Courting Cate by Leslie Gould – Blog Tour and Book Review

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About the Book:

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

But the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor–until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.

Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate‘s hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

About the Author:

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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My Opinon:

This delightful Amish romance takes liberties with Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and places it in Paradise, Pennsylvania. Those familiar with Broadway’s appropriation of the same tale will appreciate the “kiss me, Cate” ending albeit a minor spelling difference is used with our heroine here.

Cate Miller is a lovely girl but her looks are surpassed by the beauty that is her sister, Betsy. Betsy is younger and yes, flightier but the girls’ father has decreed that Betsy cannot marry until Cate is well and settled. Both girls are appalled as Cate had pretty much decided that she would be quite happy without a husband despite it being the Amish way to marry and have children. She is not a cook or a housekeeper – she prefers working for her father and losing herself in books. Betsy is all that is Amish wifely perfection. Cate says let her marry and leave me alone. Her father disagrees and so the edict is passed.

I, for the most part, enjoyed this light and breezy take on Shakespeare’s Shrew. Cate was a bit of an unpleasant young lady but when it was explained why she was as she was it didn’t really add up. I think the character development needed a little work. Sure she had ONE bad experience with a boy but does this a shrew make? And Betsy turned a bit shrewish herself with minimal reason – a character turn around that seemed to come out of nowhere. The ancillary men where comic relief for the most part and our hero was a bit short on conversation but a certain bard said – all’s well that end’s well – and I did find the tale to be a satisfying one in the telling.

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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!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Courting Cate gratis from Litfuse Publicity Group. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.


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