Thursday, October 02, 2014

Review: Becoming Bea

Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould is the fourth book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. All of the books in this series are based on one of Shakespeare's works, and they are some of the best Amish fiction I've ever read. :-) This particular story is mirrored after Much Ado About Nothing.

Beatrice Zook is a loner, a reader, and a lover of words. When she finds out she is supposed to be going with her sister and Mom to visit Montana, she is dismayed and angry. Determined to find a job so she can stay behind, she is surprised to find work so quickly as a helper to Cate's stepmom, Nan, who just had triplets! They already have one other helper, Hope, but they are still struggling especially since the babies are preemies with one still in the NICU. Bea hasn't been around babies much and finds it awkward at first, but before too long she becomes the one everyone relies on. Not used to actually being accepted and appreciated, Bea thrives there. The only problem is Ben Rupp.

Ben and Bea went to a couple of singings a few months ago, but for some reason Ben just stopped coming around. Really hurt by his actions, Bea's love turned into bitterness and anger. But at Nan and Bob's, Bea has no choice but to work through her anger since Ben is an employee in Bob's shop. She comes to realize she really does love him, but her critical spirit has turned people away. Will they ever be able to reconcile? Or is she destined to be an old maid?

I loved this book! The uniqueness of the characters, the problems with relationships, learning to be more Christlike - it was very much a story of growing up. Plus, I enjoyed reading about a bookish Amish girl since I'm bookish myself. ;-) The interactions between Ben and Bea were pretty funny when they were mad at each other which was quite often, and the whole thing about their spelling bees from school was the perfect touch. It got you right into the mood of the story. :-)

If you've never read Amish fiction please try this series out. It is so good!! You won't regret it. :-)

I was given this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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