Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shakespeare for the Dutch

Becoming Bea

Leslie Gould

The Courtships of Lancaster County

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

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     Becoming Bea is the fourth book in a series that smooshes together Shakespeare and Amish fiction. I read the first book in the series, Courting Cate, which I really enjoyed by the way, and so when I heard about Becoming Bea I was willing to give it a try. Courting Cate is free as an ebook right now. The amazon link is in the caption. 

      I don't particularly enjoy Shakespeare, the antiquated language while beautiful and complicated isn't really suited for everyday consumption. Much Ado About Nothing, the play Becoming Bea incorporates, is a comedy and one of the ones I enjoy. I do however really enjoy the way that Leslie Gould manages to incorporate the classic tales presented in the Shakespeare plays, but in a everyday, binge-able, and delicious format. I really enjoyed being able to recognize the classic Shakespeare touches. 

    I was hesitant to read the two middle books, Adoring Addie (Romeo and Juliet) and Minding Molly (A Midsummer's Night Dream), but I had no problem really getting into Becoming Bea. One of the touches I loved about it was the one up-ing that Bea and Ben got into. In the play it is more a match of wits, in the book spelling. Amish kids tend to go to school only through the eight grade, so learning for those who enjoy it is a special time. The spelling competition carried through the book spelling big words out like: S-H-A-K-E-S-P-E-A-R-E, and I loved it. 

Enjoy reading!. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my complete and honest review. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mail Order Bride Part The Second

A Bride in Store

Melissa Jagears 

"Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business. 

Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store. 

Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school. 

Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

     A Bride in Store is a wonderful continuation of the book A Bride for Keeps or the novella Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears. William, the protagonist, is the son of the two lovers in Love by the Letters and the young man who has a passion for medicine. Finally William has grown to adulthood and is trying, and failing, to find a way to make his dream of becoming a doctor true without any real financial support. Eliza is William's partner, Axel's, mail order bride. Eliza has a history of running stores and has come to Salt Flatts to have the chance to run her own business. 

     William and Eliza have very different ideas of how to run a store, and of course delicious pre-romantic sparks fly. All the while we are waiting for Axel, whom we don't want, to show up. By the time he does several very wonderful adventures and scandals have been tossed into the mix. 

     I loved reading about what happened to William. In A Bride for Keeps we meet William and just kind of love him. He was a fantastic minor character and makes an even better lead. Melissa Jagears did a wonderful job of separating the two books. This one isn't quite so angst-y as the first, but it definitely has its share of problems. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my complete and honest review. 

By the Way: The final book in the trilogy is scheduled to be released sometime next year, so be on the look out!

Here is an excerpt, so you can try it for yourself. All you have to do if it comes up Failed to Load PDF is refresh the page.