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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Becoming Bea

When I reviewed Minding Molly at the first of this year, I didn't like Molly all that much. Molly reappears in Becoming Bea and still has not become an enjoyable character until significantly later in the book, but for Bea's sake, the book isn't about Molly. Bea is twenty-one years old and still trying to figure out what she really wants in life. Molly has plans to go to Montana to meet her husband's family, and her plans include taking Bea with her. Bea is so tired of Molly's machinations that she goes out to find a job and have a reason not to go. The job was easy enough to find. Bob and Nan Miller have just had premature triplets and need a couple of mother's helpers to allow Nan to have the rest she needs to be able to take care of the babies. Also working for Bob Miller in his cabinet shop is Ben, the bane of Bea's existence. But Don Eichler shows up and desires to court Bea as well. For Bea, it's a matter of the dark and mysterious Don versus the known aggravation of Ben.

Bea is a much more likable character but very competitive, and before the end of the book, Molly becomes someone who is approachable and a softer side comes out. Bea finds out she is a capable care-giver and that she is also very organized. Her best traits come out as she takes on more responsibilities in caring for Nan and the babies, and those traits draw Ben to her like moths are drawn to a flame.

Leslie Gould has written a humdinger of a book with a bit of mystery, underhanded dealings, competitiveness, and not just a small amount of competition for Bea's attentions.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a clean baby diaper.

Bethany House provided this book for me in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was offered or received.

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