Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

LoveontheLine_mockup.inddGeorgie Gail is an independent, spirited woman who lives alone and works to support herself with no help from anyone—that is, until Lucious Landrum shows up and tries to put her in her place, taking over many of her duties as switchboard operator simply because he’s a man and she’s not. Using the guise of a telephone troubleman, he settles into Brenham and starts snooping around to find out more about Frank Cromer, a train robber who has won over the general public by employing Robin-Hood-esque tactics. When Lucious—posing as Luke Palmer—and Georgie’s relationship goes beyond professional, things get a lot more complicated.

Love on the Line has all the elements of a great romance story—a beautiful, smart,  independent woman who cares about more than just finding a man; a strong, driven, and rough-around-the-edges man; a villian who isn’t what he appears to be; and just enough secrets to
cause some trouble.

While I enjoyed Love on the Line, there were a few things I didn’t like about the story. Georgie, the main character, loves birds—and by love, I mean she’s obsessed. While her desire to save birds from being used as hat decorations is a nice secondary story line, it becomes a little too prominent at times, overshadowing the main plot and making me roll my eyes more than once. While I’ll admit to being a woman who cries when she accidentally kills anything—bugs included, I think Georgie is just a little to sensitive.

Also, I spent too much of the book wondering why Lucious/Luke was dead-set on catching Cromer. I think revealing the information about his brother sooner in the story would have added to the tension and made his behavior a little more understandable.

And, towards the end, when Georgie finds out Luke isn’t who she thought he was, she forgives him and what should be a major conflict in the story is unrealistically resolved in just a few hours.

Despite a few problems with the book, the “edgy inspirational” genre makes this novel) a good read for anyone who loves a good clean romance without all of the unrealistic sweetness. What I love about Gist—and Love on the Line—is that it doesn’t paint an unrealistic picture, but it tells a wonderful story without compromising values.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or author.