Thursday, May 22, 2014

While Love Stirs - A Review

Published - May, 2014 Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Series - The Gregory Sisters book 2

Author - Lorna Seilstad

Title - While Love Stirs

Format - ebook, paper

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Charlotte Gregory dreams of running her own kitchen in a hotel or a restaurant. She is a culinary school graduate and understands food preparation and nutrition. When hotels and restaurants refuse to hire her because she's a woman, she ends up with a job at the gas company as a cooking demonstrator/lecturer. She travels across the state giving cooking demonstrations on the new gas stove. As part of her agreement, she is allowed to teach about the nutrition as well. The gas company has hired a young man, Lewis Mathis, to perform before her lectures. He would like to get to know Charlotte on a more personal level, but she's not looking for anything though her mind is constantly drawn to young physician Joel Brooks, a man who likes order. When Charlotte and Joel are talked into planning a hospital fundraiser, sparks fly. But will these two figure out what they want before something explodes?

This book was absolutely delightful! While I enjoyed the first in the series, I didn't giggle like I did with this one. The sparks flying around the room anytime that Charlotte and Joel are together are awesome. And some of their conversations are pretty funny. I have a feeling that this will be the one book of the series that I'll reread.

The interactions between Charlotte and her sisters builds on characters that were introduced in the first book, though this one stands alone. Watching Joel and his sister together was also delightful.

The one thing that keeps this from being a 5 star rating for me is the fact that Joel refused to let Charlotte explain her relationship with Lewis and that he (Joel) kept the fact that he'd been engaged from her. It seemed like he expected her to do and act a certain way but he didn't allow that for himself.

Overall, I found the book to be delightful and very enjoyable. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book.

I received this book for free from Revell Books for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Julie Lessman, Karen Witemeyer

Rating - 4.5 stars, rounded to 4 stars

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