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on November 13, 2011
Miss Georgie Gail is a telephone operator in Texas, normally considered a man's job consisting of physically plugging in the lines from two phones together so that the parties can talk-and the whole town seems to listen in. She's less than thrilled when the phone company sends a troubleman to run wires and look after the accounts for her. She doesn't want or need help.

Luke Palmer wants to be there as little as Georgie wants him. He's a Texas Ranger gone `plainclothes' in an effort to find and apprehend Frank Comer's gang. (And yes, I find it quite hilarious that the gang shares my last name!) Frank seems to be some sort of western Robin Hood, robbing trains and coaches, but making sure to leave coins with those who need them most. This has bought him the loyalty of the area residents, making Luke's job more difficult even while he finds himself attracted to the spinster telephone operator.

Add in Georgie's fascination with Frank's gorgeous blue eyes, seen above his bandana during a hold up, and Luke wonders if he stands a chance. Or even if he wants to.

A fun secondary plot in Love on the Line is about birds. The town's milliner is taken with a new fad, that of putting bird nests, eggs, plumage, or even whole birds on the hats he's creating. Georgie is an avid birdwatcher and advocate. The conflict in this subplot is often quite hilarious while driving home a conservationist viewpoint.

Gist's loyal fans will love this spunky heroine. This book is sure to garner new readers to her humorous historical romances.
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Love on the Line was an entertaining, well-written read, and the pages flew by! Gist writes with great skill, and as with her past works, she quickly engages you in the story and makes you care about the characters that leap off the page. I couldn't help but like Georgie with her streak of independence and her refusal to allow society to define her role in life. And, as with Gist's past books, she does a fine job developing the relationship between Georgie and Luke until you can just feel the emotional tension crackling through the pages.

I especially enjoyed the historical aspects of the story. Georgie's job as switchboard operator provides endless entertainment, such as the scene where Georgie kept calling out the nosy neighbor who was listening to the phone conversations on the party line, with her presence given away by her cuckoo clock chiming in the background! The interaction between Georgie and Luke when she states "I'm the telephone operator. I know everything" described her job perfectly, because the switchboard operator truly did keep a pulse on the goings on of a small town, and played a vital role in linking the community. How the times have changed! Luke's undercover job was equally interesting to read about, especially with the clever reversal Gist employs where the lawman is less respected by the public than the notorious robber, Frank Comer, viewed much like a Robin Hood. The ending had a twist and provided a fun resolution, especially when it is revealed that it is based on an actual case and actions of a real Texas Ranger from that era of time! I really admire Gist's depth of historical research and her ability to spin it into an entertaining read.

I did find that the faith issues were only lightly dealt with and felt that this aspect of Luke seemed a bit underdeveloped, and therefore I'm choosing not to give this book my highest rating. While there is much to like about Luke in terms of his bravery, his sense of justice, and his loyalty, there is really no hint here of him being a spiritual leader, which I find unfortunate. However, I did appreciate that the romantic interactions between the couple was limited to kissing, and Georgie even makes the decision to bring those to an end until the future of their relationship has been worked out. This aspect provides a fine example for unmarried people struggling to stay pure in a hypersexualized culture today.

Overall, I strongly recommend this book to readers who have enjoyed Deeanne Gist's earlier works, and to those who have not yet had the chance to enjoy one of her historical fiction books. 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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on March 18, 2012
Out of all the books from Deeanne Gist I have read, (I have read them all), this wonderful creation takes the highest position as my favourite! As a change from the normally strict-to-the-rules-of-the-proper-lady characteristic of Gist's previous heroines, Georgie Gail is a quirky, determined little spit-fire with sound morals but with endearing, girlish naïvity. I just love her!
As a wonderful counterpart, Luke Palmer is, in my opinion, the most believeable man character portrayed out of all the rest. He is not perfect, he has his vices, but he works with and through them and gets the job done! That, added to his rough-and-tumble sheriff-ness and loveable soft side makes for an amazing, funny, engaging read! He's such a charming guy! I adore his character!
I understand everyone's taste in books are different, but I couldn't imagine anyone not enjoying this book! Ultimate congratulations and praise for Love on the Line!!!<3
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on November 17, 2011
Deeanne Gist has created a delightful story of two unlikely characters falling in love, while trying to catch the notorious, but extremely popular Comer Gang. Gist's characters are quirky, and engaging. Her plot is full of twist and turns, danger and drama. Sparks fly between the hero and heroine, and the friction eventually starts the fires of love, but can either of them afford to have love on the line? I absolutely loved this story!

I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and fans of Deeanne Gist.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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on January 4, 2012
I own every book by Deeanne Gist... and not just to have the whole set. She is an amazing writter. Some are very easy to predict and yes, this is a girly book. Although she always gives a good spin from the male perspective.
Love on the line kept me flipping pages until I realized it was over... This book sure kept me on the line just trying to anticipate the next call!

Great read infornt of a fire place... check it out!
Happy reading ~ Misteriah
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