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While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters Book #2): A Novel: Volume 2 by [Seilstad, Lorna]
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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.


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.

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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.


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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7375 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800721829
  • Publisher: Revell (April 29 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GHXRFB6
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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.
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“Well, you’d better get used to things getting messy, because when I’m cooking something up, that’s bound to happen.”

So says Charlotte Gregory, second eldest Gregory sister, graduate of Fanny Farmer’s School of Cookery, and heroine of ‘While Love Stirs’ - a new novel written by Lorna Seilstad and published by Revell in the spring of 2014. As the second book in Ms. Seilstad’s ‘The Gregory Sisters’ series, ‘While Love Stirs’ is like a cool cream-puff desert - light and airy, sweet and creamy, a delightful treat for a summer afternoon.

From cooking contests to twisting tornadoes, ‘While Love Stirs’ is filled with surprises and excitement, not to mention more than a few deliciously detailed foods. The novel’s other specialties include:

- Humour, and lots of it!

- Many of the characters from ‘When Love Calls’ (Book #1 of ‘The Gregory Sisters’), make regular appearances, gifting readers with ‘what happened next’ scenarios.

- Entertaining allusions to the art of cookery are ‘peppered’ throughout the book, and then ‘stirred until blended’... : )

- Quirky characters abound, and many personalities combine together to create an interesting collage of human nature.

By acknowledging the novel’s many strong points, it is necessary to note a few of the downfalls, as well. In Charlotte’s disasters and dilemmas, readers will NOT discover many challenging insights or thought-provoking issues, and the light-hearted tone continuously prevails - even in situations that have the potential to probe deeper. In addition, the slight ‘mystery’ of the story is resolved quickly and unsatisfactorily, leaving readers with more questions than answers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fcff9c) out of 5 stars Another great novel by Seilstad. May 6 2014
By Karin Beery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been fortunate enough to review all of Lorna's books, but as this is book number five, I was cautious when I started reading. Over the years I've noticed that authors who start strong often get lazy after a few publishing successes (writing weakens, characters are flat and stereotypical, etc.). That was not the case with While Love Stirs. As with all of her previous books, Seilstad hooked me within the first few pages, not with unnecessary action or over-the-top dramatics, but with a character and setting I just had to know more about.

Seilstad continues to create sympathetic, delightful characters in unique professions and situations. Her women are ambitious, but not rebellious; lovable, but not perfect. Her characters are vivid, endearing, and simply captivating. Each story provides its special blend of action and adventure that adds to the story without taking away from the historical romance genre.

In my opinion, Seilstad's is one of the most consistent historical romance writers today. If you enjoyed one of her books, you'll enjoy the rest because her attention to detail does not waver. I love knowing that I can always count on Seilstad for an enjoyable, well-written book.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11f400c) out of 5 stars Really awesome and fun read! June 20 2014
By ibjoy1953 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Charlotte graduated from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910 and she knows her foods and cooking. But Dr. Joel Brooks wasn’t happy when Charlotte let him know he was feeding the patients at his hospital the most balanced meal. They seemed to hit it head on for a while, but then several situations started softening Dr. Brooks at bit about Charlotte and maybe she isn’t to bad after all?

I have read all of Lorna Seilstad’s books and love them all!! Ms. Seilstad has a wonderful way of writing that makes you smile. Her books are fun, funny, interesting and entertaining, and a real joy to read. And While Love Stirs was one of her best! I really enjoyed the information about the early days of Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery, and what Charlotte had learned as a student. I enjoyed the cooking contest and the classes Charlotte taught on the new gas range. And Charlotte’s spunky and determined personality was a hoot because she would stand up against anyone if she thought she was right. All in all, this is a really awesome read. For those who enjoy a light, good, clean and fun read, I highly recommend While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad! You will be pleasantly pleased that you picked up this book!

I received this book from Revell Publishers to read and review. 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 55.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11f4444) out of 5 stars Delightful May 21 2014
By Faye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Charlotte Gregory learned a lot about cooking at Fannnie Farmer's School of Cookery, everything from nutrition and cleanliness and creating delicious meals. But no one wants to give Charlotte a chance, not the chef at the hotel or the doctor at the hospital where her sister Hannah just had her baby.
Dr. Joel Brooks has a lot on his mind. He is the youngest superintendent at the hospital, his budget is tight and a young terminal patient. He doesn't have time to worry about how the food tastes or anything other than the matters he considers important, can a determined young woman change his mind?

This is a fun, fast-paced read, with many humorous moments that made me grin ear-to-ear. The side character were stellar, friends and encouragers, always pointing Joel and Charlotte to God.

Circumstances bring Charlotte and Joel together, they are both strong, determined individuals, with equally strong opinions. I loved how they kept being brought together.

Overall, this was a fantastic read with great characters, and many wonderful historical elements. One of the things that I thought was really awesome, was how Fannie Farmer really did have a school of cookery that used standardized measurements, and emphasized nutrition, simplifying and revolutionizing cooking. Just an absolutely delightful full read, and a wonderful addition to the Gregory Sisters Series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11f4804) out of 5 stars Would recommend July 9 2014
By Kayla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I had a really good time reading this book. I liked Charlotte, and it was interesting to hear about the School of Cookery and about women turning cooking into a science in a time where you’d assume they would just learn cooking from their mothers if they didn’t have a cook to do it for them.

Charlotte and her sisters were very ambitious women. I really want to read the previous book in the series, about her sister who became one of the first female lawyers. I’m also anxious to see what her younger sister ends up doing, as she was very flighty and had a hard time setting her mind on one goal.

I didn’t like the love interest as much, because he was so unsupportive of her and discounted all of her knowledge. Of course, he came around, but it was a little ridiculous that she clearly knew what she was doing and he kept trying to ignore her. I know he had to be stubborn somehow, but he kept making up excuses for why he didn’t change things or listen to her ideas to the point of neglecting his patients’ nutrition.

Overall, this book was a very enjoyable read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11f48e8) out of 5 stars Not for me, but still a sound read May 23 2014
By RCBR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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 NetGalley.com in exchange for our honest review.