Review: The Ride Of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad

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Book Info:

Date Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Revell
Author: Lorna Seilstad

The only pragmatic man Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six-year old. Widowed for three years, Lilly has decided to leave the home of her intrusive in-laws to stand on her own. However, her in-laws find her new life as a cook at Lake Manawa utterly unsuitable for their grandson. When an argument ensues, a handsome strangers–who designs roller coasters, of all things–intercedes on her behalf. But Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.

Filled with the sweet romance of summer, The Ride Of Her Life will have you laughing out loud and signing contentedly as you spend the summer of 1906 at Lake Manawa.


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Meet The Author:


A History buff, antique collector, and a freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and 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.


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My Favorite Scene:


  “Rolling onto her side, she punched the pillow beneath her head. No, I will not cry tonight. Not again. I have a new home. I’m starting over. I’ll be fine. Her heart didn’t listen, and soon the corner of the pillow lay soaked. Ligntning flashed outside, and she rolled onto her stomach. The heavy stomping of thunder only made the little house seem more empty, and the solitude engulfed her.


  But she was safe.

  Dry.

  Thanks to Nick.

  After wiping her eyes, she propped herself on her elbows before pulling the Bible closer. She didn’t want to open it. God had let too many storms occur in her life, and He hadn’t exactly been stilling them.

  Trust me.

  She felt the words press again on her heart. But why should she? She flipped the Bible open to the book of Luke and the story of Jesus stilling the storm. What had Brother Hamilton said? That Jesus doesn’t still every storm, but He’s in the boat with you?

  But where were you in my storm? Were you sleeping? Didn’t you care?

  She wanted to pull the words back. Who was she to question the Lord? Her eyes dropped to the Bible splayed in front of her. The apostles questioned Jesus, but He questioned their faith. The missed the greatness of the One in the boat with them.

  But it was the words written in the margin in her mother’s hand that caught her eye. Faith entrusts oneself and one’s children to God in the midst of danger.

  Her mother had told her she was leaning on her own wisdom and not the power of God. Had her own mother struggled with the same things when Lilly’s father had died?

  Lilly’s heart throbbed. Lord, I see what I’ve been doing. When the storms came, I had the same choice the apostles had. I could have responded with fear or faith. And I chose fear. I stopped trusting You and startewd trusting only myself. Please, Lord, please forgive me.

  Though the thunder continued to rumble, a quiet surrounded her heart. She chose the believe in the greatness of the One who calmed the storms.

  She traced her finger over her mother’s words again, saying them aloud. “Faith entrusts oneself and one’s children to God in the midst of danger.”

  Mama, I hope I never have to find out if I have your kind of faith.


  I think when people read a romance book, even an Inspirational one, they look more for the romance and don’t expect to have any spiritual revelations. I know in my own reading that’s usually the case. When I read, I like to make page notes of my favorite scenes and narrow them down to one final scene to include in my review. When I read this scene, I KNEW it was the one I wanted to include.

  I think we all have struggled in this area at some point in our lives, maybe several times. I know I have. This passage really spoke to my spiritual nature. I have been through many storms in the past several years and, in the back of my mind, I always had the niggling thought of, “God where are you?”. This scene helped me to realize I was trusting myself to fix the situations and not seeing the greatness of the One in the boat with me. I loved this scene and it really opened my eyes. Now, I know some of you are wondering, “What about the romance?”. No worries! There is plenty of that, too.


Meet The Characters:


Lilly Hart: For those of you who have read the previous two books in this series, you know Lilly is a very spiritual person. She puts everything in God’s hands. Although, she struggled with that a little in this book after the death of her husband. She is a very strong woman. Making her own way in the world for her and her son, Levi. She’s humble, very loving and lovable.


Nick Perrin: Nick is my kind of hero. He’s very spiritual, trusting every situation to God, and very protective. He would risk his life to protect Lilly and Levi. A roller Coaster builder and operator, he takes risks every day. Very fun-loving but he knows when to be serious, too.


Levi Hart: Can you say, “Adorable”? Levi’s six year old cuteness came out on every page. Lorna captured him perfectly. I just wanted to hug him and pinch his little cheeks. LOL


My Thoughts:


I have been hooked on Lorna Seilstad’s books since I read Making Waves. This one was no exception. This last book in the Lake Manawa Series was quite a ride. (Pun intended!) It had just the right ammount of romance, spiritual overtones and drama combined. Neither were over-bearing, but very well balanced. Mark Westing, Marguerite’s little brother, was all grown up and played a significant part in this book. I was glad to see he wasn’t forgotten. I hate to see a significant character dropped. I was also glad to read Lilly’s story. I felt she had been short-changed when I read book two. From the first book I wanted to read about Lilly. Now this series is complete for me. A wonderful read. If you haven’t read it, I do recommend you pick it up.




Review: A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

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Book Info:

Date Published: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Revell
Author: Lorna Seilstad

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.

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Meet The Author:

A History buff, antique collector, and a freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and 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.

You can find Lorna Here:
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My Favorite Scene:

Let me “set the scene” for my favorite scene in the book. While Emily was very headstrong and fought for what she believed in she also felt awkward and clumsy and, in her eyes, never measured up. She had stood by and watched her aunts Millie and Ethel set her up with men that were very undesirable. Emily had started coming into her own by this point and had gained alot of confidence in herself and her abilities. Her aunts introduced her to yet another possible suitor and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Emily had just been insulted and pounded with rotten tomatoes at her suffrage speech and she was in no mood for matchmaking. Given the fact that her “suitor” was the town’s undertaker didn’t help matters.

“By the time Emily approached the cabin, the familiar heaviness of last night had closed in around her.Tears made paths through the tomato smears on her cheeks. Never had she felt more alone.
“There you are, Emily.” Aunt Millie toddled down the path toward her. “Oh my, what happened?”
“One of the men didn’t like the color of my dress today.”
“Oh dear.” Her aunt looped her arm in Emily’s.”We have to get you cleaned up.”
“Why? What’s going on?”
“We’re trying to help you ease the torment in your soul, dear.”
Emily raised her eyebrows. “And how do you intend to do that?” Stopping on the path, Emily saw exactly how her two aunts planned to do it, and he appeared to be the town’s undertaker sitting in a rocking chair beside Aunt Ethel.
“Is that–“
Aunt Millie patted her hand. “No hasty judgments, dear. Dudly has an excellent job with a steady Clientele, and he’s dying to meet you.”
A moan rose in Emily’s throat. She held out her splattered skirt. “Look at me. Smell me. I can’t meet anyone tonight even if I wanted to, which I do not.”
“Now, dear, you can’t very well turn him away. He came all the way from the city.” She pulled her forward. “Besides, I don’t think the bad smell will bother him one bit. In his profession, I would guess he gets used to horrible stenches.”
What did Emily care if she offended Dudly Lynch? She didn’t want to be courted by him or anyone else, and the sooner he learned that, the better.
With a sigh, she marched up to the paunchy middle-aged man and stuck out her hand. Dudly’s handshake, cold and limp, made Emily wince. And the thick beard hanging off the man’s chin did nothing to compensate for the lack of hair on his head.
“Hello, Mr. Lynch.” Emily squared her shoulders. ” I believe women should have the right to vote. I believe they are every bit as intelligent , talented and able as men, and I believe they should say exactly what is on their minds. Don’t you agree?”
“I… uh…”
“Good. So, here’s what is on my mind.” She tugged on her shirtwaist, ignoring Aunt Ethel’s glare and Aunt Millie’s gaping mouth. ” I don’t want to entertain a suitor right now. I want to go inside and wash away my unfortunate meeting with a couple of tomatoes. Is that all right with you, sir?”
“Uh… yes… of course.”
“And please forgive my aunts for dragging you out here. I would say I hope this turns into a profitable business trip for you, but given your occupation, please understand although I’d sometimes like to kill these two, I won’t do so today.”


Yes, indeed, the fiesty Emily put her foot down and spoke her mind yet again. I absolutely LOVED this part in the book and sometimes wish I had the gumption Emily displayed in this scene. It was Laugh Out Loud funny and very well written.


Meet The Characters:

Emily Graham: A fighter of the women’s suffragist movement. She believes in the right for women to vote and be treated as equals. She took a stand for those beliefs and for every woman out there who were too afraid to stand up for themselves. She is fiesty, spunky and clumsy. A very special combination.

Carter Stockton: A college graduate and a lover of baseball, Carter prefers to be on the field rather than work in his Father’s stuffy bank. He is fun-loving and a very spiritual man who trusts God to forge his path in life.

Grandma Kate: Grandma Kate supports Emily in everything she does. When Emily’s aunts are pointing out her faults, Grandma Kate is building her self-confidence and helping her find her spiritual relationship with God.

Aunt Ethel and Aunt Millie: The meddlesome twosome. They are always trying to push a suitor on Emily whether she wants one or not.


My Thoughts:

This was a very light-hearted read. A fun book for the summer or any time of the year. It had the right ammount of spiritual reference without over doing it. The characters were well thought out and fun to get to know. I’m so glad Marguerite and Lilly, from Making Waves book 1 in this series, played such a big part of this book. I just adored their characters. The historical details were very accurate and eye-opening. I never knew there was a “Bloomer Girls” baseball team and after reading this book I checked out their history. Very fascinating indeed. This story was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Spirituality, romance and history. You get a healthy dose of each! It’s hard to believe this was Lorna Seilstad’s second book. She is an author to add to your “Watch” list.


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Review: Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

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null When Marguerite Westing’s father decides to take his family to Lake Manawa for the summer Marguerite is ecstatic. Marguerite is fun loving and a dreamer. She can’t wait to explore the sights and get away from Roger Gordon. Although Roger has been courting Marguerite she can’t seem to develope feelings for “boring” Roger. She need excitement. She needs strawberry sundaes while Roger is straight vanilla. Little does she know at first that he is also cruel and vindictive. Marguerite feels that no matter how hard she tries she could never love Roger. When she meets Trip Andrews she has not doubt Roger Isn’t the man for her because it’s Trip who has stolen her heart.

Trip Andrews can’t abide lying and doesn’t trust women. Growing up believing his mother abandoned him has hardened his heart and his resolve not to be hurt by a woman but when Marguerite worms her way into his heart he finds his resolve slipping.

When Marguerite’s father loses all of their money gambling she feels obligated to marry Roger and deny her heart’s desire. Will she be able to trust God enough to risk everything or will she continue lying to herself?

Amid the romance and drama going on in her life, Marguerite goes on a spiritual journey of trust. She goes from questioning God to fully trusting Him. I loved this story. It took me to a place I have never been In a romance book before. 1895, water carnivals, fireworks. I never knew those things existed in that time. You’ll love the adventure!

Buy Making Waves At:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Christianbook.com

Meet The Author:


A History buff, antique collector, and a freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and 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.

You can find Lorna Here:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Pinterest