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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764204098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204098
  • ASIN: 0764204092
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Ding.
     Georgie Gail snatched up a switchboard cable and stuffed it into number twenty-eight.  "Hello, Central."
     "Georgie, it's Mattieleene.  How old is he? What does he look like? You have met him, haven't you?"
     She didn't pretend to misunderstand.  "Yes."
     The new troubleman tried to open one of the drawers, but it was locked.  With a great deal of satisfaction, she smoothed her skirt beneath her and adjusted herself in her chair.
     "Well?" Mattieleene asked.
     "He's big and he's grouchy."
     He pierced her with his gaze.
     She shifted, facing forward.  She could still see him, but only in her peripheral vision.
     "Never say so!" Mattieleene moaned.  "Is he old?"
     "Very old."
     He jiggled the second and third drawers.  Locked.
     "Is he ugly?"
     "Long in tooth and raised on sour milk."
     Balling his fists, he placed them on the desktop and leaned against it.  The fabric of his sleeves tightened around his upper arms.
     "Oh, crumbs."  Mattieleene sounded near tears.  "Why couldn't they have sent us a man with a little fur on his brisket?"
     "Party line, Mattieleene.  Anyone can hear."  And from the crackling on the line, it was a sure bet half the town was listening in.

From the Back Cover

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.

More About the Author

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 love stories. Add to this four 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 www.IWantHerBook.com and at www.facebook.com/DeesFriends.

Customer Reviews

If you like the historical Christian romance genre, I highly recommend this book!
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I love that she bases her characters on real people as it makes them so much more interesting - just those little details that bring life to the story.
Karen Harrison
Every book I've read by Gist has been a great romance with fun characters to fall in love with.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Click Chick on September 30, 2011
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Deanne's books are all worth reading. Opposite characters attracted to each other are always interesting and that is the premise behind the plot of this book. There are some interesting plot turns in the book that keep you turning the pages. One of the things I like about Deanne's books are that you always learn something new. She gives enough detail to display her historical research but usually never overdoes the process explanation.

I thought the female protagonist was a bit overly emotinal about her birds but you like her resolve to live independently. The book also makes you thankful for all the opportunities open to women today.

Another thing I like about Deanne's books is that her male characters are not only well developed, they also have their own voice in her books. Too often romance books, in general, are only from the female's perspective. Deanne strikes a nice balance between her male and female voice/character development.

If I could be a tad bit picky, I feel the book could have used more spiritual development and growth coming from her two lead characters. I know it is a tough balance to strike between incorporating scripture and becoming too preachy. Even still, I would have like either more interaction via a local church or evidence of daily devotions to survive their trials.

If you like Deanne's past books, I believe you will enjoy this read as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Deeanne Gist is absolutely one of my favorite authors and it was no surprise to me to fall in love with another of one of her books yet again. I don't think Love on the Line will be my favorite by this wonderful author but it was still just great!!

Love on the Line is about a young switchboard operator Georgie and her new troublman Luke Palmer. However, Luke isn't just a troubleman, he is an undercover Ranger trying to find Frank Comer and his gang that robs trains and supposedly gives the money to the needy. Georgie and Luke soon find that working together is frustrating and rewarding at the same time. Lots of tension and sparks!!

My favorite thing about Gist writing is that she creates believable and desirable tension between the hero and heroine. I love a book with a little love/hate going on and Love on the Line is no exception. Georgie drives Luke crazy, in fact she drives me crazy, yet he can't seem to ignore her. She is beautiful and passionate about what she cares about and birds eat out of her hands for heaven sakes!

Love on the Line is a superbly written story with characters that are swoon worthy and delightful, passionate moments of romance and kissing, great and humorous dialogue and expert attention to history and detail. I always get sucked in to the books by Deeanne Gist; her attention to detail and characters paints a very vivid description in my mind and I end up thinking over her characters for days after I finish the book.

Oh how I love the way Gist writes her romantic scenes. Two favorite scenes are when Georgie helps Luke pull out all his splinters from falling down a telephone pole, and the other is when makes a tough decision and asks Luke to respect her wishes. Wow!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie McCurdy on October 29, 2011
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I've only read one other book by Deeanne Gist before, and since so many of my blogger friends love her and her work, I decided to give her another try. And I am glad I did. While there still was a fair amount of sensual tension and interaction between the main characters, Love on the Line was a fun and some-what suspenseful read.

The heroine, Georgie Gail, was one interesting little lady. I couldn't get over how obsessed she was with birds. I mean, I totally get her fight to stop using bird parts for decorating hats (ew!), but I think Georgie went over the top. A lot. After a while, I was heartily sick of reading about her silly defense of birds. Luke Palmer made for a great hero, though. I never thought a person could look that handsome/attractive in overalls, but I'm betting if I saw Luke Palmer in them, I'd change my mind! (wink) The whole angle with being an undercover Texas Ranger was really cool. He sounded like one awesome dude!

Deeanne Gist has a gift when it comes to writing! Through her powerful words, the town of Brenham, Texas sprung to life from the pages of this book. I didn't noticed her beautiful and expressive writing in the first book I read, but it shined in Love on the Line.

As I mentioned, the sensual elements of the book were still pretty blatant, especially when it was so early on in there acquaintance. Maybe I felt this way because I like to see a bond of friendship form before they display physical affection. But if you like scenes that will spike your temperature, then I know you won't mind the heated scenes between Georgie and Luke!

The capture of the Comer gang at the end was a bit disappointing for me, as I had expected more of a high-strung, suspenseful conclusion. But, as a whole, it didn't ruin the book for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on October 23, 2011
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Deeanne Gist has done it again. I fell in love with the passionate, independent Georgie Gail as she tries to change the community and resist any possibility of falling in love. Luke Palmer is equally intriguing, and I loved getting to know him! The historical themes were intriguing - particularly the developments related to the telephone system in town. While I'm not crazy about animals and sometimes found the quest to save the songbirds annoying (sorry!), Georgie's quirky personality overrode my dislike for the birds. Love on the Line is the perfect blend of romance, history, and suspense and will keep you hooked from the very first page!

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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