Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Where Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

Title: While Love Stirs
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 341
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2182-4
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014

Synopsis:   
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.
Review:
This is the first book that I have read by this author. And I did not realize that this was the second book in the series, thankfully this story worked well as a standalone. I was introduced to main characters of the first book, and the interactions with them was fun. I might need to back peddle in the series and get acquainted with them.

I will state right off that the main characters didn't click with me right away. The bickering between Charlotte and Joel was a bit much in the beginning. However, as the story moved along and Charlotte advanced in her career, the story picked up and left me wondering where the story was going. Charlotte grew on me as the story progressed and it was fun reading through her how the time was changing in the kitchen with cooking. Joel, he started off a bit ridged, a very orderly, everything has a place type of person. The old way has worked, so why change it. I will say, in real life, those type of people rub me the wrong way, so it was an uphill climb for Joel.

I'm not giving anything away, I promise! I'm glad that these two characters spoke how they are so different and had problems meshing at times. It wasn't glossed over, or given the opposites attracted story and that was the end of it. They each had things to work out and they knew it.

I did connect with the quickly to the secondary characters. I enjoyed the peppiness of Tessa and the thoughtfulness of Hannah. The sisters were all so different, but they meshed well. Hannah is a new mother, so her focus is on her growing family, but she makes time for her family and watches out for everyone the best she can. Tessa is young and wanting to try something new each week. However, when the opportunity to work at a theater comes along, she goes for it, but she doesn't get the job she wants, an actress. She is pushed into the roll of an assistant in the back office. Then there was Aunt Sam. She is a spunky older lady who has taken on the role as matriarch to the sisters.

I'm interested to see what will happen in the third book.

3.5 out of 5

About 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.






Thank you to the Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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