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A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  885 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
If a never-grow-up baseball player strikes out with a spunky suffragette, Independence Day may take on a whole new meaning.

When twenty-two year old Emily Graham’s meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the Lake Manawa resort guests, the spunky, slightly clumsy suffragette is determined to politely decline each and every suitor.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Revell (first published March 26th 2011)
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this summery read. It was perfect reading while celebrating July 4th, too, because a part of the story takes place during Independence Day. I am giving this novel five stars for several reasons. It was fun; it made me laugh throughout the book. It challenged me spiritually; the theme of daily devotions and prayer and to allow God to control your daily activities, was a blessing to me. I also learned some interesting historical facts about woman's suffrage and all the effort that ...more
Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1901

A Great Catch is the perfect beach or vacation read: fun, breezy, and featuring characters on vacation and enjoying summer themselves. I loved journeying back to the Lake Manawa resort in Iowa (after having read book 1, Making Waves, two years ago) and following the characters on another diverting summer adventure.

Although I'm not the biggest fan of the suffragette heroine, Miss Emily Graham was great for the most part, when her stubbornness and mule-headed attitude we
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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’
Amber Stokes
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great read in this series!

Same beautiful setting, Lake Manawa, only this time in 1901 during the women's suffrage movement.

Well-developed characters ... driven, determined & spirited Emily ... athletic, godly & loyal Carter, plus an entire cast of wonderful supporting characters. Emily's elderly great-aunts were especially enjoyable!

The faith content in this story played a strong part. The constant message of keeping God a top priority was worked very well into the story. The f
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Paula  Phillips
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Cardon
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emily has ambitious plans. In her role as president of her women's group, she works hard to help the women of Iowa gain the right to vote. She lives with her grandmother and two great aunts, all with plans to see her married, which is entertaining in itself.

Emily meets carefree athlete Carter, who plays for the new baseball team. She's not sure if she has time for him or not. Emily comes up with a plan to get attention for her platform - invite a women's baseball team to play against Carter's t
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since my 81-year-old mother is the ultimate baseball fan, I was drawn to Lorna Seilstad’s book featuring one of the Bloomer Girls or, in layman’s terms, a lady baseball player. A Great Catch is a charming romantic comedy featuring suffragist Emily Graham and rich boy turned baseball player Carter Stockton. Emily meets Carter when she crashes into him at a roller skating rink. Emily is a bit unsure of herself and a complete klutz while Carter is confident and athletic. Of course, they’re destined ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
J.S. Marlo
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Great Catch is just as entertaining as Making Waves! If you haven't read Book One, you're missing something. Love it!
While I enjoyed A Great Catch to some extent, it didn't live quite up to my expectations. For one thing, I didn't even remember Emily Graham from Making Waves, so I had no connection to her. I'm sure she was in that book; she must have been too vanilla of a character for me to notice.

In addition to that, I'm not fond of suffragette characters 90% of the time. There's a certain obnoxious quality to Emily that I just didn't appreciate. I'm also not much of a baseball fan and this entire book revol
Nora St Laurent
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve seen Making Waves and A Great Catch book covers and they both have made me stop in my tracks and pick them up to look inside. When the opportunity came to receive a review copy of this book I jumped at the chance to read A Great Catch.

Life on Lake Manawa, Iowa in 1901 was amusing and humorous to read about. This novel was not all fluff, but showed what Emily Graham went thru in her fight to get women the right to vote. Not everyone wanted change including the women.

Emily is twenty-two years
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 fo
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Emily Graham is known to be a klutz. Nowadays, it would probably be said that she was incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. When Carter Stockton, a local baseball pitcher, also known as a hurler, rescues her from one of her more recent predicaments, he becomes a bit enamored with the girl and purposes to learn more about her and get to know her despite her busy schedule. Emily feels quite strongly about women’s suffrage and every spare moment she has is spend presiding over the ...more
Victor Gentile
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tamara Tilley
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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
Savannah Rohleder
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Emily Graham is the president of her local suffrage movement and she pours herself into her cause. Her meddlesome aunts and grandmother think she should settle down, but Emily has other ideas. She’s determined to chase away any suitor and her constant clumsiness aids her cause. Her plans are dashed when baseball pitcher Carter Stockton enters the picture. Emily fights to keep her work for the suffrage movement at the forefront of her mind, above all else, but Carter proves to become increasingly ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley Johnson
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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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

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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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Lake Manawa Summers (3 books)
  • Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers #1)
  • The Ride of Her Life (Lake Manawa Summers, #3)

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“Emily picked up her fork and contemplated eating the waffles left-handed in front of Carter. Her skin prickled as she imagined a trail of strawberry syrup cascading down the ruffles of her pristine blouse. “Aren’t you going to eat, Emily?” Grandma Kate asked. “Your waffles will get soggy.” “I like it when the syrup soaks in.” “Nonsense.” Her grandmother waved her hand in the air, shoved her own empty plate away, and set a leather-bound ledger on the table. Emily bit her lip and used the side of her fork to try to cut off the corner. Ah. Success. She glanced up and caught Carter grinning at her. Heat flooded her cheeks, and she dropped her gaze back to her breakfast. Even without looking, she knew he was still watching. She’d show him she was a woman who could tackle anything—big or small. Her grandmother thumbed through the ledger. “And Carter studied finance, Emily. Since your brother is busy running your father’s business, I’ve asked Carter to help me manage my assets.” “But I thought—” Emily jerked. The bite of waffle on the tip of her fork, drenched in strawberry syrup, went flying across the table. 4 Instinct alone propelled Carter to catch the chunk of waffle midair. The contents squished in his palm, and he grabbed his napkin from the table. When he’d managed to scrub the worst of the berry stain off, he looked up and met Emily’s horrified gaze. Laughter rumbled in his chest, but with great effort he kept it in check.” 2 likes
“She whirled, intending to head back down the stairs. Carter caught her wrist. “You can ride down with me.” More heat flooded her face, and the afternoon sun seemed to pour down with greater intensity. She considered walking away, but the pain in her backside predicted a less than ladylike gait. He’d see her waddle, and her humiliation would double. But riding down the toboggan run with him? “Carter, I’m not sure.” His eyes darkened. “Is it because of earlier?” “Aw, ease up on her, Stockton.” Ducky stepped forward. “It’s not her fault if she doesn’t want to be around a cad like you. Walking into ladies’ bathhouses and all.” Comfortable teasing laced his voice. “She can take my toboggan, and I’ll ride down with you.” He flopped the toboggan down on the deck and held out his hand. “Will that work, Miss Graham?” “Yes, thank you very much.” She took his hand and gingerly seated herself. Picking up the reins on the toboggan, she turned to nod to Ducky to release her. Instead, she found Carter. Her eyes widened. “Hold on.” The smile had crept back into his voice. “You’re about to go on the ride of your life.” The sled lunged forward and her stomach lodged in her throat—not from the ride as much as the unspoken promise Carter’s words seemed to hold.” 2 likes
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