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Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County #4)

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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
Paperback, 345 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 14th 2014)
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Deanne Patterson
School chums or rivals? When they were younger Ben and Bea were both. Can this ongoing rivalry and Bea always having to have the last word turn into a romance? Bea is hired to help a neighbor woman with her newborn triplets. Triplets, what? When she first starts she is not used to taking care of bopplin but gains confidence in her baby caring and herself. What I really enjoyed about this story is that I could relate to it. Not the triplets part but the baby caring part. I had my children close t ...more
After reading Minding Molly, I was both looking forward to and dreading this book. Sadly, it lived up to my fears rather than my hopes.

It is an homage to Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and this story was the clearest of the four in the set that were inspired by a Shakespeare play, almost to the point where I felt it was a blatant rip off of the above-mentioned play. The main characters are even named the same as those from the play! Bea in this story wound up being both Beatrice and Hero,
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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About this book:

“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
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great story in Gould's Shakespeare inspired series. This time it's Much Ado About Nothing that gets the author's unique Amish twist and I loved it to pieces. Talk about madcap mayhem! Both comedy and drama contribute to the confusion. Just reading about the day in and day out of triplet care was enough to want me to take to my bed for some much needed rest! I have never appreciated disposable diapers and an automatic washer and dryer more.

This is Bea's coming of age story. She's led a
Julie Surface
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In yet another enjoyable book in the series The Courtships of Lancaster County, Leslie Gould continues to educate readers about Amish life through likable characters and interesting plot twists. I love the community Gould creates as she highlights new characters interspersed with characters we've met in previous books.

In Becoming Bea the central character Beatrice Zook, has always felt more at home with a book than with people. She withdraws from community even more after the death of her fathe
Hallie Szott
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

In looking at my recent reading trend, I realized I’m quickly becoming a reader of Amish fiction – which I never expected or planned. But, how could I resist a book based on Much Ado About Nothing, my absolute favorite Shakespearean play? I don’t think it was possible… And of course, I completely and utterly enjoyed Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould. It was such a treat to read. I had so much fun watching Bea and Ben with their tenuous relationship and great
Cheryl Baranski
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book four in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. This is Leslie's best book to date.

I so love her writing style. It has a way of capturing you and pulling you into the story. I had a hard
time putting this book down. I have a tendency to become attached to her characters. You feel like
you are experiencing what the characters are going through.
This book is about Beatrice Zook and
Ben Rupp. Beatrice must learn to have patience with others. Time well tell is she learns to have
Julie Zander
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-finished
Just finished reading Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County #4) by Leslie Gould. Excellent book! It was fun to escape into the Amish lifestyle while identifying so strongly with the relationship issues that Bea faces. It's also nice to see a protagonist change and grow during the novel. I wasn't a fan of Molly in Minding Molly, or even Bea in that novel, but the characters both grow in this book. Great job, Leslie Gould I loved this one!
Sydney Elaine
Aug 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was not my favorite at all.
The storyline was confusing and weird, there were too many characters to keep track of, and overall it just bored me to sleep, literally.

Will not be reading this book again.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.
This book is a character-driven, Amish romance at its best. If you have read other books in this series, you get to re-visit principal players from some of the other books as well as get to know the small close-knit community surrounding this story's main characters, Bea and Ben.

Beatrice Zook was the youngest child in the family of sisters and brothers, step-brothers and in-laws. The next oldest sister, Molly, and her husband Leon lived in the same farmhouse with Bea and her Mamm, taking on the
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The last book in this series. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Bea was not one of my favorite characters in the previous installment but I grew to like her as the story progressed. Obviously there were times Ben needed to be whacked over the head with a shovel but that's all part of the plot. I liked that pretty much everything tied up very well in the end. It was a well written book. I'm hoping to read more by this author.
***DNF @38%
I loved the characters. The plot was decent. The dialogue was good. I had intentions of finishing the series, but I've been distracted by other books.
Megann Zeigler
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book #4 in the series and just as great as the others. Love this author and the way she tells a story. A could not put down story and one I finished in two days.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
He Loves Me....He Loves Me Not.....

Bea is a 21 year old, quiet Amish girl living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her father has passed away, and her mother has recently survived a brain tumor. Molly, her older sister, has tried to run Bea's life as far back as she can remember. Now married, Molly wants to force homebody Bea to accompany her on an extended visit to Montana to visit Molly's in-laws. Frantically wanting to avoid the trip, Bea gets a job helping the nearby Miller family with general hou
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Bea is probably my favorite out of the Courtshipsof Lancaster County series. I think this author has really found her voice. Don’t get me wrong…all of the books have been really good but I just think each book has been better than the last! This series of books are all Amish renditions of Shakespeare—very loosely based. They are written in first person perspective which I usually don’t enjoy as much but this author does it really well!

Note: I have deemed that this book is appropriate
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For Beatrice Zook it has always been about who will have the last W-O-R-D. To stay that her and Ben Rupp are competitive would be a sheer understatement. For as long as they were in school, the annual spelling bee determined who was the winner. At first it was all about studying definitions, spellings, and root meanings, but for as long as either of them could remember it was about so much more. Until the Amish district decided that there was too much pride in winning the spelling bees, and they ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish, netgalley, reviewed
This review and others can be found on my blog:

I was excited to be approved for the final book in Gould’s Shakespeare’s retelling series, entitled Becoming Bea, which is a retelling of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

I’ve really come to appreciate Gould’s artful intertwining of the original source material into the Amish world. Many of the plays have been very well adapted and I consider myself to have a pretty healthy appetite for retellings of any kind,
Victor Gentile
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Leslie Gould in her new book, “Becoming Bea” Book Four in The Courtships of Lancaster County series published by Bethany House takes us into the life of Beatrice Zook.

From the back cover: 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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As seen on my blog:
Hey, Folks!
To kick things off, I want to say a big "THANK YOU" to all the veterans out there! I have spent the time between posts delving into Leslie Gould's "The Courtships of Lancaster County" books. One of the perks of being a reviewer is being gifted upcoming titles, and I received a copy of the fourth novel in the series from Bethany House publishers in exchange for writing down my sincere opinions. Each volume is an Amish romance inspired by one of Shakespeare's most bel
City Girl Moves to The Country
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Reflections:

Becoming Bea is a delightfully sweet story. This is book #4 in the Courtships of Lancaster Country series.

Having read Courting Cate, and loving it, I was especially thrilled to have the opportunity to read this new installment in the series. I will get around to reading the first book Adoring Addie sooner or later! So that being said I feel this book can be read as a stand alone, the author's writing style allows for enough information to encompass the gap.

Take an Amish girl who i
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Julia Wilson
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive a copy of Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould to read and review. On the surface Becoming Bea is a wonderful Amish tale of family and friends supporting each other, following the arrival of pre-mature triplets to Bob and Nan. But it is so much more than that.
Becoming Bea is the story of Bea's journey from a young naive girl concerned with doing good and being good, to her mature awakening as a woman fully reliant on God. Knowing that to live a full life, really live it, one mus
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Summary
Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?

My Review
Ben and Bea have had a rivalry ever since their first spelling bee. Those spelling words were creatively sprinkled about the book reminding us of their rivalry and love or words! And maybe affection for each other?

Bea has always been more comfortable around book and words than people. Growing up in the shadow of her bossy sister,
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Beatrice Zook has always been somewhat strong-willed and standoffish with her peers, but she is not ready to be whisked off to Montana, far from her roots in Lancaster County. A lifelong sparring match ensued between Beatrice and Ben Rupp over the years as the two competed against each other in their school spelling bees. The sparring continues even though Bea knows it's prideful to have the last say. Marriage has never been an option where Bea is concerned. No one measures up to her high standa ...more
Courtney Ballinger
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First Lines:

"I won the third-grade spelling bee with H-A-R-M-O-N-Y. It was a word I loved but was not a feeling I often experienced--except for this moment, sitting on the porch of our farmhouse with my Mamm.

My Thoughts:

After loving Leslie's Gould's three previous books in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, I figured this one would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I love being right.

Keep in mind this review is coming from a girl who used to dislike Amish fiction. A girl who never got into Shakespeare.
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
If you haven't been reading The Courtship of Lancaster County series you have been missing out. Leslie Gould has put together four Shakespeare meets Amish tales that are very clever. In this fourth installment, Becoming Bea, Leslie loosely bases the story on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.

I have long been a fan of Shakespeare's works and when I first came across this series I was a little skeptical about how such well-known plays would parlay into Amish fiction. I was pleasantly su
Bea Zook isn't really sure just who she is and where she fits in the community. When she is told the family will be vacationing in Montana and that she must go Bea decides to get a job. She gets a position working for the Millers helping them with their newborn preemie triplets. She is also able to spend more time with Ben Rupp, former classmate and spelling bee rival. Bea realizes her feelings for Ben aren't what they used to be and the two try to work out their past issues. Things stand in the ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Bea, fourth in The Courtship of Lancaster County series is the wonderful story of Beatrice Zook. She a young girl who grows up quickly when she begins to live with purpose. After her father's death and her mother's surgery for a benign brain tumor, Bea's older sister Molly the assumed role of parent. Their farm thrives with a flower growing business that Molly and her husband manage and Bea manages the homemaking duties. Bea likes to stay home and could be content to live her life just ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?

About the Author:

Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The Courtships of Lancaster County series and The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, coauthored with Mindy Starns Clark. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides wit
Amy Bradsher
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Bea is a true delight. Painfully honest with herself, Bea struggles to interact comfortably with others. Gould writes the story in such a way that this problem becomes easy to relate to, and as Bea overcomes this issue, others take its place so that the tension continues to build throughout the story. I loved the ebb and flow in Becoming Bea!

The overall message is an important one - too important for me to spoil by sharing here. Gould builds into it with her fantastic ebb and flow techn
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