It’s that time again! If you are a fan of Christian historical romance, you will want to look out for “While Love Stirs,” the second title in Lorna Seilstad’s “The Gregory Sisters” series. I received access to this novel through the “Revell Reads” review program, in which publishers provide me free reading material. The only requirement is that I express my frank impressions.
In this sequel to 2013’s “When Love Calls,” we get reacquainted with Charlotte Gregory, the middle sibling of this trio. Having just graduated from cooking school, she is determined to secure a position in a hotel kitchen, a rarity for a woman in Minnesota in 1910. Failing to overcome the hurdles set out for females in that time period, the protagonist decides to enter a cooking contest, which eventually leads to job touring around the country demonstrating gas stoves. This is where she meets Lewis, a talented singer hired to bring customers into the meetings. This godly gentlemen is handsome, kind, and wealthy, and has no difficulty making his amorous intentions toward Charlotte crystal clear. The problem? The chemistry between them is nothing like the intense spark she experiences in the mere presence of local physician Joel Brooks. Falling for Dr. Brooks carries with it tremendous risks, however. He likes to be in charge. She all ready lost herself once by trying to please a demanding suitor. Can Charlotte keep her vow never to make the same mistake again and still submit to the pulse racing passion she feels for Joel? Or should she settle for the predictable, staid comfort she knows she will find in the arms of Lewis? Will her fear of being alone rob her of the blessings God has in store?
I actually liked this story even more than the one before it, which is saying a lot. Technically, you could read this volume without the benefit of the first one, but reading both will enhance your comprehension and appreciation. There is nothing unappetizing in this work. Parents can feel secure in sharing this with everyone, especially teenagers and adults. The biblical teachings are sound without being preachy, and are reminiscent of authors like Julie Lessman and Janette Oke. I give this piece a rating of five out of five stars.
Until we meet again…