Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Becoming Bea Book Review

The Courtships of Lancaster County
Book Four

SUMMARY:  Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?
     Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience towards 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?

REVIEW:  Out of the four books, this one is probably my favorite.  Like the other three, this book uses a play by Shakespeare as it's base.  I'm not exactly sure, but I think this one was Much Ado About Nothing.  I like how Bea steps out of her comfort zone to help Nan and Bob care for their preemie triplets.   When she does, even though her time is taken up with washing endless amounts of diapers and baby clothes, cooking for the Millers and their cabinetry workers, washing huge amounts of dishes, and helping to take care of the babies, Bea's world expands exponentially.  She makes a new friend, broadens old friendships, and becomes more independent.  Her verbal sparing with Ben is fun to watch.  The ending is probably my favorite of all.  I just like how some loose ends in the story are tied neatly together with a wonderful surprise.  
      This is the fourth book in the series.  It is very helpful to have read the other three, as the characters in those books are some big characters in this one.  Doing so will help you fully understand the story better.  This was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House for review without compensation.
Leslie Gould is the author of THE COURTSHIPS OF LANCASTER COUNTY series and the coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife, winner of the 2012 Christy Award for Contemporary series.  She holds a MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and resides in Portland, Oregon.  Visit her online on Facebook or at

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