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?
Lorna Seilstad returns to the delightful Lake Manawa setting with another uplifting and cheery tale, A Great Catch. Drawing on a unique time when women were petitioning to be allowed to vote, Lorna has captured the dedication of a devoted suffragist in Emily Graham and her conflicted feelings towards men. Insecure about her clumsiness and determined to remain an independent woman, Emily is suddenly confronted with the very appealing Manawa Owls baseball pitcher, Carter Stockton. Carter has his own issues with an overbearing brother and a family expecting him to work in the family banking business but sees beyond Emily's awkwardness. Lorna skilfully infuses humour, faith and romance and while it dragged a little towards the end for me, A Great Catch is still a fun read that will keep you engaged and smiling to the very end.
Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
With thanks to Revell for my review copy
Thursday, 2 June 2011