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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Revell blog tour stop by A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad (with bonus review.)

Lake ManawaThe Bloomer Girls Play The Owls and Suffragists Speeches Heard at Pavilion
 “So sad.  Almost a spinster.” Aunt Millie shook her head. “If we don’t do something soon, no man is going to want a woman that advanced in years.”

Author Lorna Seilstad delivers another wonderful novel for summer with A Great Catch (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3446-6, $14.00, May 2011).

Great Catch, A: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers)

About the book:

It is the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa Resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When 22-year-old 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 pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer at Lake Manawa, Iowa, before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.

When Emily crashes into Carter at a roller skating rink, neither could guess what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?

My review:

This book not only has an adorable, spunky cover, but the story inside is adorable, too. The heroine is stubborn to a fault, but then again, the hero is, too. Together they make sparks fly for a number of reasons. The romantic thread in this story is delightful. What I loved about this book was how it deal with the topics of assumptions, loyalty, and speaking the truth in love.

Not only did I find this love story endearing, but was delighted to discover that it had quite a bit of depth to it for such a light-hearted storyline. Emily believed things about herself that over time turned into self-fulfilling prophesy. Carter felt the need to prove his worth to the world as well, but for different reasons. Both had struggles with their ability to trust. I loved how they learned from each other.

I found Carter to be an endearing hero. Emily was easy to identify with as well, especially if you bury yourself in work to avoid dealing with the pain in your life. She kept finding herself too busy to spend time with God and to read the Bible. Ouch. But isn't that true for many of us? We get so consumed with tasks and getting things done that we forget to spend time with the Lord.

All in all I enjoyed this story. I've read about four or five novels dealing with women's right to vote and working toward that goal. I've also read a few stories about baseball at the turn of the century. This story was intriguing because it contained both. I would definitely recommend it. Plus, I really enjoyed the Lake Manawa setting and seeing characters again from the first book in the series. This novel could easily be read as a stand-alone title.

A Great Catch was published by Revell and released in May 2011. A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher to review for this blog tour. The opinion posted above is entirely my own.

Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and is a fresh voice in historical fiction with spirited and entertaining writing. She is a history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer. Seilstad draws her setting from her home state of Iowa. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


"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

Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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