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A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  621 ratings  ·  90 reviews
In this light-hearted historical romance set at a turn-of-the-century lake resort, an independent young woman doesn't think she needs a man until a brash young baseball player catches her eye.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published March 26th 2011)
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A home run hitter!

Lorna Seilstad knows how to write characters and a story to match that always make me smile…and teach core lessons on faith and life.

Emily and Carter fit together like a ball in a glove-problem is neither one want to acknowledge that fact. Circumstances toss them together and pull them apart, tension ran thick through the story and if it wasn’t just angst, it was comical and romantic (I won’t go into depth about the kisses…sigh).

I got such a kick out the trio of sisters, Emily’
LOL!! That’s what instantly pops into my head whenever I think of Lorna’s first book, Making Waves. And she does not disappoint with her second book, A Great Catch! In fact, I think I was ROTFLOL through many parts of the book! My normal genre to read is suspense or tense action, but taking a break from all that and picking up one of Lorna’s books always promises light heartened amusement. When I received A Great Catch, I knew I was going to have a fun time reading it. And I was not disappointed ...more
Amber Stokes
Once again Seilstad has swept me away to the sunny shores of Lake Manawa for a delicious summer treat! Following up the delightful Making Waves, this book offers another inning of fun and faith while sharing a unique and engaging story.

The characters are both humorous and convicting as they stumble both literally and figuratively through the joys and trials of new love. Carter and Emily are simply adorable, but at the same time there is a depth to their story that causes the reader to pause and
Ever since reading Making Waves last year by this very talented author, I have been eagerly anticipating a return to Lake Manawa with a book called A Great Catch. Well....let's just say that I wish I could go back 100 years, and take up permanent residence there! It's such a unique little place that is full of fun and adventure waiting to be experienced.

The beginning of this delightful story was laugh-out-loud hilarious! Emily's two aunts were a piece of work with their matchmaking and nosiness.
Story Description:

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 fo
Paula  Phillips
Meet Emily Graham and catch up with old friends in A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad as we see Emily take to spending the summer at Lake Manawa with her 2 Aunts Ethel and Millie and Grandmother Kate. Along this journey , we also meet Emily's best friends Marguerite and Lily whom you may remember from Book #1 Making Waves. Emily's goal in life is to become one of the top Woman Suffragettes in America and to get the bill passed that women can cast the vote . As we can recall in history, this was one ...more
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.
Jun 04, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Revell
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 w
Emily Graham is more interested in fighting for women’s rights to vote than finding a husband. Unfortunately, for her, Emily’s Aunts will not let Emily become a spinster. They aim to find Emily a suitor.

Carter Stockton is the pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team. He knows Emily but in the past she was always Martin’s sister. Now that she is grown up, Carter is looking at her in a new way…as a woman. Carter plans to show Emily that she needs a man in her life. It is up to Emily to vote for
More like 4.5 stars...

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 b
Official rating 3.5 stars
A great sequel! I really enjoyed catching up on old friends and meeting new while "spending the summer" at this wonderful lakeside resort called Manawa! I did get tired of hearing so much about women's suffrage, but I knew going into this book that it would be included, so it didn't ruin the story for me. I'm looking forward to book 3: The Ride of Her Life
I liked this book somewhat but I did get bored with it and skipped to the end. I wasn't interested in baseball lessons or the Bloomberg All girl team. I also got frustated because Lily, Margurite's maid got married but it don't remember her even dating in the last book!!! And especially to someone with money.

Emily is spoiled by her grandmother, aunts and brother. She talks about Women's Suffrage so much that I though perhaps I lived in those times. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but come on
Another fun story. Love this authors humor and her talent of pulling the reader into the story. What fun it would have been to live in that time period. Well, part of it, anyway. I loved the characters. Emily and Carter were awesome and what fun to chuckle at the differences between the two aunts and grandmother! This was a great book two in this series and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.
Brent Soderstrum
1901 in Lake Manawa Iowa. Emily is a strong willed young lady who is working hard for woman to receive the right to vote. She finds herself falling for Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate back to Lake Manawa and pitching for the local baseball team the Manawa Owls. Throw in some financial shenanigans with Emily's grandmother's banking account at the bank owned by Carter's family and you have a fun light hearted tale.

I am from Iowa, I love God and baseball so this book is right up my alley
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 kl
Dianne Sidebottom
A different story about baseball and women's suffrage movement in Iowa at the beginning of the 19th Century. Mystery in who actually was fiddling the books of Grandma Kate's finances. The Graham family members had put Emily's clumsiness as a major part of her character, but they were really undermining her confidence as a person. Emily's drive for women to get the vote was a good thing but Carter thought it was taking over her life in an unhealthy manner (but that could be his experience of losi ...more
I've become a fan of this author. She does a great job creating a believable time and place, and it's not the usual. This book was an especially fun read - perfect for spring with it's baseball setting. The suffragette history was also welcome and well done. I never felt like I was being lectured to, and the details felt accurate. The only thing that kept me from really loving this one was a couple of Emily's Aunts. i felt they were over-the-top.

Still it's a fun book and a nice part of a good s
J.S. Marlo
A Great Catch is just as entertaining as Making Waves! If you haven't read Book One, you're missing something. Love it!
Kimberly  Brooks
I loaned this book from my local library on my kindle on a whim an I was surprised by how much I liked it from the get go. I think the humor of the characters and the dialog is what got me - it was a hook, line, sinker!

I loved Carter, he was a very witty character, always having a grin on his face. Him and Emily's antics together was hilarious. He also over looked Emily's clumsy antics and loved her for what she was and never pointed out her flaws or made fun of her like others has in her past.

Miranda Agee
This is a fun series! Having read the trilogy in 1, 3, 2 order, I now can see the full picture. My only criticism of this and all the novels in this series is the way they wrap up. Tension builds, climax happens, and instead of riding the roller coaster through the rest of the ride, I find it is more like a gentle kiddie ride as the story lines get tied into tidy little bows, in this instance all in one day. There was a little more meat available that just wasn't gleaned. All in all, as always w ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Stories that have the heroine under the watch of older female relatives are always a recipe for fun, and this one is certainly no exception. Emily gets all sorts of unwanted advice, grief, and commentary on every aspect of her life from her grandmother and two eccentric aunts. They're all so different but they play off each other really well, ultimately creating some humorously awkward conversations and scenarios.

I thought it was fun how Carter took Emily to such non traditional places for their
Shari Larsen
22 year old Emily Graham is spending the summer at Lake Manawa Resort in Iowa, along with her grandmother and two aunts, who take it upon themselves to try to find Emily a husband among the resort guests. Emily is very busy with her suffragist work though, and has neither the time or the need for a man in her life.

Carter Stockton is a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, determined to enjoy every last minute of the summer at the resort before having to join his father in the business world
Seilstad knocks another one out of the park with A Great Catch. Once again she takes us to Lake Manawa, Iowa for another fun, light-hearted summer romance destined to be much more. Once again she gives us a glimpse into the lives of Christian women who struggle with the changing times broadening their opportunities beyond the home. This time, we meet a young suffragette whose passion for the right to vote pales only to her inner fear that she must measure up and stand out all on her own despite ...more
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 ev ...more
Suffragist Emily Graham is determined to change the world. A natural-born leader who speaks her mind about injustices, Emily is not about to let men control her or the nation. She’s determined to show the men of the town, the men of the world, and maybe even God that a woman deserves the right to vote. Unfortunately, sometimes her own two feet get in the way. Emily is known for her clumsiness and when a mishap at the skating rink lands her in Carter Stockton’s arms, their worlds collide. Carter, ...more
A Great Catch was a great summer read!! I haven’t read the first book in this series, Making Waves, but once I finished A Great Catch I eagerly want to go get my hands on that book! This is a story about a young woman Emily who is fighting her little heart out for women’s rights and has dedicated all her spare time to her suffragist organization. Then there is Carter who is an old friend of Emily’s brother who shows up for the summer to play baseball for the local team. Carter is drawn to Emily ...more

A Novel
Lorna Seilstad
Fiction/Historical Romance

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Emily Graham is a suffragist with a cause, but she is so unsure of herself, that it manifests itself physically. She seems like a clutz all the time, falling, or causing accidents.She is so focused on the cause for women, that she forgets to keep her focus on her God. The thing is, she is a beautiful young woman who should not be so insecure, and Carter Stockton wants to show her this. What he does not expect is
Victor Gentile
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
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Publisher: Revell
May 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3446-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Emily Graham’s meddlesome aunts and grandmother are at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa. But they aren’t there exactly on vacation. Emily’s aunts want to find someone to marry Emily off to. That’s all well and good, except Emily doesn’t want to get married. She is actively involved in the women’s right movement and doesn’t want to even consider answering to a man for any reason.

A GREAT CATCH is full of great fun! Lorna Seilstad’s amusing story of a young suffragist and a local baseball player is humorous and historical.

Emily Graham is out to change the world. As president of the local woman’s suffragist club, she rallies for the right to vote and speaks out on the subject whenever the opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, Emily is also a bit of a klutz which gets her into some comical scrapes, especially with the good-looking Carter Stockton.

Carter Stockton has j
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For as long as I can remember, I loved writing. I even dreamed in plots. I also grew up attending antique auctions nearly every weekend, so history was as much a part of my life as chores on our farm in Iowa, reading books, and playing with Barbies.

So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes, the way we speak, but the common threads that unite us remain th
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“This is the excuse you’ve been looking for, isn’t it?” He heard the hard edge in his voice. “You think you can push me away before I get the chance to hurt you. You’ll go bury your feelings in a pile of work just like you always do. You’re scared to love me, but you’re too late, Emily Graham. You already do.” “I never said that.” 1 likes
“He hopped down from his perch and met her on the walk. “For you.” He held out the daisy. “Your favorite, right?” “You remembered.” “Of course I did. The other day you said you loved its simple beauty.” A rosy blush bloomed on her cheeks, and he grinned.” 0 likes
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