Bloomer Girls, Young and Old (Photos, Review, and Giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  June 2, 2011 — 28 Comments

Mom and her favorite Boys of Summer

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

Since my 81-year-old mother is the ultimate baseball fan (and played a little softball back in the day), I was drawn to Lorna Seilstad’s book featuring a novice Bloomer Girl, 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 to be together!

The story is set during 1901 in Lake Manawa, Iowa, a beautiful resort in America’s heartland. Though Emily and Carter enjoy the typical summer activities—baseball, swimming, picnicking, strolling along the boardwalk–along with their fellow townsfolk, they have more on their minds than having fun. There’s a mystery to solve, bullies to deal with, Emily’s meddling aunts to avoid, and a question to answer: are they ready to spend the rest of their lives together?

I enjoyed this lighthearted romantic book. Reading about a slower-paced, simpler life warmed my heart and left me with a smile on my face. Lorna does a great job of investing her characters with life, recreating the time period, and weaving inspirational truths into her story.

***A Great Catch is available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for providing me with a copy to review. Follow this link to purchase the book from

About the Author: Lorna Seilstad 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. Making Waves is her debut novel.

***Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

Now It’s Giveaway Time! I’m giving away my copy of A Great Catch to one fortunate follower. (US and Canada only) Let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow my blog–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Facebook, Networked Blogs or twitter. The contest will run until Monday, June 6th, at 11:59 pm, and I’ll announce a winner soon after.

Greeting from the Die-hard Yankees Fan in my house!

Have a great day!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

28 responses to Bloomer Girls, Young and Old (Photos, Review, and Giveaway)

  1. I have been seeing this book around the blogosphere and love the picture. I would love to win it. I follow you on facebook and I get your emails.

  2. Who doesn’t love the Yankees?! And I’m a southerner 😉 Of course, I have to root for my Braves! Looks and sounds like a great book to read this summer! Fun cover art, too. I follow thru email. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. Have a great weekend…


  3. Charlotte Kay June 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I would love to be considered for this giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance!
    I am an email subscriber.
    Charlotte Kay

  4. Debbie Remenyi June 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Ashley would be so proud of your Mom, the Yankee Fan! She too loves them! This sounds like a fun book! I just got a Kindle, so I’ve added it to my wish list!

    • My mom’s proud of her Yankee stuff. Does Ashley have a Y. jacket? . . . Don’t you love your Kindle, Debbie? They’re dangerous, though. It’s tempting to download books because you can get them so quickly and start reading right away. I never thought I’d enjoy mine as much as I do!

  5. This sounds like the perfect summer book, I would love to read it.
    I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. Sounds like a great summer read! I hope to win!! The pictures of your mom are great! I recently lost a great friend of mine at the young age of 103 who was a serious Yankee fan! For the last five years she lived at a nursing home in Catskill. She rallied the residents (inmates, as she loving called them!) together to watch a game dressed in Yankee attire! Not only was she a Yankee fan, but an incredible servant of the Lord! Whenever I would visit her with some fresh cut flowers from my garden, hoping to bring a little sunshine to her day, I would always leave feeling like she enlightened me with renewed hope and strength in the Lord! I only hope I was able to give her at least a fraction of what she gave to me!!! I will miss her.

  7. i loved reading about your mom! thanks for the opportunity to read this novel. i’m a follower and email subscriber, too ;()

  8. I’m not entering the giveaway, I just wanted to say I LOVE the pics of your grandma!

  9. Awwww I love that your mom is a baseball fan, she’s so cute! If I reach that age I’ll be the same way with my football. 🙂

    I just got this book this week and can’t wait to read it. Also congrats on your Blogging for Books win. 🙂

    XOXO~ Renee

    • Thanks, Renee! I was excited to receive notice today. And I’m sure you’ll still be a football fan at any age. You’ll be rallying your family around the TV to view the games in costumes–like the old lady in Maureen’s comment above!

  10. I would love to win your copy of “A Great Catch.” I follow your blog on Facebook.
    Thanks for having the giveaway.

  11. I am a GFC. I love baseball and would love to read this book.

  12. I would love to read this book it sounds like its quiet good. I get your emails and I follow you on facebook

  13. Stopping by from SITS to show you my support! 😀

  14. This sounds like an enjoyable, fun book to read! I would love to win it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it. I follow mainly through email and Facebook.

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