann <

  10. I am an avid reader, also! I love to read new books….I look forward to getting your books and reading each one. Please enter me in the contest!! 😀

    Linda Ortiz

  11. Sounds like a wonderful read. Would love to have a copy. Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  12. I love reading Amish fiction. Enjoyed your blog. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson

  13. I. Would. Love. To. Win one. Of. Your. Amish. Books. That’s all I. Read. Now !! Love. Reading all these. Books. From different. Authors!!

  14. I do read a lot of Amish Books, have never read these, they are new to me…I would love to win, I also discovered your blog by accident would like to see more.

  15. I haven’t read this series yet, but will be adding these books to my wish list. Thanks for having the contest!

  16. Drum Roll Please…. and the winner is……. Angela Chesnut. Thank you, everyone, for taking part in this contest. I really enjoyed reading your comments and I’m sure Jennifer did too, as this is her book. Keep an eye on this blog, for more chances to get freebies.

    Blessings and to all Canadians, Happy Canada Day. 🙂

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