To kick things off, I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to all the veterans out there! I have spent the time between posts delving into Leslie Gould’s “The Courtships of Lancaster County” books. One of the perks of being a reviewer is being gifted upcoming titles, and I received a copy of the fourth novel in the series from Bethany House publishers in exchange for writing down my sincere opinions. Each volume is an Amish romance inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. “Becoming Bea” recounts “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Bea Zook always competed with Ben Rupp, and, unlike most young women in her community, marriage has never been high on her list of goals. After spending time with each other helping on a neighbor’s farm, however, her thoughts begin to change. Might love be part of God’s plan for them as well? Or is that spark between them just irritation?
I enjoyed the entire series, so while each story is perfectly capable of standing on its own, I think reading the whole group in order, will give you a greater understanding of the fictional environment. For those who wish to know, the chronology is as follows:
1.) “Courting Cate,” which is a clever retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew.”
2.) “Adoring Addie,” a different take on “Romeo And Juliet.”
3.) “Minding Molly” is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” reimagined.
4.) “Becoming Bea is a new spin on “Much Ado About Nothing,” as I mentioned earlier.
I would recommend this whole saga to those who like authors in the same arena as Beverly Lewis and Suzanne Woods Fisher, but also to people who treasure classic literature. Knowledge of the original masterpieces isn’t required for appreciation. “Becoming Bea” has all the comforts of traditional Amish fare, like solid Christian values that cause it to be approachable by all ages, with a few unexpected twists thrown in. I believe people twelve and over will most enchanted by it. My rating is a solid five out of five stars, so if you’re looking for a lighthearted, charming love story to ward off the chill outdoors, go in search of “The Courtships of Lancaster County” now. All installments are available now, wherever you usually buy literature! Until we meet again…