Sunday, November 6, 2011

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

4.5 out of 5 stars
Running a rural switchboard can be a challenge, but operator Georgie Gail revels in her job because it offers her the independence women so rarely find in her day. When the telephone company sends a man to take over some of her responsibilities, she can't help but feel a certain ilk toward the handsome troubleman. 

Luke Palmer, an undercover Texas Ranger, has instructions to pose as a telephone troubleman in order to flush out the notorious Comer gang. Repairing telephones is the perfect cover he needs to gather information on the elusive gang members. But when Georgie becomes the gang's next target, Luke is forced to choose between his feelings for her or the task he's worked so hard to achieve. 

Love on the Line is a heart-throbbing, action-packed story that will keep you hanging on every word. 

Filled with all the elements that make for the usual Deeanne Gist story,--a female protagonist with a rather unusual hobby, opposing character goals, heated attraction, and a treasure-trove of interesting historical details--readers will indulge in this delightful story. 

The story, however, does tend to lose focus when the heroine's passion for birds thrusts itself into the main story-line. From the title, one would think the story would have more to do with telephone operations. I didn't mind the heroine's love for birds, and I certainly enjoyed the spiritual debate that arose from the opposing views on the issue, but overall it felt a tad different from the author's usual approach to story-lines. 

The way the characters dealt openly and honestly about the whole "intentions" subject felt refreshing. The number of romances that tend to have characters speaking in sub-text or get angry with one another due to misconstruing the other's actions--or lack thereof--has become almost cliched. It's nice to see this story take a different approach.    

Though the notorious gang leader's identity is obvious long before it's ever revealed, Deeanne Gist still manages to throw in a few surprises during those final moments. 

Love on the Line has to be one of my favorites by Deeanne Gist, right up there with The Measure of a Lady. I absolutely loved it! Something about these characters felt so gripping and charming that they just capture the heart.  

Love on the Line is, without a doubt, another story that will satisfy and delight fans of Deeannne Gist's previous works. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. 

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 romances. Add to this three 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 and at


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Available from Bethany House Publishers in ebook and print formats


Read the First Chapter

Love on the Line

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