What does Liz Taylor have to do with an Amish novel?

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Choosing to retell “The Taming of the Shrew” first in my The Courtships of Lancaster County series was a given. Who doesn’t love that story? I first saw the play in elementary school and loved it. But I’ve always wanted more of the story, namely from Katharina’s point of view. I finally had the chance!

I thought of a young Elizabeth Taylor as I began to write Courting Cate, a younger one than she actually was when she played Kate in the 1967 movie of “The Taming of the Shrew” at age 33. But once I saw the cover Bethany House designed for the novel, the model became my “Cate.” She’s Amish, plus a little sassy and very smart—an all around intriguing character.

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Courting Cate comes out in October, but preorders are available through Barnes and Noble, CBD, and Amazon. Now I’m working on retelling “Romeo and Juliet,” with a few different twists than the traditional telling. I’ll write more about that in the weeks to come.



  1. Tina Bustamante
    Jul 12, 2012

    I’m so excited about your new website. It’s lovely and very you! you did a great job designing it. I can’t wait to add you to my blog list. Sorry it’s been a little busy. I’ll keep reading.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 20, 2012

      Hi, Tina,
      It’s great to hear from you! How are you doing? I’m going to go check out your blog right now and see if you’ve been posting.

  2. Laurie
    Jul 19, 2012

    Leslie, I love your website! It looks wonderful. This will be a great way to keep up with what you are writing and when the books come out!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 20, 2012

      Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 Mostly thank you for all of your support!

  3. Holly
    Aug 1, 2012

    Look good! Fun to see you and hear your words.
    Miss you,

    • Leslie Gould
      Aug 1, 2012

      Thanks, Holly! I miss you too. We need to set something up before your big adventure! I’ll be in touch.