While Love Stirs: A Novel

While Love Stirs: A Novel

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by Lorna Seilstad
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800721824
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Gregory Sisters Series , #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
392,876
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

A 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 www.lornaseilstad.com.

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While Love Stirs: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Story
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Charlotte graduated from Fannie Farmer’s school of Cookery and hopes to get a job at a restaurant, but not many people are willing to hire a woman. When the opportunity to work for the gas company and do lectures and demonstrations of the new gas stove she jumps at the chance. Charlotte also wants to teach hospital’s better nutrition for patience’s yet the hospital superintendent is not interested and sparks fly. When Charlotte’s aunt puts her and Joel in charge of a gala for the hospital things really get interesting!      This is book two of The Gregory Sisters series. I really enjoyed this book. What I liked: Charlotte and Joel were both interesting characters and I enjoyed the story. The story had a good plot and well-developed characters which made it an easy read. What I did not like: This book was very well written and there was not much I did not like.      Over all I loved this book and I am looking forward to the third book in the series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please please dont give away the whole story in a review. You ruin it for anyone who happens to read it.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic inspirational romance set in 1910. I really don't know very much about the culture and what society was like during this time period. I am just trusting that the author did her research and has written it accurately. That being said I want to say that I loved reading the details that she worked into the story. I loved the look at the amusement park and the yacht club regatta that she included. The details about the type of outings couples would go on when courting were wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the Gregory sisters. I especially liked getting the update on Hannah and Lincoln, who were the main characters from the first book in this series. The deeper look at Charlotte only made me connect more with this wonderful character. She is so well developed and I was fascinated to see how events in her life from book 1 affected her personal story in this book. Lorna did a marvelous job of portraying that effect on the character's personality. Lewis and Joel are both interesting characters and well developed. Their personalities are very different from each other. They also relate to Charlotte very differently. I loved reading the interaction between each of these pairs. Both of these men also have past events that have helped to shape who they are now which are very clearly presented. They are very different and both are just as enjoyable to read and just as easy to understand their affect on them. Tessa is the youngest of the Gregory sisters. I found her progress in growing up and defining her individuality very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading her story in the third book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
shelle045 More than 1 year ago
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. This book was a sweet story of a young woman trying to prove herself as a chef in what was really a man's world back in that time period....and I love that two men were vying for her attentions. I loved this book because it was a good, clean, Christian romance...the characters were well developed, and the plot flowed very nicely. I literally couldn't put the book down...it was so good!! I received a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, June 1, 2014 While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad, © 2014 The Gregory Sisters Series, Book 2 Assumptions. 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 exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. --Ephesians 3:20 ***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.***
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
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.  
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
In this turn of this century tale, Miss Charlotte Gregory is a new graduate of Fannie Farmers School of Cookery in search of a job where she can display her culinary gifts. She would like to own her own restaurant, but to be successful, she must first get some experience in the form of a job. That doesn’t look too good for her when one of the most famous chefs in Saint Paul refuses to hire her and vows that she will never work in any restaurant in the city. Dr. Joel Brooks is a promising young physician with a heart for his patients and also a group of orphans. He meets his match in Charlotte Gregory, who in addition to training in the culinary arts, has been taught about proper nutrition and the feeding of the sick. Charlotte believes that he is stuck in the dark ages in his attitude toward the feeding of the ill. Sparks fly! Throw in misplaced funds at the hospital, a young sister with a theatrical career, and a nurse who wants to thwart romance and you have a delightful read. I always enjoy reading the Author’s Notes at the end of books. They range from deep spiritual insights to interesting historical facts. In this case, the information about Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, was very interesting and informative. Be sure you don’t skip this part! I received this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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Diana0 More than 1 year ago
While Love Stirs By: Lorna Seilstad While Love Stirs is the second in the series The Gregory Sisters. Now that Charlotte has graduated from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery she is ready to venture out into the world. She really enjoys the travels and giving lectures. Even on the newest invention the gas stove. Love stirs in this novel but not just in the cooking department. I see two fellows in the pot Lewis Mathis a singer to entertain and Dr. Joel Brooks. There is going to battles between Charlotte and the doctor of meals being nutritional for patients. The fire is gonna heat up in this disagreement. If you like romance you will love this story its a good historical romance novel. Characters are well written. Thinking back in this time what Charlotte is doing is not for ladies. Well we shall see. Great story. Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from the publisher, Revell, In exchange for my own honest review. I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
While Love Stirs is the second book in Seilstad’s Gregory Sisters series. The main character is Charlotte Gregory, the middle of the 3 sisters. Charlotte is strong willed, outspoken, and a bit calloused as a result of a prior relationship. While Love Stirs begins as a story about Charlotte’s attempt to get a job as a cook, but it gradually turns into a story of love–both family and romantic. It’s really a story of Charlotte’s internal battle in deciding if she should settle for a safe choice or take a risk on someone who makes her feel everything. I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction, but I enjoyed While Love Stirs. Seilstad’s writing is easy to fall into, and I never had to reread a sentence for clarification. Charlotte’s character is believable and shows realistic change throughout the story. While Love Stirs offers romance and suspense, though the suspense mainly shows up in the last few chapters. Everything is resolved by the end of the book, which makes me happy! Seilstad uses cooking terms as symbolism throughout the book, and it never seems forced. It was one of my favorite things about the story! My criticisms are minor–a few times throughout the book I noticed a lack of vocabulary (the same word was used two or three times in a paragraph), and I don’t think the back cover blurb accurately portrays the book. After reading the back cover, I thought this would be a story of one girl and the two guys chasing after her. It’s really not like that at all. There are 2 men in the story who want to be with Charlotte, but the story is much more about Charlotte’s internal struggle, her desire to cook and teach nurses at the hospital, and her relationships with family members. There was never a point where I thought she might end up with ‘the other guy.’ Ultimately, this book will be a hit for fans of Historical Christian Fiction Romance. If you’re like me and usually stick to Contemporary Romance, there’s still a good chance you’ll enjoy this book. The author doesn’t get bogged down in historical information, and she allows the story to flow naturally. I’m looking forward to the next book in The Gregory Sisters series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Love Stirs is the second book in the Gregory Sisters series. Lorna Seilstad does an amazing job of capturing a period in history that we do not commonly see in books. Her 1910 period details were so engrossing that it drew me through the book even though I had a hard time with the heroine. I found her to be so abrasive that she was a bit tough to read. However, she was perfectly nuanced to fit with the time period. Women were just finding their voice in society and often had to go to the extreme just to end up in the middle. I found myself giving her grace and I started liking her by about mid-book. The peripheral characters were fun and interesting. Even the sub-villain of the piece was nuanced in such a way that they were sympathetic as well. The real bad-y of the story popped up out of nowhere for me, perhaps they were referenced in the first book. Overall it is a stand-alone book, but to really understand where the main character is coming from, I would start at the beginning of the series. This one in the series is focused on Charlotte, a graduate of Fanny Farmer’s School of Cookery. She is trying to find a position in a restaurant and has the skills and the necessary qualifications; all except one, her gender is the wrong one. She does find a niche position and meets two very different, but equally determined young men along the way. I enjoyed the book for the incredible attention to period details and would recommend it based on that piece alone. I want to thank Revell Group who gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
While Love Stirs is the second book in The Gregory Sisters series, but can stand alone if you have not yet read When Love Calls. I have read both of these books and they are enjoyable stories. I had a little bit of trouble connecting with Charlotte and Joel in the beginning of the story, but that quickly changed and I found myself very interested in this book. The characters are well-written and following their journey is entertaining. As is true in real life, the events of our past influence the way we look at and react to the situations we find ourselves in. This is definitely true with Charlotte and Joel. Charlotte was once in a relationship with a very controlling young man. She has vowed never to allow herself to be tied to someone who might try to control her. Joel was once betrayed by an unfaithful fiancé and has trouble with the idea of putting his heart on the line with another woman. Putting their pasts behind them will be a very real challenge to these two strong-willed characters. I found this story to be full of very interesting details and I really enjoyed all of the cooking tidbits that are added into the book. The secondary characters are interesting, as well, and I look forward to reading the final book in the series when it releases. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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.”
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This novel takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, which was fun for me to read since I am a native of the state.  I recognized many of the places Ms. Seilstad mentioned and described.  And I appreciated her accuracy of the historical events and places of the novel.  I found it interesting how she sprinkled cooking language throughout the dialogue keeping with the cooking theme of the story.  For example; “And of think Miss Gregory may be the spice this place – and perhaps even you – could use.”  Regarding the story line, it seemed disconnected and unsophisticated.  Often it read as separate incidents and subplots without good transitions or continuity.  I felt the author had some good ideas for the scenes but didn’t incorporate them into a seamless plot and story.  One aspect of the story that was commendable was how the author weaved in some spiritual elements, especially the Bible story about the Elisha and the empty vessels and how Charlotte related it to her situation. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.
PennyFM More than 1 year ago
Lorna Seilstad draws from history to create a realistic backdrop for Charlotte Gregory’s adventures in cooking. This spunky character faces challenges with hope and determination even when two handsome men distract and fluster her. Strong female characters surround Charlotte as she breaks into a new role. She’s not just a cook, she tries her hand selling a brand new product to the women of Wisconsin.  As much as I enjoyed Charlotte’s story of progress in the kitchen and love on the burner, too many details bogged down the story about two-thirds of the way through. I’m giving the book four stars because the author did a great job capturing the time period and drawing out interesting characters. If you enjoy historical fiction with a light touch, you’ll like While Love Stirs.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Lorna Seilstad’s books, and they just keep getting better and better. The title of this book is a real play on word; with the main character a graduate of Fanny Farmer’s Cooking School, and that would be Charlotte Gregory, whom we met in When Love Calls. Now don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can get caught up really quick in this book, but don’t deprive yourself of another great book. With this book we find a young woman trying to make her way in a man’s world. She even wants to help at hospitals get patients back on their feet with more nutritious meals. Loved the way she also included flowers, and arrangements to entice their appetites. We also have a young doctor, who is making his way in taking charge at the local hospital. Somehow the tools he needs in his business, microscopes, are not the priority, and the allotted funds are missing? He has also been burned in the romance area, by a cheating fiancé. Put these two type A personalities together, and you guessed it, a lot of bickering. There is also another young man in the picture here. Lewis, a sweet talented young man, who has a passion for Charlotte, he seems to be there and anticipates her needs, but can he capture her heart? You will really chuckle at some of the antics here, I never wanted it to end, and with one more sister in the family, I hope we will have another book. I received this book through the Revell Book Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
booklover_zech More than 1 year ago
When I saw a new Christian romance novel that was going to center around cooking, I figured it was written just for me. Revell has a history of publishing books I fall in love with and so I felt it was a safe bet to snatch this one up. Right off the bat, I struggled getting into the story. Charlotte, our MC, and main man Joel meet right off the bat and instantly start fighting. I am a person who dislikes tension and conflict, so I was turned off by Charlotte's pride and Joel's antagonism. I didn't think I could relate to Charlotte, and I already didn't like her much, and so I struggled with whether I should continue reading the book. I pushed on because I already enjoyed Seilstad's writing style and loved the cooking aspects. Luckily, as the novel continues Charlotte becomes more inclined to think before speaking and make apologies. I truly enjoyed seeing her mature and develop into someone who was more willing to think then react. However, it seemed Joel remained the same throughout the story. He was always flying off the handle and had hurtful words flying out of his mouth. It just seemed so...controlling to me. I almost started rooting for Lewis, the slick crooner and vague other love interest. I was sad to see that Joel's character never truly develops beyond this. I'd recommend it to fans of Christian romance that love Minnesota (Yay MN references!!), like a good dose of history, and appreciate some light cooking aspects. I am rating it with 3 stars out of 5. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad – A Book Review      This novel takes its theme from 2 Kings 4:1-7, the story of the widow who owed a great debt after her husband’s death.  She went to Elisha for help, and he told her to collect all the empty vessels she could from her neighbors and pour out her remaining oil into all of the vessels. Once the vessels were full, the flow of oil ceased.  He told her to sell the oil, pay off her debt, and for her and her son to live on the rest.  Lorna Seilstad tells a story of relying on God to use what we have, and to trust Him to fill our empty vessels.  A message most of us need to be reminded of from time to time.        The story is set in the early 1900s.  Charlotte Gregory has trained in the science of cookery under the tutelage of Fannie Farmer.   After finding it difficult to locate someone who would allow a female chef in their kitchen, Charlotte accepts a position giving cooking demonstrations to promote the use of gas ovens.  Most homes had coal or wood burning ovens.  She also, to the greatest degree possible, educated nurses in nutrition’s role in the healing process, frequently going head-to-head with Dr. Joel Brooks.  Sparks of all kinds fly whenever Charlotte and Joel are together, and as if they were “cooking with gas,” those sparks cause one explosion after another in their relationship.        This book is sweet and romantic, the kind of story Hallmark movies are made of.  While there is a bit of intrigue, it definitely takes  a backseat in this second story of the Gregory sisters.  The first book concentrated on the oldest sister, Hannah, and I imagine the next will reveal more of the life of the youngest sister, Tessa.  Charlotte, the middle sister’s story was easy to follow, and there were  no real spoilers for going back to book one at a later time.  This story moves at rather a slow pace, but there is enough tension  between the main characters to hold the reader’s interest.  If historical romantic fiction is your genre of choice, I predict that you will be pleased with this selection.  If your preferences run in a different direction, this won’t be the book to sway you into becoming a fan of the genre.      Thank you to Revell for providing this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, I was hooked.  Seilstad starts this book out with action and doesn’t stop until the end.  There’s so much to read about in this book, between Joel’s work at the hospital and orphanage, Charlotte’s lecture tours, her younger sister Tessa’s work at the theater and Aunt Sam’s illness.  You really won’t get bored with all that is going on in this plot. That being said, my favorite part was reading about Charlotte’s cooking.  It was fun seeing what she would make at each tour stop.  I also enjoyed reading about how gas was such a new-fangled thing that many ladies were very resistant to the notion of changing to this new type of stove.  I became much more appreciative of all of the modern technology we have to make cooking easier and faster. I also enjoyed learning how certain medical issues were taken are of over a century ago.  Charlotte felt that food could aid in a patient’s improvement and morale and fought to spread that idea.  This part of the book reminds me a lot of Kellogg and the book and movie The Road to Wellville. I also appreciate the title of the book.  I didn’t actually realize that it gave a nod to the cooking aspect of the plot until I sat down to write this review.  It’s little details like this that keep me coming back to Seilstad’s books. You can purchase While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstadnofollow from various online booksellers.  I also urge you to check out Seilstad’s Lake Manawa series – these are true summer reads! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence my opinion in any way.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
1910 - Saint Paul, Minnesota "With God's help and a little creativity, I manage." -Charlotte This 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." -Molly Molly 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.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
While 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. 
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
WHEN LOVE STIRS by Lorna Seilstad is another interesting Christian Historical Romance from this author set in 1910 in St. Paul, Minnesota. #2 in "The Gregory Sisters", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "When Love Calls". This is Charlotte Gregory's story, the second Gregory sister. A light-hearted tale of a love triangle, looking for love(sounds like a song, doesn't it?), in a rapidly changing world. Charlotte, who is out spoken, talented, and on a crusade to introduce nutritious foods into hospitals. She is torn between two very different men, Lewis Mathis, who encourages her pursuits and Dr. Joel Brooks, the hospital superintendent, who isn't convinced change is needed in hospitals. While, light- hearted, "When Love Stirs" is also emotional, compelling and tackles issues of heath, nutrition during a time when little was known of the value of nutrition and healing. Which will Charlotte chose, Dr. Joel, who gets her blood to boiling or Lewis, who is lukewarm? Can oil and vinegar really mix? With lots of laughter, a bit of danger, and trust, you don't want to miss "When Love Stirs". Ms. Seilstad stirs your senses, and your heart with her engaging characters, and her steadfast tales of faith, courage, healing, forgiveness and love. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. *Coming in May from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group* RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More