As someone who absolutely loves to spell (and all things related to spelling), I was captivated starting with the first sentence of this book. Bea was also a fan of spelling, and all through the book you’ll see her spelling words out. But she’s not the only one who spells, and her nemesis Ben, who was in spelling bees with her in school, also spells to her. They kept trying to “one up” each other with their spelling abilities, and it continued through the entire book.
At the start of the book, Bea finds out that her sister and Mamm are going to be heading to Montana to visit with her sister’s in-laws. They planned the whole trip without ever talking to Bea about it, and intended to have her go along. She found this out from Ben, in the midst of their spelling not so nice words to each other, and was nowhere near happy about it. Bea rushes home to confront her sister and mother, and her sister is really pretty nasty to her. As a result, Bea decides that she wants to find a job, which would give her a reason that she couldn’t leave town. She finds one, helping a family with their triplets. Wouldn’t you know, Ben is helping the family too. While they spend a good amount of time driving each other crazy, they do eventually start courting. Then everything gets crazy, some really shocking stuff happens, and they part ways. It takes awhile for them to work things out, but they do eventually get back together, and the book ends with more words being spelled to each other. This time, it’s not about spelling words to make little digs – they’re kind words, happy words, loving words. Just the way that it should be.
This is book 4 in a series, The Courtships of Lancaster County, but not having read books 1-3 of the series, I really didn’t feel like you “needed” to read them in order to appreciate (and enjoy!) this book. That’s not always the way it is when you read a series, so it was pretty great in this case!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way required to write a positive review – all thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.