Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

She wants to change the world.
He wants to change her mind.
It's the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham's meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.

Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.

When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?

The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant you with its breezy setting and endearing characters.

"A Great Catch weaves humor, history, romance, and spiritual truths into a delicious story that will delight readers' hearts. What a fun, relaxing read! I'd like to remain at Lake Manawa forever."--Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little

"A Great Catch is a grand slam! In a story as refreshing and invigorating as lemonade, Seilstad raises deep questions about a woman's relationship with God, her dreams, and the people in her life--while making me laugh so loudly my kids came running to get in on the joke."--Sarah Sundin, author of the Wings of Glory series

Here is my review of this incredible novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lorna Seilstad and her publisher for sending me a copy of "A Great Catch" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Although “A Great Catch” by Lorna Seilstad is the second novel in the Lake Manawa Summers Series, this is a fun and entertaining stand-alone read. Emily Graham is like a ship being tossed by a storm in the Bermuda Triangle. This triangle, however, is not made up of compass points or latitude and longitude marks on a map. They are made up of her aunts and her grandmother. These well-meaning women are convinced that Emily needs help finding a husband so she doesn’t become a spinster. But Emily has other ideas. She sees herself as a pioneer for women’s rights whose priorities don’t include marriage.

When Carter Stockton rams into Emily on the roller skating rink, he is shocked by how much she has grown up since high school. But he has his own life goals to worry about. His father owns the local bank, and his brother expects Carter to take his place at a desk at the end of the summer. But Carter’s love is baseball, and he would rather make a living under a bright, blue sky than sitting behind a desk. Despite his desire for such a career, he finds himself more than a little smitten by the suffragist, so he pursues courtship. Their worlds seem to collide again and again, finally with an agreement for Carter’s Manawa Owls baseball team to play an exhibition game against a ladies’ Bloomers team in the hopes to rally the locals to pursue the right to vote for women.

This is an absolutely perfect summer read! Baseball, beach and boardwalk in the early 1900s flavors this romantic tale. There is a generous dose of godliness sprinkled throughout that has actually led me to pray for those I know to recognize their “faith holes” and return to church. “A Great Catch” truly lived up to its name. I can’t wait to go back and read the first novel in this series, “Making Waves”.

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