Monday, October 27, 2014
Book Tour: "Becoming Bea," by Leslie Gould ~ My Review
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?
I loved how this book was written in the first person because I could really get inside Bea Zook’s head. Many people misunderstood Bea because she’s an introvert, who prefers staying home to going out in public. As a result, Bea lacks confidence, and it doesn’t help matters when Ben starts courting her and then abruptly quits. Needless to say, Bea wants nothing to do with Ben after that, but people still seem to think they’d make the perfect couple. Several years later, Ben starts coming around again, but Bea is naturally reluctant to let him worm his way into her heart. As Bea matures, she begins to find some of the answers she seeks, and she realizes that she is a capable woman who is just fine being herself. More than a romance, this is really a book about growing up and finding our true selves. It’s about learning to like what we find and not being willing to settle for less than we deserve. And, yes, it’s about how the path to lasting love is rarely smooth, but filled with potholes and obstructions.
Meet the author:
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 family live in Portland, Oregon.
Learn more about Leslie at: website, Facebook, Twitter
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review.