Shakespeare meets Amish! Review of Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4)Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing

Suggested Age:13+ Genre:Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Becoming Bea is probably my favorite out of the Courtshipsof Lancaster County series. I think this author has really found her voice. Don’t get me wrong…all of the books have been really good but I just think each book has been better than the last!  This series of books are all Amish renditions of Shakespeare—very loosely based.  They are written in first person perspective which I usually don’t enjoy as much but this author does it really well! 

Note: I have deemed that this book is appropriate for teens. While there’s a minor altercation between Bea and another character becomes a bit violent with her, it is hardly described and the scene is cut short.   As always, I urge parental discretion but in my humble opinion, this book is suitable for teen girls ages thirteen and up. 

“Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?

Beatrice Zook has a love for W-O-R-D-S and apparently so does Ben Rupp.  They’re almost perfect for one another—if they could just drop the competitiveness! Bea and Ben gave courting a go once before but they had a falling out and Bea is determined to never make the same mistake twice.

In fact—Bea is determined to never marry or have children. When she takes a job as a caregiver for premature triplets, she begins to wonder if her resolve to never be a mother is what she really wants for herself. 

Just when things seem to be working out for Bea and Ben, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity causes mistrust between them.  With the uncertainty of their future and with Molly (Bea’s older sister) urging the family to move out of state—it seems that things are officially over for Ben and Bea.

Will things work out or will there be much ado about nothing? 

What do you think?  
Have you ever been hurt by a misunderstanding and how did you overcome your differences and find a way to trust one another? 

What advice would you give to others who are struggling with mistrust?  Do you think it's even possible to trust someone that has hurt you in the past?

Courting Cate|Adoring Addie|Minding Molly|Becoming Bea


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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I received this book free from the publisher through a fantastic program called Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own. This giveaway is being sponsored by Litfuse
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