Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Writer's Review of “Courting Cate” by Leslie Gould


I’m not one to read a lot of Amish fiction. In fact, this is the third one I’ve ever 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.

I enjoyed this book very much. All of the characters are very well developed although we are never “in” any of them but Cate since it written from first person point of view from her perspective. It had been a long—make that VERY long time—since I’ve read the play, so many of the plot twists took me by surprise. Like most books written from first person (at least the one’s written solely from one person’s perspective), the reader only 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 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 for my honest review. I gave Leslie Gould’s Courting Cate 4 Stars


When This Couple Gets to Courting, 
Sparks Will Fly!

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

But the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untameable Cate has driven away every suitor–until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.

Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate’s hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.

Bethany House Publishers provided me with a paperback copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I give Leslie Goulds Courting Cate 4 stars



Leslie Gould is the co-author, 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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