Saturday, December 8, 2012

Courting Cate

Courting Cate is the first book in the Courtships of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould.

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.

Is Pete courting Cate because of the other bachelors? Is he interested in her wealthy father's money? Is it possible he really is interested in Cate for herself?

I enjoyed this book. The thing with the "bonnet romances" is that you know where they're going to end up. The fun thing is how each individual author chooses to get to that ending. Cate and Pete faced some unusual challenges that I don't normally see in these kinds of books but I enjoyed the telling. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


My Kindle copy of this book was graciously provided by Bethany House publishers.

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