I really liked this book. It , to me , was a dfiferent story line than I had read in most Amish Fiction books. It held my interest from start to finish and I could not wait to be able to return to reading to see what was going to happen to Cate next. I felt great empathy for her in making the decisions she made and what she went through in New Youk doing work she was not used to be doing. It was just a wonderful story and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but please read it for yourself. I have already received the second one, Adoring Addie and I hope it is as good as Courting Cate. I do hope these same charahters appear in Adoring Addie. Great book by Leslie Gould.
I have read plenty of Amish romances and fiction in recent times, and I generally love them and award them a 5-star rating with absolutely no trouble. Well, let me tell you something. This is by far one of the best Amish romance I have ever read! It was so different from the others I have read, and in a good way, too! I was drawn into the book from the very beginning, and at times, I was so into the book that I forgot where I was!
This is a unique Amish story. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it will definitely keep you guessing at every turn. While you can count on an ending being something you will enjoy, the journey is full of suspense at times. There were times I just wanted to shake some sense into Cate or slap Pete upside the head, I was fully engaged in the story at all times.
I love the way the spiritual elements are seamlessly woven into the story line. I always find that Amish fiction is consistently the best at accomplishing this. Even if the people walk away from God, they always seem to come back. And you will see that in Cate, and I found it very inspiring. And God works in the lives of everyone else as well, and by the end of the book, everyone is serving God!
If you like Amish fiction and/or clean romances, this is definitely the book for you! I can't recommend it highly enough.
This book was a good read from beginning to end! I enjoyed this book so much. I haven't read an Amish fiction book quite like this one. I think that is why I liked it so much.
Cate Miller is one feisty gal. She has resigned herself to the fact that she will never marry. All the guys hang around her younger sister Betsy without giving Cate a second glance or so it seems. Perhaps her grumpy and grouchy attitude doesn't help. Maybe Pete Treger, from New York can soften Cate up, then again maybe not. Will Cate ever find someone to love and will she find happiness?
When we distance ourselves from God, things can turn out far different then what we hoped it would. Will Cate find her way back to God and happiness? Can she let go of bitterness and learn to forgive?
I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be clever. Why clever you ask? Leslie has taken the skeleton of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and fleshed it out in her own unique way. It is kind of like Old England meets Lancaster County.
I am a big fan of Shakespearian literature so when I first heard about this book I kept wondering how Leslie was going to stay true to the storyline yet keep it an Amish based book. I was pleasantly surprised at how closely she stuck to the original.
The thought of an Amish woman being a shrew just didn't fit with my perception of how I think they conduct themselves. The character of Cate really does start out as a shrew. It is very interesting to read about why Cate has developed such a churlish attitude. The contrast between her and her sister Betsy couldn't be more apparent. The whole community loves Betsy but many tend to avoid Cate. Of course if you know the original story you already know that Betsy isn't all that she appears to be. Cate's motives are about self-preservation while Betsy's are just selfish.
The second book in the series, Adoring Addy was just released and I look forward to snatching it up as well. It is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. If it is even half as witty as this book it will be worth the read.
Even if I hadn't known Courting Cate was a takeoff on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, I would have figured it out soon into this compelling story, but that didn't lessen the enjoyment. Leslie Gould manages to successfully follow in the master's steps with her powerful characters and drama. She also weaves her own twists and surprises into the tale.
Cate may live in Paradise, Pennsylvania, but the community seems anything but that to her. She has practically raised her younger sister, Betsy, after their mother's death. Sweet Betsy is a sought-after beauty, but Cate's feisty tongue and spirit keeps her own suitors away. Then Pete Treger wanders into town and snags a job working for Cate's father. He appears interested in winning her, or maybe it's only Dat's money he wants.
Will Cate be trapped into marriage or manage to get her own way or both? Leslie's first book in this new series, The Courtships of Lancaster County, offers the blessings of good writing that pulls readers along through all the ups and downs until tears flow unchecked by the end. I consider this her best book yet and look forward to reading the next in the series, Adoring Addie, which just came out.