In Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, Cate Miller has been responsible for her younger sister, Betsy’s, upbringing since their mother died in childbirth. She is used to doing things when and how she wants to. Now that Betsy is older and responsibly manages the house and meals, Cate doesn’t have to do much except help with paperwork in her father’s cabinet shop—and spend all her spare time reading.
That is, until the day their father puts his foot down and demands that Cate court and get married before Betsy will be allowed to. This causes quite a predicament because Betsy already has a beau she adores. Cate, on the other hand, has resigned herself to spinsterhood and has dedicated herself to her books after several unfortunate incidents with young men in her community. But she wants Betsy to be happy, so . . .
When Pete Treger moves into Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, it seems the Miller sisters’ problems may be over. He is unlike the boys who have tormented Cate for so long, and he seems genuinely interested! Cate even finds herself drawn to him and wonders if she could be falling for him—until she learns some information that could ruin the whole thing and leave Betsy an old maid along with her.
Courting Cate is different from other Amish fiction I’ve read. The Amish way of life was definitely a part of the book, but I found that I could relate to these characters and their problems, to an extent, better than in other novels I’ve read about the Amish. I can certainly relate to feeling mistreated and taken advantage of, and the desire to read all day long to the exclusion of all else is mine to claim! (However, like Cate, I have other responsibilities. 😉 )
If you’re looking for a book to read that will keep you turning page after page (or pushing the “next page” button again and again), you need to get Courting Cate! It’s sure to keep you busy for a few hours, at least! (It’s hard to put down.)