Sparks will fly!: A Review of Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Courting CateCourting Cate by Leslie Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited to pick up Courting Cate by Leslie Gould as I won a copy in an author party hosted by Litfuse. There is just something about reading a book that you have won that makes you want to dive right in and start reading. I think the very interesting thing about this book is that it is an Amish themed retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Needless to say, it was an interesting take and I really enjoyed the book! I think if you enjoy Shakespeare as well as Amish fiction—I think you will enjoy this rendition! Oh, and I know you can't judge a book by the cover but I think the cover model is absolutely stunning!

Cate Miller can be very hard to get along with. She has a fiery temper that pushes away anyone that attempts to get close to her. Truth is, Cate had her heart broken and she is determined to never let love get in her way again. That is—until her father declares that her younger sister is not allowed to marry unless Cate marries first. Cate would do anything for her little sister and decides to give an Amish drifter named Pete a chance.

Pete is intriguing. That much is true. But, is his interest in Cate sincere or does he have some ulterior motive? Just as Cate believes that she could finally love someone—her faith in him is shattered and her heart is broken again. Yet, when circumstances find her in the acquaintance of a bitterly hateful old lady—Cate begins to take a good look at her own bitterness. Does she really want to be a shrew?

I thought this story was really sweet and quirky for an Amish tale. Something about the author’s writing is unique and I honestly cannot wait until her next book is released. I think I have read it will be an Amish rendition of Romeo and Juliet. That should be very interesting! If you’re looking for quirky Amish books that are a little outside the norm—pick up Courting Cate and then hop over to the author’s website to learn more!
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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller, a 2012 Christy Award winner, The Amish Nanny, and The Amish Bride. She is also the author of numerous other novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006), and Scrap Everything. She holds and MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her husband and four children live in Portland, Oregon.

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