Monday, May 4, 2015

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters #2) by Lorna Seilstad

Title: While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters #2)
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Pages: 341
Year: 2014
Publisher: Revell

About the book:

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?

My review:

This is a fantastic inspirational romance set in 1910.

I really don't know very much about the culture and what society was like during this time period. I am just trusting that the author did her research and has written it accurately. That being said I want to say that I loved reading the details that she worked into the story. I loved the look at the amusement park and the yacht club regatta that she included. The details about the type of outings couples would go on when courting were wonderful.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the Gregory sisters. I especially liked getting the update on Hannah and Lincoln, who were the main characters from the first book in this series. The deeper look at Charlotte only made me connect more with this wonderful character. She is so well developed and I was fascinated to see how events in her life from book 1 affected her personal story in this book. Lorna did a marvelous job of portraying that effect on the character's personality.

Lewis and Joel are both interesting characters and well developed. Their personalities are very different from each other. They also relate to Charlotte very differently. I loved reading the interaction between each of these pairs. Both of these men also have past events that have helped to shape who they are now which are very clearly presented. They are very different and both are just as enjoyable to read and just as easy to understand their affect on them.

Tessa is the youngest of the Gregory sisters. I found her progress in growing up and defining her individuality very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading her story in the third book in this series.

Reading this book was a very enjoyable way to spend some of my time. I am definitely recommending this novel and giving it a 5 star rating.

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