When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty–and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!
However, the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn’t have any suitors–until Pete comes to town, that is.
Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate’s feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she’s immediately suspicious of his interest.
I enjoyed this novel far more than I had anticipated. Though I have never read The Taming of the Shrew, I am familiar with the story and have seen movie adaptations. Thus, I was thinking that this novel could not surprise me. I was wrong. The novel starts off much as you would expect it to, but about midway through, the novel takes a distinctive turn that I am 99% sure didn’t happen in Shakespeare (since I’ve never read it, I’m not sure). After that point, I couldn’t put the novel down. I really liked Cate, I could totally understand her hang-ups and feel her pain. Pete, was an interesting guy, but at the end of the novel, though I knew things about him, I felt like I didn’t know him. I kind of wish he had been more romantic as well, though he had a good reason to act the way he did. And Betsy? Well, who needs enemies when they have sisters like that one. I really like how Cate saw what shrewishness does to people. That was a nice touch. Spiritually, Cate has to turn to God and realize that He does love her and care for her. And more importantly? He is her source. Really good book. Recommended.
** I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**