When Love Calls (Gregory Sisters Series #1)

When Love Calls (Gregory Sisters Series #1)

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by Lorna Seilstad

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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…  See more details below


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?
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 each sister's dreams.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Gregory Sisters Series, #1
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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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 www.lornaseilstad.com.

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When Love Calls: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 51 reviews.
sunnyreader484 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much! I never thought about the job of telephone operator when all calls had to be connected. Hannah is an independent woman responsible for her two sisters when their parents die. Life was not easy but the sisters always had each other. I think you will enjoy reading Hannah's story!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. --Ruth 2:12 Iowa 1908. The Gregory sisters' parents have passed away from influenza. Hannah is home from law school at Drake University to care for her younger sisters. While leaving the grocer, she notices an advertisement: SWITCHBOARD OPERATORS wanted. As supper is ending, there is a knock at the door. A legal representative of the bank is there to ask if Hannah is aware their father had taken out a second mortgage on their farm? He has come to give them notice of foreclosure and auction of personal property to go toward the mortgage, with one week to vacate. Lincoln Cole said as no payment has been made in the three months since her father's passing, there is no other recourse. Hannah is among two dozen applicants who have come to interview as "Hello Girls" telephone switchboard operators. She is chosen along with her new friend, Rosie, and they begin the rigorous training that includes no contact with any males during their two-week course. Their instructor stops in at church to make sure they are attending and speaks to the pastor to verify the reference given. On one end of Hannah's pew is her childhood friend, and on the other is the young lawyer. What a day for them to be bookends! Hannah is a take-charge, headstrong young woman. Finishing law school has now come to an end for her as she focuses on caring for her teenaged sisters. She supports them to reach their dreams. Tessa, the youngest at fourteen, is quite dramatic and outspoken. She has become my favorite and I look forward to her appearing. Her aspired dreams change by the moment. I learned a lot from her about preparing the soil for transplanting tea roses. Charlotte enjoys preparing their meals. Her dream is to attend cooking school and open her own restaurant. She has her first beau, and his outlook is different from her own. I liked how George revealed his own character without exposure from someone else. Lincoln Cole is a young attorney whose firm is projecting he will follow in the footsteps of his father, who was in the senate before he passed away. Regardless of his future standing, Lincoln takes on a case for justice-sake and not political appearance ~ and his interest in Hannah ~ who has a delightful entry in chapter one at the grocer and again when she is "quite able to get in a rowboat by herself." You are going to love the development of "getting to know each other" of these likeable protagonists. I like the true-to-life story that flows so beautifully. Lincoln has the input of his aunt Sam, and she is delightful when she comes to visit from St. Paul. Full of her own opinion as well, she is a wonderful addition to the story. I liked how the inner striving for each of these sisters was resolved. They find their own place while leaning on each other during their mourning process. They are remarkable in listening and following through in caring for each other. They have had good training and biblical example. I may have overused the word "delightful" but indeed this is exactly how I would describe this wholesome story of values in business and relationships, overflowing from In God We Trust. ***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network Historical Fiction for inviting me to be part of the book tour for When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad and sending a copy of the book. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick paced, detailed, could have sat and read in one sitting had time allowed me to do so. Enjoyed very much!
CherK1 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Lorna Seilstad book to read and I can tell you right up front that I’m looking forward to read the next one. Within the first few pages I knew Hannah was someone I could identify with and love like a sister. Hannah and her sisters, Charlotte and Tessa, love life and are looking forward to living the big dreams their parents had built into them. This would not be easy in the time of this story, women are not in the forefront, of anything, except staying home to be mothers. Hannah had already started law school but gave it up when her parents died so that she could take care of her two siblings. There was a huge debt left on the property so they had to leave the only home they’d ever known and move into a small apartment. Lincoln Cole knocks on their door one night to let the girls know of the debt on the property, but then he keeps coming back. For what? What does he want? Why is he helping? Is he someone Hannah can learn to love? I love the idea that Hannah can learn to be a ‘Hello Girl’ with the Iowa Telephone Company and follow all their rules, when rules are not what Hannah can do, at all. But she tries, that is where her persistence at being a guardian for her sisters comes to light. I also love the historical picture written in that shows what life was like in the early 1900’s when Unions were beginning. People were being blacklisted and couldn’t get jobs, fires were being started, bricks thrown through windows, the times were hard. This is from a scene in a bicycle shop, I laughed as I cried at this - “Hannah leaned close, and her breath tickled his ear. “It’s too much. It isn’t proper.” “You need it if you’re going to do me the favor I have yet to ask you.” He ran his hand down the length of her arm. “Please, Hannah, I want you to have it so you can fly.” How can you read that and not see the romance in this story? But when two suitors declare their love, what will Hannah do?
Anonymous 4 days ago
A great read!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Excellent book!!!
Anonymous 21 days ago
Charming, pleasant love story with no graphic sex scenes, well written but had a few modern phrases here and there that did not fit the times
Anonymous 27 days ago
Very nice book....will keep reading book from this Author. Thank You...
Anonymous 28 days ago
It kept my interest from beginning to end. Spiritual lessons were a plus. Clean language and no graphic smut scenes - a definite plus! What a blessing it was to read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the storyline Ruth and Naomi finding her Boaz
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Anonymous 3 months ago
A good book for every one. No bad language . No steamy love scenes. Just a very good story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book kept my interest till the end. I enjoyed reading this book with very interesting charachters .
Anonymous 4 months ago
Hard to put down.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Bits of history, romance, intrigue and likeable characters all offered by this author. Kind of drawn out in places, but overall an ok read for a free book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Intetesting history.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming inspirational romance. Hannah Gregory and Lincoln Cole are wonderful characters who are trying to follow God's leading in the midst of falling in love. Both of these characters, as well as Hannah's two sisters, are incredibly deep and beautifully presented. I love the way that the relationships between the different characters develops as much as I love the way that each person grows throughout the story. When the book starts all we know about Hannah is that she is responsible for her two younger sisters in the wake of their parents' deaths. As the story progresses we find out what her dreams are, what changes she has had to make since she had to take charge, and what level her commitment to doing the very best she can is. Then she receives some very wise counsel from a couple of very mature and strong women that enter her life. Her growth because of this in her own life and in her relationship with God is fantastic. At the same time Lincoln is on his own path of growth and discovery which is equally uplifting and eye opening.  I loved this entire novel and am really looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this sweet love story.
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weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Hannah is the oldest of her three sisters. With her parents dead and no way to keep their home they’re forced out of their home and Hannah must find a job. The lawyer in charge of evicting them feels bad for them and finds himself helping them. Hannah is not happy about that and does not want to trust him but he make it hard not too. Hannah soon takes a job as a Hello Girl thought with her outspoken personality things were sure to get interesting. What I liked: I liked Hannah a lot. Being the oldest she felt the weight of responsibility for raising and providing for her sisters. She took a job that really did not fit her personality but she was willing to do what it took to keep her family together. Lincoln was just doing his job when he told the Gregory sisters that had to move out of their family home yet he wanted to help them and the banter between him and Hannah was quite enjoyable. What I did not like: This book was well written and not much to not like.      I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book.
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I liked this book. Can't wait for book 2.