Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County Book #4) [NOOK Book]

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Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben ...
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Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County Book #4)

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Overview

Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441264749
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Series: Courtships of Lancaster County , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 22,495
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The Courtships of Lancaster County series and The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, coauthored with Mindy Starns Clark. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller Courting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her husband and four children live in Portland, Oregon.
Learn more about Leslie at www.lesliegould.com.
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  • Posted December 10, 2014

    Another great tale in this series! Beatrice Zook has always

    Another great tale in this series!




    Beatrice Zook has always been somewhat strong-willed and standoffish with her peers, but she is not ready to be whisked off to Montana, far from her roots in Lancaster County. A lifelong sparring match ensued between Beatrice and Ben Rupp over the years as the two competed against each other in their school spelling bees. The sparring continues even though Bea knows it's prideful to have the last say. Marriage has never been an option where Bea is concerned. No one measures up to her high standards.  As she attempts to overcome her bad habits she finds that change is much less difficult while working with an Amish couple with newborn triplets. Her entire outlook changes as she discovers herself more competent and compassionate than she ever thought possible. It seems that love is in the air for everyone but her, but is there anyone capable of making her happy?




    I've thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series by Leslie Gould. Her information pertaining to the Lancaster Amish culture is well researched and delineated in "Becoming Bea." The characters throughout this story exemplify believable traits and characteristics that add a great deal of  interest and variety throughout this story of multiple characters. Personality conflicts as well as new friendships and family dynamics are strong features that surface through difficult days and nights spent keeping up with newborn triplets and a multiplicity of other characters and events. "Becoming Bea" will make you laugh, bring you to tears and cause you to reflect on your own attitude about life. Grab a copy and enjoy the evolving drama as it escalates throughout this great story! You're sure to enjoy it!




    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted November 29, 2014

    Another great story from Leslie Gould! I've come to really enjo

    Another great story from Leslie Gould!

    I've come to really enjoy this series and have looked forward to the release of each book. Becoming Bea was no exception, I'm just sorry it is the last book in the series.

    I enjoyed the characters and loved reading Bea's story, connecting with her since her personality often reminded me much of my own. Of course, her love of books was something I totally understand.

    One of the things that impresses me about Leslie Gould's writing is her ability to draw her readers into the story to such an extent that I was completely sympathetic to Molly in Minding Molly and thought Bea was a bit of a flake, but in Becoming Bea I was on Bea's side all the way and was very annoyed by Molly's incessant bossiness.

    Any fan of Amish fiction is going to love Bea and Ben's story of finding your place and finding a love worth sacrificing self for. Don't miss Leslie Gould's 21st century Amish retelling of Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing.

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    This book is a character-driven, Amish romance at its best. If y

    This book is a character-driven, Amish romance at its best. If you have read other books in this series, you get to re-visit principal players from some of the other books as well as get to know the small close-knit community surrounding this story's main characters, Bea and Ben. 




    Beatrice Zook was the youngest child in the family of sisters and brothers, step-brothers and in-laws. The next oldest sister, Molly, and her husband Leon lived in the same farmhouse with Bea and her Mamm, taking on the responsibility of making it productive again. Bea's dat (father) had died only a few years earlier. It seemed to Bea that Molly had then stepped into dat's shoes and become another parent to her. So it was no wonder that she began to feel the necessity of becoming more independent. Now that she had just turned 21, she was looking for employment outside her home, hopefully within their small community. 




    Thanks to a friend of hers, she heard that Bob and Nan Miller had just given birth to triplets and were now bringing the babies home. They needed helpers. When Bea stepped in to help, the task seemed daunting at first, but soon she found her stride and began to enjoy the new experience. 




    Bob Miller was a cabinet maker who employed several young men, including his son-in-law Pete, the twins who lived near Bea's home (Martin and Mervin), the two sons of Bishop Eicher (Phillip and Don), and Ben Rupp. Ben and Bea had gone to school together; more accurately, they were always at the top of their class, the best spellers in the school, competitive with each other yet also being a challenge to the other to excel. They had become nearly best friends and the reason for each other's love of learning. Their competitiveness cooled a bit after schooling was finished with the eighth grade. However, the year before, Ben began to court Bea formally. She was ecstatic until he suddenly stopped coming around without explaining the reason. Since then, she hasn't trusted him or any other young man. If they did see each other, their exchanges were contentious, with a hint of bitterness on Bea's part.




    Now that Bea was living with the Miller's, she was surprised how crazy the household could get with three newborns, especially when they would get colicky. She worked together with Hope, Nan's niece from New York, and they established some kind of routine. For the first time in her life, Bea was finding herself and blossoming into an attractive young woman. In fact, not only did she attract Ben's attention again, but Don's as well. The rivalry became serious over time while Bea and Ben's relationship suffered several ups and downs. The reader wonders if it will work out at all. Would Bea choose Don instead?




    The author, Leslie Gould, has created an entire cast of characters who have come alive for me. Hope befriended Bea as they worked together with the triplets. Then Hope fell in love with Martin, who worked for Bob in the cabinet shop. He was one of the twins that lived near Bea's home. Martin was a good friend of Ben Rupp. Soon Martin and Hope were trying to play matchmaker to get Ben and Bea back together. Unfortunately, because of so many conflicts, their efforts failed. But during this upheaval, Bea's personality was going through a metamorphosis, thanks to her new job and new friendships. Even her relationship with Molly began to change. At one point, Bea even stood up to Molly, who realized finally that her little sister was maturing. But of all the relationship challenges she faced, the most difficult was with Ben. When, in their on-again off-again courtship, he believed a lie perpetuated by Don and accused her falsely, Bea's heart was crushed. This conflict was written so well that I couldn't help but feel sick at heart with her. 




    Besides all the relationship drama, I enjoyed Ms. Gould's use of the competitive spelling bees as a metaphor that represented the young peoples' struggles with immaturity and growth of character in the present stages of their lives. During their school years, it was for the most part a friendly form of competition--a setting up of standards. But there also existed a rivalry between them that could turn on a dime and become destructive if allowed. Both of them were wordsmiths with a love of learning; something beautiful could come of it, or it could become a stumbling block. Much of the consequences depended on how they handled their pride. Would selfishness grow out of it, or selflessness? 




    The third thing I enjoyed about this book are the details the author uses to describe the introduction of triplets into the Miller household. The situation with preemies in a Plain household was intriguing, amazing and heart-warming. I was right there walking the halls in the middle of the night with Hope, Bea, Cate, Nan and Bob. I could feel the frustrations and the rewards of caring for such precious little ones. It brought back memories of my daughter when she had colic for nearly three months. It was unsettling, but still generates warm feelings when I think back. 




    The author created some heart-rending conflict, but the final resolution is satisfying to read. In fact, I read it over at least three times. It was one of the loveliest scenes I've ever read. If you enjoy Amish romances, you don't want to miss this one. 




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher's Blogger Review 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.”

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  • Posted November 19, 2014

    He Loves Me....He Loves Me Not..... Bea is a 21 year old, quiet

    He Loves Me....He Loves Me Not.....

    Bea is a 21 year old, quiet Amish girl living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Her father has passed away, and her mother has recently survived a brain tumor.  Molly, her older sister, has tried to run Bea's life as far back as she can remember.  Now married, Molly wants to force homebody Bea to accompany her on an extended visit to Montana to visit Molly's in-laws.  Frantically wanting to avoid the trip, Bea gets a job helping the nearby Miller family with general housework and their recently born, premature triplets. 
    Although Bea has no experience with babies, she is motivated to learn quickly.  She wants to have a job, so she won't be pressed to go with Molly on her trip.  Bea soon finds she adores children.  Despite getting little sleep, and working really hard at the Miller's, her job is a labor of love.  She even squeezes in time to help harvest the apples that are in the Miller's yard and trees.   She uses much of the fruit in her many apple recipes while cooking for the family.
    The one drawback to the job is Ben Rupp.  He is also working at the Miller's.  Bea and Ben were strong competitors with each other every single year in school.  They always tried to outdo the other in spelling.  Their fierce rivalry in the 8th grade spelling bee was so over-the-top, the school board forbid future spelling bees--because of their very non-Amish behavior.  Although Ben frustrated Bea in school, she really thrived on their mutual spelling battles.  
    Ben and Bea have a further history because he courted her a couple of years earlier. Suddenly he just stopped courting without any explanation.  Bea has felt hurt, rejected and angry ever since.  Whenever he is near her, she feels he is verbally attacking her, and she responds in kind.  
    Since the two of them are working at the Miller's, Ben acts like he wants to court Bea again.  This confuses Bea and she doesn't want to open her heart for more hurt.  She fears he might jilt her suddenly like he did before--especially since the first rejection has never been explained.  She doesn't trust him, and wants to understand what happened.    
    When Molly returns from her trip, Bea discovers Molly has set in motion plans  that will completely change the course of Bea's life.  Bea is horrified by Molly's interference, but she is also traumatized by events that have taken place in her family's absence.  Bea has found herself unjustly accused of something she did not do, and sadly finds very few will believe her.  Ben is one of her worst non-believers, and has broken her heart once again.  
    Will Bea get a say in the course her life will follow, or will she meekly give in to Molly's life-plan?  Now that she has discovered the joy of children, is Bea destined never to have any of her own?  And will Bea get justice and have her name cleared of the false accusations?
    This was an enjoyable look at Amish life and romance.  The frantic pace that three newborn preemies cause in the Miller household rang very true.  The story also covered some unexpected ground I have never read in other Amish books.  This book is part of a series, but Becoming Bea can stand alone.  Anyone who enjoys well-written Amish books, or Christian fiction, would enjoy this 5-star book.
    As a special treat, the author, Leslie Gould, has allowed me to share one of Bea's yummy apple recipes:

    Bea's Baked Apples

    Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 3 teaspoons sugar
    • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 6 large apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons water
    • Chopped pecans, if desired, about 1/4 cup, or to taste
    • Raisins, if desired, about 1/4 cup, or to taste

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking dish with the butter.
    2. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Layer about 1/3 of the apples in prepared baking dish; sprinkle with 1/3 of the sugar mixture.  If using nuts and raisins, sprinkle 1/3 over apples.   Repeat layers.  If desired, put pats of butter on top.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Pour water over apples and continue baking until tender, about 15 minutes more.  This turns the sugar/cinnamon mixture into a perfect sauce. 
    4. Check the last 5 to 10 minutes to make sure they are not getting too soft or mushy.

         This would be a great addition for Thanksgiving, & it is gluten-free, too!  Thanks Leslie and Bea.




    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

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  • Posted November 16, 2014

    Leslie Gould's characters are far from perfect, but that's what

    Leslie Gould's characters are far from perfect, but that's what makes them so realistic and easy to relate to. I had a hard time understanding Bea in the previous books in this series, so I was glad to read her perspective and watch her grow as she chose to go outside her comfort zone and serve others in need. Her love/hate relationship with Ben wasn't overly emotional since she would repress her feelings and avoid acknowledging them, which made it difficult as a reader to clue in to what her true emotions were. A cute quirk is their habit of spelling words out to each other and defining them since their rivalry stems from the schoolhouse spelling bees :) Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorite Shakespeare works so it was fun to keep an eye out for scenes and themes based on the play.

    (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing and LitFuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    I enjoyed my first visit with the characters of the series Court

    I enjoyed my first visit with the characters of the series Courtships of Lancaster County. I found that I liked the character of Bea and I related to her a good bit. She would rather stay home with a good book than be around people. I liked how her relationship with Ben developed or redeveloped as it seems. They had been rivals since school when they competed against each other in the class spelling bees. This book was filled with a memorable cast of characters that face real situations.



    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

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    Wonderful love story! I recently had the chance to read a compl

    Wonderful love story!

    I recently had the chance to read a complimentary review copy of the latest book from Leslie Gould - Becoming Bea. This book is the 4th in The Courtships of Lancaster County, but the first that I read. Jumping in in the middle of the series was not an issue, as the author did a great job of providing back story as needed.

    Bea and Ben had known each other since they were in school and as scholars, there was always a competition between them. They had courted briefly, but something had brought that to an end. This really hit home for me, as there was a guy that I went to school with that I was always competing with and even had a crush on at one point. I never dated the guy from school, but used to wonder what if. I really like how the author developed the lead characters because it made them easy to relate to. Like many young adults, finding herself in a new environment helps Bea learn things that she didn't know about herself and overcome fears that she had. This learning helps her become a more confident and slower to react to things around her. Of course, if you want to find out more about Bea, what she learns and what happens, reading the story is the best way.

    As with much of the Amish fiction that I have read, the fact that the characters are Amish seems to be more of a component of the background or scenery, nuances in the story. The story transcends their faith and could be about anyone, anywhere.

    I enjoyed reading this book by Leslie Gould and plan to read her other books - perhaps starting with the earlier books in the series, to learn even more about some of the characters that I met in Becoming Bea.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    Ben and Bea have had a rivalry ever since their first spelling b

    Ben and Bea have had a rivalry ever since their first spelling bee. Those spelling words were creatively sprinkled about the book reminding us of their rivalry and love or words! And maybe affection for each other?




    Bea has always been more comfortable around book and words than people. Growing up in the shadow of her bossy sister, she is shy and wishing to make decisions for herself. When her family decided to take a vacation to Montana, Bea decided to get a job so she could stay in Lancaster County. This is Bea's coming of age story.




    Helping take care of the tropplis (triplets) may take her out of her comfort zone and be harder work than she ever imagined, but it also turns out to be the most rewarding work, giving her dreams she never knew she would have. My appreciation for mothers, all caregivers, disposable diapers, and being able to sleep all night grew immensely as I read about everything Bea had to do!




    As she makes friends and becomes closer to her community, she also grows closer to Ben Rupp! But of course, things can't be that simple! You see, Ben Rupp already hurt her once, and there's Don who can't seem to take no for an answer. As everything spirals out of control, Bea must learn to trust God to make everything turn out for the best. I smiled, laughed, became outraged at the injustices, and almost cried right along with the characters!




    I loved watching Bea grow in faith and character, and watching her relationship with Ben. I enjoyed meeting everyone else, and though I haven't read the first three books in this series, I definitely want to now!




    I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    REVIEW I have read other books by Leslie Gould. The stories a

    REVIEW

    I have read other books by Leslie Gould. The stories are so very enjoyable.Ms. Gould never fails to do her research. Her stories always have the truth about the Amish life and customs in them. She doesn't over dramatize or over romanticize them. Amish people are not any different than Englisch people. We are all human with faults and uncertainties. Bea was a character that could be identified by her struggles. She has an over bearing sister and a mother, although she clearly loves her is passive. In a way Bea seems spoiled. In the Amish world, young women are taught at a young age about how to take care of birthing, infants and small children. But Bea didn't seem to have any experience in any of it. The author made Bea's development in her maturity and her experiences a delight to read about. She grew to love the family she was working for. You learn of Bea and Ben's relationship and how they conquered their problems. Was it their faith in God? I hope you pick up a copy and read it. What a joyous story of how faith can change a life.

    I was given a complimentary copy of BECOMING BEA from the author, Leslie Jean Gould and Litfuse Publishing Group for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    I have really enjoyed this entire series. Becoming Bea was such

    I have really enjoyed this entire series. Becoming Bea was such a great story! I admit that I really did not like Bea in the previous story, Minding Molly. It was so neat to see things from her perspective in this book and become attached to Bea’s character.

    I loved the large number of characters interacting in this book and the fact that Bea grew so much throughout the whole story. She emotionally changed a great deal from start to finish. However, she did hold on to her hurt toward Ben for quite a long time. I just really enjoyed the person she grew in to. Ben did a lot of growing in this book, just like Bea did. He learned some important lessons about trusting the person you love, and communicating better.

    Frustrations and misunderstandings in these Courtships of Lancaster County books usually come from lack of communication between characters, or sometimes certain characters lying to achieve what they want. This is true in Becoming Bea, as well.

    I really appreciated that so many storylines were tied up with a nice bow in this book. I love revisiting characters and Becoming Bea made that possible for me. I definitely recommend this book and the entire series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    If you haven't been reading The Courtship of Lancaster County se

    If you haven't been reading The Courtship of Lancaster County series you have been missing out. Leslie Gould has put together four Shakespeare meets Amish tales that are very clever. In this fourth installment, Becoming Bea, Leslie loosely bases the story on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.

    I have long been a fan of Shakespeare's works and when I first came across this series I was a little skeptical about how such well-known plays would parlay into Amish fiction. I was pleasantly surprised by how the storyline fit the setting. Pure brilliance on Leslie's part!

    Becoming Bea does have some deviation from the original play but in each instance that the two works didn't completely align I thought that the new story twists gave a depth to the overall novel and added to the convictions of the characters. If you are familiar with Much Ado About Nothing you are also aware that there is a very serious and adult misunderstanding. From the outset I was curious how the subject was going to be addressed. Would the author skip it? Would she change that part of the story? I'm pleased to say that she didn't skip it. She did alter it in a way but not so it is left out. In fact I was pleasantly surprised by the way she wove the situation into the overall story.

    My one and only dislike of this novel is that it is the final installment in The Courtship of Lancaster County series. There are a few other plays that I think would be fun to read as an Amish retelling. I do have to say that I was thrilled to read that Leslie is already working on her next series entitled The Neighbors of Lancaster County. If it is anywhere near as entertaining as this one, it will be wonderful.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted November 3, 2014

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    Leslie Gould in her new book, ¿Becoming Bea¿ Book Four in The Co

    Leslie Gould in her new book, “Becoming Bea” Book Four in The Courtships of Lancaster County series published by Bethany House takes us into the life of Beatrice Zook.




    From the back cover:  Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?




    Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.




    One person she’ll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They’ve known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?




    Beatrice Zook is a loner. She seems quite content to keep others at arm’s length, stay at home and help take care of her mother. Until her sister forces her to take drastic action. Now Bea takes a job working for a family that just had triplets, helping take care of them and whatever needs help around the house. Ben Rupp is working for the husband and the two worlds collide once again. What is terrific is watching Bea bloom once she is forced outside her environment and comfort zone. She really is a people person it is just she wanted to hide in her shell. “Becoming Bea” really highlights just how good a story writer Ms. Gould really is.  Leslie Gould has an attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters.  Bea and Ben have a firecracker relationship that is presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go.  “Becoming Bea” deals with themes of finding oneself and restoration as only God can produce.  I liked this book a lot.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   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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  • Posted November 3, 2014

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    I really enjoyed this book, at first I had trouble relating to B

    I really enjoyed this book, at first I had trouble relating to Bea, she was so prickly and stand-offish. As she came to realize her own faults I warmed up to her, to the point when she cried I cried.  I always say I measure the books I read by whether they make me feel the same emotions the characters are feeling. This one definitely did. A great story, there were some things that seemed rushed, but it didn't ruin the story.  I could only imagine that chaotic scene of trying to care for triplets in a multi generational home. I loved Cate from one of Leslie's previous books and was happy to see her here in this story also.  Which reminds me of a thought that I had, it seems that Leslie Gould has a talent for writing character who are a bit prickly and difficult, and still has the talent to make you care about them.  4 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

    A job as a mother¿s helper comes at an opportune time for Beatri

    A job as a mother’s helper comes at an opportune time for Beatrice Zook. She doesn’t have to go to Montana. She can remain the homebody that she is, except at Nan and Bob Miller’s, where she’s helping to care for their three preemie Bopplis. The newborns are, understandably, a lot to handle, especially when the triplets are colicky through the night! Bea hasn’t handled babies much and is almost fearful at first, but it turns out that she has a way with the little ones.

    The one she doesn’t have a way – of patience – with is Benjamin Rupp. Bea and Ben have known each other seemingly forever, and Ben really knows how to push Bea’s buttons. They’re each other’s biggest competition when it comes to words and getting the last word. Attraction is waiting under the surface if they can both get past the other’s façade and understand past hurts.

    This was the first story I’d read by Leslie Gould, and I was pleased by the overall story. Gould presents a solid plot with characters that are well-fleshed-out. It’s easy to assume that the Amish are naturally patient, but patience is something that Bea struggles with, and I appreciated that Gould created Bea in that light. I know I related to her. I also liked her inclusion of spelling words. It strengthened the connection between Bea and Ben and their competitive spirits toward one another. I also connected to the characters through their academically competitive spirits. Bea’s increasing maturity and growing confidence throughout the story is nice to read, and I always love to read stories situated in Lancaster County. I didn’t feel lost not having read the first three books in the series, but I’d start at the beginning of The Courtships of Lancaster County series. If Gould’s first stories are anything like this one, they are G-E-M-S!

    -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

    When Bea's family takes a trip to Montana, Bea gets a job to jus

    When Bea's family takes a trip to Montana, Bea gets a job to justify not going with
    them. Staying with another family in the district, Bea becomes better acquainted
    with people her age she's shied away from. And, she renews a relationship with her
    school rival, Ben, thanks to their friends. They put a plan in motion to bring Bea and Ben
    together, but the plan is complicated and thwarted by a newcomer to the community.

    Leslie's depth of character development and interesting plot points keep the reader turning
    pages. I wonder... will Edna court Hope's Dat? What's next for Pete and Cate? What happens
    with the bookstore? Readers don't have to love Shakespeare or Amish
    stories to enjoy Leslie Gould's Courtships of Lancaster County series.

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  • Posted October 25, 2014

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    For Beatrice Zook it has always been about who will have the las

    For Beatrice Zook it has always been about who will have the last W-O-R-D. To stay that her and Ben Rupp are competitive would be a sheer understatement. For as long as they were in school, the annual spelling bee determined who was the winner. At first it was all about studying definitions, spellings, and root meanings, but for as long as either of them could remember it was about so much more. Until the Amish district decided that there was too much pride in winning the spelling bees, and they were banned.

    Last time Bea could remember, she was the final winner, but after all those competitions between her and Ben, it was tied. Since the Amish graduate at the 8th grade, that was where it ended. In a tie. Bea at one time had hoped for something more between her and Ben, but an argument between them ended things before they ever got started. And now, every time, they see one another, it's a contest of wits, words and emotions.

    Bea believes her life is content keeping people at arms length and sees no reason to step outside her comfort zone to make friends, find a suitable husband or even venture outside her home. Between her books and taking care of her Mamm who survived surgery to remove a brain tumor, she believes her life is complete. Until her sister Molly arrives home from church and announces they are all planning a trip to Montana to visit her husband's family and to give the family a much needed vacation. That is the last thing Bea wants and the only way out of it, is to find a job before the start of the trip.

    Lucky for her, Nan and Bob Miller have been looking for someone to help with the care of triplet preemies, as well as taking care of the house, cooking and anything else Bea can help with. Nan is still recovering from their birth and to say that taking care of three infants is more than a handful, would be an understatement. Not only that but Bob's business in cabinet making is taking on more business than he can handle and he's hired a few of the local boys to help out. One of them just happens to be Ben Rupp. But will Bea have the last word this T-I-M-E?

    I received Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I absolutely LOVED this novel. I'd read Courting Cate quite some time ago and was anxious to get back to Lancaster County to see how things were going. I love that Bea and Ben still have that competitive edge and I found myself relating quite a bit to Bea because all through high school, I was what some would call a loner. So to see her trying to find her way in the world, while her sister believes she has Bea's best interests in mind was something I could relate to. It's a great reminder of just how the Amish community works together to help one another out when they truly have a need and families are always looked after. This one easily rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my O-P-I-N-I-O-N! This is the fourth novel in the Courtships of Lancaster Series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Truly Wonderful

    This is 4th book in Leslie Gould's Courtships of Lancaster Co Seriea. I had preordered the book and I'm so happy I did. The author caught us up on the couples from the first three books of the series and gives us the love story of Bea & Ben. However she also givea us two other couples to fall in love with. Mervin & Hannah. Martin & Hope.

    Each couple has its share of struggles. As we all do when falling in love and planning a life togethed.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

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    Welcome back to this Lancaster PA Amish community, and the folks

    Welcome back to this Lancaster PA Amish community, and the folks we have come to love and become friends with. In the last book we spent time with Molly Zook, and her family. As this book begins she and Leon are married, and the focus of this story is on her sister Bea.
    We come of think of Bea as being rather anti-social, and with no prospects of a suitor. Will she spend her life as a spinster, a helper for her sister? Will she and Ben ever stop fighting? Two competitors, who literally changed the schools spelling bee competition, one always had to outdo the other, to much pride here.
    Loved how this community rally around one another, whenever there is a need, whether there is a death, an accident or even a new baby. A helping hand is there, to hold a hand or a baby, and a hot meal soon appears.
    Bea does try to move outside her shell, she does apply for a job to help a new mother of triplets. Can you imagine, of course some can, but not me, three crying at once? Will Bea be able to handle this; she can barely go down to the market on her own property!
    This is one interesting story and will keep you turning the pages, and of course there is always someone who is the bad apple, and you hope that everyone will find out and take care of them.
    Come along and ride in the buggy with these young couples, there may be some new marriages here, and some may not make it to the altar.
    A really get Amish read here that you don’t want to miss!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    ¿Triple¿ ¿ involving three parts.  ¿Treasure¿ ¿ precious gems, m

    “Triple” – involving three parts.  “Treasure” – precious gems, metals, or valuables.
    1.)  Believable Bea thinks her family and friends are marvelous, but at times finds them maddening!  If you're looking for a fun love story, you've found one. I normally don't read romances, but  I've read all the Courtships of Lancaster County books, and appreciate them very much.  Bea, like all of the Lancaster County heroines, must decide how to love her family as her love for Ben grows. She must learn to love even herself.  Leslie Gould continues the stories of "Courting Cate," "Adoring Addie," and "Minding Molly," developing the characters in each story as an ongoing chronicle of the town. 

    2.)  As you come to know Bea, you come to understand the strength of her character. She deals with gross injustice and gossip, and must grapple with how to sort it all out.  I love that Bea wants to grow in the face of unfair circumstances. Though she struggles and stumbles, she matures and draws the admiration of friends and family along the way.

    3.)  If you like words like I do, you’ll get a chuckle out of Bea and archrival spelling competitor, Ben, who S-P-E-L-L- W-O-R-D-S and define them as they argue. When they interact, all kinds of sparks fly! Will her pride win out over her heart? Find out. Read "Becoming Bea."

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    E-N-J-O-Y-A-B-L-E Becoming Bea, Book 4 in The Co





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    Becoming Bea, Book 4 in The Courtships of Lancaster County, was a joy to read. Just like the first three books in this series, this story held my attention and kept me guessing.  In Leslie Gould's books, the characters don't just go from point A to point B. They have to travel through all types of emotions, ups and downs, doubts, fears and finally joy and laughter.....keeping you from figuring out how it will all turn out. Of course, if you have read the plays that these books are based upon, you will have a clue, but even so, Leslie adds her own little twists that make her books so interesting. I am NOT an Amish Fiction reader....this series is the only (Amish) series I have found that I have truly enjoyed. Yes, it is obvious that they are Amish, but the storylines make me not think about it. They are simply very good reads. I am looking forward to reading more books by Leslie. 




    I highly recommend this series. 




    I received a copy of Becoming Bea from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.....but how can I not, it was great!

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