Saturday, November 10, 2012

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Cate Miller is a strong willed Amish woman with a love for books and a head for business.  Her father relies upon her to keep the books for their custom design cabinetry company, and she is the only mother her sister Betsy has ever known. While Cate thinks outside the box-- especially for an Amish girl-- Betsy is perfect, demure, and can keep house and whip up pies with the best of them. While Betsy is dying to get married, Cate has sworn of men after getting burned by some bad actors...

Leslie Gould has ingeniously incorporated the themes from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew into her delightful and heartwarming novel. Who would have thought of an Amish version of Shakespeare's classic play? Pete Treger is the perfect "Petruchio" with just the right amount of swagger , he matches Cate's tenacity and wit. The result is a warm and inviting story that drew me in from the start.

Readers who love romantic novels are in for a treat; if you've never read a book in the Amish genre, make this your first. You will smile, cry, cheer, cringe, and fall in love with Courting Cate!

Please read on for more info from the publisher!!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Courting Cate

Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)


Leslie Gould


Even though I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was in the sixth grade, as I grew older I pursued other things instead, such as majoring in history and communications, and then working as a museum curator, then a public relations specialist, and finally as a magazine editor. Once I finally started writing fiction, it was another ten years until I sold my first novel. By that time I’d been married for nearly 20 years and had four children of my own to read to.

In the decade since my first contract I’ve written fifteen books, from Beyond the Blue, a story about international adoption set in Vietnam, to Courting Cate, a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. No matter what I write, I aim to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. My goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, and friends through my writing. My hope is that my stories encourage readers to deepen their own connections too.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Courting Cate, go HERE.


Rachna Chhabria said...

The cover of Courting Cate looks wonderful.

Elsa Klarich said...

I have this book in my purse waiting for a moment to be able to read it. Can't wait!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Rachna! I loved the cover of Courting Cate, too-- it really captured the spirit of the story!!

Elsa, read it; you'll LOVE it!!

Bless you!!