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Book Review: Love On The Line

19 Oct

It’s a Battle of Wills … and Love Is on the Line!

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man’s world . . . which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He’s a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.


Deeanne Gist — known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee–has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary romances. Add to this three RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesCircle.



My Impressions:

When I read an historical novel, I want to feel like I am actually living in the era that the story is set.  In Deeanne Gist’s newest novel, Love On The Line, I did!   Gist has written a fun and well-researched historical romance that will have you longing for the days of telephone party lines and strong, handsome lawmen not afraid to stand up for what is right.  Okay, maybe not party lines, but you will definitely enjoy the Texas Ranger Gist has brought to life.

Georgie Gail is a determined and passionate young woman — determined to make it on her own without help from a man and passionate about her hobby of bird watching.  She runs the switchboard in Brenham, Texas efficiently and confidently.  And even in the face of vocal opposition, she is not afraid to take on the cause of bird preservation. Lucious Landrum, aka Luke Palmer, is a bigger than life Texas Ranger who has been thwarted from getting his man too many times.  So he is undercover as a telephone troubleman in the hopes of bringing the Robin Hood-esque train robber, Frank Comer and his gang to justice.  But Frank didn’t count on a slip of a girl to reel in his heart.

Brenham Texas, circa 1903, comes to life in Love On The Line.  This reader felt like she was a part of this bustling town with its gun club, new ice cream parlor and struggle to be in on the trends and fashions of bigger cities.  Gist really pays attention to details in her characterization of Ranger Landrum, the newfangled telephone service and the use of bird parts in ladies fashions!    If you like an historical novel that is authentic and want some romance to go with it, be sure to pick up Love On The Line.  And although Lucious and Georgie’s story ends in this novel, I think there may be a good chance that Gist will revisit some of the other characters I grew to love.


Deeanne Gist is hosting an iPad2 giveaway!  Click HERE for more details.


To read what other reviewers have to say about Love On The Line, click HERE.

(I received a copy of Love On The Line from LitFuse in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)