Thursday, June 19, 2014

An E-book Surprise

While Love Stirs

Lorna Seilstad

After graduating from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution--the gas stove--and certainly doesn't mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her 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?

Fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is back with a breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep readers guessing. Attention to historic detail adorns the timeless story of a young woman looking for true love and making her way in a rapidly changing world.

    Welcome to another wonderful second book in a series! This time I can proudly proclaim that I read the first book before I touched this one. However, I can also reassure you that the second book in the Gregory Sisters series, While Love Stirs, is perfectly capable of standing by itself. I know this because when I read this one I didn't realize that they were part of the same series. When I realized they were part of a series I let out a small screech in my psychology class. I nearly cried! It was so exciting. Both are excellent reads, and might just be worth reading in order. It isn't particularly angsty and certainly sugary sweet. I really enjoyed reading it. The lighthearted attitude and playfulness in light of some serious topics put me at ease. Charlotte and Joel had me laughing throughout the book. 

     It follows both Charlotte and her younger sister Tessa giving Tessa her chance in the spotlight once every few chapters. The point of view switches mainly between Charlotte and Joel, but switching to Tessa during her chapters. The conflicts while emotional to the characters don't seem very harrowing, and most of them are subtle problems without violence. It fits really well with light airy Summer reads. 

     A major focus of the book is a gas range stove and the author was quite thorough in the descriptions. I couldn't however imagine the actual thing. This might just be my inability to paint a picture of something so foreign to me, but I would recommend looking it up. It is actually the second book I've read with a gas range stove playing a fairly significant part. Maybe it is a new trend. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy reading!

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