While Love Stirs

While Love Stirs Food is Charlotte Gregory’s life. It’s nutritional values as well as it’s being the source of her income (hopefully) has made her a champion of food. And no bull-headed doctor named Joel Brooks is going to tell her she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Because she does. And he doesn’t. Let him make his false assumptions of her history and knowledge. If he chooses to be a near-sighted, orderly, neat freak that his problem. But then why does her mind forever stray to the well-meaning doctor?

Oh what to say. After a disastrous streak of book choices I thought this was going to be the title to break that. It wasn’t. I thought, at first, it was going to be pretty good but gosh was I wrong. It’s a pretty clean read, but the plot and characters are not very strong. They are just a tad stereotypical. Midway through the book they were even beginning to annoy me. Charlotte and Joel are forever butting heads moments before and/or after growing mushy over each other. *signal to begin rolling eyes* So, yeah, rather annoying. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the author had chosen to focus on Charlotte’s story only (and another career – I mean I’ve – half the time inadvertently – picked up so many books in 2013 and in the last year that have either female cooks, actresses or female detectives and their inability to be accepted because of their gender. It’s really being beat to death by writers.). Instead Charlotte’s younger sister also has lengthy segments scattered throughout the book and it was very distracting. At that particular moment I was more interested in following Charlotte’s life and had no interest whatsoever in Tessa’s desire for the limelight. But, hey, what doesn’t appeal to me usually appeals to a good deal of people. I’m just finicky. If you’re considering this book go ahead and dive in. You’ll probably enjoy it.

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “While Love Stirs”  provided by the publishers Revell, through NetGalley.com in exchange for our honest review.

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