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Posted December 24, 2013
I have read plenty of Amish romances and fiction in recent times
I have read plenty of Amish romances and fiction in recent times, and I generally love them and award them a 5-star rating with absolutely no trouble. Well, let me tell you something. This is by far one of the best Amish romance I have ever read! It was so different from the others I have read, and in a good way, too! I was drawn into the book from the very beginning, and at times, I was so into the book that I forgot where I was!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a unique Amish story. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it will definitely keep you guessing at every turn. While you can count on an ending being something you will enjoy, the journey is full of suspense at times. There were times I just wanted to shake some sense into Cate or slap Pete upside the head, I was fully engaged in the story at all times.
I love the way the spiritual elements are seamlessly woven into the story line. I always find that Amish fiction is consistently the best at accomplishing this. Even if the people walk away from God, they always seem to come back. And you will see that in Cate, and I found it very inspiring. And God works in the lives of everyone else as well, and by the end of the book, everyone is serving God!
If you like Amish fiction and/or clean romances, this is definitely the book for you! I can't recommend it highly enough.
Posted August 26, 2013
A Good Amish Fiction Read! This book was a good read from begin
A Good Amish Fiction Read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was a good read from beginning to end! I enjoyed this book so much. I haven't read an Amish
fiction book quite like this one. I think that is why I liked it so much.
Cate Miller is one feisty gal. She has resigned herself to the fact that she will never marry. All the guys
hang around her younger sister Betsy without giving Cate a second glance or so it seems. Perhaps her
grumpy and grouchy attitude doesn't help. Maybe Pete Treger, from New York can soften Cate up, then
again maybe not. Will Cate ever find someone to love and will she find happiness?
When we distance ourselves from God, things can turn out far different then what we hoped it would.
Will Cate find her way back to God and happiness? Can she let go of bitterness and learn to forgive?
I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Posted April 30, 2013
If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be clever. Why
If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be clever. Why clever you ask? Leslie has taken the skeleton of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and fleshed it out in her own unique way. It is kind of like Old England meets Lancaster County.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I am a big fan of Shakespearian literature so when I first heard about this book I kept wondering how Leslie was going to stay true to the storyline yet keep it an Amish based book. I was pleasantly surprised at how closely she stuck to the original.
The thought of an Amish woman being a shrew just didn’t fit with my perception of how I think they conduct themselves. The character of Cate really does start out as a shrew. It is very interesting to read about why Cate has developed such a churlish attitude. The contrast between her and her sister Betsy couldn’t be more apparent. The whole community loves Betsy but many tend to avoid Cate. Of course if you know the original story you already know that Betsy isn’t all that she appears to be. Cate’s motives are about self-preservation while Betsy’s are just selfish.
The second book in the series, Adoring Addy was just released and I look forward to snatching it up as well. It is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. If it is even half as witty as this book it will be worth the read.
Posted April 2, 2013
Evidently being a self-sufficient, bull-headed female isn't uniq
Evidently being a self-sufficient, bull-headed female isn't unique to Englisch women. As Cate Miller shows us, there are Amish women who want to be self-sufficient and not dependent on a man. Cate Miller is a sharp-tongued, independent woman who hides behind her temper in her attempt to shelter her heart. With a head for business, she wants nothing more than help her Da run his many businesses and maybe, just maybe, start one of her own. Unfortunately, Cate lives in a culture where women are there to take care of and be taken care of by a man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Due to an unfortunate and embarrassing event with a young man who she thought was a suitor she now makes sure she hurts others before she gets hurt. The only person who seems to be able to get under skin is her sister, Betsy. Unlike Cate, Betsy wants nothing more than to get married and will do absolutely anything to make sure she gets the chance.
The story was well told, but it ran a little slow for me. I had a little trouble connecting with the characters, and while I understood the motives behind why Cate acted the way she did, I just had a hard time feeling empathy towards her. I did, however, fall in love with her big, burly, gruff dad and was really hoping he would get together with one of the secondary characters. Maybe he will in one of the following books.
All in all, not a bad book. Probably not a re-read, but I didn't feel like I wasted my time or anything. This book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publisher's Book Reviewer Program.
Posted March 24, 2013
Summary: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould follows the story of Cate
Summary: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould follows the story of Cate Miller, an Amish twenty-three year old bookkeeper who would rather spend time with her nose in a book than attend local social events. Having been burned in love, and teased mercilessly by the local boys, she develops a serious defense mechanism to ward off further hurt-a quick temper, and an even quicker tongue. And, it doesn’t help to see how all men seem to fall at her beautiful sister Betsy’s feet in any attempt to get her attention.
Cate comes to the conclusion that she will never be loved and is content to just read her books, work in her father’s shop, and possibly start her own business one day.
Then, just when she thought her path in life was set, her father-desperate to see her married and happy-issues a decree:Cate must marry before Betsy can. Not only that, but Betsy cannot even attend social events unless Cate agrees to attend.
What seems like a death sentence for Cate all changes when Pete Treger comes to town. He loves books, adventure, and seems to really like Cate-in spite of her quick temper. Will this be the answer to everything? Everything seems to be smooth sailing until Cate discovers a mean plot set up by the local boys. Are Pete’s feelings for her real, or is he a part of the conspiracy?
My Thoughts: I have to admit that when I first tried to read this book, I gave up before page twenty. I didn’t really care for the characters, and the book just didn’t grab my attention. It took quite a while before I picked it up again. Once I got past the first twenty pages or so, I actually started to enjoy the book. Once I got more into the background of why the characters were acting the way they were, I wanted to find out what happened. This book was a quick read (once I got past the slow start), and the plot was interesting-delving into what can happen when someone believes that they are not worthy of love-and how that, combined with not trusting in God, can lead to some big mistakes in life. I think this book is worth the read, but is probably a check-out-of-the-library read, more than a “buy” read.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my unbiased review.
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Posted February 2, 2013
Cate is a strong caring person from a very young age Cate Mille
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Cate Miller has raised her sister Betsy since she was very young, after the death of their mother and grandmother.Through the years Cate has become known for her sharp tongue and fiery temper. After all she was picked on all through her school years by Seth Martin and his twin brothers Martin and Mervin, or as she calls them M & M. When Cate and Seth got older he convinced Cate that he liked her and she agreed to court him, even accepted his proposal of marriage. That is until she found out he only wanted to marry her for her father's money, a well to do man in their community. After that she seemed to be even more bitter and had no desire to date, marry or have a family, she was resigned to become an old maid and start her own business.
Betsy on the other hand, was well liked, had lots of friends and considered by everyone as very pretty. There were a lot of boys wanting to court her, and she went through many. Betsy finally finds one, Levi, from a neighboring community that she wants to marry. There is one problem though, their father wants Cate to find someone to love and marry so she can have a family of her own first.
When Cate's father puts an edict into effect that Betsy can't court if Cate doesn't, and Cate must marry before Betsy can. This causes a lot of problems for the two girls. Pete Tregor, from New York, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania and happens to be a cousin of Nan, the lady who brings the bookmobile to town and knows Cate well, you see Cate spends any spare second she has reading. Pete becomes friends with Cate, Betsy, Levi and M & M. Soon Cate finds herself being more attracted to Pete and goes on some outings with him. The attraction ends when she overhears M & M talking about paying Pete to date her, so now she realizes that Pete only likes her for her father's money also
Knowing Cate will do anything for her, Betsy tells her that she may be pregnant and needs to marry quickly. Cate will not only do anything for Betsy she will do anything to protect her family, even protect them from shame, so she talks to Pete and he agrees to marry her. They get married within two weeks. Pete was late getting to the ceremony and as soon as the service was over he tells her that they have to leave for his home in New York immediately, they couldn't even stay for the usual wedding supper, and as she's coming downstairs with her bag to leave she sees M & M hand Pete an envelope, his pay off.
After hitch hiking in the rain and getting soaked they arrive at his parents house, if you can call it that, in the middle of the night. They go to his old room and when she hears someone pounding on the door she finds Pete gone and hears her new mother-in-law, who she's never met, yelling at her to get up it's getting late. After she eats her breakfast she's instructed what her chores are to be for the day.
Cate goes from what is one of the best Amish homes there are with running water, an indoor bathroom and plenty of room to a home that is no more than a cabin with no indoor plumbing and being treated like a slave. She knows she can never divorce but when she finds out that Pete's brother is married to the woman Pete loved and is the reason he left, what will she do? Will Cate give up and go back to Pennsylvania by herself, how long can she live like this? Why isn't she hearing anything about Betsy's wedding and when it is, why does it seem everything is against her when all she tried to do her whole life is help her dad by raising Betsy and helping him in his business?
Leslie does a wonderful job of telling Cate's story, I found myself feeling her pain and wanting to tell some people off, especially Betsy, being the ungrateful person she is, after the edict is put in effect. You have to get this book so you can read everything that was done to Cate and how strong a person she is. Such a giving person, she deserves more than what she's getting and needs someone to stand up for her instead of against her, which is how she feels.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book to review. 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
Posted January 27, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. This was such an enjoyable novel I j
I really enjoyed this book. This was such an enjoyable novel I just didn't want it to end. I loved how Cate isn't an ordinary Amish woman that is wise to all the tasks of cooking, acting, etc. It makes her that much more unique and lovable. I love how she has such a passion for reading, and how her father's love for her is so great he doesn't stamp that passion down. He has her best interests at heart which makes him just as lovable. Although he demands she get married before her younger sister can, he just doesn't want her to miss out on the family life. Realizing her father was just trying to make sure she had a happy future, and that he wasn't going to change his mind she decides she must try again at courting. Considering she told off all the suitable Amish men that had courted her in the past Cate is afraid her little sister will never have a chance at marriage. Accepting her father's decision and moving forward with their plans she does put herself out there once again, albeit uncomfortably.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was a little disappointed at the circumstances of Pete and Cate considering he did seem more interested in Betsy at first. While not the typical Amish romance novel where a couple courts forever and finds love this was one of a thrust together circumstance. There are sparks here and there between Pete and Cate which the reader can see almost from the beginning even if the sparks are a bit small. It builds the anticipation of the reader to what the future holds for these two characters, and from the get-go you can tell something is bound to come about.
I didn't much care for Betsy, Cate's younger sister, and thought her incredibly spoiled. She seemed too self-centered, and was very surprising for an Amish woman. She seemed to enjoy playing many of the eligible bachelors that courted her, and was just very unsure of whom she wanted as a suitor. Cate's love for her regardless of her spoiled attitude was very heart-warming, and just goes to show how lovable Cate really is despite her fiery temper.
I felt all in all this book was a wonderful read, and I wish I could have seen further how Cate and Pete's future would fold out. It definitely left me wanting more.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted January 22, 2013
This was the first Amish Fiction I have read. I didn't know what
This was the first Amish Fiction I have read. I didn't know what to expect, because I have never had any contact with an Amish community.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It took me the first chapter to figure out the Amish language, but after that I loved the story so much! It was such a great book. It had twists that I did not see coming, and it is not your typical christian romance. The author allowed you to feel all their strugles like they were your own. I can't wait for book two!
Posted January 20, 2013
Author Leslie Gould¿s novel, Courting Cate, is a story of two si
Author Leslie Gould’s novel, Courting Cate, is a story of two sisters, Cate and Betsy Miller, and their journey into matrimony. Elder sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her beauty. Younger sister, Betsy, is attractive and flirty, drawing many suitors throughout Paradise Township. Things take a dramatic turn when the sisters’ wealthy father passes an edict: Cate must marry first. Cate doesn’t have any suitors – until Pete Treger comes to Paradise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Pete Treger journey brings him to Paradise looking to secure his future. But after meeting Cate and Betsy Miller, Pete gets more than he bargains for. A plan is set in motion by local bachelors to get Pete to pursue Cate. However, Cate is suspicious of Pete’s actions and questions his interest in her.
Based on Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew, Courting Cate is a compelling story about a young Amish woman’s journey to finding love and trust in God. Courting Cate is not your typical Amish story. Cate has always seen self-worth through her performance. She uses books as an escape to living life. Cate’s younger sister, Betsy, appears to have everything Cate lacks: beauty, talent and sweetness. Their father, Bob Miller, realizes that he has neglected his elder daughter’s well-being. He sets out to correct his error by passing an edict. This sets the sisters at odds. Betsy begins to see Cate as a hindrance to her future. Enter Paul Treger. He represents love and acceptance but Cate is fearful and suspicious – afraid to be loved and to give love.
Leslie Gould weaves a beautiful story of redemption and restoration. The principle and secondary characters are believable and amusing. The author draws you into the characters’ thoughts and feelings. The dialogue will have you laughing at the same time touch your heart. There are life lessons in Courting Cate that will resonate with the reader – you will see yourself through the eyes of these characters. This book is a page turner.
I received this complimentary book from Bethany House as part of their book review bloggers program. 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.
Posted January 18, 2013
I absolutely loved this book. This was another one of those st
I absolutely loved this book. This was another one of those storylines that kept me reading until 4am, as it was too fun to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I felt a kinship with Cate as she struggled with trusting men since she was concerned they were really pining for her younger sister. I liked her personality, her brains and her ornery tongue. Being a bit of a feisty lady myself, I wanted to thump her little sister Betsy and Betsy's friends many times throughout the story. Cate had enough support around her, if only she would open herself up to trust them.
Pete was really wonderful for much of the book, though the halfway point got really frustrating for me. Cate and Pete had a great connection that Cate struggled to resist. When their circumstances change and Cate is thrust into hardship, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been as gracious as she was, but it was fun watching her grow and mature through the adversity that is sent her way.
This is the first book I've read by Leslie Gould and I truly enjoyed it. I like her writing style, characters and descriptions. Though this is Amish Fiction, I would say this book is less about the Amish traditions than it is about the particular characters in the book.
In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Bethany House
Posted January 12, 2013
I was so excited to pick up Courting Cate by Leslie Gould as I w
I was so excited to pick up Courting Cate by Leslie Gould as I won a copy in an author party hosted by Litfuse. There is just something about reading a book that you have won that makes you want to dive right in and start reading. I think the very interesting thing about this book is that it is an Amish themed retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Needless to say, it was an interesting take and I really enjoyed the book! I think if you enjoy Shakespeare as well as Amish fiction—I think you will enjoy this rendition! Oh, and I know you can't judge a book by the cover but I think the cover model is absolutely stunning!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
About the Story:
Cate Miller can be very hard to get along with. She has a fiery temper that pushes away anyone that attempts to get close to her. Truth is, Cate had her heart broken and she is determined to never let love get in her way again. That is—until her father declares that her younger sister is not allowed to marry unless Cate marries first. Cate would do anything for her little sister and decides to give an Amish drifter named Pete a chance. That is—until her father declares that her younger sister is not allowed to marry unless Cate marries first. Cate would do anything for her little sister and decides to give an Amish drifter named Pete a chance.
Pete is intriguing. That much is true. But, is his interest in Cate sincere or does he have some ulterior motive? Just as Cate believes that she could finally love someone—her faith in him is shattered and her heart is broken again. Yet, when circumstances find her in the acquaintance of a bitterly hateful old lady—Cate begins to take a good look at her own bitterness. Does she really want to be a shrew?
I thought this story was really sweet and quirky for an Amish tale. Something about the author’s writing is unique and I honestly cannot wait until her next book is released. I think I have read it will be an Amish rendition of Romeo and Juliet. That should be very interesting! If you’re looking for quirky Amish books that are a little outside the norm—pick up Courting Cate and then hop over to the author’s website to learn more!
Posted January 5, 2013
As I sat down to read this book, I was rather certain of the cou
As I sat down to read this book, I was rather certain of the course the storyline would take. Romantic Christian Fiction novels tend to end in much the same manner as the ten before. While the storyline is somewhat expected, I was surprised to find the usual “end” closer to the middle of the plot with lots of dips and spills to follow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As far as Cate is concerned, I’ve found another kindred spirit. Her sharp words, practical ways, and strong will collided with mine, making us one in the same. It was, however, Cate’s assumptions of other’s thoughts of her (both physically and intellectually) that made me pause and find that there are moments when I realize I am NOT the only one to think, feel, respond that way… when you can sit down with seemingly unassuming book and end up with a friend, that turns simple words into a wonderful story. Oh! And did I mention it may be possible that Cate loved books even more than I?
As Cate and Pete’s story unfolded – think Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – a wild range of emotions hit. From first time hostilities to compassionate moments, they hit them all. Their relationship does not find resolution until the final chapters and the highs and lows of both Cate and Pete weave a beautiful story of maturing together and learning to love.
Overall, a wonderful read. I look forward to the next one!
***Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted January 1, 2013
I'm not one to read a lot of Amish fiction. In fact, this is the
I'm not one to read a lot of Amish fiction. In fact, this is the third one I've read ~ and the only one I've read by this author. I also must admit that I, more often than not, like Shakespeare. This is what got me into this book. Leslie Gould's book Courting Cate is actually based on Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the Shrew.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Another thing that got me reading this particular book, was that it was written from first person point of view. My favorite character perspective... because it's what I write.
I enjoyed this book very much. All of the characters are very well developed although we are never "in" any of them but Cate. It had been a long--make that VERY long time--since I'd read the play, so many of the plot twists took me by surprise. My favorite kind of book is usually written from first person so that the reader gets to know everyone and everything as the main character does... and this book did a very good job of doing that. I would have liked even more clues about the true character and aspirations of the hero, Pete Treger, throughout the book. Both Cate and Pete were a very likable characters, though, and I loved coming to their happy ending at the end of the book.
I was given a paperback copy of this book by Bethany House in order to read and give my honest review for a LitFuse Publicity Blog Tour.
Posted December 31, 2012
Taming of the Shrew¿Amish style. I really enjoyed reading this n
Taming of the Shrew…Amish style. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I kept thinking about 10 Things I Hate About You and, although Pete is not your average Heath Ledger, Cate and Betsy fit the bill of the characters pretty well. I enjoyed Cate’s hard heart and tough exterior, and, of course, that she was a book nerd. I liked that she wanted to start a business and researched things that could help out her community. Sometimes Cate was stubborn and had outrageous moments that would probably have made me disliked her, but I just couldn’t. At first I thought the language was a little difficult, but surprisingly I caught on pretty quick after the first chapter or two. I also found it odd that almost immediately after meeting Pete she found herself hoping that he liked her, and shortly after she was stating that she would never marry. It was a bit confusing at first, but the adventure of the novel really took off and the confusing stuff at the beginning ended up not really mattering. There were some confusing, and even some frustrating moments in this novel, but really The Taming of the Shrew is filled with frustration and even though I found that when Cate and Peter were in New York they both acted very differently from who they really were I loved it when the got back to Lancaster County and I loved their relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cate—Independent business woman. Extremely stubborn, but with a soft-side for family.
Pete—Man I loved Pete, he was so care-free and just going with his heart.
Betsy—She was a brat. She was pretty manipulative, and at one point stated that Cate was in the wrong because Cate never raised her properly, so it wasn’t her fault. And, I kind of seemed like she didn’t really learn her lesson.
At different points, but Pete and Cate were confusing. Cate acted straight rude, and Pete sometimes did the same when he was in New York. I know it helped make the story, but I missed who they truly were at those time.
Also sometimes things were a little confusing. I never really understood what happened with Seth and Cate. It was explained, but I felt like more detail was needed.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story flowed nicely, and even though the language was confusing at first it really started to flow after the first chapter or two. Although the story was one I’ve hear before I liked the new take on it, and I loved the characters…even M&M, whom I hope are going to be in the next novels in the series. I fell in love with the moments that Cate and Pete shared together and was really just falling in love with their romance.
I don’t know if I’ve ever said this, but I usually don’t like reading Christian novels. Sometimes I find that the religious aspect overtake the story, but Bethany House has yet to fail me. The authors, including Leslie Gould, manage to bring the Christian values and intertwine them perfectly into a great story that can be enjoyable to all audiences. Especially those who simply love falling in love.
Posted December 16, 2012
I received this book in the mail yesterday and could not put it
I received this book in the mail yesterday and could not put it down!!! I just finished reading Courting Cate by Leslie Gould. Cate is a free spirited, fiesty Amish woman content with working for her father and reading. I could easily relate to Cate because she loves to visit the bookmobile and read books on a variety of subjects. She has no suitors in sight until Pete shows up. The book is about their volitile relationship, along with her relationship with her sister, father, and others. Cate's maturity and compassion grows in the story, as she struggles with relating with M & M, her inlaws, and her husband. I received this book for free to review for Bethany House Publishers. I would (and will) recommend to my friends, co-workers, and others interested in romance, relationships, and the Amish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2012
Unique Amish story. Courting Cate by Leslie Gould is a very enj
Unique Amish story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Courting Cate by Leslie Gould is a very enjoyable book. I loved the unique story line and the assortment of very believable characters. Cate is a (fun, sweet, lively and lovable) character who refuses to give up on life, no matter what life experiences come her way. She is constantly put to the test by Pete's mom and comes out a better person through it all. It is fun to watch the romance develop between Cate and Pete despite all that there families puts them through. You will come away from Courting Cate with a smile on your face. Courting Cate is book #1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. I look forward to reading book #2 in the series which is due out in April 2013. I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received Courting Cate from Bethany House Publishers & NetGalley for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for my review.
Posted November 30, 2012
"A Great Book for a Rainy Day!". I completely enjoyed
"A Great Book for a Rainy Day!". I completely enjoyed reading Courting Cate. It's a great book to spend an evening with a cozy blanket and enter the world of Lancaster County. The end of each chapter kept me wanting more and I had a hard time putting it down! Refreshing and a glimpse of the Simple Life, that really isn't Simple after all. Made me want to take a drive in the country, after I finished reading....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2012
In Paradise, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Amish beauty, Cate Miller
In Paradise, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Amish beauty, Cate Miller remains single and the talk of her community. Referred to as a shrew because of her irritable and stubborn nature, Cate has lost all hope of finding a husband. Her quick tongue, stubborn attitude and lack of proper domestic skills has turned every young bachelor against her. She would rather spend her free time reading books or working for her father than spending time cooking, cleaning, or in the sewing room. For Cate the only eligible bachelors appear to be middle-aged widowers with several children. Cate raised her 17-year-old sister since the age of 2 days when her mother died, and isn't interested in raising someone else's children. She prefers to remain single rather than marrying an older man and taking on the duties of an already established household and family. Her beautiful and flirtatious sister Betsy, has every young bachelor in Lancaster County looking to court her, but Cate's father draws the line and insists that Cate must marry before Betsy can continue to court. This edict is preposterous to both daughters. Betsy will do whatever she can to be courted by handsome bachelor, Levi Rupp, including deceiving her sister.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Pete Treger, a young Amish man in his mid-twenties and a questionable past, comes to visit Paradise looking for Bob Miller, in the hope of finding a job, and eventually a wife. He aspires to start his own business in the future. He demonstrates a stubbornness all his own, and when forced together as Pete works for her father, Cate bristles. The only things they have in common are the love of reading and their obstinacy. Betsy, her father, and her friends attempt to get Pete and Cate together in the hope that they will begin courting and marry so that Betsy can continue courting and ultimately marry Levi.
Leslie Gould provides a high level of entertainment in this creative story about a high-strung young Amish woman and her flirtatious younger sister. There is nothing predictable about this Amish taming of the shrew. It's definitely a page-turner. The characters in this captivating story are so well defined they could well be people you know. I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the series of the The Courtships of Lancaster County, and look forward to the next in the series. This was a fast-paced and action packed book. I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves Amish fiction.
This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group for the sole purpose of promoting this title and writing my own personal review. The opinions stated in this review are my own.
Posted November 23, 2012
Posted November 12, 2012
Such a different Amish read. Once I started I didn't put it down
Such a different Amish read. Once I started I didn't put it down until I finished! Loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cate has spent her life being a Mother to her sister Betsy. Their Mom died when Betsy was one day old. Could just picture the 7 year old bathing the new born. She knew what and how to do it, her Mom had kept her home from school for the last year of her life.
She loves Betsy and will do anything for her?? Well, when their Dad imposes a edict that Cate will need to marry before Betsy can, and she cannot go out to singings etc. unless Cate goes to. Life changes drastically for all of them.
When Pete Trager comes to town and starts working for their Dad...he is a wealthy Amishman. Cate sees he is interested in Betsy, but he shares her interest in reading. We experience some fun goings on with Cate and Pete.
There is a lot of trickery going on here, and some things are not as they appear.
I should state that Cate through the years has developed what others consider a "prickly personality". She has been scared by some of life happenings and she tends to take it out on others.
Watch her bloom into a "Sweet Cate", but she sure struggles getting there. Do yourself a favor and pick this wonderful read up! You won't be disappointed.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.