I have always wanted to read Shakespeare.  When we read it in high school I loved it, but man is it hard to get through when someone is not guiding you through it all!   So when Courting Cate by Leslie Gould was offered for review, I jumped on it.  And I was not disappointed.

The first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, Courting Cate, is a modern Amish based retelling of the Taming of the Shrew.    I had to say that there were times where I felt so in tune with Cate that I actually cried for her.  She was resigned to being a spinster and was often made fun of by the people in her peer group.   When Pete came to town, she actually has a chance for love.    Or does she?

It’s a great story and there were several things that made this different than most Amish fiction.  One is that it’s really written from a modern point of view.  That is, Cate, is an avid reader.  She thinks and talks like a normal person with only a few Amish words — like mom, dad, baby, etc.    She also doesn’t feel very Amish as a bookkeeper and a poor cook & housekeeper.    But then she gets married and is forced to acquire new skills.

Overall, I loved this book!  It was clean and was about the Amish, as well as being a lot about everyday people as well.   And the twists and turns were quite unexpected and not predictable.   I mean, it does have a happy ending, but the turns to get there were not something I would have anticipated.   I would recommend it to anyone who likes Amish fiction and think it would be a great start for someone who has always wanted to try one but is apprehensive.

One of the best things about reviewing books for LitFuse (for YOU), is that they always have an awesome reader promotion!

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 today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!


Jen S.



Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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