Though easily a stand-alone novel, to enjoy While Love Stirs to its fullest I recommend starting with the first Gregory Sisters book When Love Calls. You can click on the title to read my review.
Charlotte Gregory is determined to utilize her education at Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery to make her dream come true: her own kitchen as a chef at a restaurant.
It doesn’t take long for Charlotte to realize, though, that there aren’t many opportunities for a woman to be taken seriously outside of the domestic kitchen – until she is presented with a job at the gas company.
They want someone to travel, lecture and give cooking demonstrations on the latest kitchen technology - the gas stove. It’s not quite her dream, but it seems to be the closest she’s getting to it anytime soon!
Her position leads her to meet sweet, crooning singer Lewis Mathis. Yet her mind still strays to Dr. Joel Brooks, whom she tends to argue with when in the same room, and who has still to be convinced of her ideas about the hospital food.
But Charlotte isn’t known for giving up…
Seilstad creates a charming 1910 landscape with While Love Stirs that is fast-paced, easy reading with fun historical details. We get faith and romance handled in a non-heavy-handed way.
The nice spattering of point of view changes in the narrative gives us a broader picture of the characters, and includes the youngest Gregory sister, Tessa – sure to be the next books focal character – in her own plot.
While Love Stirs is an pleasant, overall lighthearted story that didn’t leave the strongest impression on me, but was entertaining while I read it.
I’m invested enough to want to know what is in store for Tessa when her book comes out.
While Love Stirs is an agreeable way to pass the time!
*I received a copy of While Love Stirs from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.