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Courting Cate (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #1)

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19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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 fro...
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! 




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 by ruthhill74 on December 24, 2013

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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 temp...
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.

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 by KCPryzr on April 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Unlikeable characters drag this down

    Cate may have initially been the shrew,but most of the other characters who tourtured her were far worse. There was neither justice nor redemption for them. Betsywas exceptionally horrid. I didn't really feel for pete either. Surprisingly his folks were the only ones I felt had a good character revelation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Oh my... I read the entire book, would never re-read it. I very

    Oh my... I read the entire book, would never re-read it. I very much enjoy books that are centered around the Amish community but this story line was just too full of angst. Courting Cate should have been titled "A Lack of Communication!" The overview says "Sparks Will Fly!" Wish they had. There were no sparks, no joy, just a famly that didn't talk, couples that didn't talk and friends that didn't talk. Yes, there was finally a happy ending that just sort of "popped up." I appreciate the free read but, for me, this story was just too tedious and the characters too lack luster and depressing!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    ver Very Sad

    Starts out light hearted and becomes heartbreaking. Ends well but much too abruptly.

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    Posted April 18, 2014

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