Sunday, May 12, 2013

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

When Love Calls

By Lorna Seilstad

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of camaraderie and companionship that blossoms into love. Readers will get lost in this sweet romance and will eagerly look forward to championing the Gregory sisters’ dreams.

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn't include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. "Hello Girls" must conduct themselves according to strict, and often bewildering, rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank's eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents' home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah's friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?

About Lorna Seilstad:

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. Find out more at

Praise for When Love Calls:

"Hannah Gregory is my kind of gal: smart, feisty, loyal and resilient. When Love Calls is a delightful story filled with entertaining, endearing characters. Lorna Seilstad's trademark is to embroider her novels with historical detail while providing a wonderfully satisfying read."

-          Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of the Stoney Ridge Seasons series and host of weekly radio show Amish Wisdom


"Lorna Seilstad has a way of dropping her characters into interesting times, and she's done it again in When Love Calls.”

-          Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister and The Gifted


"Filled with witty prose and engaging characters, When Love Calls is a thoroughly charming love story."

-          Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series and the Blue Willow Brides series

Here is my review of this enjoyable novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lorna Seilstad and her publisher for sending me a copy of "When Love Calls" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

  Lorna Seilstad’s “When Love Calls” is a charming historical romance that transports the reader to Iowa in the early 1900s.  Hannah Gregory has given up on her dreams of law school and a career in justice.  With the death of her parents, the responsibility to care for her younger sisters has fallen upon her.  So she quit law school and applied to become a telephone operator.  While training to become a “Hello Girl”, she must refrain from entertaining gentlemen callers.  She didn’t think this would be a challenge until attorney Lincoln Cole begins to get under Hannah’s skin.

This engaging romance has lots of action, suspense and humor.  I really enjoyed the well-developed characters.  I used to work in a building where a plug-in switchboard was operated.  I used to sit in the switchboard and chat with the operators on breaks.  This novel allowed me to reminisce and educated me a bit on what those ladies from my past were doing.  This was a fun read.

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