Monday, June 17, 2013

A Simple Song

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father's health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents' wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?

Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's over?

Melody Carlson has written a gem! I allowed my preteen daughter to read it and between the two of us, it was decided that the story was sweet and quite satisfactory! We are American Idol fans here, and as the story line reminded us of that, but held its own characteristics within the realm of Christian fiction.

Katrina is a character you absolutely root for. Her journey is one that is filled to the brim with decisions and also surprises. I absolutely loved the side story pertaining to her grandmother. Will Katrina be truthful to her heart and sound in faith? And will her dad receive the treatment he needs? I enjoyed my own journey to finding the answers to these questions!

Thank you to Revell for the complementary copy in return for a review.

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