A Simple Song by Melody Carlson

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Amish stories are so intriguing. Every one I have ever read makes me wonder how much is true. I always admire the simple ways of life, and the closeness of family. Yet I always feel sorry for those who feel trapped. This book was no different.

Katrina is a young Amish girl, only a few years from marrying age. Her father is a typical Amish farmer, but he has a terrible accident that leaves him almost crippled. Needing an expensive back surgery, the entire family is unsure of their future.

Katrina has a beautiful singing voice. But all her life she has been told that to enjoy it or to sing too loudly, is vainglory and should never be done. However, when her friend Bekka hears about how bad her father is, she tells Katrina about a TV show she has been secretly watching. It is about singers who compete, and the top winners come home with more than double the money Katrina’s father would need for his surgery. After a long period of wondering what is the right thing to do, Katrina decides to go for it!

As she heads to Hollywood, you can imagine what a simple Amish girl can get herself into. I loved reading about her wild adventures there.

Some parts of the ending are a surprise and some are predictable. I felt it kind of ended abruptly and would have liked one extra chapter to let the ending sink in. But all in all, a great read!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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