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Courting Cate (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #1)

Courting Cate (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #1)

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by Leslie Gould

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#1 Bestselling Author Leslie Gould Delivers a New Amish Romance Series

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and


#1 Bestselling Author Leslie Gould Delivers a New Amish Romance Series

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.

Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Courtships of Lancaster County Series , #1
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5.66(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006), and Scrap Everything. 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.

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Courting Cate 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Good Amish Fiction Read! 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.
KCPryzr More than 1 year ago
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.  
Myrrh39 More than 1 year ago
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. 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an Amish version of Taming of the Shrew, but the plain speaking heroine who finds a kinder soul within herself through her belief in God and experiences with her husband and their families will still draw you in. Simply written, but with complex themes, this is a good twist on a classic tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this novel. It was well written with a great story line. The author was well researched and wrote about the life of the Amish people with respect and honesty. I hated when I reached the end. I would have liked to go on with the lives of the characters in this really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wanted her to slap Betsy one good time. Nothing fancy just open palm to cheeck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never really thought of myself as a lover of Amish romance, but I could not put this down! I was crying and laughing at 3:30am! I don't know why it took me awhile to figure out it was like an Amish version of Taming of the Shrew! I will be reading this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Amish, 248 page book was perfectly edited. It was a nice, clean read and unlike many religious books, this one while moral, was not heavily centered on the religious aspect. It seemed as if was centered someplace between the Amish and Mennonite sects. There was some humor, romance, no cursing or violence and there was discussion of unwed sex and what might or did result. It is the tale of two sisters, both are very spoiled and the older one has no sense of humor, hates being teased, was bullied a bit as a child and holds a grudge against everyone. The younger one gets what she wants, no matter the cost to those around her. The reading of books is important in this delightful, fast read. If I had to give it a genre, it would be religious, chick lit. Readers as young as 16 would enjoy this book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow movie storyline. Characters are contrary to human nature. Whoever heard of a pushover shrew? Lots of woman bashing with oodles of religious jargon laying a guilt trip on the woman. And did I mention S L O W ?......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.... was a great read!!! :D The ended was kindov different then i expected which is good.. i wont say anything more 'bout the end so i dont spoil it for others. Recomend it for anyone who loves amish romance storys. :D Hope u enjoy it as much as i did... and its free!!!!!!!!!!!! =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frustrating at times. I really wanted to put betsy in ber place -so self centered selfish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
oklee More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Such a lovely story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice fun clean story. Enjoy reading and learning about the amish people. Good high standard peoplewith high sprincables.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is one of the best Amish books I have ever read. This author has put together a great storyline that just sucks you in and makes you believe you are there. I had a hard time putting this one down. Kathy Weekly
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I could learn to be as forgiving and patient as Cate. Sweet love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book good read easy gread and mice and clean want to read another
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. I need to preface this with that, while I love reading Christian fiction, this was my first Amish book I have ever read. I actually enjoyed reading about their traditions and culture, as it probably wad the only thing that kept me engaged through the book. It's not that it's a poor book. It's just that when you spend 252 pages on a plot that wouldn't have developed so poorly if the characters just spoke to one another, making it hard to develop characters and a deeper plot, because you know everything will work out as a simple misunderstanding by the end. It's just frustrating when a story has the makings of something great but falls way short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is like no other Amish book that I have read , it was so hard to put down once I began reading it!!