Series Connection: Courtships of Lancaster County
Genre: Amish Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Purchase Link: Amazon
Cate Miller has come to terms with the fact that no one wants to court or marry her, except maybe if it meant having a piece of her father's money. Her father on the other hand would like to see her married and giving him grandchildren, so he make a rule. Her younger sister can't court or get married until Cate does.
This does not make her happy and she hopes she can convince her father to break his rule and leave her to spinster life she assumed she'd have.
Pete is looking to settle down in a new Amish community after traveling around for seven months. He makes clear to Cate he is looking to do some courting, get married and start a family. He also tells her he is dirt poor and that makes Cate believe he is just another looking for what her father's money can offer to his future.
When her sister pushes Cate to let Pete court her, Cate begins to like Pete until her overhears a secret that changes everything.
This is a heart-warming version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Cate's insecurities are believable, even if some of the facts around the Amish community don't ring quite true. The story is told from the first person and enough hints are distributed throughout the pages that you get to know the other characters in the story, even though I would have liked to have had more true interaction between Pete and Cate.