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Love on the Line Paperback – October 1, 2011
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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.
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First of all, at first it seemed like there wasn't much of a connection between the two main characters, but as the story progressed their reasons for liking each other developed and I actually ended up finding them to be one of Gist's best fictional match-ups.
Yes, the bird thing was annoying and Georgie was a quirky character somewhat along the lines of Essie from the Trouble books, but she wasn't unlikeable. She obviously had a lot of spunk and personality which is a nice change from the damsel-in-distress type. And Luke became more and more loveable throughout the story.
The physical details were not too much, a small bit toned down from other Gist novels. There was more of a plot beyond the sexual tension.
All in all, I ended up very satisfied with the story and looking forward to getting my hands on the last few of this author's novels that I haven't devoured yet.
Love on the Line is no exception to my description of Mrs. Gist. The main characters are both believable and like-able. The plot line is complex enough to keep even the most avid romance reader interested while not being so complex that it must be read in one sitting. As in other books by Mrs. Gist the male and female leads are not the only characters and the sub-plots in this particular book are wonderful.
My only negative comment to Love on the Line would be that it was hard to get into at first because of the amount of time that was spent on birds. Further into the book I realized that part of the bird sidebar would have come from Mrs. Gist's devotion to being accurate to the period and therefore the issue would have been an important issue at the time just as bicycling was important to Courting Trouble and Deep in the Heart of Trouble (two of my favorites by Deeanne Gist).
A wonderful book overall and I look forward to the next book by Deeanne Gist.
I have never read a book where someone is so into birds which made this story kind of silly yet set it apart from all the rest. Add to that a switchboard operator as well and you have a unique mix in a character.
What lady doesn't want to read about a Texas Ranger?! I admit, I enjoyed Luke Palmer's story. What a twist at the end of the story that I hadn't guessed until over half way through the book. My guess was correct though I won't mention what about. You'll have to grab a copy and see for yourself.
What I loved about the story is the strength of Georgie and Luke's unwavering faith. They totally trust that God is in control, and that He will take care of all that is going on. This was refreshing because there is normally one person who has doubts.
Their next meeting is with Lucius posing as Luke Palmer - a linesman for the phone company or Troubleman.
The rest of the tale takes us on a fun ride of these two never really figuring each other out - especially Georgie. And it's a fun ride.
On a negative side -Geogie's personality can grate sometimes. Her almost obsessive compulsion around birds and understandably the use of those precious friends as decoration for ladies hats. While commendable it did become a little irritating as the story progressed.
Gladly the story does wind it up a gear as we neared the conclusion and it had just enough twists and turns to keep my attention. In the whole, a delightful story which will gladly full a dull afternoon with no trouble at all.
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