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. Read the first chapter here.
Bestselling historical author Deeanne Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called “I Did It! Productions” and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.
Her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.
I received an advance reader copy of Love on the Line from the publisher so that I could participate in the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance tour. Opinions are, as always, mine alone.