Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Love On The Line" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love on the Line

Bethany House (October 1, 2011)


Deeanne Gist


Oh my goodness, what a fun book! Talk about a time in our history that people just don't think about anymore - the days when a telephone operator had to actually connect to the house you wanted to talk to and most people were on party lines and anyone could listen in. I loved stepping back in time and seeing the innerworkings of a telephone operator who just happened to have been the victim of a train robbery where the good guy was more despised than the train robber. So the good guy goes undercover in the little town and works for the phone company while he tries to discover who the train robber is and who is in his gang. Georgie (the telephone operator) ends up in danger, she happens to be an activist out to save the birds in her area (no, really, she is...) and not everybody wants to save the birds. It is kind of a crazy series of events that are tons of fun and I really enjoyed this book as it all played out and I loved the twist at the end. One of Deeanne's best!


After a short career in elementary education, Deeanne Gist retired to raise her four children. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she ran a home accessory and antique business, became a member of the press, wrote freelance journalism for national publications such as People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and acted as CFO for her husband’s small engineering firm--all from the comforts of home.

Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.

After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, three RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

Her latest releases, Beguiled, Maid To Match, and Love on the Line are now available.

Gist lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-eight years and their border collie. They have four grown children. Click here to find out the most up-to-the-minute news about Dee.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love on the Line, go HERE.

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