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 Amazon.com.
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.
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