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When Love Calls: A Novel (The Gregory Sisters) Paperback – May 1, 2013

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Book 1 of 3 in the Gregory Sisters Series

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When romance calls, will she choose to answer?

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict--and often bewildering--rules, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule--until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of companionship that blossoms into sweet romance.


"A delightful story filled with entertaining, endearing characters. A wonderfully satisfying read."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of the Stoney Ridge Seasons series

"Lorna Seilstad has a way of dropping her characters into interesting times, and she's done it again in When Love Calls. This new series about the Gregory sisters promises much reading entertainment."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, and The Gifted

"Filled with witty prose and engaging characters, When Love Calls is a thoroughly charming love story."--Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series and the Blue Willow Brides series


Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com.

About the Author

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Gregory Sisters (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721817
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Focusing on the eldest of the Gregory sisters, Lorn Seilstad begins her series with the foreclosure of the Gregory farm, leaving the three orphaned women without a home. Taking care of her sisters like always, Hannah lets go of her dream of becoming a lawyer and turns to employment as a Hello Girl - a switchboard operator. While laws (and upholding them) are something Hannah approves of, following pointless rules has never been her strong suit, and the job of switchboard operator has a lot of them. When her childhood friend is arrested as an arsonist, Hannah is sure he is innocent, so she is forced to turn to a young attorney, the man who delivered the message of their foreclosure, for help. Can Hannah hold onto her job and care for sisters, or will the rules and the two young men angling for her affections drive her crazy?

Clearly the author has put in a lot of research to perfect the setting - both in its time period and place. Descriptions of the Des Moines capitol building sound breathtaking, while the little details of everyday life firmly set it at the turn of the century. It was fun to learn about the Hello Girls, though based on the rigid rules, I would think just about anyone would have a hard time keeping that job! I am sure they were exceedingly efficient, but to be forced to stare straight ahead without ever glancing at the people right next to you, or to be required to ask permission to blow a nose or wipe a forehead? Wow!

Seilstad is good at working messages into her stories, and this one is no exception; in fact, besides the main theme of depending on God and not just on oneself, she works into it a secondary theme - don't give up on your dreams.
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An enjoyable story that falls into the Christian Romance category, and takes place in the early 1900's. This story has clean romance, mystery, and family drama. A safe and good read for a young reader (10-14 yrs old).
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When I was first introduced to Lorna Seilstad, it was through her Lake Manawa Series. Each of those books told a story with humor and delight. So when her newest book came out, I had to get it and read it. When Love Calls is just as delightful as Lorna's other books and still Lorna manages to teach a very important lesson through the plot of her book.

Hannah Gregory has quit law school and is trying to raise her sisters after the death of their parents. Lincoln Cole has been dispatched from the lawfirm representing the bank that holds the mortgage on her family's farm to foreclose on the farm. Hannah is forced to move into town and to try to get a job as a telephone operator, or a Hello Girl. The one thing Hannah has trouble with is keeping rules. The one thing that the telephone company insists on is keeping rules. But, Hannah has to try, she has her sisters to think about.

When houses and structures around Des Moines start succumbing to the fires of an arsonist, Hannah's friend Walt is accused of setting the fires. Even though Hannah doesn't like it, she goes to Lincoln to help her win Walt's freedom. Hannah's hardest task is trusting Lincoln. Lincoln's hardest task is trusting God where Hannah is concerned.

While telling this story, Lorna weaves in the inviolate truth of trusting God in all our circumstances. When I can learn while being entertained, it's the best of all worlds. Thank you, Lorna.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a telephone call.
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When Loves Calls is the first in The Gregory Sisters series, a historical romance novel by Lorna Seilstad.

Faced with the death of her parents in 1908 Iowa, Hannah Gregory left law school behind to return home and support her two younger sisters. Shortly thereafter a handsome young lawyer drops by and lets them know that the bank owns their farm - and they have to leave it.

Good at many things, but not at following rules, Hannah butts heads with the lawyer. She might not be pursuing her dream anymore, but she certainly won't let her sisters starve. So, when she applies for a position as a Hello Girl, a switchboard operator, she knows she'll be utilizing every inch of her self-control.

Why? Because they have strict rules - some of which she finds laughable - that her employment depends on. One of which is that she is to have no consorting with gentlemen during training.

The problem with that is that circumstances keep bringing Hannah and the lawyer together - and she's starting not to mind...

When Love Calls really had a lot of fascinating details about being a switchboard operator in the beginning of the twentieth century. My Grandma was a switchboard operator much later on, but I couldn't help but want to ask her so many questions about her job - if any of these rules or methods of training featured in When Love Calls had been retained in the 60s and 70s. I'll ask her in Heaven!

Hannah is a likable character, and her strong bond with her sisters creates a nice tone. I already know that I'd like to read books about each of them - especially the youngest, Tessa, who most definitely has a mind of her own.

The romance sometimes felt a bit bland.
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