Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould; 2014; $14.99; 348 pages; Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN; 978-0-7642-1034-1; fiction; gift from the author and publisher; 9/30/14-10/2/14
Leslie Gould ties together her Courtships of Lancaster County series with Becoming Bea. Bea Zook is the younger sister of the family, who has decided that she is never going to marry, when her heart was broken earlier in the series. She and Ben Rupp love each other but are stubborn, hard headed and grudge holding. Bea has always seemed introverted and until she takes a job helping with some newborns she has seemed standoffish. She learns how to be a member of community and learning many life lessons. Love, stalkers, babies, misunderstandings, and more lead to an fun read.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, I laughed, cried, got angry and got deeply involved in the story. Leslie continues to amaze me with her talent. I always look forward to her books.
What is with the title of the review? The two main characters battled in spelling bees for years, so many of their insults to each other are spelled out.