Book Review-Courting Cate

26 Mar

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Summary: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould follows the story of Cate Miller, an Amish twenty-three year old bookkeeper who would rather spend time with her nose in a book than attend local social events.  Having been burned in love, and teased mercilessly by the local boys, she develops a serious defense mechanism to ward off further hurt-a quick temper, and an even quicker tongue.  And, it doesn’t help to see how all men seem to fall at her beautiful sister Betsy’s feet in any attempt to get her attention.

Cate comes to the conclusion that she will never be loved and is content to just read her books, work in her father’s shop, and possibly start her own business one day.

Then, just when she thought her path in life was set, her father-desperate to see her married and happy-issues a decree:Cate must marry before Betsy can.  Not only that, but Betsy cannot even attend social events unless Cate agrees to attend.

What seems like a death sentence for Cate all changes when Pete Treger comes to town.  He loves books, adventure, and seems to really like Cate-in spite of her quick temper.  Will this be the answer to everything?  Everything seems to be smooth sailing until Cate discovers a mean plot set up by the local boys.  Are Pete’s feelings for her real, or is he a part of the conspiracy?

My Thoughts: I have to admit that when I first tried to read this book, I gave up before page twenty.  I didn’t really care for the characters, and the book just didn’t grab my attention.  It took quite a while before I picked it up again.  Once I got past the first twenty pages or so, I actually started to enjoy the book.  Once I got more into the background of why the characters were acting the way they were, I wanted to find out what happened.  This book was a quick read (once I got past the slow start), and the plot was interesting-delving into what can happen when someone believes that they are not worthy of love-and how that, combined with not trusting in God, can lead to some big mistakes in life.  I think this book is worth the read, but is probably a check-out-of-the-library read, more than a “buy” read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my unbiased review.

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