By Leslie Gould
Published by Bethany
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
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
Review: I’m thankful for the review copy of this book that
introduced me to Cate a business Amish woman. Cate is quite content with her life;
she was employed by her father as his book keeper for the family business. She also helped raise her baby sister Betsy after
her mom died. Life was good until her father made this announcement, “I’m
implementing a new policy, beginning tonight. Betsy doesn’t go to the sing
along if Cate doesn’t go…Betsy doesn’t court unless Cate courts…and Betsy doesn’t
marry unless Cate marries first! Understand?... that’s the final word. Dat
said. “I’ll not budge an inch.”
With this decree life took on a new dimension. Cate had
already checked out the boys in their ward district. None of them were
interested in her they wanted Betsy. She was ok, with being single. Why did her
dad have to make both of their lives miserable?
Cate escapes into what she loves, books! She checks out
books from the book mobile. It was Cates favorite place on earth. This is what
she thinks of books, “I loved the endless possibilities of the stories. I loved
the places they took me. And I loved being with Nan
(the bus driver). There was something so accepting so kind and hopeful about
her, that for a few minutes I’d forget how disappointing I was to others in my
life! Couldn’t her Dat be as encouraging as her friend Nan?”
Cate explains to Nan her
situation, “there are two given roles for an Amish woman: being a wife and
mother. But there were a few single women who supported themselves. I could
too. There was no reason for me to marry a forty-five-year old widow with lots
of kids to have a fulfilling life. Sure, I’ve been responsible for Betsy her
entire life, but I was not going to marry for her sake. She’d have to figure
out this one on her own.”
I enjoyed Cate’s spunk as she maneuvers life to go along
with her fathers wishes at the same time staying true to herself. I liked this
novel because it doesn’t take place all inside the one district. I also liked
that it wasn’t your typical Amish story. Cate is a fighter and is very loyal to
God and her family. It was fun to read.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Leslie Gould it won’t
be the last! This novel is plain fun and will bring a smile to your face and
make you say, Oh, My! As Leslie takes readers on a ride or two they didn’t expect
to go on! I liked that too!! This is the first book in the Courting series!
Jump aboard! You’ll like the ride!
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!