While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad
While Love Stirs is the second book in Seilstad’s Gregory Sisters series. The main character is Charlotte Gregory, the middle of the 3 sisters. Charlotte is strong willed, outspoken, and a bit calloused as a result of a prior relationship. While Love Stirs begins as a story about Charlotte’s attempt to get a job as a cook, but it gradually turns into a story of love–both family and romantic. It’s really a story of Charlotte’s internal battle in deciding if she should settle for a safe choice or take a risk on someone who makes her feel everything.
I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction, but I enjoyed While Love Stirs. Seilstad’s writing is easy to fall into, and I never had to reread a sentence for clarification. Charlotte’s character is believable and shows realistic change throughout the story. While Love Stirs offers romance and suspense, though the suspense mainly shows up in the last few chapters. Everything is resolved by the end of the book, which makes me happy! Seilstad uses cooking terms as symbolism throughout the book, and it never seems forced. It was one of my favorite things about the story! My criticisms are minor–a few times throughout the book I noticed a lack of vocabulary (the same word was used two or three times in a paragraph), and I don’t think the back cover blurb accurately portrays the book. After reading the back cover, I thought this would be a story of one girl and the two guys chasing after her. It’s really not like that at all. There are 2 men in the story who want to be with Charlotte, but the story is much more about Charlotte’s internal struggle, her desire to cook and teach nurses at the hospital, and her relationships with family members. There was never a point where I thought she might end up with ‘the other guy.’ Ultimately, this book will be a hit for fans of Historical Christian Fiction Romance. If you’re like me and usually stick to Contemporary Romance, there’s still a good chance you’ll enjoy this book. The author doesn’t get bogged down in historical information, and she allows the story to flow naturally. I’m looking forward to the next book in The Gregory Sisters series!
Take one lovely young woman.
Add two ambitious young men.
Stir . . . and stand back.
As a graduate of Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery, Charlotte Gregory is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove. And she certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the kindhearted Lewis Mathis to entertain at her lectures.
Lewis encourages Charlotte’s work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.
When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?
Follow the second Gregory sister as she looks for truelove and makes her way in a rapidly changing world in this breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep you guessing.
Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at www.lornaseilstad.com.