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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

While Love Stirs

Lorna Seilstad writes books that add the humor of every day life to her romances. With Charlotte Gregory's graduation from Fannie Farmer's culinary school, she begins a crusade for better cooking at home, in hospitals, and anywhere else food is prepared. When her sister has a baby, she finds reason to object to the food the hospital is providing for her sister, but the objections are ignored by the doctor, Joel. To prove her worth, she enters a cooking competition through the gas company, and to no one's surprise, she wins. After winning the competition, she is given a job with the gas company to do cooking demonstrations all over the state.

Joel is a doctor who likes order in all things, to the point of getting upset when his sister rearranges his books in his office. He often butts heads with Charlotte but still can't get her out of his mind. He does like it when his hobby of rowing competitively puts him in the same area where Charlotte is giving her demonstrations. He makes an effort to go see her lecture and then to ask her to come watch his race.

Lorna likes putting her heroines in situations where trouble seems to dog their steps, and Lorna's heroes are always around to rescue them. In While Love Stirs, Lorna unfortunately follows the romance writers formula--boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. This only detracts in a minor way--humor suffuses this story in unexpected ways and means. Four and a half stars.

Revell provided this book for me through NetGalley.com for my honest and opinionated review. I was in no way compensated for my review.

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