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5.18.2013

When Love Calls ~ Review

When Love Calls
The Gregory Sisters
By Lorna Seilstad

Following the deaths of her parents, 20 year old Hannah Gregory is left with the care of her two younger teenaged sisters.  Caring for her sisters means giving up her dream of becoming a lawyer, but how is she going to support them all?

Hannah uses her determination and learning skills to get a job as a "Hello Girl" if she can follow the rules and pass the training stage.  But when lawyer Lincoln Cole insists on helping the Gregory girls after their farm is foreclosed on, Hannah's ire is raised and she blames Lincoln for the loss of their home.

Set in 1908 When Love Calls is a look at a different world, a world of switchboards and operators who must connect each and every call.  This is such a contrast to the world that we now live in where we can connect almost instantly through cell phones or over a computer.

Hannah is feisty and independent so becoming a Hello Girl is a real trial for her especially having to strictly follow the rules.  Hannah's antics are at times just too much.  She doesn't back down to anyone when she feels she is in the right and she is loyal to those whom she views as friends.

When Love Calls is a delightful step back in time, which were simpler but not necessarily easier.  What's a girl to do when union unrest comes knocking at her door and her sister hides who she is just to capture the heart of a boy?  Needing her parents guidance can Hannah learn to turn to God and rely on someone other than herself, someone like Lincoln?

I love Hannah's risk taking attitude, though she definitely got herself into a few situations that proved taking a risk is sometimes not the best choice.  I can honestly say that I would not have gone up to the top of the capitol and looked over the railing, UGHHH heights!!!

The references made to the story of Ruth added another dimension to the story.  We should all be like Ruth and allow God to cover us with His protection.

If you like historical fiction with a touch of romance you will love When Love Calls.  Take a set back in time as a whole new world of thought, invention, and equality begins to open up but not without a fight.  Enter the world of the Gregory sisters as they reach out to capture their dreams and to triumph over their losses, you will come away with some new friends!

I received a copy of a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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