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.
Charlotte Gregory is not afraid of being outspoken, especially when it comes to food and nutrition. Her older sister is convalescing after giving birth, and Charlotte is not impressed when she sees the food Hannah is being served by the nurses. Her complaints draw the attention of Dr. Brooks but, even if he agreed with some of her ideas, there’s no money to implement any of them. Any money that does come his way must go toward much needed medical equipment.
What is life without a disagreement or two? Lewis supports Charlotte’s endeavors, but there’s no spark between them. Their relationship is a sharp contrast to the one between Charlotte and Joel, where the sparks fly and there are misunderstandings galore. You can guess which one I found more interesting, although I was intrigued by the use of entertainers at lectures.
There’s also a side story involving missing money at the hospital and also at a local theater where Charlotte’s younger sister is working. A clue to the culprit is given early on, but the reader is led down more than one false path. The writing is good enough that the culprit is someone I’d forgotten about!
Overall, While Love Stirs is an enjoyable, easy read. There’s no real need to have read the first book in the series, When Love Calls, but you’ll want to read it anyway. I’m now looking forward to book three, which will be about the youngest Gregory sister, Tessa.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of While Love Stirs, which I received in exchange for an honest review to be posted at a certain time.
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Publisher: Revell (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 May 2014
Page Count: 352