Monday, May 30, 2011

A Great Catch Book Tour by Lorna Seilstad

Lake Manawa:
The 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. It’s 1901 in Lake Manawa, Iowa, a beautiful little lakeside resort in America’s heartland. Summer has arrived, along with all the seasonal activities at Lake Manawa: baseball, swimming, roller-skating, picnicking, strolling along the boardwalk, and listening to speeches by the suffragists.
Educating the women of Lake Manawa to their equal status as men and their voting rights, Emily Graham, a 22-year old suffragist tries to live her life independently and free from her meddling aunts who think she is bound for spinsterhood. They want to find a suitable husband among the resort guests for her. Emily prefers to decline their choices; she has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy suffragist life.
Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer at the resort before he is forced into the business world by his older brother.
When Emily crashes into Carter at a roller skating rink, life begins to change for both of them. Carter must choose what he enjoys most; Emily will have to decide what is most important to her.
A Great Catch takes you back to the turn of the century with endearing characters and incredible settings, all found in America’s heartland.

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.

MY REVIEW-I am a big fan of covers. Yes, book covers:) If they are really eye catching or not, that is. That is why I just knew this book was going to be great! A Great Catch has one of the best covers I have ever seen on a book. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and is only surpassed by mystery. But this book really has a wonderful cover that makes you want to read the book.

In this series, Lorna has done a wonderful job. The first book, Making Waves, was well written and quite interesting. This one follows in the same vein and was quite entertaining. There is not a lot of in-depth thought but I really liked the history. It shows a lot of the mind set back then and how women were looked upon. Emily was quite klutzy, which I thought was kind of funny. Many times today the books portray perfect women with the perfect figure who are graceful as can be. Not the case in this book. I also loved her aunt's! They are really hysterical and quite interesting. You will just have to read this book to find out more:) I also liked that characters from the first book, Making Waves, show up in this one.

Overall, I was really impressed with the style of this book. The characters were very like-able and the plot was great. I can't wait to read the next book!

Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.


Anne Payne said...

I'm so glad you mentioned the connection to Making Waves! Some how I missed that. I read that one and loved it so I will be on the look out for this one. I thought the cover looked fun, as well. Have you read any of Kaye Dacus's books? Her characters seem to be very real and don't fit the "model" image, at least I don't think they do. The one I am reading right now by Dacus has a heroine who is almost 6' tall and wears a size 18, barely! Not your run of the mill heroine and it is a great book so far.

mamabunny13 said...

I a big fan of book covers also.

Josiah said...

Sounds like an interesting read, I to like historical novels

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