Monday, June 10, 2013

A Simple Song

A Simple Song
Melody Carlson
June 2013/288 pages/$12.99

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?

Read an excerpt here!


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of 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.

For more information about Melody visit her website at


A novel merging the world of an Amish teenager with that of a fictional American Idol-type show may seem a bit "out there" but Melody Carlson has pulled it off in this sweet story. This is more than a tale of a girl singing to win a prize so that her dad can have some much-needed surgery. The secrets Katrina uncovers about her mammi's (grandmother's) past and Katrina's experience in the competition cause her to examine much about her family, her faith, and her future. How she impacts those she meets, as well as their influence on her, makes this a heartwarming novel that made me wish I could vote along with the show's viewing audience. Geared for older teens and young adults, but anyone who enjoys Amish fiction or shows such as AI will like it as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Cathy said...

That sounds like something I would like. I love to read about the Amish.