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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Review - A Simple Song by Melody Carlson

About The Book:

From Amish country to Hollywood, Katrina Yoder is in for the ride of her life!

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her strict Amish parents view her singing as vain. Still, Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina is good enough to try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina has a good voice, but really--try out for a TV show? Her parents would probably disown her!
But when her family faces a crisis, it seems to Katrina that the competition might be the way to get the money needed to cover the emergency expenses.
How will Katrina handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Is she truly good enough to win? Will her parents ever forgive her? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's all over?

My Thoughts:

I just adored this book!

Melody Carlson is a brilliant inspirational author, with over 200 books to her credit - but I feel she really knocks it out of the park with this sweet story of a young girl following her dreams and trying to help her family.

Carlson shows she had really done her research into the singing contest reality shows with "A Simple Song." Her character of Katrina, an Amish songbird who enters one of the country's top singing contests in order to help her family and finds herself out-of-place in the big city, is so well-created. Readers will empathize with her on her journey from her small town home to the bright lights of Hollywood and experience right along with her all the scary and exciting things that come with the whole "contest" atmosphere. I loved all the background descriptions that Carlson includes in this story, giving it the believable feel that makes this story such a joy to read.

"A Simple Song" is listed as being a "young adult" novel, and it is perfect for that age grouping, but as an "adult," I also enjoyed this lovely tale. I highly recommend this delightful story to readers, young and "more mature" alike!

About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including The Jerk Magnet, Never Been Kissed, and Double Take. She recently received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com

My thanks to Baker/Revell Books for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

"A Simple Song" is available in bookstores and wherever Revell Books are sold."

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