While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad ~ An Historical Romance Review

The Gregory Sisters, Book 2
Lorna Seilstad
Historical Romance

Back of 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?

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.

My thoughts:

I'm not a great cook, but I sure do enjoy the tastes and smells of a delectable dinner. I also enjoy a great historical romance. While Love Stirs combines those two elements to make you salivate over the delicious food and swoon over the budding romances.

Charlotte has finished her culinary education but is finding it next to impossible to secure a job with a restaurant. The year is 1910 and it is still very much a man's world. Not one of the chefs she has applied with will even consider employing her because she is a woman. 

Meanwhile, Charlotte's older sister Hannah has given birth to a beautiful baby girl. During a visit to the hospital Charlotte meets the very handsome but very set in his ways Dr. Joel Brooks. When they clash over the hospital's menu sparks begin to fly. How can she find such an irritating man to be so appealing?

After winning a cooking competition Charlotte is offered a job doing cooking demonstrations and selling gas stoves to women in the Saint Paul, Minnesota area. The gas company has also hired Lewis Mathis to provide entertainment during the cooking demonstrations. Lewis is a kind, talented and mild mannered man. Charlotte isn't as attracted to him as the irritating Dr. Brooks, but should she discount such a nice guy?

This second installment of the Gregory sister's story is a fun and romantic story with a bit of a mystery thrown in. Although it is the second book in the series it is entirely possible to read it as a stand-alone book. If you are reading it with your book club there is a Reading Group Guide that you can download. 

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