Saturday, November 3, 2012

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210310
This book is also available as an e-book.

November 1, 2012 The Courtships of Lancaster County (Book 1)
#1 Bestselling Author Leslie Gould Delivers a New Amish Romance Series

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.

Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.

My take on this book:

Cate Miller was seven years old when she sort of became a surrogate mother to her sister Betsy. Fast forward a few years Cate is 23 and Betsy is 17, and the two sisters are just about as different as can be. While Betsy likes to flirt and is the epitome of what the Amish bachelors in her area seem to be drawn to, Cate is totally opposite. She likes to read, doesn't cook very well, and has no problems speaking her mind. Really she isn't very interested in dating or marrying. Thing is her father sets his foot down and says that until Cate gets married, Betsy can't court. Things look sort of grim,who would ever court Cate, well when Pete Treger moves to town, it looks like someone might actually be showing an interest in her. Does Cate spurn Pete's attention, or will she finally meet her match?
Amish fiction is one of my favorite genre's to read so I was totally excited to find a new series by a new to me author. I really must say I wasn't disappointed. "Courting Cate" was filled with characters that drew me into the story, I could understand the plight of Betsy, but I also understood why Cate's father did what he did, he wanted Cate to find happiness. As the story progressed it was so easy to understand Cate's character. I enjoyed seeing her character grow and change as the story progressed.  I thought Ms. Gould provided a few plot twists that made for a very realistic storyline. 

"Courting Cate"is a great opening for The Courtships of Lancaster County Series.Great characters and a unique storyline made it a great read, that has me anticipating the next book in the series. Fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy this story, but I would also recommend it to anyone looking for an inspirational romance where the emotions run the gambit, there is humor, but also a serious undertone. Great characters, interesting plot and a satisfying ending made this a great read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Leslie:  

Leslie Gould is the co-author, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous 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 an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon. 
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A retelling of the Taming of the Shrew! Leslie Gould is celebrating the release of Courting Cate with a fun Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party (11/20)!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire

  • Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 19th. Winner will be announced at the "Courting Cate" Author Chat Facebook Party on 11/20. Connect with Leslie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at an Amish trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

    So grab your copy of Courting Cate and join Leslie on the evening of the November 20th for a chance to connect with Leslie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

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