17 November 2012

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, Book review & Giveaway

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-0764210310


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.

My thoughts:

Leslie Gould has given an original twist to Amish life when she introduced Cate Miller and Pete  Treger in 'Courting Cate'! 
Who would have thought to see Shakespeare's well loved play 'The Taming of a Shrew' Amish style? This tale of wild courtship had me thinking of the splendid performance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton! Somehow I could not imagine Elizabeth Taylor in Amish clothes!

For entertainment, Leslie Gould's story of a Maidel who is just short of being a shrew and a wandering new comer to Paradise, PA has to be the funniest I have ever heard when it comes to the Amish genre! 
There is such a witty approach to Leslie Gould's description of the two protagonists that you soon find yourself turning page after page (and forgetting the time!) to find out what this courtship is going to entail next. 
Lancaster County has never seemed so lively when this fiery couple spark!

Far from being the usual simple life setting described in other works of this genre, Leslie Gould shows us the business acumen of the Amish and the differences in lifestyle between each district. 

Cate Miller is not your usual Amish young woman: She neither cares for cooking, cleaning or sewing but  she is spirited, well read and runs her Dat's office.  
Believing herself to be unlovable and insecure, Cate has much to learn when she forgets to trust God with the future and it is a hard earned lesson! 
As her suitor Pete surprises her and she fights her heart because she cannot trust him or so she thinks. But as we see it, they are perfect for each other if only they can communicate!

The perfect read for a long rainy afternoon and a great gift for any woman on your Christmas list! 

'Courting Cate', Book # 1 of 'The Courtships of Lancaster County' series rates a good 5 stars!

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE of Courting Cate - Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series below:


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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.

For more on this author visit her website (here)

A retelling of the Taming of the Shrew! 

Leslie Gould is celebrating the release of Courting Cate with a fun Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party (11/20)!

One lucky winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Courting Cate by Leslie Gould
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 19th. Winner will be announced at the "Courting Cate" Author Chat Facebook Party on 11/20. Connect with Leslie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at an Amish trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Courting Cate and join Leslie on the evening of the November 20th for a chance to connect with Leslie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

I received this book free from LITFUSE as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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