Becoming Bea

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Becoming Bea

Becoming Bea | The Courtships of Lancaster County series

Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she’ll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They’ve known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

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Reviews

  • Fans of the bickering love spats between Anne and Gilbert, or Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, will enjoy Becoming Bea. It’s a simple, straightforward Amish romance that will make you want to hug somebody.

  • What a way to end the series, The Courtships of Lancaster County, with Becoming Bea. Each of the four books in series can be read as stand alone and you will not be lost in what you’re reading.

  • I have read all of the books in The Courtships of Lancaster County and I loved all of them. Becoming Bea is about Beatrice Zook who knows that she is very impatient with other people.

  • Becoming Bea, Book 4 in The Courtships of Lancaster County, was a joy to read. Just like the first three books in this series, this story held my attention and kept me guessing. In Leslie Gould’s books, the characters don’t just go from point A to point B. They have to travel through all types of emotions, ups and downs, doubts, fears and finally joy and laughter…..keeping you from figuring out how it will all turn out. Of course, if you have read the plays that these books are based upon, you will have a clue, but even so, Leslie adds her own little twists that make her books so interesting. I am NOT an Amish Fiction reader….this series is the only (Amish) series I have found that I have truly enjoyed. Yes, it is obvious that they are Amish, but the storylines make me not think about it. They are simply very good reads. I am looking forward to reading more books by Leslie.

    I highly recommend this series.

    I received a copy of Becoming Bea from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review…..but how can I not, it was great!

  • I loved how this book was written in the first person because I could really get inside Bea Zook’s head…. More than a romance, this is really a book about growing up and finding our true selves. It’s about learning to like what we find and not being willing to settle for less than we deserve. And, yes, it’s about how the path to lasting love is rarely smooth, but filled with potholes and obstructions.

  • It is definitely an entertaining, somewhat light read! A great story with a great plot line and excellent character development! For what more could I ask!!
    I highly recommend this to all Christian fiction lovers!!

  • Well written, with a captivating charm and memorable characters. This is a fun well paced read, with a great heroine, I really like Bea and how she learned so much while working as a nanny.

    Overall, this was a tale of romance, miscommunication, conclusions, and humor.

  • Leslie Gould is a great writer of Amish Fiction and her series The Courtships of Lancaster County, based on Shakespearean plays have proved well for her fans!

  • A lovely story of Bea as she grows into her own and develops a relationship with her long time friend. Loved watching Bea grow as a person and able to learn to love.

  • I absolutely LOVED this novel. I’d read Courting Cate quite some time ago and was anxious to get back to Lancaster County to see how things were going. I love that Bea and Ben still have that competitive edge and I found myself relating quite a bit to Bea because all through high school, I was what some would call a loner. So to see her trying to find her way in the world, while her sister believes she has Bea’s best interests in mind was something I could relate to. It’s a great reminder of just how the Amish community works together to help one another out when they truly have a need and families are always looked after. This one easily rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my O-P-I-N-I-O-N!

  • Book four in The Courtship of Lancaster County series was just as good as the first three books.

    I really enjoyed the whole series, but Ben and Beas story was one you don’t want to miss.

    I love a great romance and this one is one you are sure to miss after you have finished the book.

    I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it. I could not put it down.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • This was such a sweet book! A late bloomer’s “coming of age” story. As a fellow lover of words, the way the author wove Bea and Ben’s spelling bee experiences of their school years into the story made me smile.

  • I loved the other books in the series and this one is no different. Bea has some scary things happen but in the end she gets the choice between two men. One who she has loved her whole life and one who is obsessed with her. And then of course there is her sister who wants her to leave everything she has ever known and go to a different state. So many changes in store for Bea and yet so many good things as well.

  • absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Bea’s story when I read Minding Molly, but I think this is the best book by Ms. Gould I’ve read yet. I wanted things to work out with Ben and Bea, because Ben was a sweetie, despite his age.

    If you are a fan of Amish romance, you will love BECOMING BEA. A good clean novel. No sexual tension, but plenty of tension of other types.

  • I enjoyed the book so much. My biggest complaint is that it was so good that I had trouble putting it down and therefore, it was over too fast. The great writing and great characters drag you into middle of the situation so that you feel like you are living in this small town with the other characters.

  • Book by Book says:

    A novel based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing should not be missed. Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould is such a treat to read. The romance, developing and growing, is completely sweet and just so good to see. Fans of Amish fiction will be delighted with Gould’s newest novel.

  • Becoming Bea is a completely endearing novel. I love the way Gould took the basic plot of “Much Ado About Nothing” and adapted it to fit her story. Bea and Ben are obviously Beatrice and Benedick, but they also bear some resemblance to Hero and Claudio. And while many of Much Ado’s events occurred in one form or another, they didn’t always involve the characters I expected them to. This kept me on my toes and made the novel far less predictable than I anticipated.

  • I really enjoyed reading this story because it starts out about two people who were very competitive against each other when they were in school and even dated a little while in school but it just didn’t work out.

    Now, when things might be looking up, especially with her sister and mother going off to another state, Bea wonders if maybe she made the wrong choice to stay behind to see where her heart leads her. She gets some unexpected and unwanted trouble from another man who will do anything to make her look bad.

    Don’t you just want to slap people like that? Hopefully, his lies and trouble will be seen for what they are and Bea and Ben can get on with their lives and see where things lead.

  • Moments says:

    Bea is not the “typical” Amish woman that you would read about in “typical” Amish fiction books; Bea is not looking to marry, and raise a houseful of kids, she is more comfortable with books than people. I loved Bea’s love of books of course and I found her to be a fun main character of the book and I liked seeing her grow and mature through the novel as at times I was grimacing during her interactions with Ben as it seems that things were going further downhill.

  • I enjoy reading Leslie Gould books and I have enjoyed reading the first three of the Lancaster books. I hope to visit one day. The biggest drawback I had to this book was that I began reading it as soon as I got it….in one sitting…..and then had to wait to post my review. Ahhhh! I was so disappointed to have to do a quick refresher. Gould is an awesome character developer. Her characters are so real that they draw you into the story before you even know what hit you. Even though this is part of a series you do not have to have read the others to catch one immediately. This book does not disappoint and should be in anyone’s library if they enjoy Amish fiction. It is great.

  • This was a good addition to a fun series to read. As with the rest of the series you can tell that the author did her research on the Amish before writing. It was nice to watch Bea and Ben’s relationship grow throughout this book. This was a fast read for me as the story just flowed. The few twists in the plot helped make the story what it was an enjoyable weekend book. For me this series has been a fun way to read Shakespeare plays retold in a way that is interesting and enjoyable. Bea is a character that has to grow on you, in the last book I did not care for her but after reading this one I have come to like her. I think this is a fun series that both teens and adults would enjoy.

  • A Rup Life says:

    Gould is a fantastic writer and she gives us the right details. She shares just enough of the character’s thoughts and feelings and it makes you want to read more to know what will happen next. I honestly would love a second book in Bea’s voice! She is a fascinating character. Strong, independent and a tiny bit sassy! She learns to balance her will with God’s will for her life. I found her ‘old soul’ ways to make for a enjoyable character for sure!

  • Best Reads says:

    This is Bea’s coming of age story. She’s led a sheltered life under the shadow of her gregarious sister, Molly. It’s time for Bea to get some backbone and make her own way. She starts out all prickly and judgemental (especially where Ben is concerned) but softens and matures as the story progresses. It’s not an easy process though and I was righteously indignant for her a number of times. And then the unthinkable happened and I was heartbroken. I didn’t think Gould had enough pages left in the book to straighten it all out

  • “Becoming Bea” really highlights just how good a story writer Ms. Gould really is. Leslie Gould has an attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters.

  • I really enjoyed this book, at first I had trouble relating to Bea, she was so prickly and stand-offish. As she came to realize her own faults I warmed up to her, to the point when she cried I cried. I always say I measure the books I read by whether they make me feel the same emotions the characters are feeling. This one definitely did. I could only imagine that chaotic scene of trying to care for triplets in a multi generational home. I loved Cate from one of Leslie’s previous books and was happy to see her here in this story also. Which reminds me of a thought that I had, it seems that Leslie Gould has a talent for writing character who are a bit prickly and difficult, and still has the talent to make you care.

  • The characters and storyline draws you in from the beginning and I loved the autumn colors that made the cover pop.

  • Because of decisions Bea has to make when her family takes a trip she is not interested in joining, she finds herself in a situation where she is able to learn more about herself and find out where her true passions lie.
    My favorite element of the story was watching her as she truly became the Bea she was intended to be.

  • I have enjoyed each and every one of the books in this stand alone series.

    Becoming Bea has some sharp characters, characters that have wit and grit…to me, Bea is greatly understood by many, she has a rather prickly character, but I wondered at times if it was a sort of defense for her. She truly finds ‘herself’ when she goes off to work helping a family with newborn triplets.

    Also loved Ben, between Ben and Bea sparks fly in more ways than one…a truly wonderful read.

  • Lynn B says:

    I loved this! Bea and Ben have been rivals. Teasing, maybe, but it certainly stung. Now grown, they still seem to clash. Enter the handsome stranger, a change coming to the family, and you end with a great story filled with emotion. As I read this I could get lost in the storyline. Always a great sign to me of a well written book! I have loved this series- thank you giving us this story.

  • cindy says:

    I can not wait to read this book. I love all your books.

  • This is book four in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. This is Leslie’s best book to date.
    I so love her writing style. It has a way of capturing you and pulling you into the story. I had a hard
    time putting this book down. I have a tendency to become attached to her characters. You feel like
    you are experiencing what the characters are going through.

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    Seeing her grow and change into a better person reminded me of Cate in the first book; I really enjoyed her positive attitude. There’s a lot of day-to-day details in this story, with Bea helping to take care of triplets and the adults, too, babies crying and needing to be fed and changed all of the time. It got to be a lot of the same. I found the relationship between Bea and Ben interesting and it had its cute moments, but I got frustrated over a huge misunderstanding between them and annoyed that they had such a hard time working it out.

  • Becoming Bea is so much more than just an Amish novel about families and friends supporting each other. It goes much deeper than that.
    Come on a journey of discovery to find out who Bea really is – how she moves from a girl doing good, to a Godly woman.

  • “Becoming Bea” is the fourth book in Leslie Gould’s ” Courtships of Lancaster County” series I have not read any of the other three books in this series…yet. Even though this is the 4th book, I really enjoyed it & can see that Leslie Gould is a wonderful writer. I will be going back and reading the first three books as soon as I can get them!

  • Having read the first three books in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, I knew I was in for a treat with Becoming Bea. Leslie Gould is a great storyteller of Amish fiction. As with her other books, I was immediately drawn into the story and kept interested throughout. Her characters are well developed and easy to relate to.

  • This was a great story about a young lady who had a lot of growing to do. She is an introvert who doesn’t like to leave home or be around other people so she takes a job with people she knows so she doesn’t have to go on a family trip which ends up being the best thing for her. I can relate to this character since I myself am an introvert and I also didn’t realize how others saw my attitude as being snobbish until I had to step out of my shell.

  • As a this is book 4, I would recommend reading them in order. However should you not be able to this book can be read as a standalone. The main character is growing up and getting closer to God. The story is kind of a tailspin with all sorts of different things going on that will have you sitting and reading without wanting to put the book down.

  • Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould was such a fun story to read. When I first started reading this book I wasn’t a huge fan of Bea.

  • What I really liked in “Minding Molly” and now in “Becoming Bea” was that the main character really grows in their Faith and outlook on people. That was neat! At first the rivalry between Bea & Ben was cute—it reminded me a bit of “With Every Breathe” by Elizabeth Camden, but one Amish, one Historical.

  • I’m a sucker for any Amish fiction story and author Leslie Gould works her magic in another astonshing tale about faith and forgiveness. Despite it is 350 pages length, I flew right through the novel in one afternoon, though it wasn’t a continuous read, as I did take a short coffee break. Overall, Becoming Bea is a well-written Amish tale from start to finish and I recommend it to other readers.

  • I really appreciated that so many storylines were tied up with a nice bow in this book. I love revisiting characters and Becoming Bea made that possible for me. I definitely recommend this book and the entire series.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    While I have read each book in The Courtship of Lancaster County, I think Becoming Bea was probably my favorite. Bea was an easy character to understand and like. It was nice to see Bea’s character grow and change as the story progressed.

  • This book was interesting to read, not my typical reads as I am not an Amish book reader, I did enjoy this story. It is the last book in the series “The courtships of Lancaster County”, I did not read any of the others in the series and was fine with understanding what was going on. Bea was a character that you can either be upset with her for being a little selfish or you could have feelings of sympathy for her having to deal with all the disagreements with Ben.

    I would recommend this as a good, relaxing read and if you are an avid Amish reader, read the whole series. This is the first book I have read from Leslie Gould and she does a great job. I may read the other 3 books in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through

  • cindy says:

    Love all your books. Would love to win the Kindle to read the books on.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mary.a.hake says:

    I’ve enjoyed The Courtships of Lancaster County series based on Shakespeare’s plays. Becoming Bea didn’t disappoint. Some books drag in the middle, but this one kept a steady pace as the tension increased (especially in the last third of the novel). I appreciated a realistic story rather than the overly dramatic ones so often presented. The author’s way with words and her true-to-life characters breathed the tale of Bea and Ben to life. Even though I thought I knew what would happen, it definitely held my interest, and an unexpected turn of events made me wonder if it would end well or not. Life can get overwhelming, especially when helping to care for triplets and cultivate important relationships.
    “That’s what true love is—we keep loving, keep working things out. We don’t give up.”

  • Becoming Bea is a true delight. Painfully honest with herself, Bea struggles to interact comfortably with others. Gould writes the story in such a way that this problem becomes easy to relate to, and as Bea overcomes this issue, others take its place so that the tension continues to build throughout the story. I loved the ebb and flow in Becoming Bea!

  • This is an excellent Amish novel. If you enjoy Amish fiction, or even if you don’t, I can highly recommend this book. I had a very hard time putting the book down and really enjoyed the characters in the book. They were well thought out and had many facets to their personality.

  • REVIEW
    I have read other books by Leslie Gould. The stories are so very enjoyable.Ms. Gould never fails to do her research. Her stories always have the truth about the Amish life and customs in them. She doesn’t over dramatize or over romanticize them. Amish people are not any different than Englisch people. We are all human with faults and uncertainties.

  • Becoming Bea begins slowly and it took me awhile to get into the story. I found Bea a bit too prickly for my liking in the beginning, but was patient and loved her transformation through the story. I was intrigued by Ben Rupp from the start and found it hard to understand why Bea detested him so much. Then I realized I was judging her too harshly. I would have felt the same way she did with all his teasing! Leslie Gould’s first book in the series, Courting Cate, is one of my Amish favorites. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve purchased copies to give to friends. Becoming Bea was also enjoyable with Bea being a very unique young lady who just needs a bit of time and experience to help her grow into a lovely woman.

  • What a fun bunch of characters within the pages of this story. I loved all the different issues that was going on within the all the characters besides the two main characters.

    I would recommend this book as it was a wonderful story that I didn’t want it to end.

  • I’ve found a great new series and I am so happy. I very much enjoyed meeting Bea Zook and her friends and family. This is an engaging and thoughtful story and I am eager to read the other novels in Leslie Gould’s “The Courtships of Lancaster County.” The novel looks at thoughtful issues, especially how do we grow and change as we rise to difficult circumstances. Reading “Becoming Bea” was a treat and I highly recommend it.

  • I LOVE Leslie Gould! 🙂 She is a fabulous author…The pace is nice and I really love Bea. She has always been a character that I relate to,…I feel with her as a character, especially when Molly’s getting on her nerves! LOL! Plus I’ve always rooted for Ben and Bea, but there’s where the questions start…

  • Out of the four books, this one is probably my favorite. The ending is probably my favorite of all. I just like how some loose ends in the story are tied neatly together with a wonderful surprise.

  • One of the things I enjoyed about Becoming Bea was the excellent character development and accurate portrayal of Amish life, as well as the amount of work involved in caring for many little children. Everything from the endless sleepless nights, overwhelming fatigue and never ending piles of laundry…it all felt so familiar.

  • Becoming Bea is probably my favorite out of the Courtshipsof Lancaster County series. I think this author has really found her voice. Don’t get me wrong…all of the books have been really good but I just think each book has been better than the last! This series of books are all Amish renditions of Shakespeare—very loosely based. They are written in first person perspective which I usually don’t enjoy as much but this author does it really well!

    Note: I have deemed that this book is appropriate for teens. While there’s a minor altercation between Bea and another character becomes a bit violent with her, it is hardly described and the scene is cut short. As always, I urge parental discretion but in my humble opinion, this book is suitable for teen girls ages thirteen and up.

  • I enjoyed this book so much that I read day and night. When I was actually supposed to be doing other things. It was a page turner for me and I was looking for more. Can I admit that reading this book made me want to hold a baby too?

  • This is the newest book in this series and it was about two people that knew each other since childhood. However they are not best friends, but they would rather argue than realize heir true feelings. Their group of friends know how they really feel and try to set them up. Will all the relationships make it through? Will they all have happy endings? I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

  • I found this book to be interesting and a bit different from the normal Amish plot. Had a hard time with the two main characters who were always arguing and teasing each other but otherwise a good story.

  • I enjoyed my first visit with the characters of the series Courtships of Lancaster County. I found that I liked the character of Bea and I related to her a good bit. She would rather stay home with a good book than be around people. I liked how her relationship with Ben developed or redeveloped as it seems. They had been rivals since school when they competed against each other in the class spelling bees. This book was filled with a memorable cast of characters that face real situations.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • Karen says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I have not read books 2 and 3 but I believe this is a great stand-alone book. But the beauty of the authors writing is that these feelings arise but she manages to smooth them out so much so that I ended up ‘loving’ them both.
    A highly recommended read, especially fans of Amish and Christian fiction.

  • I enjoyed this book. It’s a fun read. I highly recommend it.

  • When the wind starts howling and the snow starts blowing there is nothing I like better than to curl up with a good Amish book. I loved this book. This is book #4 in The Courtships Of Lancaster County. I am an Amish book lover so I have read all the books. This one is as good as all the others. I love Leslie Gould’s style~ she grabs your attention from the first line.

  • Leslie Gould’s characters are far from perfect, but that’s what makes them so realistic and easy to relate to. I had a hard time understanding Bea in the previous books in this series, so I was glad to read her perspective and watch her grow as she chose to go outside her comfort zone and serve others in need. Her love/hate relationship with Ben wasn’t overly emotional since she would repress her feelings and avoid acknowledging them, which made it difficult as a reader to clue in to what her true emotions were. A cute quirk is their habit of spelling words out to each other and defining them since their rivalry stems from the schoolhouse spelling bees 🙂 Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorite Shakespeare works so it was fun to keep an eye out for scenes and themes based on the play.

  • In this story, Beatrice and Ben have always had a love-hate relationship. They both throw signals to the other that are confusing, so they both are dealing with a lack of trust. In this story they do develop feelings toward each other and they have to work through all their issues to build a firm relationship.

    I enjoyed this book and the writing style of Gould. I would like to read her other works.

  • Even though Amish fiction is not my favorite genre of books, I found this novel to be utterly charming. The characters were cute and endearing and I enjoyed how the romance progressed. All in all this was a delightful read and I highly recommend it,
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Ben Rupp and Beatrice Zook had a long history of competition between the two of them. That was before Ben briefly courted her, and then disappeared from her life.

    Interestingly, she and Ben seemed to be starting the courting dance, but it was interrupted by a snake in the grass. All of a sudden Beaa’s dreams started disappearing one by one. What will life ultimately hold for her?

    I’ve been enjoying Leslie Gould’s The Courtships of Lancaster County. I’m looking forward to book 5. Please, Ms Gould, tell us there is going to be a book 5.

  • I have enjoyed everything about this series, from the look of the covers to the story inside. I’ll admit that Bea was one that took me a bit longer than the others to enjoy, only because I had read the previous books. I was kind of surprised to find myself liking Bea more and Molly less in this book! I never would have thought that would happen.

    I had to laugh at the competition between Ben and Bea because of the things they argued about. The spelling competition had me laughing because it was definitely a unique idea. I thought the whole poetry parts were sweet, though, even if Ben liked to use it to antagonize Bea.

  • I loved reading this book, it felt like coming back home with the characters, and we see Bea, and also Ben in a more personal way. And they both annoyed me at times because of the way they acted around each other. Like small kids that couldn’t get along! And the romance here is pretty subdued but all in all, it is a good read and I think you will enjoy it.

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