Monday, June 2, 2014

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters Book #2), by Lorna Seilstad

From the Publisher:

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.
My Review: 

This was a nice book, though not particularly memorable. The characters weren't all that complex. The love story was a typical I-hated-you-but-you-grew-on-me-until-I-loved-you kind of story.

 Despite how this review will sound, I really did enjoy this book, I just think it could have been improved to be even better and worth remembering. The tense moments weren't really all that tense. Lewis was awkward and weak. The characters annoyed me with their assumptions of each other. I would have liked to have seen more emotion and in the book. It has so much potential.
The history regarding Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery and the gas stove was very interesting. I never considered how many incidents must have happened when the gas stove first came out or how many people were injured or made ill from gas leaks. I liked the focus on increasing awareness of the connection between nutrition and health/ healing.
I recommend this book, keeping in mind that it's a nice book, but could be better.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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