|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.
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