Saturday, May 18, 2013

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad ~ reveiw

When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters, #1)
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn't include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone 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. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.
My take on this book:
"When Love Calls" takes place in 1908 and it has been three months since Hannah Gregory's life had been forever altered. She had plans of becoming a lawyer, and was even attending Drake University. When her parents die she finds comes home to take care of her two sisters Charlotte and Tessa. With their finances running the last thing she needs to hear is that they are going to be evicted from their home, but that's just what Lincoln Cole has to do, since the bank he is working for is evicting them. Hannah knows she has to find a way to support her sisters and applies for a job as a switchboard operator with the "Hello Girls." a job that has plenty of rules to follow. Lincoln also feels drawn to Hannah and he tries to help the sisters any way he can, even though Hannah isn't very receptive. Can Hannah manage to take care of her sisters, and what about the relationship between her and Lincoln? Is she to stubborn to realize the plans that the Lord has in store for her?

"When Love Calls" is a very well written historical fiction novel that hooked me from the beginning pages. I found myself laughing on more than a few occasions with this one. I found the characters to be totally believable and really enjoyed the sister relationship that we see between the Gregory's. I found the historical aspects that revolve around the switchboard operators totally interesting. Overall, a wonderfully well written historical novel that easily pulled me back in time. I can't wait to read the next book in the Gregory Sisters series due out in 2014.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

“Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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