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.
At first, we have two characters that are not very likeable. Georgie is obsessed with the birds in her back yard and surrounding area, and she’ll go to any lengths to protect them. Nor does she like it when Luke Palmer arrives and presumes to take over the administrative aspects of her job. The fact that he attends the local shooting club means that she really doesn’t like him. Except she does. Luke, on the other hand, is determined to do his job, whatever it takes. This includes a very nasty scene where he’s an accomplice to a break-in at Georgie’s home.
Most of the characters in Gist’s book are hiding secrets or wearing a disguise in one form or another. Georgie believes she can do anything a man can do, perhaps better, only to eventually learn that isn’t exactly true. She also initially believes Frank Comer – the leader of the train robbers – is a present-day Robin Hood and thinks his cause is just. This brought to mind current news events. While the revelation of Comer’s true identity is somewhat predictable, it’s an important part of the book.
Finally, on the back cover is a picture of the type of switchboard Georgie uses. After looking at that and reading the intricate description of how it works I have to say I’m not sure I could work it. However, many women were employed as switchboard operators and they are a vital part of our nation’s history.
Publisher: Bethany House
Page Count: 368
Release Date: 11 October 2011
I received my free copy of Love on the Line from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.