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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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller Courting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her familyl live in Portland, Oregon.
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I LOVE Leslie Gould! :) She is a fabulous author. I have been blessed to have started and followed this series all the way through, and while I think they would make good stand alones I LOVE them as a whole! Bringing in characters from the previous loved books is always a bonus. Of course since Bea is Molly's sister both Molly and Leon are in this one as well as their mom, but Leslie also brings back Cate and Pete (whom I LOVE) as well as Cate's dad Bob, Nan, Martin, Mervin, and many others! :) This one is interesting to me also because up until now I have been very familiar with the Shakespeare stories these books are patterned from. This is not so with Much Ado About Nothing. I've never seen or read this play or know anything about it really. I want to read the synopsis of it after reading Becoming Bea to see the similarities that I know Leslie is weaving in, that I'm unaware of! :) The pace is nice and I really love Bea. She has always been a character that I relate to, and actually Leslie mentions through her character Nan that Bea and Cate are a like. Thinking back about their similarities maybe why I love Bea as much as I do. I feel with her as a character, especially when Molly's getting on her nerves! LOL! Plus I've always rooted for Ben and Bea, but there's where the questions start. Will Bea let Ben in and if she does will he get his act together so they can realize how much they feel for each other? ;) Or will Bea choose a new prospect who has recently moved back to town? Changes are coming and Bea can feel it, the question remains will she find them good or bad? TO BE CONTINUED!!!
Songs: I feel there are definite parts of this song that go with the way Bea feels. "Losing" by Tenth Avenue North, "Brave" by Moriah Peters, and "Just As I Am" by Alan Jackson
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Becoming Bea. ~ASC