Saturday, August 27, 2011


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 for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father. 
When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed 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 you with its breezy setting and endearing characters.

My Review:
The story is set in 1901 at the Lake Manawa resort in Iowa.  Emily Graham is a single twenty-two-year-old who is an astute and confident young woman who knows what she wants.  She is adept at realizing her goals and won’t stop until they are achieved.  Emily is a big believer of women’s right to vote or run for office, but doesn’t have the time nor the desire for a man. 

Emily’s aunts and grandmother decide that she does indeed need a man in her life and set about finding her one among the young men who are frequenting the resort, but Emily plans to put the kibosh on that.  However, when she runs into Carter Stockton, a recent graduate from college, she has no idea what is going to happen in her life.  Is this situation something Emily can control or does fate intervene and cost her her dreams? 

I loved Emily, although she was a deeply confident young lady, there was also an air of innocence about her.  I loved how in one part of the book where she is speaking to a man named Mr. Fletcher about printing an article regarding women’s rights and Emily thanks him for being a supporter.  He corrects her and tells Emily he’s not a supporter that it’s just merely “news” and that’s what he reports.  They have a bit more conversation and Emily ends up “slamming” the door behind her when she walks out and is bothered by the fact that she can imagine Mr. Fletcher “grumbling about emotional woman” but says she didn’t really care.  Then she says: “If I didn’t need the free press opportunity his newspaper offered, I would happily never grace Irwin Fletcher’s presence again.”  Two minutes later she is standing in the town’s bank smiling at the gentleman who held the door open for her, at the teller’s she walks past and the people she is at the bank to see.  I just got a kick out of her trying to be so tough when really underneath she is a sweet, innocent, young woman. 

I didn’t realize that this novel is part of a series called: “The Lake Manawa Summer” series and would very much be interested in reading the first book in the series titled: “Making Waves.” 

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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