Hannah Gregory, eldest of three orphaned sisters, believes it's her duty to look after her siblings, Charlotte and Tessa. Her dream of finishing law school gives way to the reality of supporting her family that remains. Will working as a switchboard operator be the means to this end or can she survive Iowa Telephone Company's rigid rules? The year is 1908, and standards for women are as distant as a party line is from today's instant messaging.
To further complicate Hannah's life, add Attorney Lincoln Cole, who had to evict the Gregorys from their family farm but desires to assist them as they settle into their futureÃ¢â¬âespecially they lovely Hannah. Will his wealth and position elicit a busy signal from her? Plus Charlotte seems infatuated with George, a demanding young man who pays attention to her, but does he care for her as her should? Then Hannah's childhood friend, Walt, is accused of arson. Can she help free him?
All the complications make for an intriguing read as suspense builds and tensions flare. Author Lorna Seilstad has a firm handle on the period. Her historical fiction rings true and her characters vibrate with life. Enjoy stepping back to a simpler timeÃ¢â¬âyet one with problems similar to our ownÃ¢â¬âand explore the solutions along with the people on the page.
A Great Summer Read: When Love Calls by Lorna Seil
July 1, 2013
These past few years I've come to look forward to each book written by Lorna Seilstad. Light-hearted and fun romances with great settings and unique plots are pretty much guaranteed with every story. Her latest, When Love Calls, continues along these lines and is one of the sweetest romances I've read all summer.
Hannah, having suddenly lost both her parents, quits law school to become a Hello Girl for the local telephone company in Des Moines, Iowa in order to support herself and her two younger sisters. Along the way, she meets handsome lawyer, Lincoln Cole. Not knowing whether to loath him, he was the one who informed them that they were being evicted from their family home, or to love him for assisting the Gregory's in finding a new situation, Hannah is torn. To top it all off, one of her oldest friends is being convicted of a crime she knows he couldn't possibly be guilty of. With everything so uncertain in her life, she's stubborn, wanting only to depend on herself. Hannah learns to lean on God and on people who love her to make it through trying times.
Hannah is a thoroughly likeable character. She's gutsy, loyal to a fault when it comes to family and friends, and she is extremely stubborn. I was a little frustrated by her hard-headedness at times, wishing she would just let somebody help her without flying off the handle but still, I liked her. Hannah and her sisters were easy to root for. I'm anxious to read more about the youngest Gregory siblings in the upcoming books! Recently, I've read a few stories set in the early 1900s with the main characters employed as switchboard operators but When Love Calls is definitely the best. Lorna Seilstad's books ALL come highly recommended by this romance fan!
~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I am however an influencer for the author, however I wouldn't have posted a positive review if I didn't genuinely enjoy the book. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
When Love Calls is an enjoyable read, that is entirely wholesome and fun and never drags or gets dull. Not with Hannah as the principle character! She's strong, stubborn and independent and doesn't give up. It was interesting to learn about the Hello Girls, the early telephone operators, and all the rules they had! That would have been a problem for me too.
The author includes several fun tidbits from the time period, such as riding in an early car, and other such adventures and it's a lot of fun to see it through the characters' eyes. She did a great job with her descriptions, not making them overly long or cutting into the story but just thorough enough that you can see this story in full colourful detail.
This was a very enjoyable read that kept me engaged and entertained all the way through and I will be watching for the next book in the series for sure.
Hannah Gregory joins Lorna Seilstad's other historical heroines as a young lady of gumption and humor. Hannah becomes responsible for her younger sisters when their parents die and must quit law school to get a job. Working as a Hello Girl (switchboard operator) means keeping a lot of rules, something Hannah isn't so great at.
A young lawyer, Lincoln Cole, has the unenviable task of evicting the Gregory sisters when the family home is repossessed. There seems to be no way to get Hannah to see it's nothing personal, no matter how hard he tries to help her and her sisters.
When an arsonist begins targeting union holdings and Hannah's old friend becomes implicated, Lincoln steps in to help. What happens When Love Calls?
If you enjoy lightly humorous stories set in the early 20th century, check out When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad. I'm looking forward to reading about the other two sisters in upcoming novels.
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Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
WHEN LOVE CALLS by Lorna Seilstad is a wonderful inspirational historical romance set in 1908 Des Moines,Iowa. #1 in "The Gregory Sisters",and what a beginning to a new series by this author. A sweet story of family,faith,secrets,healing,mystery,forgiveness and the power of love. Hannah Gregory,the eldest Gregory sister,and who is royal,feisty and resilient to a fault. And Lincoln Cole,a young lawyer. Follow,these two young people plus a cast of characters who are not only engaging but will steal your heart as they navigate their way through hardships,struggles,life,and romance. Hannah becomes a Switchboard operator to help support your younger teenage sisters,but she dreams of being an attorney. Lincoln is a senator's son who finds Hannah and her troubles right up his alley. A heart warming story of the 1900's during which there are many changes and companionship turns to a sweet romance. Ms. Seilstad is a wonderful storyteller who draws the reader into her stories and holds them there. She also has a powerful message in her stories. A charming and unforgettable love story. I would recommend this title,especially, if you enjoy twentieth century history,charming characters,and a powerful story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
"Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More