Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review: Courting Cate by: Leslie Gould


About the Book:
 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, untamable 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?


About 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.

My Review:
 This is the first book in the series The Courtships in Lancaster County. The author Leslie Gould has done a magnificent job on this book. Her inspiration came from the Shakespearean work Taming of the Shrew and she was able to parallel the two beautifully. Cate in her early twenties finds herself virtually unapproachable by any person of the opposite gender. She doesn't have anyone courting her or any promises of marriage. And while Cate is all together fine with this and has accepted it as her lot in life her father has not.

 The author takes through the misfortune that has befallen Cate as Cate is told along with her sister that neither can court or marry until Cate has become promised to someone. Which of course, turns Cate's younger sister Betsy into a ball of tears. While Cate is at one of her most favorite places a gentleman turns up all be it a stranger, that seems to turn Cate's head if only for a moment. But in all likelihood this man just like all the others will be interested in Betsy and not her, or so she thinks. So Cate goes into her own private little world ready to continue on with her life as she has done before. Until someone stops her dead in her tracks someone that likes a feisty girl and isn't afraid of a challenge.

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me for free through Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.