Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Great Catch

Book Blurb:

It is the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa Resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When 22-year-old 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 pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer at Lake Manawa, Iowa, before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.
When Emily crashes into Carter at a roller skating rink, neither could guess what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?
The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant readers with its breezy setting and endearing characters.

My Review:

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 despite her clumsy ways and her opinionated mouth! They are at Lake Manawa playing baseball, swimming and drinking lemonade!

I found myself laughing out loud numerous times while reading this story especially when it came to Emily’s 2 aunts that are a piece of work! They try to set her up on dates with anyone they can think of even if he is balding and has a name like Mr. Wormsley. The scene with Mr. Wormsley just had me cracking up!!

Carter was oh so delightful. I’ve always had a thing for baseball players and this was no exception. He sounds so yummy and oh so sweet at the same time! But no…he is not perfect either! I find it hard to relate to characters when they have no flaws. Oh how he was sweet to Emily despite her ability to jump to conclusions without seeking God.

There were lots of lessons to be learned while reading A Great Catch like putting God ahead of all your other priorities! Emily struggled with putting God before her suffragist group and her relationship with Carter and we see how that can really cripple you!

There were a lot of things to enjoy in this story; summer fun like watching baseball and swimming, a summer romance blooming, a bit of history on women’s suffrage and some mystery involved making an exciting climax and satisfying ending!

Now that I have read a Great Catch, I plan on getting a copy of Making Waves to see who else found romance in the story of Lake Manawa. Great book!!

Content: Very clean!

About the Author:

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 the same. Couples fall in love. Injustices happen. We fight for what we believe in. We struggle. We endure. We grow.

After graduating from York College in York, Nebraska with an A.A. and then receiving a B.S.Ed. from Lubbock Christian University, I met and married the love of my life, David. God had
written our love story, and I knew from the moment we met that he was the one. It was not love at first sight by any means, but I was so sure he was "it" that I wrote that I'd met the man I would marry in my diary. We pledged our hearts to one another two and half years later.

I taught high school English until my oldest child was born. After that I began my career as a professional wiper. I wiped noses, counter tops, tiny tushes, tears, and scraped knees.

Deciding that my children were now older and less in need of my constant supervision, I started pursuing my first love again --writing. After joining American Christian Fiction Writers, I found a wonderful critique group and began studying the craft of writing.

David and I have three children ages 18, 16, and 11. We also work in youth ministry and teach youth and adult Bible classes.

Thank you so much for stopping by, friend!

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