Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4) by Leslie Gould

Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?
Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

About The Author

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould

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 husband and four children live in Portland, Oregon.

My Review:

Welcome back to this Lancaster PA Amish community, and the folks we have come to love and become friends with. In the last book we spent time with Molly Zook, and her family. As this book begins she and Leon are married, and the focus of this story is on her sister Bea.
We come of think of Bea as being rather anti-social, and with no prospects of a suitor. Will she spend her life as a spinster, a helper for her sister? Will she and Ben ever stop fighting? Two competitors, who literally changed the schools spelling bee competition, one always had to outdo the other, to much pride here.
Loved how this community rally around one another, whenever there is a need, whether there is a death, an accident or even a new baby. A helping hand is there, to hold a hand or a baby, and a hot meal soon appears.
Bea does try to move outside her shell, she does apply for a job to help a new mother of triplets. Can you imagine, of course some can, but not me, three crying at once? Will Bea be able to handle this; she can barely go down to the market on her own property!
This is one interesting story and will keep you turning the pages, and of course there is always someone who is the bad apple, and you hope that everyone will find out and take care of them.
Come along and ride in the buggy with these young couples, there may be some new marriages here, and some may not make it to the altar.
A really get Amish read here that you don’t want to miss!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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