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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. LewisAfter 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....

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While Love Stirs Reviews

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2019-02-11 01:11

    Lorna writes in an engaging, humorous, but heart-stirring style. That's a talented combination, and I truly enjoyed While Love Stirs.I love that Charlotte is an independent woman. Educated. With ideas of her own about what she wishes to do with her life. Rare during that time period but very relevant (and relatable!) to today (and to me, new graduate that I am!). Joel had my heart from the first. Poor Lewis never had a chance (though I wish him well, because he proved himself a real sweetheart). But strong Joel's OCD tendencies were hysterical. I even texted a friend midway through reading the book that I'd never encountered a hero with his need for organization. Charlotte, on the other hand, is a free spirit, and she is not afraid to speak her mind. The combination made for highly entertaining reading. What I Didn't Like As MuchAbout two-thirds through the book, the pacing picked up significantly, and for a while I felt a little lost with all that was happening. A lot was going on that felt slightly contrived, but romances are a hit with me when there is an external conflict besides the couple's, ahem, combustibiltiy. I enjoyed that this author threw in so many conflicts like that.I've enjoyed the few books of Lorna's that I've read in the past, and I recommend this one! A gem among Christian fiction, to be sure, and going on my keeper shelf.

  • Iola
    2019-02-22 08:15

    This is the second Lorna Seilstad book I’ve read—the other was her début novel, Making Waves, and I wasn’t overly impressed by it. The writing wasn't bad, but I didn’t like the heroine at all, and I couldn’t stomach the thought of reading further books in the series if she was featured. However, While Love Stirs is part of a new series, so I hoped it would be better. It was. While Love Stirs is the story of Charlotte Gregory, recent graduate of Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery. She is seeking employment as a chef (chef = stirs, get it?), but none of the restaurants in St Paul’s are interested in hiring a woman chef. Charlotte is an intelligent if opinionated woman (which puts her streets ahead of the heroine of Making Waves), with feminist tendencies and she doesn’t want to be controlled by any man. Joel Brooks is a doctor at the local hospital (this was a little confusing. At first he seemed to be on the maternity ward, then he was looking after a woman with suspected cancer, then a stroke patient). Anyway, he has a run-in with Charlotte about the appropriate diet for a new mother (Charlotte’s sister). I didn’t like Joel at first because of his pathological need to have complete control over his environment, and I didn’t see him getting past that (Freud would have a field day with Joel’s OCD). However, but he grew on me as he grew on Charlotte. This is actually the second book in The Gregory Sisters series. The first was the story of Charlotte’s older sister, attorney Hannah, although you don’t need to read the first in order to understand or enjoy this (I hadn’t). The writing and research was well done (with a couple of unimportant glitches), and I was impressed by the medical knowledge. The minor characters were well written, and while I found characters like Kathleen and Nurse Pierce rather annoying, that was the point. The one character I didn’t like was Tessa, Charlotte’s younger sister. Tessa was too flighty (partly because she was young, but I didn’t realise how young she was because I haven’t read the first book). I enjoyed While Love Stirs, but it’s still not a book I’d bother to reread. I also thought the Christian aspects were too understated (perhaps a reaction to the reviews of Making Waves which suggested it was too preachy). All in all, it’s a solid historical Christian romance, but with nothing to make it stand out above all the others in the genre. Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Reet Champion
    2019-02-16 06:36

    Food is Charlotte Gregory's life. It's nutritional values as well as it's being the source of her income (hopefully) has made her a champion of food. And no bull-headed doctor named Joel Brooks is going to tell her she doesn't know what she's talking about. Because she does. And he doesn't. Let him make his false assumptions of her history and knowledge. If he chooses to be a near-sighted, orderly, neat freak that his problem. But then why does her mind forever stray to the well-meaning doctor?Oh what to say. After a disastrous streak of book choices I thought this was going to be the title to break that. It wasn't. I thought, at first, it was going to be pretty good but gosh was I wrong. It's a pretty clean read, but the plot and characters are not very strong. They are just a tad stereotypical. Midway through the book they were even beginning to annoy me. Charlotte and Joel are forever butting heads moments before and/or after growing mushy over each other. *signal to begin rolling eyes* So, yeah, rather annoying. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the author had chosen to focus on Charlotte's story only (and another career - I mean I've - half the time inadvertently - picked up so many books in 2013 and in the last year that have either female cooks, actresses or female detectives and their inability to be accepted because of their gender. It's really being beat to death by writers.). Instead Charlotte's younger sister also has lengthy segments scattered throughout the book and it was very distracting. At that particular moment I was more interested in following Charlotte's life and had no interest whatsoever in Tessa's desire for the limelight. But, hey, what doesn't appeal to me usually appeals to a good deal of people. I'm just finicky. If you're considering this book go ahead and dive in. You'll probably enjoy it.DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “While Love Stirs”  provided by the publishers Revell, through in exchange for our honest

  • Rachel Brand
    2019-02-04 06:16

    3.5 out of 5Having recently graduated from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery, Charlotte Gregory is excited at the prospect of being able to use her cooking skills in a real kitchen—maybe even one at a prestigious hotel. But after all of her attempts to obtain a job are turned down due to the fact that women are not welcome in most hotel kitchens, Charlotte feels dejected. Will she ever get the chance to use the skills she obtained in cookery school? She knows that cooking and nutrition are her calling, but even the doctor she attempts to talk to at a local hospital makes her knowledge feel unwanted. When the opportunity arises for Charlotte to display her cooking skills in a competition run by the gas company, she hopes this is her true chance to shine.Dr Joel Brooks is slowly rising through the ranks at his hospital, and hopes to one day become superintendent. Unlike some of his colleagues, Joel wants the best for his patients—whether they can afford it or not. His main concern is providing the best service he can, often donating extra time and money to those who need it, like the children at the orphanage where he volunteers after work. When Charlotte Gregory approaches him to suggest a complete overhaul of the hospital’s cooking services, he attempts to brush her ideas aside. The hospital’s funds are already stretched to their limit, and he doesn’t see how new menus would truly benefit his patients’ health. But Charlotte won’t let go of the idea, and as he continues to run into her around town, Joel begins to wonder if he should pay attention to the persistent cook. But can two people so stubborn and set in their ways find a way to work together—not only for the benefit of Joel’s patients, but also their future?I fell in love with Lorna Seilstad’s writing when I read When Love Calls last year, and I’ve been anxiously anticipating the next instalment in the Gregory Sisters series ever since. While Love Stirs picks up the three sisters’ stories a few months down the line, with Charlotte visiting Hannah in hospital after the birth of her first child. Even if you haven’t read the first book in the series, enough is summarised to give the new reader an idea of the principal characters and their respective backgrounds. I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with Hannah and Lincoln again, and I’m intrigued to see where the author takes the youngest Gregory sister, Tessa, in the final book in the series.As fun as it was to revisit these sisters, I didn’t find While Love Stirs quite as compelling as its predecessor. The first book had been impossible to put down, with its engaging storyline and rich historical details. While it’s evident that the author put a lot of research into the second volume in the series, the story just didn’t draw me in quite the same. I won’t deny that I found the details about Charlotte’s studies in cooking and nutrition absolutely fascinating. I love to cook and I’m constantly on the lookout for new recipes to experiment with, so it was interesting to learn about the recipes that were popular in 1910, as well as the techniques and cooking styles. Since Charlotte enters a competition run by the gas company, it was also intriguing to learn about the introduction of the gas cooker, and the massive impact this had on cooking. While I don’t mind having an electric oven, a gas hob is something I refuse to compromise on, and it was something my husband and I specifically looked for when we moved house last year. Perhaps this aspect of this novel might not be fascinating to those who aren’t so interested in cooking and its history, but Charlotte’s struggles to prove herself in the world of cooking and nutrition certainly transcend the world of food. Like her lawyer sister, Charlotte is striving to get ahead in a male-dominated arena. From being forced to enter a hotel via the side entrance, to being laughed at by male chefs, to being expected to settle for just cooking for her own husband and family, Charlotte’s struggles are representative of those faced by many women in this era.Charlotte and Joel’s romance is your typical “opposites attract” situation. They butt heads early in the novel over the issue of the nutritional standards at Joel’s hospital, and this puts them at odds for a large part of the novel, even as they fight their growing attraction for each other. Even if their story is relatively predictable, it made for a sweet and fun read. I think I would have got more wrapped up in their story if it weren’t for the way in which it was told. The author frequently switches perspective in scenes featuring Joel and Charlotte, and while I could tell that this was intended to build suspense, it often felt like the scenes in this novel ended far too soon, not giving us enough time to care about one character or the other. Additionally, some of the scenes were so short that I felt like I barely got a chance to get a feel of the situation before I was flipped into a different perspective or scenario.This leads me to another issue I had with While Love Stirs. While I enjoyed the insights into Charlotte’s life I’d received alongside Hannah’s story in When Love Calls, the snippets of Tessa’s life that I saw in this novel often felt out of place. The scenes were mostly short and clipped, and didn’t mesh well with the main storyline until the very end of the book, and even then I still wasn’t terribly interested in the sub-plot. While I appreciated the chance to learn more about Tessa in anticipation of her book, I wondered if there was a better way to flesh out her character, without taking time away from the main plot. The message in While Love Stirs is a relatively simple one about learning to trust God and not feeling the need to be completely in control of your life. Charlotte has trust issues from an earlier relationship that was explored in the first book in the series, and it emerges that Joel has experienced something similar as well. Additionally, Joel displays a lot of the symptoms of OCD—needing everything in his office to be organised and displayed in a precise manner. While the physical manifestations of Joel’s need to be in control never go away, both he and Charlotte learn to lean on God’s understanding rather than their own when making major life decisions. I’m sure this is something that we all need to be reminded of. That said, there were continual references throughout the novel to the Biblical story of the widow and the jar of oil, and letting God fill up your vessels and provide for you. I could vaguely see how this related to the main storyline, but the references often felt forced, like they were put into the story to make it seem more spiritual. I think the message worked fine without these references. Although While Love Stirs wasn’t quite as compelling or well-written as the first novel in the Gregory Sisters series, it was still a sweet, fun romance packed with rich historical details. I’ll be on the lookout for the final volume in the series to find out what happens to the youngest Gregory sister.Review title provided by Revell.

  • Loraine
    2019-02-11 09:15

    Book 2 in The Gregory Sisters series continues the rollicking hilarity and warmth of the first. Charlotte Gregory, the middle sister, is the focus of this book. Older sister, Hannah, is married and has finished her law degree. Younger sister, Tessa, isn't sure what she wants to be and changes her mind weekly. Tessa and Charlotte are living with Aunt Sam, Hannah's husband's aunt. Charlotte has just graduated from Fanny Farmer's School of Cookery and her desire is to become a Chef, but no head chef in the St Paul area will even consider a WOMAN for a chef: Go home and be a chef for a husband is their repeated reply. Charlotte's feisty, independent, "never give up" attitude sparkles throughout this book even when she clashes with the esteemed, Dr. Joel Brooks, the doctor who delivers her older sister's baby. When it comes to love, Charlotte and Joel have both been burned by previous fiancees and are trying not to make the same mistake. Charlotte's fear of any man controlling her and Joel's fear of being burned again along with his OCD temperament make for flying sparks and an interesting relationship. Seilstad creates unique characters who are ambitious and full of the frailties of life and places them in both funny and warm situations. She leads them to realize that the only way to work out relationships is through compromise, love, and faith. Can't wait to read the last book in the series and discover what happens to Tessa.FAVORITE QUOTES: "If you don't like something, than you should either be quiet about it or be willing to do something to change it.""God doesn't want us to settle for what's in front of our face. He wants to bless us with things beyond our imagination.""If a man loves you, he won't try to make you into something you're not.""Control is your lifeline, buy your lifeline should be the Lord.""I suppose most people do want to be liked, but you have to realized you can't make everyone happy. The only one you should want to please is the Lord."

  • Carrie Pagels
    2019-02-04 05:24

    I received this book from Net Galley as a download and I'll be purchasing a copy, also. This would make a GREAT summer read! I did not read the first Gregory sisters book but now I want to.Charlotte is a Fanny Farmer Cooking School graduate who was previously in a relationship with an extremely controlling young man. She wants nothing to do with someone remotely like him. Enter Dr. Joel, who is an alpha male all the way, with a dose of OCD thrown in. Reading this book was like enjoying a perfectly prepared banquet!I am guessing younger sister, Tessa, might be getting her own book because she had a storyline in this one doing clerical work/actress/detective!This is a turn of the century Christian historical romance set in Minnesota. There is not a huge spiritual arc for either of the main characters but I liked that their faith was strong and got them through their difficulties.Bibliotherapy elements: Jealousy (by two competitors), danger from natural disasters and from manmade ones, not letting the past rule the future, some OCD elements with the doctor, nutrition, and I think in one of the jealous situations the heroine was using her head and not the Holy Spirit to guide her but I also think that antagonist had to stay in as a plot element, and that was used as a spiritual element to show just because you "think" something is the Christian thing to do it isn't always so. Another bibliotherapy element well done was the heroine having two suitors, one who would have been "settling" for less than God's best for her.Highly recommend! Don't plan on getting anything else done while you are reading this book--it is a real page turner!!!

  • Shari Larsen
    2019-01-22 08:26

    After graduating from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to take on the world. She is excited to have the opportunity to travel, give lectures on nutrition, and give cooking cooking demonstrations on the newest kitchen revolution, the gas stove. It doesn't hurt that the gas company has hired the handsome singer Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially introducing fresh, nutritious and appetizing food to patients in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brook doesn't think those changes are needed, even if the tight budget he has to work with would allow it.Every time Charlotte and Joel are together, they argue; what will happen when they are forced to work together on a fund raiser for the hospital?This is the 2nd book in The Gregory Sisters series, but it is also a story that can stand alone. I enjoyed this story because of the author's attention to historical detail. There was indeed a real Fannie Farmer, and she had a cooking school; she is also credited with writing the first cook book using standardized measurements.I actually enjoyed the secondary story in this book, about Charlotte's younger sister Tessa getting a job at a theater and into trouble, more than the main story about Charlotte. I'm looking forward to the 3rd book in this series when Tessa will be get to be the "star" of the story.

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2019-01-29 04:36

    Charlotte Gregory is a feisty young cook, recently graduated from cooking school. Wanting to make a name for herself, she struggles to find a restaurant that will hire her. After winning a cooking contest, she is offered a joy traveling for the gas company and demonstrating the newest kitchen invention, the gas stove.Meeting Dr. Joel Brooks at the hospital after her sister has given birth, Charlotte does not endear herself to the young doctor with her suggestions for improving the hospital food. Joel and Charlotte, however, are thrown together as they plan a gala for the hospital and they find themselves drawn towards one another.Add in a spirited younger sister and kind-hearted aunt and a jealous cooking contestant, this is one delightful story with a terrific mix of history, drama and romance with a generous dash of humor. I have never been disappointed in Lorna Seilstad and the first novel in this series, When Love Calls, is one of my favorites. I was thrilled when this one became available. Second in the Gregory Sisters series, the novel stands alone just fine, but it's always a richer story if you read them in order.

  • Barb Klein
    2019-02-01 09:07

    “While Love Stirs” by Lorna Seilstad is a sweet novel about the difficulty of women seeking a role in what was forever a man’s world. Charlotte Gregory has graduated from cookery school and has visions of becoming a chef in a major restaurant. Her hopes are dashed when she finds that those restaurants are headed by men who are not willing to give her a chance to prove herself. Her sister is in the hospital recovering from childbirth. When Charlotte visits, she is appalled at the food that the hospital serves. She has had training in nutrition and especially for the ill. She is adamant that she could provide a menu that would help, not hinder, the recuperative progress of the patients. Her sister Hannah’s doctor, Dr. Joel Brooks, is not agreeable to her demands. However, through the story his attitude changes with a little help from Charlotte.I think you’ll enjoy this sweet story about a young woman seeking to prove herself and also about the two men who vie for her attentions.You can find this review on my blog at

  • Larik
    2019-01-27 01:12

    Lorna brought true chemistry in this book, I'm surprised the pages didn't burn!!! Adorable and a complete antidote for boring this story isn't just a triangle of love... this is a transition of letting go of the old and redefining the new- in the history ( the transition to gas stoves) and in relationship. Charlotte and Joel have both been hurt in the past and have made some serious promises to themselves....its going to take a miracle and a strong chemistry to readjust their thinking and poor smitten Lewis and a very jealous nurse aren't helping matters one bit..absolutely loved this story!!!! Cant wait for the third one....if this very calm (from the first book's introduction) lady was such a character, can you imagine what their little sister is going to be??? absolute disaster!!!! i already feel sorry for the guy from that recommend!!!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Revell, through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion

  • Patti
    2019-02-12 05:16

    This was a sweet story that I truly enjoyed. I had read the first book in this series awhile back and loved that one. When I saw this one at our local library I thought I would take a chance and I am glad I did! It a story of growing to trust and overcoming personal beliefs and obstacles to learn to love someone else. It's about struggling with what really is the "right" course for a person. Go with a dream or settle for what is available? It's an enjoyable read. Looking forward to book three!

  • AJ
    2019-02-07 02:26

    I didn't think this book would be released until next month, so I was delighted to find it already on my local bookstore's shelf! And this story did not disappoint. It's been months since a book held me so captive that I finished it in one sitting. Loved this story! A perfectly-measured blend of romance, history, drama, suspense, humor, and heart. This is the third Lorna Seilstad novel I've loved, and I'm thrilled to say this author has officially earned a place on my "Must Read" list.

  • Virginia
    2019-01-27 07:12

    Review to Come!!

  • Daniela
    2019-02-02 09:36

    Much better than the first one!!! Loved it!

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-01-26 02:35

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: Love Stirs, book #2 in the Gregory Sisters series, has romance, humor, historical detail, loveable characters, great storyline, and even a little mystery. It only took the reading of this one book by Lorna Seilstad to make her one of my favorite authors. Those who have read the first book in this series, When Love Calls, will enjoy being reunited with familiar characters, but this book easily stands alone.Lorna does a great job incorporating interesting facets, events, and locales of the 1910 era in Saint Paul, Minnesota - the arrival of the first gas range, the pioneering work of Fannie Farmer in bringing attention to the nutritional needs of hospital patients, the recognition of baking as a science, the difficulty for women who desired to succeed in the world of business. Although I was born about 40 years after this story takes place, I found many things reminiscent of my growing up years - such as the cooking demonstrations with gas stoves, crisply starched uniforms and caps worn by nurses, etc. Lead characters Charlotte Gregory and Dr. Joel Brooks appealed to me from the very beginning. Charlotte expresses herself through cooking and dreams of owning her own restaurant. Having graduated from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, she was eager to use her knowledge and passion to improve both the nutritional content and appearance of food served in hospitals. I loved the tip that cold foods are often the best way to entice a sick person with little appetite - foods like ice cream, cold puddings and custards.Both Charlotte and Joel have past experiences that affect their present life and relationships. Charlotte avoids relationships with a man who is controlling, and control is exactly what Joel likes. He has always tried to prove himself and he desires that everything around him be in order. Sparks fly as their attraction is felt from their initial encounter, and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow in mutual trust and respect. The prose flows, secondary characters add richness, and Lorna certainly knows how to write captivating romance.The youngest Gregory sister, Tessa - aspiring actress, Shakespeare quoting, a different dream every other week - is enchanting and I loved how her storyline is woven throughout this story in a way that sets up her story for a future novel. It was so ingenious the way she used her acting skills to emulate the prim Miss Walker.In fact, humor is never far below the surface, and it is so enjoyable to read a story that makes me smile. In addition to humor, I believe Lorna is a little mischievous because she obviously had fun with the mysterious person with the initials "K.O." You'll have to read While Love Stirs to understand that comment, but I'm about ready to crown Lorna as the queen of red herrings!One spiritual theme that stood out to me, maybe because it's something I seemingly have to constantly relearn, is that of trusting and giving control over to God. When the merchants of Red Wing refused to sell to Charlotte, her traveling companion Molly offers this wise advice: "How little we have doesn't matter. He can take what little we have and use it in a big way, but we have to bring him our empty vessels so he can fill them."It was a pleasure to discover Lorna's writing and I will definitely be reading her other novels. I highly recommend While Love Stirs to all readers.Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Bethany
    2019-02-10 05:15

    I had never had the opportunity to read this author prior to requesting While Love Stirs, so I really didn't know how I'd like this book. Really the only thing that made me want to read it was how the main character, Charlotte was a chef. Since I share that common interest, I thought it'd be a neat book to read as I also love to craft things in the kitchen. So that's the main attraction I had to the book, and what made me decide to review it. While I'm happy I was able to read this book, I probably won't be re-reading it; but consider it a nice light one-time read.Now don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, I just felt like it was more in the middle range for me, as far as how much I enjoyed it. When I requested to review this book I knew that it was the second in a series, and that I'd not read the first book. Normally I am very big on reading books in order, but these novels are stand-alone novels about sisters (each book is about a different sister, so it's not necessary to read them in order, though it certainly does enhance the reading experience). I didn't have a problem reading this book without reading the first book in the series titled When Love Calls which is about the oldest Gregory sister. However if I had to do it over, I'd prefer to read the books in order as there is are characters that I assumed were in the first book that I would have enjoyed already knowing coming into the second book.I really enjoyed how this book was focused on a chef, and found that unique and a great opportunity for a truly enjoyable plot. I loved all the scenes where Charlotte baked, and being that her personality is so spunky and strong-willed I found it to be a humorous addition to her love for food. Her personality was very unique and rather bold, so that added a aspect of excitement to the novel. However I felt like at times the plot was rather simple and somewhat slow. I also wished there would have been more baking involved in the novel, as I was really hopping for a good thread of it in the novel since that is what made me want to read the book in the first place. I realized that the main plot was Charlotte and the love triangle she was in, and that the baking was a small bit that was only a minor portion of the novel. To some extend that is to be expected, I'd just have enjoyed seeing more baking scenes.Another thing I will comment on is Charlotte's personality. I always enjoy a good spunky and opinionated character, but I felt like Charlotte was occasionally overly feminist in thought at times, by trying to be superior to men and not accept offers of gentlemanly conduct. I just didn't like the attitude that was behind the feminist attitude and would have enjoyed seeing a more head-strong lady who though opinionated, was still feminine at the same time.Overall, I enjoyed this book as a one-time read, and was glad to have read it; though there were a few disappointing aspects to me. While I was neither overly fond or overly displeased with this novel, I'd say it was a middle-range novel for me. However others with different reading styles might really enjoy this novel. So I recommend you give it a try if you are able!D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary review copy of While Love Stirs from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All thoughts expressed in my review are my completely honest, my own and unbiased.

  • Bethany Baldwin
    2019-02-20 01:25

    Where to start with this book? Well, from the beginning I wasn't entirely certain. I'm not the most romantic of readers, so I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I requested it, but it intrigued me enough that I did. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise! This wasn't your average historical romance, that's for sure. There were nights when I had decided to read one chapter before going to sleep, and instead I found myself reading 'just one more' for several chapters more. If a book can keep me up late, it's a keeper.First there's the plot. I love food. I mean, if you don't then I don't see how you're living right now. The main character is an accomplished cook, and the book showcases her abilities... describing delightful foods that are liable to make your mouth water. Mmm. But in 1910 it's hard for a woman to find a professional cooking position--especially as a chef. She runs into Doctor Joel Brooks and immediately the fire starts popping. Those two just don't mesh well at all! Exciting things start to happen. She gets a traveling job and meets a sweet young man with a beautiful voice, but she can't seem to avoid the man she can't speak to without getting into an argument. And THEN she has to plan a charity ball with him? Uh oh! Besides the main plot, there is also an interesting subplot regarding to Charlotte's younger sister, Tessa, and the shenanigans she gets herself into at the local theater. I found this subplot just are riveting as the main plot, and I admit, that may be because of my love of the arts (and Peter Pan!!!! which is featured in the story.)The characters were equally enjoyable. I found myself feeling for them in their moments of disappointment, heart ache, and joy. Charlotte was a fun character. While she was feisty, she also had a heart for service that isn't always shown in a novel. Joel was also interesting. Sometimes I wanted to shake him, but he had many admirable qualities himself. Tessa was my favorite, I think. Maybe because she's similar to me in some ways. I can't wait to see her story.I liked how the book wasn't just fluff as you so often see. There's was a deeper message, including how some of the characters had a need to control their situations, and what comes of that, and how God always knows how to fill our vessels when we need them. I enjoyed seeing how little strings were dropped in the beginning or middle of the book that you wouldn't really think about, but at the end everything found itself tied up and making sense. I find that an admirable quality. I also liked all the history incorporated into the story. I didn't know when I requested this book that it was a sequel, and now I know I need to get the first one. Though this one was stand alone, I enjoyed it so much, I want to read the first.So yes, I enjoyed this book! And I will be passing it on to my mother to see if she agrees with my hypothesis.

  • Kathleen E.
    2019-02-01 02:16

    Sunday, June 1, 2014While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad, © 2014The Gregory Sisters Series, Book 2Assumptions. How do we battle ourselves with knowledge we do not have? Change does not come easy for the chefs at the restaurants Charlotte Gregory hopes to be employed with, nor for the doctor her older sister, Hannah, has with her newborn baby. Charlotte hopes to advise better nutrition for the patients, in the maternity ward and elsewhere in the hospital. Getting married and having a family is what she is advised to do and become a homemaker. With an aunt like Aunt Sam, how could she be expected to be any different? Once quiet, she now stands up for what she believes is right for the betterment of others.Hoping to become recognized as the up-to-date graduate of Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, Charlotte becomes part of a cooking contest her younger sister, Tessa, sees in the newspaper that is sponsored by the local gas company to present their new gas stove. To no avail, she leaves without an offer for employment.Dr. Joel Brooks backed by his nurse sister, Mattie, decides to go to ask Charlotte to come and speak to the nurses about dietary measures for the hospital staff to incorporate beyond just using what is in their supply kitchen. While there, Joel, supposing she has lived a life of luxury, insults Charlotte and is ordered to leave.Is it possible for them to come to terms and work together successfully? With Dr. Brooks being considered for a permanent position within the hospital, he is uneasy employing a new standard from what has always been done. Will he find the hospital is not the only recipient of her newfangled ideas in his orderly world?This is the story of the second Gregory sister. Book 1 in the series, When Love Calls, highlighted older sister Hannah's story. Very enjoyable, I like Lorna Seilstad's writings, and the historical happenings in the early 1900s. Aunt Sam is beyond her times with her suffrage meetings and bloomer-wearing outfits. Fun and fast moving, I highly recommend The Gregory Sisters series. Book 3, leaves young sister Tessa to explore her wings.As a graduate of Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, Charlotte Gregory is excited to give healthy cooking classes to profit many a kitchen.Now unto him that is able to do exceedingabundantly above all that we ask or think.--Ephesians 3:20Lorna SeilstadA history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, 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***Thank you to Revell Reads Fiction for sending me a copy of Lorna Seilstad's While Love Stirs, book 2 in The Gregory Sisters series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

  • Wanda
    2019-02-10 01:33

    1910 - Saint Paul, Minnesota"With God's help and a little creativity, I manage." -CharlotteThis book drew me in from the very first page. When Charlotte went to the Saint Paul's Hotel to try to secure a job working in the kitchen with the touted Chef Boucher I knew I was going to love her. She is spunky and outspoken and has loads of gumption. Just the type of heroine I love. She had been controlled by a man in the past and she was determined not to let that happen in the future. Her love for cooking and her determination to serve the proper food to people that were convalescing gave her a fiery spark that only added to her character. On the other hand, Dr. Joel Brooks had a need for control. Stemming from his experiences when he was a young boy, he felt he needed to prove himself and he felt being in control was the only way to succeed. His sister Mattie even said that Joel "clung to control like a lifeline". He had a very bad habit for wanting everything in its place. In my opinion he had a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but I thought it was adorable. After a relationship gone awry he also had a problem with trust which led to some heated arguments with Charlotte but I loved it because it kept the story lively."That doctor's finer than a frog's hair split four ways." -MollyMolly Larkin was also a fun character with her southern accent and cute little quips. She was a companion to Charlotte on her traveling trips for The Greater Northern Natural Gas Company and she made me smile often throughout the story. Between Aunt Sam, Hannah and Tessa the characters were very diverse and each one brought their own flavor to the story. I haven't read book one in this series which is Hannah's story but I can't wait to go back and start at the beginning and I certainly can't wait to read Tessa's story, the youngest Gregory sister. I read Lorna Seilstad's first series, Lake Manawa Summers, and I completely fell in love with the lightheartedness and creativity of that entire series. This book is in keeping with that same style and, even though I absolutely loved Lake Manawa, I feel that this book is a step above. I loved this book and Lorna's writing style will appeal to anyone that loves a fun, yet serious, romance. But it's not all fun and games as some very serious issues are talked about in the book such as, proper nutrition for the sick, the plight of homeless orphans, and the effects of a stroke and the proper care a patient needs. Most of all, I love that God is woven throughout the pages in a very subtle but profound way. I am so glad I read this book and I highly recommend it!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and I received no monetary compensation.

  • Mardell
    2019-02-07 02:19

    While Love Stirs, the latest from Lorna Seilstad cooks up some little known history about Fannie Farmer. Our story unfolds in Saint Paul, Minnesota with our heroine, Charlotte Gregory is about to apply for a position in the kitchen of the Million-Dollar Hotel. She is a recent graduate of Miss Farmer's School of Cookery and can't wait to meet the chef, who no doubt will hire her on the spot. It is 1910, an era where special decorum was observed by young ladies entering hotels unescorted! When she finally has the chance to enter the kitchen, she is shocked by the unsanitary conditions and even more appalled at the arrogance of the chef who will, under no circumstance, have a woman working in his kitchen! After a ruckus, she is tossed out and runs into a handsome young man with bottle green eyes....She is soon causing a stir when she visits her sister at the hospital....and as fate often has it, Charlotte encounters this young man again, as the doctor who delivered her niece. Hannah is eating a thin broth that barely has any nutrition for a young woman convalescing childbirth. On a mission to ensure patients are fed nutritious meals, she butts heads with Dr. Joel Brooks, who won't budge on menu plans. He is a controlling personality who seems to be set in his ways for someone so young.Determined to find a job using her education, she enters a contest using the latest kitchen innovation, the gas range. She lands a job traveling around Minnesota by train, demonstrating how this marvelous stove can revolution the lives of the average housewife. She has colorful experiences with her traveling companions; a young singer named Lewis and her chaperone Molly, including being schedule in the midst of a strike against the gas company! Through it all, she continually runs into Dr. Brooks, a man who she begins to understand is much more than a controlling personality. Just as she begins to understand him, he begins to see that she is more than a woman who surrounds herself with trouble and chaos. I liked this book because it is a lesson in why we need to take people with more than just what we initially perceive. How often do we just see one side of a story? While Dr. Brooks seems aloof to better nutrition for patients, there is another side to his story that reveals his personality. We may see Charlotte as impatient for change, we learn what motivates her. Can these two stop long enough to see what the other person is truly about? Read While Love Stirs and find out. This second volume in the Gregory Sister's series leaves me ready to search for book one...When Love Calls....coming soon to my library.

  • Narita
    2019-02-19 02:28

    Charlotte Gregory was young, spirited, and unflinching in standing for what she believed in. As a new, 1910, graduate of Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery, she passionately wanted to apply and share all that she had learned. Her dream was to be a chef for an upscale restaurant, and eventually have her own. She quickly learned that women chefs were not accepted when she tried to apply for her first job. She alienates herself from the chef even more by being outspoken about the unsanitary conditions of his kitchen. Angered and discouraged, she heads to the hospital to see her beloved sister who has just had a baby. Surely her new niece will cheer her up. All is well until her sister’s meal tray comes. Charlotte is shocked the “gray gruel and weak tea” that is supposed to be her meal. Once again Charlotte launches into a heated discussion about how recovering and nursing mothers need healthy food to gain their strength. She confronts her sister’s doctor, Joel Brooks. An appointment is made for the following day to discuss the hospital’s dietary inadequacies. He is faced not only with a demanding medical practice but also juggling an impossible budget for his department. Even if he wanted her services he could not afford them and he seriously doubted a “cooking” school graduate had the knowledge. This is the beginning of many confrontations and disagreements with Charlotte and Dr. Joel. Even though they mix like gas and fire, they struggle to deny the growing attraction to each other. Charlotte has to make a living so she enters a cooking contest and wins! Her prize is the job of traveling around the country giving demonstrations to convince women that the newest invention, the gas stove, was safe, easy, and time saving. The book had a lot of humor, not the silly slapstick stuff. Moments in the story that definitely gave me a chuckle. I liked the historical information nutrition and meal preparation during that era. Charlotte, Dr. Brooks, and Charlotte’s youngest sister, Tessa were all faced with difficult situations that tested their moral character and Christian beliefs. Do you follow God or face the loss of something dear to you?The interactions between the main characters and other people represented many examples of learning to deal with discord and confrontation, with not only patience but through their mistakes. There was also lots of adventure and excitement. This book was a fun read!I received this book free from Revell publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-01-26 07:35

    About the Book: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.About the Author: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 My Review: Charlotte Gregory's dream has always been to own a restaurant of her own. But it seems, she will have a hard time with that dream coming to fruition. From filthy hotel chefs to incompetent doctors, she certainly has her work cut out for her. She is all about cooking and latest kitchen gadgets. She is on a mission and has absolutely no plans of sitting it out now. Joel Brooks, on the other hand is a force to be reckoned with. He doesn't seem to care for Charlotte much or her fiery personality. And he definitely doesn't want to give an inch on changing anything for his patients. But that doesn't change the fact that Joel and Charlotte have to set aside their differences to come together and plan a fundraiser for the hospital. While Love Stirs is the second in, The Gregory Sisters series. And the characters are just as sassy and full of life as the first in the series, When Love Calls. The author is on to something in this series that breathes new life into something different, that I'm not use to seeing. While there are other characters involved in the storyline, I only touched on the two main characters.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

  • ASC Book Reviews
    2019-02-18 07:13

    Great sequel! From the book description I was a little worried about this one. I usually don't like love triangles because I get so twisted up if the heroine doesn't end up with the one I fell in love with and liked better! So I'm usually in a state of anxiety (LOL!), but for me there was no question who Charlotte belonged with and should end up with from the beginning! I LOVE Charlotte as a character! In When Love Calls she worried and frustrated me with her relationship with George, so I was really cheering for her from the start. And I was SO happy when she grew into a spunky young woman, with a mind of her own, and a passion with fierceness to back it up! In this sequel though she is still struggling to find where God wants her to be exactly and how He wants he to use her gifts and talent. Since I don't really want to give anything away I'll just say that I LOVE who Charlotte ends up with. He is an amazing God led man, with his own quirks, who is excellent for her! :) Tessa the youngest has always been one of my favorite characters also and I CAN NOT wait for her story! Spunky and feisty as ever she thinks she's found her dream and calling in While Love Stirs and plows right into it with all her wit, tenacity, and imagination! I truly can not wait to see where Lorna leads this feisty young lady! The pace is nice, there are some slips, but then it would pick back up and the dialogue is FANTASTIC and humorous!!! From the competition, to the lectures, to the ball I really enjoy this book. And in the mix of all of this lies a great mystery with many twists and turns that blew me away! I do wish that there were a few more actual cooking scenes accompanying he demonstrations instead of just mentioning them at times, but maybe that's just me. I just really loved the cooking demos and found them fascinating, as the gas stoves were the new and latest thing back then! I recommend this read and overall think it is a fantastic sequel that has made it to my Favorite Books List!!!Songs: "He Leadeth Me" by The Cluster Pluckers, "Hail! Hail! The Gangs All Here" by Classic Carnival Circus Calliope Music, "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" by Doris Day, and "Butterfly Waltz" by Brian CrainSongs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASCEphesians 3:20, Proverbs 16:9, 2 Kings 4, Psalm 37:4~ASC*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it. This in now way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about While Love Stirs. ~ASC

  • Sue
    2019-02-05 05:16

    WHILE LOVE STIRS, the second book in Lorna Seilstad's historical fiction Gregory Sisters series, is a light romance set in the 1910 Minnesota Twin Cities. Headstrong Charlotte Gregory, a recent graduate of the Fannie Farmer School of Cookery, is set upon a food industry career. Her schooling has left her overflowing with ways to improve the sanitary and nutrition aspects of both restaurants and hospitals, but she can't get anyone to give her a chance, not even the young, good looking Dr. Joel Brooks, her sister's doctor.When Charlotte's younger sister shows her an ad for a cooking contest sponsored by the local gas company, Charlotte enters. Gas stoves are the new technology of the day, and Charlotte has the advantage of being familiar with them. Soon the gas company offers her a job giving cooking demonstrations across Minnesota. Traveling with her is an older chaperone and the young, talented musician Lewis Mathis who entertains at each lecture. This book is one of those easy reads that although there is nothing unexpected within the pages, it is just plain entertaining to read. Sparks continually fly between Dr. Joel and Charlotte, while it is clear that Lewis is growing fonder of Charlotte each day they are on the road. From the time I was young, I've always been drawn to books in which the female character was a bit of a rebel, someone who pushed society's barriers for women. Charlotte does that, as do her two sisters. The story of older sister Hannah journey to becoming a lawyer and Charlotte's decision to study cookery are told in WHEN LOVE CALLS, and I am sure we'll see younger sister Tessa's exuberance and daring take her on her own adventure in the next book.Seilstad's decision to set this story in several Minnesota cities and then to include local sights/activities pertinent to the time is one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much. At one time, Charlotte travels the oldest city in Minnesota, the river town of Stillwater. I've traveled those old river streets and seen the buildings that were probably "newer" in 1910. On another of her lecture tours, Charlotte visits Red Wing, long famous for its pottery and selects several crocks for her demonstrations. Today, those same crocks are prized finds for antiquers. Want a fast, easy read for the beach; or perhaps a gift for a reader of Christian fiction, but you're not sure just what they've already read? I think you can safely choose WHILE LOVE STIRS or its prequel WHEN LOVE CALLS. I received a copy of WHILE LOVE STIRS from Revell publishing for my honest review.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-03 06:13

    When I picked up this novel last week I had a moment of confusion…. Just last week I read a novel based in the early 1900s with a woman who wanted to be a chef. I suppose it's a good plot line though. In that era, women were just starting to get an education and it was exceedingly difficult for women to succeed in the world of men. Even if a girl did manage to get a degree, finding a job was another matter all together. For some, making a career in an occupation that women have worked in for 1000s of years at home was probably an easier step then say, going out to be a lawyer.In this story, Charlotte Gregory is an opinionated, forward-thinking, driven young-lady who is fresh out of school with a cooking degree. She knows she's an excellent cook and that her knowledge of nutrition far exceeds those of most of the chefs in the city. However, despite her credentials, she can't get a job.When her sister is hospitalized to give birth to her baby, Charlotte is horrified to see the food that is brought up on the hospital trays. Why, if she had to eat that she'd take sick too! Despite her clear points of issue, the hospital superintendent ignores her outlines on how to improve the kitchen, and Charlotte is left frustrated and greatly annoyed by the handsome, if not stubborn, doctor.Determined to share her knowledge and love for food, Charlotte hits the road with a wealthy, agreeable young man and her chaperone to cook up a storm in the neighbouring cities. Lewis sings and Charlotte cooks. Together, they educate, entertain, and feed women eager to learn new skills and try out the new gas stoves.Meanwhile, back at home, disaster strikes, Tessa -Charlotte's little sister- lands a rather scandalous job, and the irritating doctor once again enters her life.Stuck between two men and a career she loves, Charlotte is faced with some pretty big choices.This book was entertaining and well written. From a faith perspective, I appreciated how honourably the men acted and how Charlotte always protects her virtue. The characters in the book are all Christians, and I admired how they all showed it - Charlotte's aunt in her generosity, Charlotte with her giving nature and desire to help people, the doctor in how he cares for the orphans…. it was nice to see. A good book!"Book has been provided courtesy of Revell and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"Visit:

  • Sandra
    2019-02-18 09:29

    While Love Stirs is the second book in Lorna Seilstad's The Gregory Sisters series and is set in 1910. I found the tagline above to be a bit overstated. Yes, there are two men, but only one who stands out. Not to worry, the relationship between Charlotte and Dr. Joel Brooks is highly satisfactory.The story revolves around the efforts of Charlotte Gregory, trained at Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, to become a chef. She's wise in the ways of nutrition and very vocal about it. Joel is a man who seeks to have his temporary position of an assistant superintendent at the hospital made permanent. He isn't about to let Charlotte and her expensive ideas cost him the job.Joel leans toward being what we would now call OCD. Oh, all right, he more than "leans." Everything has a place and MUST remain in that place. If it's half-an-inch off, he can tell. His sister tweaks him by moving the order of his books and is delighted to walk in when Charlotte's in the middle of her own version of upsetting Joel's ordered office.Charlotte is strong in determination, independence, and self-confidence, but that strength developed from a bad experience. In the end, it becomes a hindrance to her happiness. She refuses to let any man control her, and Joel is all about control after living through a turbulent childhood. The characters have a good mix of both positive and negative traits, making them people readers can relate to.A number of subplots make up the book and complicate matters for the hero and heroine. It's my guess the author used the one involving Charlotte's sister to set up the third book. For me, it was distracting. But I love old movies and Tessa reminded me of the younger, trouble-causing sister in so many of those old black-and-white pictures. (I kept seeing a teen-aged Margaret O'Brien.)If you're seeking to lose yourself in a delightful romance during those summer vacation days, I recommend taking a trip with Charlotte and Joel in While Love Stirs. Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from the publisher, Revell, with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Carolyn
    2019-01-29 09:37

    As seen on my blog: Hey, Folks! It's that time again! If you are a fan of Christian historical romance, you will want to look out for "While Love Stirs," the second title in Lorna Seilstad's "The Gregory Sisters" series. I received access to this novel through the "Revell Reads" review program, in which publishers provide me free reading material. The only requirement is that I express my frank impressions. In this sequel to 2013's "When Love Calls," we get reacquainted with Charlotte Gregory, the middle sibling of this trio. Having just graduated from cooking school, she is determined to secure a position in a hotel kitchen, a rarity for a woman in Minnesota in 1910. Failing to overcome the hurdles set out for females in that time period, the protagonist decides to enter a cooking contest, which eventually leads to job touring around the country demonstrating gas stoves. This is where she meets Lewis, a talented singer hired to bring customers into the meetings. This godly gentlemen is handsome, kind, and wealthy, and has no difficulty making his amorous intentions toward Charlotte crystal clear. The problem? The chemistry between them is nothing like the intense spark she experiences in the mere presence of local physician Joel Brooks. Falling for Dr. Brooks carries with it tremendous risks, however. He likes to be in charge. She all ready lost herself once by trying to please a demanding suitor. Can Charlotte keep her vow never to make the same mistake again and still submit to the pulse racing passion she feels for Joel? Or should she settle for the predictable, staid comfort she knows she will find in the arms of Lewis? Will her fear of being alone rob her of the blessings God has in store? I actually liked this story even more than the one before it, which is saying a lot. Technically, you could read this volume without the benefit of the first one, but reading both will enhance your comprehension and appreciation. There is nothing unappetizing in this work. Parents can feel secure in sharing this with everyone, especially teenagers and adults. The biblical teachings are sound without being preachy, and are reminiscent of authors like Julie Lessman and Janette Oke. I give this piece a rating of five out of five stars. Until we meet again... Happy Reading, Carolyn

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-01-31 06:29

    I love Lorna Seilstad's take on historical fiction. It's fun. It's fresh. And it's fanciful within the realm of plausibility, as her stories play up unique historical settings and situations.While Love Stirs explores everything from cooking, doctoring, rehabilitating, touring for a company, and even the theater (through the eyes of Charlotte's younger sister) - all at the turn of the century. The research behind it is intriguing; the way the research is incorporated is engaging. I enjoyed meeting the characters (for the first time, as I haven't read the first book in the series at this point) and witnessing the great battle between Charlotte and one of the young men who admires her. There's definitely a lot stirring in this story, from emotions to ambitions to romance to even a bit of mystery in a secondary character's storyline.I confess to peeking ahead too I didn't stay fully "in the moment" throughout the whole reading experience. But taking the time to go back and read through each scene was still enjoyable, as Seilstad does a great job with characterization. I just would have liked a little more from the climax.And my second confession: I believe the back cover copy is sort of misleading. It certainly serves its purpose, as it caught my interest! But I personally didn't feel like the love triangle was much of a love triangle at all, nor was there a whole lot to be kept guessing about, at least in the main romance. (That could be partially a result of peeking ahead, though.) Based on all that the back cover promised, I would have loved a few more surprises - a little deviation from the expected. Yet some might delight to discover that the love triangle isn't overly prevalent.So, based on my love of Lorna's first two books (in the "Lake Manawa Summers" series), as well as my hopes based on the back cover, I would have loved a bit "more" from this book. However, it's still really fun in the tradition of Lorna's last series - and readers looking for clean and clever historical romance need look no further. Tessa's secondary storyline gave a good taste for her character's personality and interests, so Book 3 in "The Gregory Sisters" series should be another fun installment!*With thanks to Revell for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

  • Laura
    2019-02-03 02:29

    Title: WHILE LOVE STIRS Author: Lorna SeilstadPublisher: RevellApril 2014ISBN: 978-0800721824Genre: Historical 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 true love and makes her way in a rapidly changing world in this breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep you guessing. Readers will want to read When Love Calls, the first book in The Gregory Sisters series, though WHILE LOVE STIRS does stand alone. I didn’t care much for Charlotte, she is argumentive and insulting even when she goes to apply for work or visit her sister in the hospital. I know she has good reasons both times, but as I’m often reminded you can kill more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. Charlotte does have training as a chef and more importantly, as a nutritionist, but that was before the times when women were allowed any sort of occupation. Joel is a caring individual who might’ve been clueless in nutrition, and he might’ve been willing to listen easier if Charlotte was less combative. I enjoyed Ms. Seilstad’s other historicals better than I did this one. Maybe because of Charlotte’s personality. The writing was excellent. Fans of strong heroines and historical fiction might love this book. $14.99. 352 pages.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

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-02-02 09:10

    Lorna Seilstad in her new book, “While Love Stirs” Book Two in The Gregory Sisters series published by Revell brings us into the life of Charlotte Gregory.From the Back Cover: 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 true love and makes her way in a rapidly changing world in this breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep you guessing.Cooking demonstrations, gas stoves and hospital food these are just some of the ingredients that are part of the mix of the second installment of The Gregory Sisters. This time the focus is on Charlotte and if the Food Network had existed in 1910 she would have been one of its premiere cooks. Charlotte also has a dream and that is to bring nutritious food, not only to the masses, but to those convalescing in the hospital. Joel doesn’t see the need so there is quite a conflict “While Love Stirs” is a lot of fun. Ms. Seilstad does a wonderful job of transporting us back to a time and place that we will, sadly, never experience again so savor the time spent in these pages. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and I am looking forward to more in this series.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”