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In 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal--to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him. Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painteIn 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal--to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him. Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painted bunting, her opera glasses capture her telephone man, armed and far away from telephone lines. Palmer is forced to take this alluring troublemaker into his confidence and unwittingly puts her in harm's way. The closer he comes to the gang, the further she works her way into his heart--and into trouble. Soon it's more than just love that's on the line....

Title : Love on the Line
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ISBN : 9780764204098
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Number of Pages : 365 Pages
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Love on the Line Reviews

  • Kelli
    2019-04-24 04:08

    This book started out really well. I liked the echoes of Texas ranger drama and Jesse James like outlaws. But by chapter 5, it gets a little odd. The main character is obsessed with birds. The male lead is mean to her without any reason other than that she is a woman. Their isn't much motivation in the storyline for what the author is writing about. I think that is a big mistake in novel writing now. Their needs to be clear motivation or reasons why a character does something or else it seems pointless.I was weary of this book, since the last few books this author has written, I haven't liked. Her first book 'bride most begrudging' was the only one of hers I really did like. I will say that the research shows up well in the first few chapters. The tone of the book is right on, for the time period. But mostly this book bored me. At least, the in between stuff did. I don't want to read about a women's strange obsession with birds. The ranger research and undercover stuff was really the best part of the book, however Luke was hard to be believed as being Lucius--the man described at the first of this book was not the undercover 'Luke'. It was as if the author wrote two different men. If the book had been what the first chapter seemed to be, it would have been excellent. Their were a few thrilling parts of the book, and most were Frank Comer and Luke's long lost brother. That was sorta soap opera-ish. I just found a lot of things very unbelievable and silly. Making the book less that what it could have been.

  • Casey
    2019-04-02 03:57

    Some novels I just don’t want to ever end. But at the same time, I am practically screaming to find out how. In. the. World. This is going to end!Do you see my dilemma? But I’m not going to complain, it’s a good..and fun one to have. “Love on the Line” is a masterfully written tale with excellent wordsmithing, characters that I just fell in love with and sizzling moments of romantic tension. The writing of a Deeanne Gist novel always pulls me by the throat into the story. It’s descriptive, sometimes even funny, charming, beautiful, paints a picture in your mind’s eyes with so few words needed. I loved the switchboard setting for Georgie. I looked over her shoulder the entire novel watching her take those calls and defend her birds. And when she pulled the splinters from Luke’s hands and arms…oh my. I loved, loved, loved the romance and restraint Georgie and Luke must walk through. I did have to chuckle a few times though when Luke was…ahem, especially thick.The twist at the end! I literally gasped at a conclusion I never saw coming. Talk about a surprise; I bet you will be too. This novel has so much going for it. A bit of humor, fascinating history, charming characters (who can’t love a heroine who can pull off the name Georgie?) heart-thumping romance. All…oh my. I want to go read the book one more time now…This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse for my copy to review.

  • Willowy Whisper
    2019-04-04 04:13

    This book definitely kept me interested. I read it in maybe . . . I don't know. Two days? But that was entirely due to the fact that I was on my way home from a thirteen hour trip, with nothing else to do. The story-line was great, and there were several things in the story I found to be very intriguing. I loved the characters for the most part, and also adored some of the names chosen. I have to mention this, however. The romance was entirely too geared towards the physical. The kisses were too . . . passionate. The attention was all centered around their appearance, the way they felt, their touches. I felt all of it to be a little inappropriate. Overall, enjoyable read. Beautiful cover.

  • Robin
    2019-04-06 08:14

    Deanne Gist is always lots of clean fun and I enjoy reading her books but this was not my favorite. As my sister perfectly summed up, "Took me six months to read the first half, two days to read the second half."I didn't find Georgie to be likeable at all and simply could not get into all the bird stuff. It was too reminiscent of Essie Sprekelmeyer and the bicycle club for me. I felt like I had been there, done that.Luke, on the other hand, was very well written, complicated, likeable, the kind of guy you want to get the girl. But, why, why, WHY did Gist write him out of law enforcement in the epilogue?!? He was born for that job, excelled at it, rid the world of so much bad by doing could he possibly have been fulfilled as she wrote him? Maybe my point of view is skewed because I married a former cop who is now a soldier and I so admire what makes a guy who has that gift want to put himself in harm's way when the other guys are running away from it. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the story once it started picking up and Luke was on to the bad guys. LOVED the surprise at the end. I liked Bettina's character as well but where Gist paused the story to compare Bettina with Georgie's birds seemed a little forced to me. I love when a good story intertwines with faith but dropping it in here and there didn't do it for me.Gist really shined with Duane's character. His dialogue was humorous and well done and that's part of what makes her books so fun. I almost wanted to find out what became of him more than I did Luke and Georgie!

  • Bekie
    2019-04-10 02:55

    I usually really love Dee's books, but this one was not a hit for me. All I could think when I was reading it was enough with the birds already. I was totally siding with the wrong side. It did not endear me to birds it made me want to get rid of them so I didn't have to read about them anymore. Also, I just didn't think that the same chemistry was there between the couple. Sigh. Disappointed.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-04 03:19

    Can I just say how much I absolutely LOVE Deeanne Gist?!She has not written a book yet that I haven't absolutely loved! Favorite author by far, and I am so happy that I have stumbled alone and found her books! Love on the Line is not typically the type of book I would read; however, it was so GOOD!! Oh my, I could not put it down once I picked it up (even though I was currently already reading two different books)! Everything has taken a back burner to this story until I could finish it! You will not be disappointed if you decide to give this novel a try, I promise!

  • Claire
    2019-03-26 06:17

    Borrowed this after hearing the author recommended on SBTB and picked this when other titles weren't available. A woman telephone operator and a Texas Ranger are new for me! Gist packs a lot of historical detail and it's clear she's done her research. I really liked learning more about how telephone service worked in its infancy, and it's always nice when people write about guns correctly and respectfully. I might not have realized that this is marketed as Christian romance if not for the tags here on GR and a friend making a comment about it when I mentioned I was reading this book. The character's faith seems both natural and very appropriate to the time period, and I never felt like I was being preached at. I do admit that I nearly stopped reading 2/3rds of the way through, and here's why: Our heroine, Georgie, has been collecting hats for a benefit and is storing them all in her bedroom. The hero, Lucious/Luke, is tracking a gang of train robbers and hanging out with some not-so-nice men in an effort to get an invite into the gang. (view spoiler)[One night he intercepts a pair of the men on their way to ruin the float Georgie and her friends have worked hard on for the Maifest parade. She's not a total idiot and Luke has hidden the carriage. Feeling thwarted, the men decide to break into Georgie's house and burn all the hat entries. Luke has admitted that he is sweet on her, but the men pressure him and HE GOES ALONG WITH THE PLAN. The hats are being kept in her bedroom, so when they break in (disguised so she doesn't recognize them), Georgie thinks that they are there to rape her. Luke TIES HER TO THE BED and proceeds to methodically take the hats out of boxes and burn them. He's covered her with a dressing gown and decks a guy when he gets too leary, but I feel like it's too little too late. After all the hats are burned, the men leave with Georgie STILL TIED TO THE BED. Luke comes back later under the pretense of leaving her a Mai tree, so he can make noise and she can cry out for rescue. When he bursts in the house, Georgie tells him what happened and that now she will be considered a ruined woman by the town, will be forced out of her house and will loose her job, simply because some men broke into her house and NO ONE WILL BELIEVE THEY DIDN'T RAPE HER. And Luke being there in the wee hours of the morning, unchaperoned and with Georgie still in her nightgown, will only lend credence to the assumptions. None of this occurred to Luke when he was getting in good with the gang, of course. He and the women of the town assure her that it won't be the case here and because this is a work of fiction, it's never a problem. Now, I can believe that Luke behaved in a realistic manner for a man whose career hangs on catching a criminal and has been tasked with infiltrating the gang. If he could ensure that she came to no physical harm while furthering his cause with the gang, why not go along with the plan? And I can certainly believe that what Georgie feared could have happened in a real town. If women weren't considered fit to vote or own property, how could you trust the word of an independent,employed, single female? Even our hero, Luke, expresses views that women should stay at home and not try to "compete" with men. The thing is, this is fiction and I like a little more progressive attitude in my heroes. When the men were making the plan to break into her house, I wanted Luke to come up with a genius plan to distract them without revealing his identity and simultaneously protecting Georgie and making a statement about his feelings for her. Is that realistic? Of course not. But that's why it's called fiction.(hide spoiler)]

  • Michelle
    2019-04-06 01:58

    More like 4.5 stars.One of the things I adore about Gist's books is the fact that I always learn something about history while enjoying the story. This novel was no different. I learned more about bird watching, the style of hats in the days when it was fashionable to wear hats with bird parts, The Plummage League, and telephone operating than I ever thought possible. And it was all very interesting, too. As is typical with Gist's books, there was great chemistry between the hero and heroine. I loved the many awkward situations they put themselves in and how many times they had to deal with their unexpected, yet burgeoning feelings for each other. I absolutely adored Luke. He did such a great job as an undercover ranger posing as a telephone "Troubleman." The situation with the splinters was a great way to get things started between Luke and Georgie. I thought the story was brilliant that way. Georgie was a heroine with spunk, but at the same time she was a good person and always trying to do the right thing, which made her a bit vulnerable, too. It was sweet how Luke and Georgie always got a bit fuzzy in the head when they were together. The Maiday celebration with the May poles was cute, too. Luke's unanticipated adoration of Georgie and his desire to protect her was heart-warming, to say the least. There were clever twists in this story and plenty of surprises and laughs to hold my attention. I enjoyed it thoroughly and can't wait to read Gist's next book. To date, I believe I've read them all.

  • Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
    2019-04-06 23:55

    This is a very interesting story about an independent Christian woman who went against the grain. She's far from the stereotypical "man-dependent" women of the times. Set in the late 1800's, Georgie is determined to support herself and live on her own by becoming the local switchboard operator for the (then) small town of Brenham, Texas. This book had everything I enjoy in a Western Romance; humor, romance, train robberies, a handsome Robin Hood type outlaw, and a Texas Ranger determined to bring down the hoodlum and his gang! I thought the author's choice to gift Georgie with a passion for birds and weaving that birding knowledge into the main plot was great! Georgie's birding adventures and deep love for God's creatures eventually cause trouble with the local milliner and lead to big trouble in town. Love On The Line was a lot of fun to read. The story itself felt very genuine with well placed gems of historical detail...a trait that I've come to expect of Ms. Gist's writing. She does exceptional research for her books and it certainly comes through. I love it when I learn something new from a good book! I highly recommend this one, especially considering the positive message of strength and self-respect that it sends to our young girls.

  • Candi
    2019-04-06 23:58

    I've gotten so I love a Deeane Gist book, I haven't met one I didn't like. Her research is remarkable and always serves to draw you further into whatever story she is telling. There is never a time that I think "oh that couldn't happen" it's all believable. Also she knows how to write a great romance that doesn't cross the line into salacious and is about realistic people.I liked this particular story because it was set in Texas and the hero was a Texas ranger, I've just read True Grit and now I think that most rangers were pretty full of themselves. I've also recently become fascinated with natural soundscapes and how no one really knows what a bald eagle sounds like (that screech in your head is a red-tailed hawk). Anyway the heroine is a birder and spends all her time making her backyard a bird paradise which works it's way into Gist's story a lot with native Texan bird calls. I thought it was outstanding.

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-04-05 05:07

    In the first scene I immediately took a liking to Georgie and her personality and was not overly fond of Luke, but then as the chapters next progressed with Georgie back in her own environment and Luke Palmer riding into town as the new Telephone Troubleman I was reversed in my feelings and loved Luke, but found Georgie a bit frustrating. It took me a long while longer to get back to enjoying this book as there was a good portion of it where I was bored and annoyed by the birds topic that was never ceasing. However, as more details came out and Luke's story continued it was once again the great witty form that I enjoy so much from Deeanne. She always has such strong feminist (in a good way) characters and that is one of the things that always makes her reads unique.*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Deeanne for a copy for review.*Originally posted:

  • Tina
    2019-04-16 01:14

    I loved this book and these characters. Ms. Gist is a wonderful storyteller and I didn't want to put this book down. I look forward to more from this author.

  • Loraine
    2019-04-05 05:01

    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.There were so many things I liked or connected to in this book. Georgie is a switchboard operator in the late 1800's. My mom was a switchboard operator in the 1910's when she met my dad. Georgie is a bird lover, and my husband and I are both birders. Finally, the setting is in Brenham Texas which is the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream; and I lived about an hour away from Brenham and visited the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory several times. Georgie was a unique mix in a character: independent, self-sufficient, caring, and sweet. Lucious Landrum aka Luke Palmer is a typical swoon worthy Texas Ranger. The give and take between Georgie and Luke was great, and their slow developing relationship was enjoyable. Bettina was adorable with her tomboy qualities and loved her role in the epilogue. The research and character development in this book were excellent, and the characters were likable and believable. The ending was definitely a surprise even though I started to wonder if it was a possibility. The women of the town's support for the stoppage of adding real birds or bird parts to hats was a big issue during this time period. Their ideas for getting the milliner to refrain from using them in his hats were wonderful. Another excellent novel by Deanne Gist.

  • Jennifer Pritchard
    2019-04-18 05:17

    I just love to curl up to a good Deeanne Gist book, don't you? This one was sweet and soooo romantic. Deeanne writes some of the best chemistry between characters that I've ever read. Loved and swooned over Luke and just fell in love with the little town. This was good and worth every minute of my time.

  • Sunflower
    2019-03-27 00:02

    "Love on the Line" by Deeanne Gist, is not your usual historical romance and that made,"Love on the Line" all the more a fun read! The story of a strong, independent woman and a Texas Ranger, undercover, set in the not so wild frontier of Texas,"Love on the Line" had all the elements of a perfect Friday night reading, to cozy up with, next to the fire, with a rich, hot chocolate on the table beside you.The characters are well developed, the background for the story, well researched, and just even the backstory, of the main character, Georgie Gail, will have the reader, caught up till the very end of this wildly, funny, filled with charm, reading. What makes,"Love on the Line" just a sweet and fun read, is that this is not your usual, sugary love story, but a story about standing up for what you believe in, about honesty, about the strength of character, that makes this book stand out as a Christian based story, historical fiction with a perfect touch of romance that is really more touching then ever, that will leave the reader, swooning for a "Luke Palmer" who is dashing though at the same time, charming as he meets his match with headstrong, Georgie Gail."Love on the Line" is very original and fun at the same time and this is not a "girly" book, but a solid read, that is both smart and very endearing and, if you're like me, find it so hard to put down and have to keep reading till the end.I'm normally not a big fan of romance novels, so with "Love on the Line", instead I find a very smartly written book that has the element of romance, that is sweet and endearing, yet at the same time,the characters are strong in their own right and hold out as characters, on their own, that you will find yourself just growing close with and silently cheering out when you realize, "Wait..this has romance in it too".What I really enjoyed as well about,"Love on the Line" is that Georgie Gail is not a helpless damsel in distress; She is a strong, well rounded character who can hold her own but at the same time, not afraid to let her femininity show through, and even though she proves she can hold her own in a man's world, at the same time, allows herself to be vulnerable and open when love finds her heart.Deeanne Gist, perfectly writes a story that you will find yourself recommending to friends to read, placing it in your purse or backpack to bring on vacation, or if you have a Nook or Kindle, downloading it to read, while the fire is going or by the pool in the summertime.Either way, "Love on the Line" left me feeling, for a historical fiction, it captured the time period wonderfully and had enough romance, for the romantic in me to indulge in a little, "That is so sweet".Ms. Gist, really brings the characters to life and writes the story in such detail that its not overwhelming, but helps the reader, just have a mental image of what they think the characters are thinking, feeling and must look that I fear if a movie was made, I could only hope it would match up to how delightful the book, itself is.With the holidays around the corner, and you're looking for a book to take with you on vacation, or just to read while warming up by the fire, drop by Georgie Gail's, small hometown, and discover,"Love on the Line".

  • Sara ♥
    2019-03-29 00:15

    This book was really interesting, and I quite enjoyed it. I was a bit confused by the lack of religion in the book. I don't recall the main characters ever going to church or mentioning God or her beliefs in any depth whatsoever. I read all sorts of books and am not dependent on those elements at all, so I wasn't disappointed or anything, but it was a bit strange from Deeanne Gist.Georgie Gail is a telephone switchboard operator in Brenham, Texas (which is just down the road from where we used to live!), but before the Blue Bell Ice Cream company was founded (Brenham is their HQ), which is SUPER sad for all of the characters! She's proud to not be dependent on a man for her survival!Right at the beginning of the book, when Georgie is on her way to Brenham, her train is held up by a band of train robbers headed by Frank Comer, a famous train robber known as a sort of Robin Hood... Frank Comer gave some money to a widow woman on the train and left Georgie's money with her during the robbery. She's had a sort of crush on him ever since.Lucious (LOO-SHUS) Landrum is a Texas Ranger, and he WILL track down and catch Frank Comer if it's the LAST thing he does. He's trying to do the right thing, but because people really love Comer, he's kind of made fun of for never being able to catch the bad guy, dressing really fancy-schmancy, and having two really nice guns that he's named Penelope and Odysseus. *snort* Nerd. Anyway, Comer's gang is hanging out SOMEWHERE in Washington County, TX (county seat: Brenham), and so he goes undercover as Luke Palmer, a telephone "troubleman": installing new phone lines, repairing phone lines, and essentially peddling telephone service around the area.Georgie is ticked off that the telephone company has essentially sent a man to watch look over her shoulder, and Luke (Lucious) is like, "Crap... I'm never going to be able to concentrate on the job with this pretty woman around ALL THE TIME!"Oh, and then there are the birds. Georgie is obsessed with birds. I was a little afraid I was gonna hate that part... and it was a bit much for me... But I saw her points, even if I wasn't right there with her. (I mean, sure, don't kill birds to decorate hats. That's CREEPY and GROSS! I'm totally with her on that. But I wouldn't be CRYING over it...)Anyway, the story line gets a bit complicated, but suffice it to say, they fall in love, Luke eventually has to tell her who he really is, and he has to catch some bad guys. It was cute. I DID want to say that I'm not sure HOW I didn't see the twist at the end coming, but I really didn't. It BLINDSIDED me... I was like, "You have got to be kidding... are you serious? For real?" That part was great... and the epilogue was TOO cute!

  • Wendy
    2019-04-19 03:13

    I loved this book, I read the 362 pages in about four days, that was over the holidays so there wasn't a lot of reading time. Needless to say I read until the wee hours of the morning so I could finish it.Georgie Gail finds herself right in the middle of a train robbery, then Lucious Landrum, a Texas Ranger arrives and captures six members of the gang but fails to get the leader Frank Comer. Even though Frank Comer is the thief, he's the one that everyone admires not Lucious. Frank never does the actual robbing, just comes in treats the victims nicely, even giving them some of the stolen money sometimes and lets them keep their own money., he only takes the money bags that are on the train.The rangers are tired of Frank getting away and give Lucious one last chance to capture him. They send him to Brenham, TX as Luke Palmer posing as a Telephone salesman/repairman, including bill collection, books and accounting for the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, better known as the SWT&T. Unbeknownst to him, this is where Georgie Gail was headed, when the train robbery occurred and he first saw her, to be the switchboard operator.When he arrives she is not pleased to have someone working with her looking over her shoulder, not to mention that the 'office' is in her one bedroom house that is supplied by SWT&T, he stays in the local hotel. Luke doesn't like doing undercover work and doesn't like Georgie's views on things either, so sparks do fly on and off in this book.Then there's little Bettina , known as Bettina Hyena by the locals, the daughter of the town drunk. Since he mother died they live in a shanty outside of town and she takes care of her father the best she can, cooks his supper every night, makes sure he gets home every night and is the wage earner for them, she delivers messages for Miss Gail to the residents that don't have a phone line. Bettina is a major character in this book and in the end could cause both Luke and Georgie to lose their lives.That's it, go get the book, I guarantee you'll enjoy it if this is the genre you like. I've read several of Deeanna's book and have liked every one.

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-04-24 07:14

    Looking for a wonderfully entertaining historical romance that you won't want to put down? Say "hello" to Love on the Line! From a heroine with a big heart for birds to a hero with a nest full of secrets, Gist has written an intriguing story with some edgy romance and some historical fun that will have you flying through the pages.Georgie's career as a switchboard operator is interesting to read about and makes for some humorous scenes involving the gossipy townsfolk, as well as some cute scenes between the hero and heroine as they search for ways to really communicate with each other. While the hero's career isn't quite as unusual in Christian historical romance, the historical background to the story overall (as discussed in the author's note at the end of the book) is indeed unique.Love on the Line is a clever, engaging book - a real treat for historical romance fans!*With thanks to Bethany House through CFBA for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*Note: Since this was an Advanced Reader Edition, some changes might have been made to the final edition which would not be taken into consideration in this review.

  • Angela Bycroft
    2019-04-04 04:16

    I really enjoyed Love On The Line. Starting off with a great promise of a fun roller coster of a love tale with a telephone operator and a Texas Ranger. But it is so much more than that - Georgie is the aforementioned switchboard operator and Lucius Laudrum is the ranger but their first meeting isn't one to remember. It involves Gerogie being involved in a train heist and feeling more sympathy for the robber than that of the lawmaker. 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.

  • Anne Osterlund
    2019-04-24 06:21

    Georgie is a “hello girl,” the sole switchboard telephone operator in a small Texas town circa 1900. She knows who’s sparking who, who’s playing what role in the local theater, and who’s listening in on party lines.Luke (aka Lucious) Palmer is a Texas ranger with a giant chip on his shoulder. In the form of a local outlaw that keeps giving him the slip. Luke has no choice but to go undercover. As a telephone troubleman—a man hired to string wire and fix the phone lines in a town that already has an operator.An operator who has made it very clear she doesn’t care for his help. An operator that chases cats with a broom, has a clear a passion for songbirds, and looks like pure sunshine in her yellow dress.Life as a Texas ranger is about to get FAR more complicated.Georgie is a classic Deeanne Gist heroine. Her crusade for the songbirds of the local town is at times quirky, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and absolutely genuine. And poor Luke—totally out of his element in the overalls of a telephone troubleman—is equally entertaining.

  • Kav
    2019-04-21 00:20

    Catchy title for a fetching, light-hearted romance. The comedy was prevalent in nearly every scene. From subtle humour to out-loud belly laughs, I smiled my way through this one. (Which was a little embarrassing since I do most of my reading on the bus.)Gist is meticulous in her characterization and that's what builds this into a memorable read. From Georgie's obsession with birds (there's a hysterical scene where she sums up Luke's appearance as if he were one of her bird sightings. So funny, I'm chuckling just thinking about it.) And Luke just happens to be the exact opposite to Georgie in all the wrong ways! They're a disaster waiting to happen. And it's that contrast that really sparks the humour over and over again. That doesn't mean there isn't drama in Love on the Line. There are a few grim scenes (and one in particular that made me cringe and I didn't fully understand until the end.) Doesn't that just make you want to read this book more? :-) I hope so, because this is romantic comedy at it's best.

  • Lori
    2019-04-02 05:56

    I'm not sure what it was about this book that had me kind of yawning through most of it. It may be that I've read too many early frontier books as of late, or maybe it was the weirdness of a bird watching telephone operator and a rough undercover Texas ranger falling in love - two people who have absolutely nothing in common. Really? I guess weirder things have happened. Maybe it was just the stress of real life that made this not so much of the escape I was looking for. Regardless, I found the plot to be a bit out there. This book also claims to be christian lit - but I found no evidence of that. There was a slight historical side with the installation of the telephone and how that changed the west as it was slowly installed across the country. Hard to believe how far we have come with technology. Worth my time or yours? I'd say no not really. It was a clean read just missing the good part.

  • Cornelia
    2019-04-20 07:10

    I loved this historical/inspirational/romance. It's about a strong, smart independent woman who works as a telephone operator, this allows her to live interdependently in her own home. The hero is a Texas Ranger, undercover as a telephone repairman to capture an outlaw bank robber the townspeople are protecting. The writing is marvelous. Deeanne Gist puts in so much work to her characterizations the characters come alive in way that few do. Her dialogue tags are pure magic.The moment I began this books as with all Deeanne Gist's books I smell the scents hear the noises, see the characters and everything around them. I'm totally there in the book with an intensity that I get from few books. I love all the scenes about the hats and I think about those hats to this day. I highly recommend Love On The Line.

  • Gaile
    2019-04-19 04:07

    Georgie Gail is the only telephone operator in a small Texas town but before she even arrived to take her job, her train was robbed by Frank Comer. Then along comes her company's new troubleman, Luke Palmer. He, however, isn't what he seems. Working undercover to catch Frank Comer, he doesn't expect to fall in love with Georgie Gail or she with him.The only thing I didn't like about this novel was Miss Gail's first name. I doubt anyone living at that time would have named their daughter Georgie. Georgia or Georgiana would have worked better to my thinking nor did I think Luke Palmer's real name was a good one. Lucius would have done as well. I just wondered if the author wanted to add a hint of comedy.She does a good job of incorporating humor into her books.Her plot was as usual absorbing and her characters well drawn.

  • Renee
    2019-04-16 08:16

    The best book I've read by Dee for a long while. I really liked the hero in this one overalls and all. The only thing that bugged me was Georgie's obsession with birds. It was kind of annoying but after the midway point of the story there's more focus on Luke and his search for the evasive Comer gang. Really a fun story and I'm SO hoping Bettina Hyena gets her own story! She's great!Full review to come

  • Patti
    2019-03-27 03:53

    This was a wonderful story!! A girl with a love of birds and a guy with a love of hunting (yes, some birds) - add in a mystery,a crime to solve and a cover up and you have a great story line!! THis kept me intrigued until the end. A clean story with some lessons to learn and some truths to face. It is a light read, but by no means fluff. Another great one from Deeanne Gist. She is become a favorite of mine!! :)

  • Delynn
    2019-04-10 07:54

    Once again, I enjoyed this Deeanne Gist book. I felt like I was there experiencing everything. I fell in love with Georgie and "Luke" and didn't want the book to end. I Recommend this book if you like historical romance. Great read!

  • Danielle
    2019-04-16 02:56

    3 1/2 stars is more accurate.Overall I enjoyed the book, but it was predicable.

  • Cynthia Marcano
    2019-04-14 02:11

    Loved it!!!!

  • Tito
    2019-03-31 23:53

    Was a pretty enjoyable book, but lagged a bit towards the middle. However it picked up more towards the end and the ending was cute and fun. The relationship between the two protagonists did involve descriptions of physical looks, but if you don't really enjoy that too much, then this book might have a bit more than one would like. As well, I did find that Georgie could act a bit irrational at times, but in the end she was more likable. Moreover, I didn't really enjoy the fact that the majority of the book isn't actually action. Instead its Lucius (male protagonist) just basically trying to cozy up to the bad guys. So not as much action as I expected but otherwise, a solid book. 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars.