While Love Stirs is the second in the Gregory Sisters series by Lorna Seilstad. The author, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, does a good job of bringing to life Charlotte Gregory, as she travels, lectures and demonstrates what she has learned at the Fannie Farmer School of Cookery. The invention of the gas stove has revolutionized cooking, and as part of the background of the story that is interesting for any cook or lover of history.
The main character, Charlotte, is spunky, independent and not lacking in attention from the opposite sex. The two gentlemen in the book, Lewis Mathis and Dr. Joel Brooks, both vie for her attention and add to the focus on her independence. It is fun for the reader to wonder and try to figure out exactly who Charlotte will choose to court!
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Seilstad, and have found her style to be easy to read. She uses a good deal of conversation which leads to strong character development. There is just enough descriptive verse to create a historical theme, without boring the reader with details. My only concern with the book was that it did start out a little slow, then tended to speed up as though racing to the finish line. But overall a decent book for any light, historical fiction fan.
Note of disclosure- I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.