Becoming Bea is the fourth book in author Leslie Gould's series The Courtships of Lancaster County. The other three titles in the series are Courting Cate, Adoring Addie, and Minding Molly. I've read the entire series, and have really enjoyed it! Each book focuses on a different Amish woman, the trials in her life, and her journey to romance. The entire series is Shakespeare inspired, with Becoming Bea inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.
In Becoming Bea, Beatrice Zook is a young Amish woman who lives at home with her overbearing sister, her sister's husband, and her mother. She cooks and cleans for her family, but doesn't really have a role in her community. She is introverted and content to stay at home reading and writing in her journal. She knows that to be out in the community, she needs to learn patience toward others. She had a previous relationship with Ben Rupp, but that went sour and all they do is bicker now when they see each other.
An opportunity comes up for Bea to help parents in her community care for their new triplets. She doesn't have experience with babies, and is anxious if she can do the job. But she is determined to try, as she desperately wants to get out of her house and become her own person. One drawback to the job is she has to spend more time with Ben, who is working in the new parent's business. Although obvious to everyone else that they have feelings for each other still, they spend most of their time arguing.
Will Beatrice gain the patience and confidence she desires? Will she and Ben manage to get past their troubled past and find true love?
What I Thought: Having read the first three books in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, I knew I was in for a treat with Becoming Bea. Leslie Gould is a great storyteller of Amish fiction. As with her other books, I was immediately drawn into the story and kept interested throughout. Her characters are well developed and easy to relate to. Along with the romance, the main character Bea has her own problems she is working through.
I love babies and have always been fascinated with multiples, so this story was a real treat reading about the enormous amount of work caring for triplets! Especially when you consider the Amish don't have a lot of our modern conveniences that make our lives easier when caring for babies! If you enjoy Amish fiction, you can't go wrong with Becoming Bea!
About the author: 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 family live in Portland, Oregon.
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Leslie Gould is back with the latest book, Becoming Bea, in her Shakespeare-inspired series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. Don't miss the other books in the series, Courting Cate (retelling of The Taming of the Shrew), Adoring Addie (inspired by Romeo and Juliet), and Minding Molly (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Leslie is celebrating the series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook party on November 11th.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- One copy each of the entire The Courtships of Lancaster County series: Courting Cate, Adoring Addie, Minding Molly, and Becoming Bea.
RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.