Becoming Bea is the 4th installment of the Courtships of Lancaster County series. These novels can easily stand alone or be read in any order. Beatrice Zook, Bea only to her family and sometimes Ben Rupp, has been hurt bad by Ben and will barely speak to him. Surprisingly though lately Ben has been very nice to her. Bea is not so sure she can trust him though. Will he just up and hurt her again after just a few dates? She cannot deny though that even though Don has been just as nice as he can be she is still only attracted to Ben. Ben whom she has known since grade school years. Ben who can match her scholarly as well as in wit. Can she take a chance on him again? Then just to throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing her sister Molly seems to have decided that the whole family should go on vacation with her family to Montana. Molly knows she hates to travel. Her mom agrees that Bea can stay if she finds a job. Bea has never wanted a job til now but there is the Miller family who needs help since Nan had the triplets. Bea had never until now taken care of children but really how hard could 3 premature triplets be?
Love this book. Who could not? This writer helps the reader see the Amish as normal people with normal personalities who have the same problems with life that people of other religions have. I like that Ms Gould does not make them out as goody goody. These folks have to fight the same urges to sin that does everyone else and deal with many times much worse consequences from their community when they mess up. Bea and Ben must to learn to trust each other for their love to be a blessing to each other. They must learn to accept each others shortfalls and forgive. If they can learn all this their life will be blessed. This book can be read by all ages and would probably be more enjoyed by girls and women.
This book was provided by Bethany House for this review.