What a wonderful book! In a week of working around the clock, getting sick, and trying to recover quickly, When Love Calls was just what the doctor ordered! Lorna Seilstad is an incredible author that delivers a story filled with characters to love, interesting historical details, humorous moments, a delicious romance, and the beginning of a series that I can't wait to read more of!
I loved the message throughout the book that God is in control of our lives and we must depend on Him. This was illustrated over and over again, through every character, without being preachy or cheesy. As much as this message applied to the fictitious Walt, Hannah, and Lincoln (and others), there is certainly a message for this real-life reader as well.
I enjoyed every moment spent reading When Love Calls and highly recommend it! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.
When Love Calls is a delightful Historical Romance
May 18, 2013
Blooming with Books
When Love Calls
The Gregory Sisters
By Lorna Seilstad
Following the deaths of her parents, 20 year old Hannah Gregory is left with the care of her two younger teenaged sisters. Caring for her sisters means giving up her dream of becoming a lawyer, but how is she going to support them all?
Hannah uses her determination and learning skills to get a job as a "Hello Girl" if she can follow the rules and pass the training stage. But when lawyer Lincoln Cole insists on helping the Gregory girls after their farm is foreclosed on, Hannah's ire is raised and she blames Lincoln for the loss of their home.
Set in 1908 When Love Calls is a look at a different world, a world of switchboards and operators who must connect each and every call. This is such a contrast to the world that we now live in where we can connect almost instantly through cell phones or over a computer.
Hannah is feisty and independent so becoming a Hello Girl is a real trial for her especially having to strictly follow the rules. Hannah's antics are at times just too much. She doesn't back down to anyone when she feels she is in the right and she is loyal to those whom she views as friends.
When Love Calls is a delightful step back in time, which were simpler but not necessarily easier. What's a girl to do when union unrest comes knocking at her door and her sister hides who she is just to capture the heart of a boy? Needing her parents guidance can Hannah learn to turn to God and rely on someone other than herself, someone like Lincoln?
I love Hannah's risk taking attitude, though she definitely got herself into a few situations that proved taking a risk is sometimes not the best choice. I can honestly say that I would not have gone up to the top of the capitol and looked over the railing, UGHHH heights!!!
The references made to the story of Ruth added another dimension to the story. We should all be like Ruth and allow God to cover us with His protection.
If you like historical fiction with a touch of romance you will love When Love Calls. Take a set back in time as a whole new world of thought, invention, and equality begins to open up but not without a fight. Enter the world of the Gregory sisters as they reach out to capture their dreams and to triumph over their losses, you will come away with some new friends!
I received a copy of a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Lorna Seilstad in her new book, "When Love Calls" Book One in The Gregory Sisters series published by Revell brings us into the life of Hannah Gregory.
From the Back Cover: 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.
"When Love Calls" is a lot of fun. Just the idea of saying, "number, please" your entire shift is enough to drive you crazy. However Hannah is a self-reliant woman who has two sisters who must be taken care of. Hannah feels she lost the farm her deceased parents had owned and that guilt is what partly motivates her. All Hannah wants to do is follow the rules and keep her job but Lincoln Cole, the young lawyer who presented the eviction papers to them, is making that rather difficult. "When Love Calls" is full of wonderful themes of self-reliance versus God-reliance. Ms. Seilstad does a wonderful job of transporting us back to a time and place that we will, sadly, never experience again so savor the time spent in these pages. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and I am looking forward to more in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
The world of Hello Girls is fascinating. It's also restrictive. If one makes the cut and gets into the phone operator's school, it's still no guarantee she'll end up with a job.
They are told up front that half of their class won't make it. Hannah really needs this job to put food on the table and care for her sisters. After her parents death, the bank repossessed the farm and house, so she's desperate for the job.
Big problem - all the rules and regulations. Hannah can't seem to stay out of trouble. The two men hanging around her create another problem. There's that rule about no male callers during a woman's time in school.
Hannah/s attempts to stay out of trouble while fighting her attraction to one of these men makes a good story. Then there's that danger that gets one of the men tossed into jail.
I'm looking forward to reading more about the Gregory sisters.
***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***
Hannah is looking for a new job adventure to call home. After reading an ad for a switchboard operator she decided that perhaps this would become a perfect fit for her and a way to provide for her and her sisters, Tessa and Charlotte. When she meets an attorney who was hired to assist with monetary affairs an unrecognizable spark captures the attention between the two. Is patience enough to ignite the chemistry? While dreams are hung on a limb what will become of the sisters?
Offering a perfect mix of fun, humor, history and romance When Love Calls shines. I was drawn into the storyline from the beginning and connected right away with these well formed, personable and spunky characters. Life walking into a history book the scenery was reminiscent of the period and the dialogue fitting, charming and easy to follow. The book has no dull or dragging parts and is a read that historical fiction lovers will enjoy and savor. I was entertained by this inspirational and spiritually challenged novel and will recommend it to others. Well written! 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.