Saturday, November 17, 2012

Courting Cate - Leslie Gould

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 to court.  When the unexpected happens, Cate is compelled to go through with a marriage of convenience in order that her sister can marry quickly.  Throughout the rest of the book we get to watch Cate's demeanor change as she faces challenges.  This isn't a fairy tale, but it does have a satisfying ending that I was very happy with.  The story was fun, light, and heartily satisfying.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

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