I'm really enjoying The Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. I think Becoming Bea is my favorite so far.
Beatrice Zook and Ben Rupp have been friends since childhood. They once courted, but Ben broke it off, leaving Bea hurt and hesitant to trust him again. Their rivalry since a school spelling bee has carried into a deeper conflict as adults. When Bea helps a family care for their triplets, she learns more about herself and her feelings toward Ben, along with the lessons God has in store for her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I was under no obligation to review it. Becoming Bea is a well-written, heart-warming romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series by Leslie Gould.
God Overcomes Pride and Miscommunications, and Heals Relationships!
December 23, 2014
I havent read the others in the series, and this is the last book, so my thoughts are from that standpoint.
I loved this book!! Beas controlling sister Molly reminded me of times with my mom, and friends Ive seen put in these situations. I love that things are resolved between them in the end, and that they can begin a real sister relationship. Healing and restoration are always great things!
Bea is a good example of someone who has let her pride and introverted-ness isolate her in all of her relationships, or prevent her from even having relationships/friendships. And pride and fear are behind her antagonist attitude toward Ben. As her confidence grows while caring for a neighbors triplets, so does her openness to friendship. And, as usual, its always good to communicate with each other when theres a misunderstanding, rather than listen to others or jump to conclusions!
So many great lessons here, but youll have to read it yourself to find out the rest!
A personal favorite bit, because its a part of nature that I also love, is this: Ahead was a forest of trees, their leaves fiery red and orange. Oh, myits like a tunnel!! I said. I adore tree tunnels!!!!
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**
Beatrice Zook has always been somewhat strong-willed and standoffish with her peers, but she is not ready to be whisked off to Montana, far from her roots in Lancaster County. A lifelong sparring match ensued between Beatrice and Ben Rupp over the years as the two competed against each other in their school spelling bees. The sparring continues even though Bea knows it's prideful to have the last say. Marriage has never been an option where Bea is concerned. No one measures up to her high standards. As she attempts to overcome her bad habits she finds that change is much less difficult while working with an Amish couple with newborn triplets. Her entire outlook changes as she discovers herself more competent and compassionate than she ever thought possible. It seems that love is in the air for everyone but her, but is there anyone capable of making her happy?
I've thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series by Leslie Gould. Her information pertaining to the Lancaster Amish culture is well researched and delineated in "Becoming Bea." The characters throughout this story exemplify believable traits and characteristics that add a great deal of interest and variety throughout this story of multiple characters. Personality conflicts as well as new friendships and family dynamics are strong features that surface through difficult days and nights spent keeping up with newborn triplets and a multiplicity of other characters and events. "Becoming Bea" will make you laugh, bring you to tears and cause you to reflect on your own attitude about life. Grab a copy and enjoy the evolving drama as it escalates throughout this great story! You're sure to enjoy it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Leslie Gould turns Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing into a classic Amish romance
December 9, 2014
With an intriguing twist to the plot, Leslie Gould turns Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing into a classic Amish romance. She even manages to sneak in some of the actual lines as wellreworded, of course. She comes up with great dialogue herself, and masterfully draws spiritual lessons for her characters from the play. More subtly, she answered questions about motivations and plot development of the original using her characters. And she portrayed life to its fullestAmish or otherwise.
Its a delightful read which will have you turn pages as fast as you can read them. But beware, you may be tempted to stop reading so you can try out the mouth-lubricating recipe ideas which crop up. Family, Food and Loveits an unbeatable combination.
Thanks to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.