Courting Cate by Leslie Gould is the first installment of a new series by this author. Cate is a feisty young woman of the Amish faith. When she was just 12 her mother died leaving Cate and her father to raise her new baby sister, Betsy. Cate did the very best that she could do as a young girl being forced into the adult world too soon but she soon learned that a quick temper and a controlling manner got things done but did not impress the young men around her. As little sister Betsy grew into a pretty teenager she found that Betsy with her flirty ways attracted boys like flies to honey and Cate was alone in the house with her father. Betsy easily picked up cooking and sewing and all the ways of a woman of the home and Cate found she was drawn more to the bookkeeping of her father’s business. Cate was a reader and stayed to herself and Betsy loved the social world of attending the singings of the Amish world. That all changed when Pete came into town and Cate finds herself being drawn to him. Then their father’s edict that Cate must marry before Betsy and that Betsy may not go to social events unless Cate is also socially active brings stress onto both girls. They realize their father loves them and the community has been gossiping that he did a poor job raising his girls is stressing him.
This was a great start to what appears to be a good series. The reader can imagine all sorts of new twists and turns that could happen in the series. It will be looked forward to by this reader for sure. Thank you to Ms Gould for having the foresight to have so many facets presented into this new series. Good luck Ms Gould and write fast so we can read more on this dynamic family.
I received this book from Bethany House for this review.