A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?

The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant readers with its breezy setting and endearing characters.
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It's the turn of the century, and suffragette Emily Graham has no time in her life for a man. But her aunts have other ideas in mind and try to find her a husband among the guests of Iowa's Lake Manawa resort. Carter Stockton, the Manawa Owls' baseball pitcher and recent college graduate, is determined to eke all the fun he can out of the summer before being forced into his father's business. Neither Emily nor Carter has romance on the mind. Will they give up their dreams for a chance at love, or will they discover that maybe, just maybe, you can have both? VERDICT A breezy writing style and likable characters make Seilstad's latest series entry (after Making Waves) a sure bet for fans of Mary Balogh.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441232694
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Lake Manawa Summers Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 41,937
  • File size: 626 KB

Meet the Author

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and 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 history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at www.lornaseilstad.com.
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A Great Catch

A NOVEL
By Lorna Seilstad

Revell

Copyright © 2011 Lorna Seilstad
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3446-6


Chapter One

Lake Manawa, Iowa, 1901

Three blind mice.

Three little pigs.

Three days in the belly of a whale.

Emily Graham stifled a moan. Some of the worst things in life came in threes, and she was facing her favorite meddlesome trio right now.

"The right to vote won't warm your bed at night, dear." Aunt Millie poured fresh lemonade from a crystal pitcher into four glasses, then blotted her round face with a handkerchief. Even though the table, complete with an heirloom lace tablecloth, sat in the shade of the Grahams' cabin at Lake Manawa, the late May heat brought a sheen to her aunt's crinkled brow.

Emily pressed the glass of lemonade to her cheek and watched the sailboats on the lake lazily glide across the rippling surface. "As hot as it is, the last thing I want is a warm bed."

"Honestly, what are we going to do with you?" Aunt Ethel, rail thin, stiffened in her chair, and Emily imagined her aunt would launch into a tirade concerning Emily's character flaws at any minute.

Aunt Ethel turned toward her older silvery-haired sister, Emily's grandmother. "It's your fault, Kate. You filled her head with all those ridiculous notions of changing the world, women voting, and all that other nonsense. Now look at her. She's twenty-three years old, and she's still not married."

"I'm twenty-two, Aunt Ethel."

"But your birthday's just around the corner."

Emily rolled her eyes. "It's six months away."

"So sad. Almost a spinster." Aunt Millie shook her head and smoothed her apron. "If we don't do something soon, no man is going to want a woman that advanced in years."

"I guess it's up to us." Aunt Ethel tsked and patted Emily's hand. "Even though you're no great catch, don't worry, dear. With the three of us on the job, we'll have a man on your arm in no time."

"Three?" Emily felt a millstone sink to the pit of her stomach. She turned to her grandmother. "I thought you were on my side."

Grandma Kate smiled. "I am. That's why I'm going to help. If I leave it up to your aunts, they'll have you married off to some spineless simpleton you'd have henpecked in a matter of days, or some bald, solid member of the community that every other bright girl has already discarded."

"Do I even want to know what these two have in mind?"

The corners of Grandma Kate's crinkly mouth bowed. "Probably not."

"Trust us, dear. We have your best interests at heart." Aunt Millie held out a plate. "Prune cake?"

"No thank you." Emily checked the watch hanging on the chain around her neck. "I have to go now. I promised to meet some friends to go roller-skating."

"You're not going out in that abysmal outfit." Aunt Ethel's face pinched. "It's hardly proper."

Emily held out the sides of her sporting ensemble, complete with a shorter-length, divided moss-green walking skirt. "I can't very well skate in a full skirt. I'd kill myself."

"You probably will anyway," Aunt Ethel said solemnly.

"Ethel!" Grandma Kate shot her a warning glance. "It's not Emily's fault she struggles a bit in the art of gracefulness."

"A bit?" Aunt Millie chuckled. "That's like saying I'm a bit old."

"Aunties, Grandma, we'll talk about all of this later."

Aunt Ethel squeezed Emily's forearm. "No need to thank us, dear. It's our pleasure to help."

* * *

After buckling the metal roller skates to her boots, Emily pulled the straps tight and dabbed her upper lip with a handkerchief. Patrons of the roller-skating rink, the newest addition to Lake Manawa's Midway and ever-growing resort, lined the bench beside her.

"I can't believe you two talked me into this again." Emily set her feet on the paved brick sidewalk, shook the wrinkles from her skirt, and smiled at her two dearest friends, Lilly Hart and Marguerite Andrews.

"You're the one who said we should challenge ourselves to grow." Lilly, formerly Marguerite's personal maid and still her best friend, grabbed Emily's hand and pulled her to her feet.

"I said we needed to challenge our minds, not break our necks." Emily wobbled, and Marguerite caught her arm.

"Careful."

"You both realize that you are putting yourselves at great risk. It's common knowledge I could trip over a chalk line drawn on the sidewalk."

"You were a little shaky when we started last time, but you caught on just fine." Lilly kept a firm hold on Emily's elbow. "Besides, teaching you to skate is the best excuse Marguerite and I have for getting a break from our children."

Keeping a hand on the door frame, Emily rolled in behind her friends. Her lips turned downward as the excitement soured. "Did you have to ask your husbands for permission to come today?"

"Tate takes a long afternoon nap, so Trip doesn't mind." Marguerite paused to give the clerk her coin. "Did Ben give you any trouble about coming today, Lilly?"

"Nothing I couldn't handle. Besides, Levi's with my mama." She deposited her nickel on the counter. "And probably being spoiled rotten."

Emily fished a coin from her chatelaine purse attached to the wide belt at her waist. "I can't imagine having to ask a man if I can go somewhere. How utterly degrading."

Marguerite stepped onto the smooth wooden floor of the rink. "That's what I used to think."

"And now she's just a plain old married woman." Lilly laughed as she followed her onto the floor.

"And you're not?" Marguerite countered. "Emily, it's not that I ask permission, really. Trip and I share our lives. It's more of a common courtesy."

Emily eased out onto the rink, pausing to adjust to the feel of the wheels on her feet. "But what if Trip told you no? If he said he didn't want you to go, would you be here?" She wavered on the uneven floor and narrowly avoided the boy in front of her. His brows knit in anger, and she shrugged in apology. Why did skating and speaking at the same time have to be so difficult?

"The right answer is probably 'no,' but I can't honestly say I'd obey him. I'm not sure what I'd do." Marguerite smoothed a crinkle in her skirt.

"I am." Lilly spun backward with ease. "You'd be here now and fight with him later." "That's why I'm not sure marriage is for me. Obey? Even the word irritates me."

Lilly laughed. "You just need to find the right person— like we have." Emily started to lose her balance, and Lilly caught her hands. "Relax. Don't fight it. Think of the skates as wheels on your feet."

"Remember, I'm not graceful on my feet without the skates."

They giggled, and Marguerite linked her arm in Emily's. "You're your own worst enemy. Smile. Act like you're having fun."

"It would certainly be acting." Emily adjusted her hat, set askew by her last near fall. "I'm holding you two back. Why don't you two go skate together awhile and let me practice on my own for a few minutes?"

"We couldn't do that." Lilly twirled in a circle.

"Please. It's hard for me to talk and concentrate on the task at hand. I need about ten minutes to get used to this."

"Are you sure?" Marguerite worried her bottom lip between her teeth.

Emily reached for the wall to steady herself. "Yes. Please, I'll do better on my own. I certainly couldn't do worse."

"Ten minutes," Lilly said. "And no hugging the wall."

Like birds set free from their cage, the two friends sped off. Lilly skated with such ease she made it look as if she'd been doing it all her life, and Marguerite looked angelic floating around the rink with her blonde hair surrounding her head like a halo. Emily felt a stab of jealousy but pushed it away. It wasn't their fault she'd been born without an ounce of athletic prowess.

She let go of the wall and shoved off, determined to master at least one lap around the rink. It might not be fair that fear pulsed through her every time another skater whooshed by, but that wouldn't stop her. It never had before.

Despite her worries, her wobbly legs seemed to solidify as she rolled down the length of the maple floor. The soft thunk, thunk, thunk of her skates passing over the boards caused her confidence to grow. She rounded the first corner by pressing her hand to the wall and grinned. Perhaps she'd get used to this yet.

Relax. Don't think about the skates.

Maybe if she concentrated on something else, like the Council Bluffs Equal Suffrage Club. With the recent failure of the Iowa legislature to amend the state's constitution, the women were despondent, tired after losing a hard fight. As their local president, she needed something to rally the troops—something they could put their wholehearted efforts into. They couldn't quit before they'd won the right to vote. She wouldn't let them.

Would a husband complicate all she hoped to accomplish? Marguerite and Lilly had been able to participate in the fight, but having young children affected the amount of time they could commit to the cause. As a single woman, she was free to give the effort her undivided attention.

She reached the end of the rink and bit her lip when she crossed her right boot over her left, as she'd seen Lilly and Marguerite do many times.

Suddenly her feet tangled. Arms spinning like the paddle wheels of a steamboat, she teetered precariously to the right, then the left. Strong hands tightened around her waist and attempted to move her out of the way. Instead, she gave an ungainly kick and fell hard against the person holding her. Air whooshed from her lungs as they tumbled together onto the floor, a heap of knotted limbs and skates.

Chapter Two

Emily hurt. She just couldn't figure out where.

The man regained his footing and crouched in front of her. A mass of coffee-colored curls tumbled from beneath his cap and over his chestnut brown eyes.

"Carter? Carter Stockton?"

"Emily Graham? I didn't figure I'd bump into you here." He shoved the locks away. "Are you okay?"

"I think so." A sharp pain shot through Emily's wrist as she struggled to sit up. She clutched it to her stomach. Trying to ignore the sting, she smiled weakly. "I haven't seen you since high school."

His gaze dropped to her wrist. "You're hurt, aren't you? How bad is it?"

"I'm okay. I'm so sorry. This was all my fault."

"Nonsense." He smiled, and the cleft in his chin deepened. "Come on. Let's get you out of harm's way before some of these other skaters do more damage."

Carter skated behind her, slipped his hands under her arms, and lifted her to her feet. Then, to her surprise, he kept his hand locked on her elbow until they had safely skated off the rink. He lowered her onto a bench and dropped down beside her. "Is your wrist broken?"

"Oh, heavens no."

"Let me see it."

"Honestly, I feel bad enough having taken so much of your time."

He gently pried her arm loose and examined the puffy area. "It's already swelling. Does it hurt to move your fingers? Wiggle them."

His cool touch made her skin tingle in a most alarming way. Emily tried to tug her arm free, but he held her elbow fast. With an exasperated sigh, she gave a tiny wave with her digits. "See. I'm fine."

"Humph." He scowled and rubbed his chin.

Lilly rolled toward them and used the back of the bench to stop. "Emily, we saw you fall. Are you all right?"

Marguerite joined them, out of breath from rushing across the rink. "Carter, are you the man she crashed into?"

"No, I crashed into her." He laid Emily's hand back in her lap and stood up.

"That isn't true, and you know it." Emily winced when she jostled her arm. All this fuss. It was bad enough to make a fool of herself in front of all the skaters, but now they were all drawing added attention to her embarrassment.

"She needs someone to take a look at that wrist. My carriage is outside, so I'll be glad to take her home. Is she staying here at the lake?"

"Her grandmother has a cabin on the south side." Lilly checked the watch hanging off her belt. "I can ride with you. It's on my way."

Marguerite elbowed her side. "You're not going in that direction. Remember, you have to pick up Levi and your mother at the Grand Plaza. She's waiting for you."

Puzzled, Emily eyed her best friends.

When Marguerite tilted her head toward Carter, realization seemed to explode across Lilly's face. "Ooooh, yes. Sorry, Emily."

Emily's eyes widened in disbelief, and her cheeks flushed hot. They were abandoning her on purpose.

"You really don't mind taking her home, Carter? It would be such a help because Trip is expecting me soon. He has a sailing lesson to give in half an hour."

"Actually, I insist. I want to make sure I didn't do any lasting damage."

"In that case, we leave you in good hands." Marguerite flashed Emily a winning smile. "I'll talk to you tomorrow."

Emily's eyes shot fire. "You can bet on it."

"Take care of her, Carter." Lilly squeezed her shoulder. "She's one special lady."

Emily watched the two betrayers skate away and turned to Carter. "Thank you for your kind offer, but I really can get home on my own." She bent to unbuckle her skate and let out a tiny yelp.

Without a word, he knelt in front of her and scooped up her boot. He slipped off the heavy skates and set them on the bench beside her. "Emily Graham, I can see one thing hasn't changed. You are as stubborn as ever. Still trying to change the world?"

"Someone has to."

"Indeed they do." He chuckled, stood, and offered his hand. "But even crusaders can get a lift. Come on. Your carriage awaits."

* * *

Every rut and bump along the dirt-packed service road made Carter flinch. The road wound behind some of the buildings and cabins lining the lake's edge. Usually, resort patrons rode the streetcar to Lake Manawa, but Carter was glad he'd chosen to take his own carriage today. If not for the sporty two-seated phaeton, Emily would have had to walk home, and her pale face told him she wasn't up to that.

He glanced at her and found her jaw clenched against the pain caused by the jostling. Having been in his own share of scrapes on and off the ball field, he sent up a silent prayer on her behalf. A lock of silky, soft brown hair had slipped from her bun in the collision and now danced across her forehead and landed on her nose. She struggled with her good hand to tuck it back in place. When the strand refused to comply, she finally puffed it away from her face.

She caught him watching her and rolled her eyes. "I must look a mess."

"You look fine." Truth be told, she looked more than fine. The Emily Graham he remembered from high school was all arms and legs with no obvious curves. This Emily had grown into her arms, legs, and curves quite nicely.

He shook his head and forced his gaze back to the road. What made him notice that? This was Emily, Martin's little sister. Martin had played on some of the same ball teams with him in high school. Emily and Carter had simply been acquaintances, due in part to their positions on the school's literary magazine staff. Even though she was a year younger than he, she was selected editor of the publication, a fact that still both riled and impressed him.

"So, Emily, what's your brother up to?"

"He's running Graham Implement Company while my parents are out of the country."

"I'm sure he's good at it. I remember he had quite the competitive streak in high school."

"You're telling me. I don't think he let me win so much as a game of checkers growing up." With a wince, she adjusted her hold on her wrist. "I believe my father's company banks with your father. If you're joining his business, it looks like you and Martin could be on the same team again."

"Not unless he's playing baseball."

"Excuse me?"

"My father is semiretired. My brother Nathan is the vice president who runs everything now. So unless Martin is playing baseball, we won't be on the same team. Though my brother expects me to join him this fall."

"And until then?"

He drew his left index finger over the red letters on his striped wool baseball jersey. "I'm pitching for the Manawa Owls in the field they put up a couple of years ago."

"I didn't realize the owls at Lake Manawa gave a hoot about pitchers." She giggled, a soft, full, infectious sound that rolled off her lips, not a high-pitched twitter so many girls tried when flirting.

Carter chuckled too. "Of course they do. Whooooever it is, they have to be the best."

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Fun Book!

    Great follow up to the 1st book, but stands alone beautifully! Loved reading this book. I've already bought book #3 in the series!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    I loved this book, so much fun to read! --  Lake Manawa, Iowa i

    I loved this book, so much fun to read! -- 

    Lake Manawa, Iowa is still growing and Emily Graham is the president of the Council Bluffs Equal Suffrage Club, she is determined to get women the right to vote. Carter Stockton is the pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team and plans to enjoy his first summer since graduating from college.




    Emily's great aunts are trying to find her a husband and trying to get her to forget about the women's vote. The first man they try to set her up with, she knocks out with a horseshoe. You see, Emily is a klutz, that's how Carter happened to get involved with her this summer, she was skating and she fell. She says her fall caused Carter to topple on her but he insists he ran into her so he feels responsible for her getting hurt. Carter takes her home and soon finds himself helping Emily's grandmother with her bank account which keeps coming up short of money, the account is in the bank owned by his father and run by his brother.




    This was a very fun book to read, Lorna had me when she started with the roller skating, that is how I met my husband and my aunt and uncle also met roller skating! Also, I love the klutziness of Emily, we have a klutz in our family, our granddaughter, we always say she can trip over her own feet, she is ditzy besides and she isn't even a blonde, lol. I found myself giggling throughout this book and yes there was a spot when I fought back a tear too. I don't see how anyone would not love this book.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

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    The Back Cover: She wants to change the world. He wants to

    The Back Cover:


    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. The Characters: Emily Graham: A fighter of the women’s suffragist movement. She believes in the right for women to vote and be treated as equals. She took a stand for those beliefs and for every woman out there who were too afraid to stand up for themselves. She is fiesty, spunky and clumsy. A very special combination. Carter Stockton: A college graduate and a lover of baseball, Carter prefers to be on the field rather than work in his Father’s stuffy bank. He is fun-loving and a very spiritual man who trusts God to forge his path in life. Grandma Kate: Grandma Kate supports Emily in everything she does. When Emily’s aunts are pointing out her faults, Grandma Kate is building her self-confidence and helping her find her spiritual relationship with God. Aunt Ethel and Aunt Millie: The meddlesome twosome. They are always trying to push a suitor on Emily whether she wants one or not. My Thoughts: This was a very light-hearted read. A fun book for the summer or any time of the year. It had the right ammount of spiritual reference without over doing it. The characters were well thought out and fun to get to know. I’m so glad Marguerite and Lilly, from Making Waves book 1 in this series, played such a big part of this book. I just adored their characters. The historical details were very accurate and eye-opening. I never knew there was a “Bloomer Girls” baseball team and after reading this book I checked out their history. Very fascinating indeed. This story was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Spirituality, romance and history. You get a healthy dose of each! It’s hard to believe this was Lorna Seilstad’s second book. She is an author to add to your “Watch” list.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    When Emily Graham returns to Lake Manawa for the summer, all she

    When Emily Graham returns to Lake Manawa for the summer, all she wants to do is her work for the suffragette movement. She is having a hard enough time keeping up with all she has to do and keeping certain members of the suffragist group from taking over her leadership role. Her meddlesome aunts, however, have other plans for her. Emily is clumsily endearing and a genuine character. I feel for her at times because I can relate to the clumsiness and the shock and embarrassment that can accompany it sometimes. She also struggles with letting God take control of her life, just like I do.

    Carter Stockton is a dreamer. He is a dreamer because he wants nothing more than to play baseball, while his father wants nothing more than for him to join the family business. So, his last hurrah is playing for a baseball team this summer. He meets Emily Stockton, who happens to be his friend's little sister, and sparks fly. He is immediately intrigued by her honesty, unconventionality, and determination to do what she wants despite society's dictates. The romance that blossoms between them is sweet and endearing.

    In the beginning of the book, it quotes Proverbs 3:5, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Both characters struggle with letting God have control of their lives and acknowledging Him in their everyday actions. Emily is frequently putting God on the back burner, so to speak, and we see that she struggles because of it.
    The story is good, the characters are lovable, and the plot is great. I do, however, wish the ending would have been a little different. I won't give away any plot spoilers, but I was a little disappointed with the conclusion of the problems, right before the happy ending. It still doesn't change my mind about this book, it's simply a great, easy read!

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    cute story, great setting

    I loved the three Lake Manawa Summers books, which I totally didn't expect. This one was the weakest of the trilogy for me, but I still enjoyed every page. I wish I could summer at Lake Manawa. :)

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Humorous and insightful

    I was hooked in under 50 words. Lorna Seilstad had me smiling and turning pages from beginning to end. Little bits of humor are sprinkled throughout the book, making for a very enjoyable and relaxing read. The main characters, Emily and Carter, are easy to relate to, fun to be with. They made me evaluate the things I believe about myself, my tactics to avoid things I don't want to deal, and how much time I'm spending with God. Very valuable things all dealt with in a gentle, fun-loving way. The secondary characters are charming and full of their own life and color, without stealing the show. Lake Manawa brings to life a by-gone era, making me wish I could visit and stay awhile. Women's rights and baseball made for a great combination and I loved the details included in A Great Catch. Over all, I found this to be a truly delightful read that I hated coming to the end of, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Homerun!

    When a sassy suffragist and an all-star pitcher collide (literally!) the sparks fly. Emily Graham, a single leader of Lake Manawa's local women's Suffrage movement , doesn't want anything to do with love. She's focused on fighting for the right to vote and keeping herself in one piece. Local Manawa Owls pitcher and banker's son, Carter Stockton is more focused on the game than on following in his father's footsteps. When Emily and Carter have a chance meeting at the skating rink things become even more complicated. Throw in a few meddling aunts and a matchmaking grandmother and you have a ball game!

    Yep, baseball fans are in for a treat with this one too! There are Owls and there are Bloomers. Both the men and the women's baseball leagues do their part to bring to light the need for a woman's voice to be heard. While the Owls commit to the rather unconventional game somewhat begrudgingly, Emily, with the help of Carter eventually brings them around. You may or may not see a certain Owl player don a dress for the big game. Snatch up a copy of A Great Catch to read and see what happens. I can almost guarantee that you will laugh out loud.

    As the second book in the Lake Manawa Summers series, A Great Catch does not disappoint. If you are looking for a light-hearted pick me up with a message look no further. Emily's fight to stay ahead of her matchmaking family and remain president of the women's suffrage league will have you in stitches. Poor Emily doesn't have to left feet, I think she has three! Watching Emily grow in her faith and learn to slow down to prevent tripping up both in life and faith is certainly an unpredictable journey. Carter isn't without his own dilemmas and must learn to follow his own advice. I really appreciated that both heroine and hero had some growing up to do and some compromises to make in order to make a success of their relationship.


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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Homerun!

    When a sassy suffragist and an all-star pitcher collide (literally!) the sparks fly. Emily Graham, a single leader of Lake Manawa's local women's Suffrage movement , doesn't want anything to do with love. She's focused on fighting for the right to vote and keeping herself in one piece. Local Manawa Owls pitcher and banker's son, Carter Stockton is more focused on the game than on following in his father's footsteps. When Emily and Carter have a chance meeting at the skating rink things become even more complicated. Throw in a few meddling aunts and a matchmaking grandmother and you have a ball game!

    Yep, baseball fans are in for a treat with this one too! There are Owls and there are Bloomers. Both the men and the women's baseball leagues do their part to bring to light the need for a woman's voice to be heard. While the Owls commit to the rather unconventional game somewhat begrudgingly, Emily, with the help of Carter eventually brings them around. You may or may not see a certain Owl player don a dress for the big game. Snatch up a copy of A Great Catch to read and see what happens. I can almost guarantee that you will laugh out loud.

    As the second book in the Lake Manawa Summers series, A Great Catch does not disappoint. If you are looking for a light-hearted pick me up with a message look no further. Emily's fight to stay ahead of her matchmaking family and remain president of the women's suffrage league will have you in stitches. Poor Emily doesn't have to left feet, I think she has three! Watching Emily grow in her faith and learn to slow down to prevent tripping up both in life and faith is certainly an unpredictable journey. Carter isn't without his own dilemmas and must learn to follow his own advice. I really appreciated that both heroine and hero had some growing up to do and some compromises to make in order to make a success of their relationship.



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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    A Great Catch

    Author Lorna Seilstad takes readers back in time to the year 1901 and Lake Manawa, Iowa. In her latest installment in the Lake Manawa Summers series, A Great Catch, Lorna Seilstad uses one of America's favorite past times to create a great plot that readers will love. This novel will be a great hit with Christian fiction and historical fiction fans as well as romance readers. Filled with women's rights, baseball exhibitions, family problems and finding your calling as themes, many readers will consider this one a grand slam! Lorna Seilstad's second book in the Lake Manawa Summers series, A Great Catch is full of humor and rollicking good times, but there are also some really great underlying themes. Seilstad has a knack for using humor in her writing. It gives great comic relief to the more serious aspects of the book and humor also draws in the reader and makes them enjoy the read that much more. I thought she did a fantastic job of making Emily's aunts and grandmother supporting stars in this book. Their antics add a lot to the story and readers will be chuckling and saying to themselves, "My grandmother was like that," or "my neighbor done the street would have said the same thing." One of the themes that I found the most interesting was the women's suffrage movement and how it plays into Emily and Carter's love story. Emily is determined to have an exhibition game between the woman's "Bloomer Girls" team and the local male team, the "Manawa Owls." In her mind this will show the world or at least Lake Manawa that women deserve the same rights as men and can do anything the men can do. When she and Carter begin to spend more time together it becomes evident that there dreams may not be in line with each others. Does the suffrage movement mean more to her than finding love? I thought author brought up some really valid points and I think readers will appreciate her sentiments. Both Carter and Emily develop quite a bit throughout the story. Emily learns a lot about herself and what is important to her. She has to make some decisions that are not easy. Carter on the other hand has a big decision to make himself. He has to decide whether to follow the path he feels he is led to or the path his father wishes for him. I think that parents sometimes don't realize the pressure they put on kids to the things they feel in right for them. Sometimes God leads in a direction that parents don't anticipate and I thought the author did a great job with expressing that. Carter's growth as a character was not as prominent as Emily's but I think readers will really identify with his struggle.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    Definitely a LAUGH OUT LOUD Beach Read!!!

    Lorna Seilstad is a fantastic Christian fiction novelist! I love, love, love her work! Her characters are filled with fun loving flaws, her plot lines show God's loving mercy and her books are just all around addictive. It's the perfect blend of romance, laughs and inspirations!

    Emily and Carter's characters were a fit from the start. They had lots of sparks flying around them, but they were too hilariously stubborn to see what was happening between the two of them. Emily, all for changing the world to better fit women, and Carter the baseball hero, all for winning her heart, those two just clashed and clashed in so many hilarious ways.

    Carter was a fun loving baseball player and if a woman doesn't want a guy like him, well bless her soul, that's all I have to say. I loved Carter from the instant he had a skating collision with Emily. He was so sweet and made a home in heart.

    Emily, well, bless her heart, she was a bit of a klutz. She really couldn't help all the blunders and mishaps that seemed to follow her around. She reminded me a lot of myself in that way (I'll shut my mouth now before I go into a lengthly embarrassing child hood story of my klutziness). I really adored her character!

    Lorna created a hilarious, fun, amazing summer time read. It's a book that is perfect for that lazy afternoon in the sun. Perfect for that trip to the beach. You'll laugh til you cry, you'll see some characters from Making Waves, and you'll feel right at home this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of Lorna's 5 star second installment to her Lake Manawa Summers! I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    A downright spunky book!

    ABOUT THE BOOK (from back cover)

    She wants to Change the world. He wants to change her mind.
    It's the beginning of a new century and 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?

    MY THOUGHTS
    From the zany aunts to the mishaps of Emily this book will keep you in laughter from beginning to end! This book is a very fun read and you just can't help but laugh at the antics of Emily's aunts and they try to find her a suitor.

    This is a very fun and enjoyable read and will definitely keep you entertained, I did read the first Lake Manawa Summer book, Making Waves, and this book is a stand along story, the characters follow through but take a back seat to the main character in the new book so you truly do not feel as though you're missing anything!

    I do recommend reading Making Waves just for fun though! I can't wait to read the next Lake Manawa Summer book, at least I'm hoping there will be one!

    *Special thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book to review

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Almost whimsical and completely engaging!

    This is the second of Seilstad's Lake Manawa series and it's absolutely delightful. Emily and Carter's struggles (an over-worked, over-committed woman and a man torn between his heart and his responsibilities), though rooted in the early 1900s, translate well into today's society. It's very easy to relate with both of them.

    Add to that an almost dreamlike setting, some interfering (yet lovable) aunts, and a little bit of love and A Great Catch is a great read. If you like Karen Witemeyer, I think you'll enjoy Lorna Seilstad.

    *I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    Summer, Baseball and Romance Equal Great Reading!

    Lorna Seilstad in her new book, "A Great Catch" Book Two in the Lake Manawa Summer series published by Revell brings us back to Lake Manawa, Iowa in 1901.

    What is the event of the summer that is America's favorite pastime? Eating barbecue? Well, yes, but not in "A Great Catch". It is 1901 and summer is just starting at Lake Manawa and baseball is in the air.

    Emily Graham is a stubborn, independent twenty-two year old woman who spends much of her time working for the local suffrage association and women's right to vote. Her grandmother and two older aunts, who she lives with think she is already an old spinster and they have taken it upon themselves to find someone willing to take her. However, Emily is ready to turn down all of these suitors. Into this mix comes Carter Stockton. He is both a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team. When the summer ends he will be forced into entering the business world of his father. Before this summer ends everyone will learn about women's rights and face off against a women's baseball team.

    "A Great Catch" is a lot of fun. Emily is smart and funny as well as being a bit clumsy, which, I think, is something that we all can relate to at some point. Carter is a perfect portrait of a man trying to decide between what he really wants to do and what his father wants him to do. "A Great Catch" is full of wonderful themes of being who you are and who God called you to be. Ms. Seilstad does a wonderful job of transporting us back to a time and place that we will, sadly, never experience again so savor the time spent in these pages. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Awesome book...A must read!

    A Great Catch is a really good book. I didn't want to put it down and I laughed the entire way through it. I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you enjoy books that have you in stitches the whole time. Emily Graham cracked me up, as did her two matchmaking aunts and her loving grandmother. All of the characters were super. I can't wait until the next Lake Manawa book comes out!

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