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Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Courting Cate

#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.

Goodreads Summary

I’ve always loved the “Taming of the Shrew” storyline, except that it
always seems a little cruel as it progresses.  In this Amish version, the
meanness doesn’t rear its ugly head except for unkind brothers M&M and
Seth.  Cate Miller is no shrew; she’s a likable creative,
business-minded, caring, no-nonsense young woman.  Her younger sister is
spoiled and self-centered…but gets away with it because she’s the baby.
Betsey tells Cate, “Surely Dat’s money will attract someone.”  When
handsome Pete comes into the community, you know that he is going to be
the one to “tame” Cate; but, it’s really nice to read how their friendship
grows (not too much romance because of the theme) while they’re sparring
wits.  You’ll get a laugh (at yourself) during the scene where Cate I
capsized by one of the M&M brothers.  We’ve all behaved better in front of
someone we want to impress.

Cate hugely sacrifices her pride for her sister and a chance at love.
Gould’s description of Cate’s evolution into a less “prickly” person is
fun to read.  Since I love books, I like how Cate and Pete connect because
they’re such big readers.  I was as horrified as Cate to hear what Pete
does with his books as he walks, hitchhikes, and camps his way across the
country.  Since I’ve always imagined Amish life to be such hard work, it
was interesting to see Cate’s view of Pete’s Amish community where the
work and farm life are even more primitive than what she’s used to.

Four Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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  1. Christine said...:

    I'd never considered a book that takes place in an Amish setting, but this one does sound good--thanks for the review!