When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad
The Gregory Sisters, Book 1
Summary (from the back cover):
When romance calls, will she choose to answer?
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a 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, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.
Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule–until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.
With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of companionship that blossoms into sweet romance.
When Love Calls introduces us to Hannah Gregory, a character who is witty, strong-willed, and independent. As the oldest, she has been left to take care of her two younger sisters since her parents died. She faces many challenges, including coming to terms with her parents being gone and learning how to raise her sisters.
I love how opinionated Hannah is and that she speaks her mind. Her heart is in the right place, but she can get herself into trouble since she doesn’t do well with obeying the rules. Her aspirations give her the motivation to succeed, and she doesn’t let the difficulties she faces stop her. And she is so stubborn!
Hannah takes a job as a switchboard operator, which was a really interesting aspect of the book. The history of Hello Girls is intriguing and I loved reading about Hannah’s experiences at work.
I did have a few objections as I was reading. I felt that there were some plot holes; there was conflict in the book, but it was resolved too quickly. The main characters had trust issues, and then, on the next page, everything was fine. I didn’t understand how something like that could be fixed so suddenly.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Despite my few problems with it, I enjoyed both learning the history of the Hello Girls, and I liked Hannah and Lincoln’s relationship.
Rating: 3 stars