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"Leslie Gould's gift for creating compelling characters never ceases to amaze and delight! She raises the bar with every book she writes."--Mindy Starns Clark, bestselling author of Echoes of Titanic and The House That Cleans Itself

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, 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?

Leslie Gould is the coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife, winner of the 2012 Christy Award for Contemporary Series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online on Facebook or at LeslieGould.com.

"Gould creates a delightful story, offering engaging characters and a page-turning plot. Gould's Courting Cate--the first book in the series titled 'The Courtships of Lancaster County' --is a standout read in Amish fiction." --CBA Retailers & Resources

"[A] clever take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew ... Gould is a fabulous writer in her own right. This charming series debut should appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis and Marta Perry." -Library Journal

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller Courting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic
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Product Details

  • Series: The Courtships of Lancaster County (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,653 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Courting Cate by Leslie Gould is the story of Cate Miller, an Amish girl, who has a no-nonsense personality, interested in books, writing and wants nothing to do with marriage. She raised her younger sister, Betsy who longs to get married to Levi. Their father has put the law down: Betsy may not get married until Cate does. This presents a problem until Pete Treger breezes into town and starts working for Cate's father. He and Cate have a combative friendship, but eventually seem to enjoy each other's company until Cate finds out it was all an act. Or was it? Then her sister tells her news that causes Cate to seal a quick marriage to Pete which she immediately regrets and is stuck in a loveless marriage living with her workaholic in-laws. Cate comes to realize that she has fallen in love with Pete, but she is not sure if he feels the same. Will Cate and Pete have the marriage that they both long for?

I truly loved the beginning of the story when sparks flew between Cate and Pete. I identified with Cate in so many ways except that I did want to get married. However, Cate was very strong and opinionated and I thought she was a great match for Pete. This story has been retold in many ways namely the play, Kiss Me, Kate and the newer contemporary version in a movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. I knew the general plot, but I after Cate got married, it seemed that Pete immediately turned off his charm to her and she was manipulated to work like a maid for his parents. The last half of the story wasn't very appealing to me, but I understood the concept of the plot. But overall, it was a good read and not a typical Amish novel.
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If I could have given this book "0" stars, I would have.

There are so many different authors you can read if you enjoy Amish Fiction. Many of them, because they have done the necessary research, provide a very true-to-life portrayal of Amish life. This isn't one of them.

I like to think of this book as a type of "Jerry Springer meets The Beverly Hillbillies meet Amish Mafia meet an off-off-off Broadway production of The Taming of the Shrew." William must be turning in his grave.

I'd really like to know which Amish community this author choose to do her research on, because it is not like any Amish community I've ever come in contact with, and I've lived near the Amish, gone to school with them, shared meals with them, for almost 40 years now.

It is totally unbelievable that:

A 17, almost 18-year-old Amish girl would have no idea how children are conceived. They have farm animals, for goodness sakes!

An Amish father widowed with two young girls would have absolutely no help in caring for them, thereby leaving a 7 year old child to totally care for a newborn (Cate and her sister)

A 27-year-old Amish woman (married or not) would not be able to cook, clean or weed a garden. It just wouldn't happen. The community would not LET it happen, they would step in to help teach her.

An Amish furniture maker would begin an "international" business. They're not that money hungry.

An Amish family with over 10 children would live in a 3 bedroom house, and two of those bedrooms would be for the parents. Again, it just wouldn't happen. The community would not LET it happen.

That grown Amish children would NOT step in to help their aging parents. Again, it wouldn't happen.
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In this Amish version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Cate Miller is not your typical Amish woman as she would rather spend her time working side by side with her father or reading a good book than spend her time inside a house cleaning and cooking. She has scared away all of the single men in Paradise, Pennsylvania with her sharp tongue and stubborn attitude.

Her younger sister, Betsy, is ready to start courting, but their father will not allow it. He makes a rule that Cate must begin courting first since she is the eldest daughter. This causes a big problem because Cate has no intention of ever marring. Despite the girls' objections, their father has made his decision final.

Cate has no other choice, but to find a respectable husband, which is a little hard considering she has told off every bachelor in the county. Luckily, Pete Treger arrives in town, but just like all other bachelors, he only has eyes for the stunning Betsy. When he realizes that the other men are after Betsy too, he tries his luck with Cate.

Honestly, I have never read Taming of Shrew, but I do recall watching an episode of Moonlighting that was a retelling of it. Here we get another reworking of the classic tale, but this time it is set in the Amish world by author Leslie Gould. I'm an Amish fiction fan, so I was more than eager to review Courting Cate courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishing. This is not your typical Amish book as you a get a look at the different classes, the rich and the poor, of the Amish life. The main character is not your typical Amish girl looking for true love as she would rather stay single than become a housewife.
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