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?
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I lack affinity for bonnets and buggies that are not historical in nature-in fact, I have quite an aversion to the beloved Amish genre. It will surprise no one more than myself that I found Courting Cate to be an endearing and captivating story. The heroine is the antithesis of a typical Lancaster leading lady with her domestically challenged ways and savvy business sense. Her sassy independence is an intentional barrier between her and the her community after a failed courtship has left her emotionally scarred and the target for malicious barbs. A clever reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this story is not a literal interpretation so Gould saves herself from unfair comparison to the Bard. The spirit of the distinct characterization is captured in an authentic and realistic way that does not compromise the genre-specific attributes. Gould uses restraint and allows subtext to explore several thematic issues and character development.
I would not say I have converted to the genre as a whole but Leslie Gould is a promising fresh voice that I am happy to have discovered. The next books in this series will certainly make my reading list.
**Disclosure: review copy provided by Bethany House Publishers**
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Adoring Addie (The Courtships of Lancaster County #3)
When Addie Cramer’s mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier–part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge.
With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents’ wishes. But when one of Addie’s vengeful brothers harms a member of the Mosier family, Jonathan intervenes and is banished from Lancaster County.
A distraught Addie determines to find the true reason for the grudge between the two families, hoping to tear down the animosity of the past. Can their love for each other bridge the divide between their families? Or are they destined to remain apart forever?