Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My Bookshelf: Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

It’s a battle of wills...and love is on the line.
        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.

        Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist is not the first novel I have ever read by her, but it is definitely one of my favorites. I have been an extremely big fan of hers ever since I read Beguiled—the first of her books I ever read—and haven’t been able to get enough of her works. Although up until this point I had only read Maid to Match, A Bride in the Bargain, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, Courting Trouble, and Beguiled (obviously), which now that I think about it is about half of her published novels, I’ve been dreaming of finally getting the chance to finish all of her books. Side note: only then, once I finish all of them, I would want her to write even more because I cannot get enough of them.
        Georgie Gail is such a cute character! She is so adorable, with her love for birds and her slightly naïve and chipper personality, and I love when she tries to be tough and intimidating. It is obvious why she is so loved in her town, and eventually by Luke, because she is just so kind, caring, and adorable. And I had to give her more brownie points simply because she believed so strongly in the abilities of women. We are strong, capable creatures, and I love how she tried to change the view of that time to fit this real image.
        Luke Palmer is definitely one of my favorite heroes. Dark and mysterious, he falls into Georgie’s life basically by chance, and it is quickly obvious to me that from that point on, he should never leave. The chemistry between them is palpable, and it makes for such a cute romance. The other mysterious part of this novel, however, is also extremely interesting, although I have to say I had begun to see it coming by the time all the secrets were revealed. Still, I think the storyline was extremely clever on Deeanne’s part. Anyway, Luke was, underneath his tough, Texas Ranger character a man with a heart of gold, which is a huge part of the reason why he is one of my favorite heroes.
        Love on the Line is such a sweet, captivating, heartwarming tale that will knock your socks off and prevent you from putting it down until you’ve finally finished every page. I absolutely loved this wonderful example of how much talent Deeanne has, and gladly award it all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list. I am so glad that I own a copy of this one, because I know that I will be reading it again fairly soon. I highly recommend this novel, and hope you will read many more of Deeanne’s books, especially if you haven’t read any before.
        Happy reading!

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Photo creds go to my wonderful sister Allie, whose blog you can visit here.

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Deeanne Gist and Bethany House Publishers.