27 May 2014

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad, Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

While Love Stirs

Lorna Seilstad Cooks up a Great Read!!!
I received this book from Net Galley as a download and I'll be purchasing a copy, also. This would make a GREAT summer read! I did not read the first Gregory sisters book but did after I read this book.  I would recommend reading them in order. The first book was wonderful, too!

Charlotte is a Fanny Farmer Cooking School graduate who was previously in a relationship with an extremely controlling young man. She wants nothing to do with someone remotely like him.  Enter Dr. Joel, who is an alpha male all the way, with a dose of OCD thrown in. Reading this book was like enjoying a perfectly prepared banquet!

I am guessing younger sister, Tessa, might be getting her own book because she had a storyline in this one doing clerical work/actress/detective!

This is a turn of the century Christian historical romance set in Minnesota. There is not a huge spiritual arc for either of the main characters but I liked that their faith was strong and got them through their difficulties.

Bibliotherapy elements: Jealousy (by two competitors), danger from natural disasters and from manmade ones, not letting the past rule the future, some OCD elements with the doctor, nutrition, and I think in one of the jealous situations the heroine was using her head and not the Holy Spirit to guide her but I also think that antagonist had to stay in as a plot element, and that was used as a spiritual element to show just because you "think" something is the Christian thing to do it isn't always so.  Another bibliotherapy element well done was the heroine having two suitors, one who would have been "settling" for less than God's best for her.


Highly recommend! Don't plan on getting anything else done while you are reading this book--it is a real page turner!!!

Here's the link to purchase Volumes 1 and 2 of the Gregory Sisters on CBD.

Here's a link to my 5 star review of book 1 in this series on goodreads.


Giveaway: A Copy of While Love Stirs, Leave a comment.

43 comments:

  1. Carrie, thank you for your entertaining review, and don't expect to get anything else done while reading? Sounds like my kind of book! :) The cover is drop dead gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, this book was really hard to put down!!! Hugs!!!

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  2. I'm in new of books for the summer. This sounds intriguing. thanks for the great review. Love the cover too!!

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    1. Jeanne, I would read them in order, if you haven't already read the first one I highly recommend it, too!

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  3. Sounds like a real page-turner
    Cute Review Carrie
    God bless All of You
    Chris

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    1. It was really hard to put down to go to sleep, Chris! God bless!

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  4. Love the cover of the book and it sounds like a good book to read.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. I think you'd love it, Tina! Blessings back!

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  5. CARRIE I have this one on my kindle, can't wait to read it! Thanks for the fun review and the heads up about not getting anything done while reading it!! Should I give Carlton a warning when I start reading it?! lol :-)

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  6. This book sounds like a fun read! I love cooking! And the cover is beautiful. After your review it does encourage me even more that I will enjoy it.
    nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. With your email address you HAVE to read this Nancy!!!

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  7. What a great sounding book. I am ready to settle down and start turning pages. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  8. Oh this series does sound fun. I know my TBR pile is already high, but I want to read both of these! Thanks for the review, Carrie! I like the cover, too, pretty in blue :)

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    1. I think you would really like this book and the heroines especially, Caryl! I know what you mean. But that is part of an author's life, isn't it--you have to keep reading. Good thing it is so much fun!!!

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  9. My kindle is full but I'm adding these. I confess I often read my downloads out of order. These might move to the top of the list!

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    1. Me, too, Sherry! These are worth moving up to the top! You won't regret it!

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  10. Hello Carrie. Thanks for this interview. Glad you enjoyed the book so much. I absolutely love this cover. Like the background and that is a beautiful model. Please put my name in. Blessing to my OWG special friends. ((Hugs)).
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. TY Maxie, I love the cover, too! We love you, too, Maxie and are so glad you are with us here at OWG. Praying for you!

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  11. Sounds like a book I must read!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. This book has so many wonderful elements--the historical accuracy, the romance,characters with faith who have to be nudged a little in their growth and a nice smooth author's voice!

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  12. I always have to read in order. This looks & sounds lovely.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Bes to do that in this case as there would be spoilers from second book, Mary! Blessings!

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  13. Carrie, when you have enjoyed a book so much, I know it will be a great read. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a wonderful gift.

    Blessings,
    Barb
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. TY Barb, that is how I feel about when the OWG angels put up the reviews! That was one of the main reasons I prayed about asking Diana to join me on the blog--because I always ended up liking the same books or rather I also ended up liking what she liked. Hugs!

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  14. Sounds like a perfect recipe for some interesting conflict! Enjoyed your review as always CARRIE and I'll be popping this one on my wish list!!

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    1. Ohhh, you can use that for your title when you read this and review it, Noela! Yes, put it on your wish list!

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    2. Haha I'll have to remember that hey? Thanks for making my wish come true Carrie!!

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  15. It does sound good, & I'm one who likes to read books in order.thanks for the opportunity to win this book--if I happen to win it, I will HAVE to buy the 1st one. ;-)
    Vicki
    vmarney at hot mail

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    1. Yes, Vicki, read this in order. I loved the first book, too! Blessings!

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  16. Sounds like a fun book to read and plenty of great character interaction! I also love the cover! kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It is a fun book. Revell outdid themselves on that pretty cover, Kelly!

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  17. It sounds and looks like an awesome book to read, and I would love the chance to read it!!! Nice interview!!! :) I love reading new books!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond{dot}12{at}gmail{dot}com
    NC

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah, and I'll keep my eyes open for that other thing you asked me about on FB! Blessings!

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  18. Would love to win.angelachesnut(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Carrie, would love to win this book
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Am about to draw and you'll be entered, Danie!

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  20. A beautiful review to go along with a beautiful cover - thank you, Carrie!!

    Sounds like numerous elements to enjoy in "While Love Stirs"!! Books with complicated relationships are some of my faves and thankfully, I have plenty of time to become engrossed in this one!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think you'd love this one, Bonnie! Thanks for your kind words!

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  21. My first cookbook was a Fanny Farmer for young ladies! This sounds like a fun story, thanks for the giveaway.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. That is so cool! I've seen one of those cookbooks so it was neat about reading the history.

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