Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review of "A Plain Love Song"

Review of A Plain Love Song

by Kelly Irvin

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Adah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It's all she's ever desired--to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs. That's a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community. But then she meets Jackson Hart, and all of a sudden she finds the chance for a different kind of life. A real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience!

But pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her family and community--and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can't get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she's ever known to pursue her dreams?

MY REVIEW:   Adah has a song in her heart and she longs to write songs, but the Amish do not allow musical instruments or secular music.   What will she do?  Will she give up everything and everyone she loves to run off with Jackson, an Englisher, and follow her heart?  Or will she stay with the Amish and marry dear sweet dependable Matthew?  
I love music personally and singing is very dear to my heart.  It is a way for me to praise God and to honor Him with my talents, given by Him, so it would be very difficult for me to participate in a church that does not allow this free expression.   Do you think you would be able to give up freedom of musical expression?   Kelly Irvin explores these issues and more in A Plain Love Song.   4 Stars **** 
I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin's latest book in the New Hope Amish series, Love Redeemed, releases in March 2013. She is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Amish Amish series. The first series includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, published by Harvest House. Love Still Stands, the first book in her spin-off series New Hope Amish, released in September 2013.

Kelly recently signed with Zondervan to publish a three-book series set in Bee County, Texas. The first book in the Lone Star series is set to release in 2015.

Kelly has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, published by Five Star Gale in 2010 and 2011.

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She also serves as secretary of the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers. 

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso.

She has worked in public relations for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department for 19 years.Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-six years, and they have two young adult children. They recently became grandparents for the first time. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and play with her new granddaughter.

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