Friday, November 16, 2012

"Courting Cate" Blog Tour

Courting Cate
by Leslie Gould
When This Couple Gets to Courting, Sparks Will Fly!
In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!
But the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor-until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.
Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate's hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.
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About the Author: Leslie Gould is the co-author, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006), and Scrap Everything. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon.

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My Take:
Courting Cate is a modern (and yet Amish) take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. In many ways, this made for a very interesting and cute story.
However, since it so closely followed the play (instead of just being based on it), some parts of the story went way over the top. Cate’s sister, Betsy, is a good example of this. Her character was so out there. Her behavior, especially at the end was unrealistic. I can’t imagine anyone saying the things she did or acting the way she did.
That being said, I still liked this book. It was very entertaining, and I enjoyed seeing this story unfold so similarly to Shakespeare’s play. I also enjoyed Cate in this novel. Although she seemed too preoccupied with herself, she did experience a tremendous amount of growth throughout the novel.
I didn’t feel much of a connection to the other characters in this book, possibly due to the first person telling. I would have liked to know more about Pete and his side of things.

My favorite part of the book was how much Cate and Pete like to read. I can definitely relate to that! The librarians knew me very well when I was growing up!
Overall, Courting Cate is an entertaining story that fans of Amish fiction (and Shakespeare) will enjoy.
I will give Courting Cate … 3 ½ BookWorms.

Read what other reviewers are saying here: 

A retelling of the Taming of the Shrew!
Leslie Gould is celebrating the release of Courting Cate with a fun Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party (11/20)!

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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