Courting Cate (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2012
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I truly loved the beginning of the story when sparks flew between Cate and Pete. I identified with Cate in so many ways except that I did want to get married. However, Cate was very strong and opinionated and I thought she was a great match for Pete. This story has been retold in many ways namely the play, Kiss Me, Kate and the newer contemporary version in a movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. I knew the general plot, but I after Cate got married, it seemed that Pete immediately turned off his charm to her and she was manipulated to work like a maid for his parents. The last half of the story wasn't very appealing to me, but I understood the concept of the plot. But overall, it was a good read and not a typical Amish novel.
There are so many different authors you can read if you enjoy Amish Fiction. Many of them, because they have done the necessary research, provide a very true-to-life portrayal of Amish life. This isn't one of them.
I like to think of this book as a type of "Jerry Springer meets The Beverly Hillbillies meet Amish Mafia meet an off-off-off Broadway production of The Taming of the Shrew." William must be turning in his grave.
I'd really like to know which Amish community this author choose to do her research on, because it is not like any Amish community I've ever come in contact with, and I've lived near the Amish, gone to school with them, shared meals with them, for almost 40 years now.
It is totally unbelievable that:
A 17, almost 18-year-old Amish girl would have no idea how children are conceived. They have farm animals, for goodness sakes!
An Amish father widowed with two young girls would have absolutely no help in caring for them, thereby leaving a 7 year old child to totally care for a newborn (Cate and her sister)
A 27-year-old Amish woman (married or not) would not be able to cook, clean or weed a garden. It just wouldn't happen. The community would not LET it happen, they would step in to help teach her.
An Amish furniture maker would begin an "international" business. They're not that money hungry.
An Amish family with over 10 children would live in a 3 bedroom house, and two of those bedrooms would be for the parents. Again, it just wouldn't happen. The community would not LET it happen.
That grown Amish children would NOT step in to help their aging parents. Again, it wouldn't happen. They have been raised to respect their parents and take care of them in their golden years.
....oh, I could go on and on, but I've got better things to do with my time.
I kept waiting for Uncle Wes to come out of the closet and declare he was gay and having an affair with his New York friend, the way he was portrayed in the book.
Please, don't waste either your time or money on this book. It's not worth it.
ETA: Yes, I have tried to fix the typo in the title of this review (Portrayal, not Portray!), but for whatever reason, it won't take.
Her younger sister, Betsy, is ready to start courting, but their father will not allow it. He makes a rule that Cate must begin courting first since she is the eldest daughter. This causes a big problem because Cate has no intention of ever marring. Despite the girls' objections, their father has made his decision final.
Cate has no other choice, but to find a respectable husband, which is a little hard considering she has told off every bachelor in the county. Luckily, Pete Treger arrives in town, but just like all other bachelors, he only has eyes for the stunning Betsy. When he realizes that the other men are after Betsy too, he tries his luck with Cate.
Honestly, I have never read Taming of Shrew, but I do recall watching an episode of Moonlighting that was a retelling of it. Here we get another reworking of the classic tale, but this time it is set in the Amish world by author Leslie Gould. I'm an Amish fiction fan, so I was more than eager to review Courting Cate courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishing. This is not your typical Amish book as you a get a look at the different classes, the rich and the poor, of the Amish life. The main character is not your typical Amish girl looking for true love as she would rather stay single than become a housewife. Considering I have read dozens of Amish books, one would think that Courting Cate would be stale, but I actually found it to be a breath of fresh fair. The author did a remarkable job creating likeable characters with witty dialogue. Overall, I loved reading Courting Cate and I'm looking forward to reading book two in the series.