Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Courting Cate

Author: Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House
November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1031-0
Genre: Amish

Cate Miller has already run off all the men in Paradise, Pennsylvania with her sharp tongue and fiery temper. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted all the bachelors in Lancaster County.

But then, Cate’s wealthy father makes the humiliating announcement that Cate has to be courted before Betsy is allowed to court, and she must marry before Betsy marries. Cate has no interest in marriage. But she is forced to give in to her father’s demands and Betsy’s manipulative tears to allow some man to court her.

But who?  Then Pete Treger comes to town. He, like all the others, seems to have eyes only for Betsy. But then the men of the area—all wanting Betsy—start prodding Pete in Cate’s direction. Is Pete only interested in Cate’s father’s money—or is he truly interested in the prickly—and rude—Cate?

COURTING CATE, book one in the Courtships of Lancaster County series is the first book I've read by Ms. Gould that she has written without Mindy Starns Clark, but she holds on to Mindy’s style, written in first person. I can’t admit to caring much for Cate in the story—she is a very unkind person—and Betsy is horribly manipulative. But Pete has an awesome sarcastic tongue, and he is the bookworm that Cate is, giving the two much to talk about in the way of books.

I kind of hoped Cate would turn into a softer, warmer individual, and that Pete’s supposed interest in Cate was real and not fueled by money, but as for whether there was a scheme at play or not, you’ll need to read the book to find out.

Ms. Gould did do a good job carrying the story on in first person, and there were many miscommunications and misunderstandings to increase tension. $14.99. 341 pages.


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 Book Info

About Courting Cate: 
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?

Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. 
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Meet Leslie:  
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, includingGarden 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. 
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