Courting Cate by Leslie Gould | Kindle Fire Giveaway, Facebook Party {11/20} and Blog Tour

Welcome to the campaign for #1 best-selling author Leslie Gould’s Courting Cate! This delightful novel is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and is the first in Leslie’s new Amish series, The Courtships of Lancaster County.

Leslie is celebrating 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!

{More about Courting Cate}

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.

Purchase a copy here.

Leslie Gould

{More About Leslie Gould}

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller “The Amish Midwife,” a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller “Courting Cate,” first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and “Beyond the Blue,” winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her familyl live in Portland, Oregon.Learn more at

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“Gould creates a delightful story, offering engaging characters and a page-turning plot. Gould’s Courting Cate–the first book in the series titled ‘The Courtships of Lancaster County’ –is a standout read in Amish fiction.” CBA Retailers & Resources 

“Leslie Gould’s gift for creating compelling characters never ceases to amaze and delight! She raises the bar with every book she writes.”Mindy Starns Clark, bestselling author of Echoes of Titanic and The House That Cleans Itself

“Leslie’s engaging prose, snappy dialogue, and appealing characters captivated me from the very first page. . . . With a deft hand, Leslie weaves Shakespeare’s tale into the story without diminishing its Amish roots, provides layered characters, and generates genuine emotion as characters overcome hurts, misunderstandings, and prejudices.”  –Relz Reviewz



    This very clever Amish version of Taming of the Shrew was a total delight to read. I fell in love with Cate and her quick tongue as soon as I started the book and at the same time yearned for her happiness. This book really goes to show you that you don’t really know what someone else is thinking and why they behave the way they do. Cate learns many lessons and I believe I did along the way. I think this book also really makes you take stock of what is important and how they effect your life. Nearing the end of the book there were some twists to the plot and I really didn’t know how it would end and that was really refreshing. Throughout the book you understand how much reading means to both Cate and also to Pete and I really loved this since reading is such a treasure to me.

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on November 1 | e
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    Over the course of a long lazy weekend I immersed myself in reading Courting Cate by Leslie Gould. I literally could not put this book down. You know what I am talking about…like when you love a book so much you hide it under the table during dinner trying to sneak in a few pages. Yeah it’s that good!

    Written by Michelle Dawn on November 1 | e
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    This story was excellently written. The characters were fully developed and with personalities that drew me further into the story. And who can pass up a story that is a timeless retelling of the Taming of the Shrew? I hadn’t read anything written by Leslie Gould before, and now I find myself looking forward to the next book in The Courtships of Lancaster County, Adoring Addie.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on November 1 | e
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    …truly heartwarming Amish love story. Gould has a gift for telling Amish romance tales and this was no exception. Her loveable characters, interesting twists and writing that captivates make this book a treasure!

    Written by The IE Mommy on November 2 | e
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    Very good read, I’m excited to see where this series will lead.

    The book gave me a series of emotions, from frustration to sympathy, love and hope.

    Wonderful characters and plot.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on November 3 | e
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    “Courting Cate”is a great opening for The Courtships of Lancaster County Series.Great characters and a unique storyline made it a quick and satisfying read, that has me anticipating the next book in the series. Fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy this story, but I would also recommend it to anyone looking for an inspirational romance where the emotions run the gambit, there is humor, but also a serious undertone. Great characters, interesting plot and a satisfying ending made this a great read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!

    Written by WV Stitcher on November 3 | e
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    This book reminded me of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, which is one of my all time favorite movies! Cate’s quick wit and sharp tongue are no match for the bachelors in Lancaster, PA. This was a fun read, and definitely not one to miss!

    Written by Radiant Light on November 3 | e
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    I’ve read many Amish books in the past few months and enjoyed every one of them, however, this one was a little different from the others, which was kind of nice. I liked how the characters weren’t what you’d expect at times. I was frustrated by the story and the characters at times! However, the ending made up for all that as it was a great ending. I know the next books in the series will be just as great as this one and I can’t wait to read them!

    Written by More of Him on November 3 | e
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    this was a really fun, insightful read that reveals a lot about a culture many of us still view as a mystery. I admit I haven’t been a huge fan of Amish fiction in the past but my thoughts there are changing, especially after novels like this one! :)

    Leslie’s fresh, realistic writing style, and her whimsical, intriguing dialogue make this a fast read! So give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

    Written by Betsy Ann, Writer at Large on November 3 | e
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    I love a terrific Amish romance. I picked this up late Sunday, went to work on Monday, then finished it before my eyes closed Monday night. Cate is not like other Amish women I’ve read about in my other books. She has a sort of modern, almost feminist feel about her. If it’s possible to be an Amish feminist. Pete Treger, the rough and tumble Amish man who stumbles into town was just as great. Actually, I can’t think of a single character in the book that didn’t challenge how I think of the Amish. In a good way. Leslie Gould also explains how there are different classes of Amish — wealthy, poor, middle class. I’d never quite thought of that before.

    This book was so completely endearing. I loved it!

    Written by Grandma’s Guide to Life on November 3 | e
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    I also see myself in her when she plays “rough and tough” with possible suitors, which makes them “run away”. I really like how the book was suspenseful, intriguing, very well writen and enjoyable!!

    Written by Happily Managing a Household of Boys on November 4 | e
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    I enjoyed this book very much. The story has a surprising but pleasing outcome. I always like happy endings, don’t you? This one’s worth your time. I give it about 4 stars. It’s a good for a cold autumn or winter evening.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on November 5 | e
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    Author Leslie Gould weaves a story together with characters that keep the story exciting and interesting. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Courting Cate for you to read. And if you enjoy Amish fiction, you will especially enjoy this book!

    Written by Joy Hannabass on November 6 | e
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    All of it just kept me reading and drawed me right in. I can’t wait to read the next in this series. Overall I learned from this book. I learned the only person you need to care about what they think of you is God

    Written by Where the Green Grass Grows on November 6 | e
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    Overall I loved this book! Cate and Pete made the story, the side stuff with Betsy and Levi and the M & M’s were just side stuff, but Cate and Pete stole the show for me. This was a great story, I look forward to more from this series.

    Written by Cindy Loven on November 6 | e
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    Even though I had a pretty good idea of how this book would turn out (since it’s based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”), I enjoyed every minute I spent reading “Courting Cate.” It’s humorous, heartwarming, thought provoking, and just plain fun!

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 7 | e
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    The characters in this story were endearing and richly developed. Leslie Gould knows how to touch her readers hearts and then make them giggle at just the right moment. I’ll be eagerly waiting to read more of her stories!

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on November 7 | e


    Thanks for a well written book with delightful characters. I look forward to reading more in this series and by the author.

    Written by Little Homeschool on the Prairie on November 7 | e
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    I really loved the characters, and could definitely see why Cate had plenty of reasons to be more than a little suspicious of her sister and those around her. Cate was an excellent main character, who made me feel for her and drew me into the story to the point where I felt like I right there with her and was loathe to put the book down because I wanted to know what would happen next!

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on November 7 | e
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    From page one I fell in love with this book. Cate loved to read more then anything in life, she sounds just like me. Cate found a man after her own heart he loved to read as much as she did. Author Leslie Gould does not need a to coauthor any more books. She is on fantasic author on her own. She wrote Courting Cate as if she were Amish herself.
    I enjoyed this book so much. I can’t wait for book number two in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on November 8 | e
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    I liked this book and will be looking for the others in the series. If you enjoy Amish Fiction you may find this book a little different. This book takes a little of the strangeness of the Amish a way and shows them just as they are as people.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on November 8 | e
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    I’ll admit I couldn’t quite imagine what a Shakespearean Amish novel would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found that Cate was a great character and I liked her very much.

    Written by Sara @ Embracing Destiny on November 9 | e
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    Gould really takes the reader into “modern” Amish life, as well giving the reader a glimpse of a more traditional Amish lifestyle.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on November 9 | e


    The storyline is different from the many other romance books that are out there. This was more like a forced romance that blossomed into something more. There are a few tender moments, but it is more about the emotional growth that the characters have to go through in order to mature. I also like that all of the characters grow in some way by the end of the book. The author did a good job of developing most of the characters, and explaining why they behaved in certain ways. The only one I would like to have known more of their history is Cate.

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story, but can handle it not being a lovey-dovey romance novel.

    Written by The Happy Wife on November 9 | e
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    Courting Cate is a love story unlike no other love story I have ever read. The tale of two stubborn hearts colliding and how one is softened, and the other finally understood.

    Written by Snail Pace Transformations on November 9 | e
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    William Shakespeare writes Amish fiction. Well, no, wait, that is not quite 100% accurate. In actuality Leslie Gould is writing the Amish fiction based on a play by Shakespeare. Either way, somehow, this story works. It just goes to show 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. Pete and Cate have a firecracker relationship that is presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. “Courting Cate” deals with themes of healing of past hurts and restoration as only God can produce. I liked this book a lot.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on November 10 | e
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    I, for the most part, enjoyed this light and breezy take on Shakespeare’s Shrew. Cate was a bit of an unpleasant young lady but when it was explained why she was as she was it didn’t really add up. I think the character development needed a little work. Sure she had ONE bad experience with a boy but does this a shrew make? And Betsy turned a bit shrewish herself with minimal reason – a character turn around that seemed to come out of nowhere. The ancillary men where comic relief for the most part and our hero was a bit short on conversation but a certain bard said – all’s well that end’s well – and I did find the tale to be a satisfying one in the telling.

    Written by Patty at Broken Teepee on November 10 | e
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  • I love Amish romance novels and this one was great. I really enjoy that the characters are so full and deal with the same issues and struggles that everyone does. The way that they deal with those issues and struggles is what I really love. This book had great characters and a great story line that I could definitely relate to in many ways.

    Cate’s dilemna forces her to question many of the situations around her and although I wish she was a bit more trusting I understand why she seems to doubt. Definitely a great Amish romance with a few little twists and an exciting romance line.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on November 11 | e


    I really enjoyed this book. I almost didn’t get this book as I thought it would be the typical Amish fiction piece. But happily I was wrong!

    Written by Homemaking Organized Blog on November 11 | e
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    I love reworkings of classic books and this one was excellent! I loved seeing Cate from the beginning of the book to the end and how she grows and changes from within.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on November 12 | e
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    The main character is not your typical Amish girl looking for true love as she would rather stay single than become a housewife. Considering I have read dozens of Amish books, one would think that Courting Cate would be stale, but I actually found it to be a breath of fresh fair.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 12 | e
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    … it wasn’t long before I refused to put Courting Cate down. The transformation from Shakespeare to Lancaster Amish is a fascinating one – and Gould does it with exceptional grace. Each modern element keeps you guessing while the basic plot line causes the reader to bleed a little more for Cate.

    This is definitely not your average Amish story.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on November 12 | e
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    Leslie clear off a shelf or a space on your wall for the awards you will
    win from ‘COURTING CATE’ !!

    This was a very enjoyable and fun read. I read the book fairly quickly. I am so anxious to read book two in this series I can’t imagine how the author can top book one. But I bet she does.

    Written by It’s Time To Read Mamaw on November 12 | e
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    Such a different Amish read. Once I started I didn’t put it down until I finished! Loved it.

    Written by Maureen Timerman on November 12 | e
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    I loved this take on Taming the Shrew! It was so fun to see the story unfold in an Amish setting. It will be interesting to see where this series takes these characters. I love how Gould worked in trusting in God into the framework of such a classic story.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on November 13 | e
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  • It was so easy to empathize with both Cate and Pete, despite seeing (and cringing at!) their character flaws.

    Not only did this story sound a wake up call to what can happen when we allow past hurts to create a prickly shell around us in a futile attempt to protect ourselves from future loss, but it also was a good reminder for us to try to see past such prickly exteriors in those around us to the reason(s) behind it.

    Written by Tammy on November 13 | e


    It’s a great story and there were several things that made this different than most Amish fiction. One is that it’s really written from a modern point of view. That is, Cate, is an avid reader. She thinks and talks like a normal person with only a few Amish words — like mom, dad, baby, etc. She also doesn’t feel very Amish as a bookkeeper and a poor cook & housekeeper.

    And the twists and turns were quite unexpected and not predictable. I mean, it does have a happy ending, but the turns to get there were not something I would have anticipated. Good, fun read!

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on November 13 | e
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    I have been sharing so many of the new books on Amish lives with Granny M. I know she loves stories set in western times. So it seemed these would be a natural fit too. Some are and some are not. Today I handed her Courting Cate by Leslie Gould. I had read it this last month and like the interplay of the story line with Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. I know there are times all of us women can get ‘shrew’ like. Now don’t go telling Dear Hubby I said that. But we do much better when our men know that some times a loving kiss and gentle lead get us going in the right direction than a rough response or off handed gesture. Leslie was able to show just this in her adaptation with Pete holding off times he was frustrated. Instead he tried his best to see life from Cate’s viewpoint.

    Written by Crazed Mind on November 13 | e
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    Cate’s wit is really funny, you can just see her lifting an eyebrow as she lets it fly. Lucky for her, her equal is just around the corner and he’s not easily scared. This is a fun, entertaining book that you won’t regret reading.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on November 14 | e


    Ms. Gould did do a good job carrying the story on in first person, and there were many miscommunications and misunderstandings to increase tension.

    Written by Laura Hilton on November 14 | e
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    Will Cate be granted the life she dreams of, spend life slaving away to please her father, or will her true paradise be found where she least expects it?

    Written by Servant, Wife, Mother on November 15 | e
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    In this Amish fiction novel, subtly based on The Taming of the Shrew, older sister Cate has had the responsibility of mothering younger sister, Betsy, since their mother died when Betsy was a baby. Betsy grows up to be quite pretty (though bit whiny and manipulative) and has most of the eligible bachelors in town swooning, while Cate would rather read than be courted.

    Written by Ben and Me on November 15 | e
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    Courting Cate is an engaging novel that puts a unique spin on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. It is a beautiful and understated lesson in not judging others or their relationships. It also stresses the importance of not letting other people’s perceptions of you define who you are.

    Written by Book Reviews & More by Kathy on November 15 | e
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    If you are a fan of Amish books like I am, but are looking for something a little different to hold your interest, get Courting Cate today! It is one of the best Amish books I have ever read!

    Written by The Review Stew on November 15 | e
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    As I started the book, I was immediately drawn to Cate. I enjoyed reading about Cate in first person because I could envision myself as being her. I think of it as I’m reading a play part and playing a character. I was able to get into the character of Cate quite easily. I liked her spunk at first and how opinionated she was.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on November 16 | e
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    This book was another great Amish read. I enjoyed the fiery spirit of Cate, and her attitude towards the men of the area. I wasn’t terribly surprised by the ending though, to be honest, which disappointed me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m used to predictable endings in novels, but I was really hoping for something slightly different to make it unique. It’s a still a great read though! Definitely pick up a copy.

    Written by The Librarian’s Bookshelf on November 16 | e


    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.

    Written by Shoopette’s Book Reviews on November 16 | e


    I loved that this story line was so different from the other Amish books I have read in the past. It was fresh, new, and exciting. I almost wanted to be Cate!

    Written by Jen’s Journey on November 16 | e
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    What I so enjoyed about this book is that circumstances have a way of making us all defensive and hard to get close to but sooner or later we are faced with a great decision. Do we want to be cranky or crotchety or do we want to allow God to make us into a sweet woman of God? Watching Cate surrender her will up to God’s will is a reminder to us all. Regardless of the hard issues in her life ~growing in her relationship with God allowed her find her joy.

    Written by Farming On Faith on November 16 | e
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    I loved the character of Cate who had internalized her emotional wounds over the years. It had become so instinctual for her to be defensive with others that she didn’t realize how much her caustic reactions pushed people away. Pete’s arrival in Paradise Township changes everything. In a story rife with misunderstandings and difficulties, Cate is forced to meet some challenges head-on. What she doesn’t realize is that as she is being sifted, her spirit is undergoing some radical positive changes and her outlook on life also undergoes a major change.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on November 17 | e
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    For entertainment, Leslie Gould’s story of a Maidel who is just short of being a shrew and a wandering new comer to Paradise, PA has to be the funniest I have ever heard when it comes to the Amish genre!
    There is such a witty approach to Leslie Gould’s description of the two protagonists that you soon find yourself turning page after page (and forgetting the time!) to find out what this courtship is going to entail next.
    Lancaster County has never seemed so lively when this fiery couple spark!

    Written by (Live and) Dream a little dream on November 17 | e
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    An Amish retelling of the Taming of the Shrew, this was an interesting look at how we allow our circumstances to define us. The story is all told from Cate’s perspective so we see how she changes as she becomes aware of herself. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the story, it seemed strange, but once I realized what it was based on it made a lot more sense. And it was actually slightly convicting, making me wonder if how I see things is really how they are truly.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on November 18 | e


    I admit that I’m a fan of almost every type of Amish fiction book I’ve read, even though there is a lot of similarity and predictability in many of the stories. It is always fun and refreshing, though, to read a story with a different twist or flair to it — while still remaining true to the genre — and Leslie Gould certainly hit that mark with Courting Cate.

    . . . Has this Amish story made me want to read Shakespeare? I have to admit I’ve never read The Taming of the Shrew, but Cate’s story makes me wonder if it just might be worth my time.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on November 19 | e
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    For those of you looking for something a bit different in your Amish Romance books, you might have found a true treasure in Courting Cate, the first book in The Courtships of Lancaster County and I can’t wait for the next one. This one hands down rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on November 19 | e
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    I read this book, my twelve year old daughter read this book, and my 80 year old aunt read this book, and we give Leslie Gould three enthusiastic thumbs up for Courting Cate. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

    Written by Diane Estrella on November 20 | e
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    ….there is a lot to commend Courting Cate: most of which is found in Leslie Gould’s winning style ( she is a great storyteller who infuses the world of Lancaster County so deftly you feel that you are living there ). Further, I applaud her taking a unique idea and making it manifest. It’s an original plot and character piece that, with a few tweaks and a bit more spark and flint, would have made for an enjoyable romance.

    Written by rachel mcmillan on November 20 | e
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    Courting Cate is a wonderfully written book that opens the minds of readers to the Amish way of life. Along with the ideals and inspirational context, it fully describes the long hard road to finding love, while dealing with a cantankerous little sister, and a the overbearing, if not loving father.

    Written by Whoopie Pie Place on November 20 | e
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    The story was fun and the romance, sweet. I liked the growth shown in Cate through her trials. Overall, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it

    Written by Inspired By Fiction on November 20 | e
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    Courting Cate was a fantastic read! From the very first page to the very last, I could not put it down. Cate was probably one of my favorite characters from a novel in a really long time!

    Written by Shirley Rempel on November 20 | e


    I really enjoyed reading Courting Cate. The Amish deal with many of the same things in life that non-Amish deal with. I like how the author, Leslie Gould, includes several of these in Courting Cate. It makes this book more realistic, and really draws you into the story.
    Cate and her sister couldn’t be more different. Their fathers ultimatum drives a wedge between the sisters. Because Cate has been a mother to her sister since she was a baby and loves her very much, she does everything she possible can to make a way for her sister to marry. Including entering a loveless marriage.

    Written by Linda’s Lunacy on November 20 | e
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    An absolute non-stop read for me! I could not put this book down! This story was irresistible! Leslie Gould pens a story that has you flipping the pages of this book as fast as you can wanting to know what happens next. Like the rest of her books, the reading was very easy and enjoyable to read. She pulls you into the story making you feel what the main character felt. You could really connect emotionally. There is not a feeling you haven’t experienced at some point that you cannot relate to. This is one of the authors many great talents with her writing. Koodles to Leslie Gould!
    I cannot say enough about this book or this author, except you must pick up your copy today!

    Written by Laurie Here – Contemporary Fiction and MORE – Book Reviews on November 20 | e
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of “The Taming of the Shrew”! “Courting Cate”was unique enough to stand on its own merit, but the connections between this novel and Shakespeare’s original added interest and dimension. This is not your average Amish novel!
    Leslie Gould is a talented author that held my attention the entire way through the book. She crafted the main character in such a way that I could easily relate and identify with her right from the start.
    When Cate’s father makes the unbending decision that he will not allow her younger sister to court until Cate courts, and marry until Cate marries it makes for a very stressful family environment. The tension increases as Cate realizes that her sister is plotting along with her friends to set her up so that her sis can continue

    Written by Reviews by Renae on November 20 | e
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    My favorite kind of book is usually written from first person so that the reader gets to know everyone and everything as the main character does… and this book did a very good job of doing that.

    Written by Dawn Crandall on November 20 | e
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    Elizabeth is a wonderful writer. I truly enjoyed her characters in this book, No Safe Harbor. They are dynamic and personable. They hum with the life Elizabeth has given them.

    Written by LaTawnia Kintz Reviews on November 21 | e
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    I have read plenty of Amish romances and fiction in recent times, and I generally love them and award them a 5-star rating with absolutely no trouble. Well, let me tell you something. This is by far one of the best Amish romance I have ever read! It was so different from the others I have read, and in a good way, too! I was drawn into the book from the very beginning, and at times, I was so into the book that I forgot where I was!

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on November 21 | e
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    Courting Cate is an interesting mix of the old idea that the oldest daughter has to marry first. In this case, Cate has no interest in marrying and the local bachelors are only interested in her sister. Then a new bachelor arrives and everyone decides he’s the right man for Cate. If you like books set in the Amish lifestyle with a strong romance, then this is a book you should try.

    Written by Cara Putman on November 25 | e
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    This is the first book by Leslie Gould I have read and it will not be the last, in fact I have already put her past books on my wish list! I love her writing style. Even while tackling tough subjects, she manages to keep a light tone to her writing.

    I do admit it took me a while to warm up to the character of Cate, she came off as unlikable and as if she didn’t care that those around her found her “prickly”. After finishing Courting Cate, I get the feeling that is what Leslie Gould was shooting for, to make you dislike Cate in the beginning but have her slowly sneak into your heart by the end of the book. If that is what she was going for, she did it magnificently! Courting Cate is a great book, I absolutely loved it!

    Written by All Grown Up? on November 26 | e
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    Within minutes I loved her spunk, but as the book continued on I just couldn’t help myself but to be drawn in even further into her complicated “simple” life.

    Written by Melissa Mashburn ~ Mel’s World on November 26 | e


    Leslie Gould provides a high level of entertainment in this creative story about a high-strung young Amish woman and her flirtatious younger sister. There is nothing predictable about this Amish taming of the shrew. It’s definitely a page-turner. The characters in this captivating story are so well defined they could well be people you know. I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the series of The Courtships of Lancaster County, and look forward to the next in the series. This was a fast-paced and action packed book. I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves Amish fiction.

    Written by Nancee on November 29 | e


    Since I love books, I like how Cate and Pete connect because
    they’re such big readers. I was as horrified as Cate to hear what Pete
    does with his books as he walks, hitchhikes, and camps his way across the
    country. Since I’ve always imagined Amish life to be such hard work, it
    was interesting to see Cate’s view of Pete’s Amish community where the
    work and farm life are even more primitive than what she’s used to.

    Written by Live To Read ~Krystal on December 4 | e
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    Love this book! This is the first book in The Courtships of

    Lancaster County series, my first time reading Leslie Gould’s

    book and looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

    This book was a fun read taking you into the youthful court

    ship in Amish romance.

    Written by Maopa / Luscious Deals on December 5 | e
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    Courting Cate is a clever, engaging, and surprising novel about a young woman who has allowed the early loss of her mother, helping raise her baby sister, and years of teasing and hurt to harden her heart ~ and it’s about the young man who allows God to use him to change everything.

    Written by Our Little Bit Of Wonderful on December 7 | e
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    Leslie Gould’s brilliant writing with an Amish twist on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” showed unique creativity and talent to the highest degree. Leslie developed each character thoughtfully and I loved her approach to bring them alive in one’s mind. Overall, I give Leslie’s Courting Cate a 5+ for a thoroughly joyful read

    Written by barbjan10 on December 19 | e
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