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Courting Cate (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 26 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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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    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.

    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.  

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Itchy palm

    I just wanted her to slap Betsy one good time. Nothing fancy just open palm to cheeck.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Good

    The book was good, but the sister is horrible. The book is kind of weird. It is a Amish book I havent thought of before, and it will make you somewhat question life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Mostly enjoyed

    I got a little frustrated that such a strong character could be so clueless at times but otherwise really enjoying the story. One of my favorites for Amish stories thus far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Ugh

    Besty was so horrible. Cate should have slapped her a few good times. Honestly cate wasnt the mean one it seemed as if others around her lashed out at her ,she lashed back then got ridiculed for it. Couldnt relate to the characters. Wont re-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Hello

    A 283 page good read of an Amish version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. With religion included.

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  • 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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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