Author Leslie Gould’s novel, Courting Cate, is a story of two sisters, Cate and Betsy Miller, and their journey into matrimony. Elder sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her beauty. Younger sister, Betsy, is attractive and flirty, drawing many suitors throughout Paradise Township. Things take a dramatic turn when the sisters’ wealthy father passes an edict: Cate must marry first. Cate doesn’t have any suitors – until Pete Treger comes to Paradise.
Pete Treger journey brings him to Paradise looking to secure his future. But after meeting Cate and Betsy Miller, Pete gets more than he bargains for. A plan is set in motion by local bachelors to get Pete to pursue Cate. However, Cate is suspicious of Pete’s actions and questions his interest in her.
Based on Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew, Courting Cate is a compelling story about a young Amish woman’s journey to finding love and trust in God. Courting Cate is not your typical Amish story. Cate has always seen self-worth through her performance. She uses books as an escape to living life.
Cate’s younger sister, Betsy, appears to have everything Cate lacks: beauty, talent and sweetness. Their father, Bob Miller, realizes that he has neglected his elder daughter’s well-being. He sets out to correct his error by passing an edict. This sets the sisters at odds. Betsy begins to see Cate as a hindrance to her future. Enter Paul Treger. He represents love and acceptance but Cate is fearful and suspicious – afraid to be loved and to give love.
Leslie Gould weaves a
beautiful story of redemption and restoration. The principle and seconda
ry characters are believable and amusing. The author draws you into th
e characters’ thoughts and feelings. The dialogue will have you laughing at the same time touch your heart. There are life lessons in Courting Cate that will resonate with the reader – you will see yourself through the eyes of these characters. This book is a page turner.
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