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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 callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

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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 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780800721817
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: Gregory Sisters Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 371,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly

    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.***

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    This is my first Lorna Seilstad book to read and I can tell you

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2014

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    Hannah is the oldest of her three sisters. With her parents dead

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Love called

    I liked this book. Can't wait for book 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Awesome story

    The story Hannah and Lincoln was great

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Won't be disappointed!

    I enjoyed this read, story and characters were wonderful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

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    Simply charming!

    Old fashioned, and simply charming! You cannot help but fall in love with the characters in this book! Three sisters in dire straits after the death of their parents, the oldest giving up on her dream of becoming a lawyer, going to work as a "Hello~girl" operator..the handsome lawyer who comes to their aid....its beautifully written and set in a simpler time when romance really meant romance ....this book is utterly delightful!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Independent thinking Hannah Gregory and her sisters lose their p

    Independent thinking Hannah Gregory and her sisters lose their parents, and their farm, and she must drop out of law school.  To support herself and her sisters she must keep her difficulty following rules under control as she becomes a telephone operator, which at that point in history and at Hannah's work location had ridiculous rules to follow.  




    Attorney Lincoln Cole feels guilty because he is the one who had to start the eviction of the Gregory girls from their farm.  He tries to help but Hannah resists his efforts, being quite put out with him.  Eventually she realizes she really does need help and he's willing to offer it.




    Arson is blamed on Hannah's close childhood friend, who is also sweet on her. She must use her legal skills and Lincoln assists her to defend the young man.  When Hannah overhears something, she doesn't share it, because of the rules at work. But her choice to keep this secret could have been deadly. 




    Excellent read full of wonderful historical details that really bring the reader right to the capitol building with Hannah and Lincoln. Sweet love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Cute story

    Easy read & likable characters. I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Sweet romance

    With a little mystery in the mix! Hannah, Charlotte, and Tessa have lost everything, but have they REALLY? Sometimes things happen that remind us what life is really about. Good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

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    This book was so good. I can't eait to read the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Nice story

    Very well written love story where you understand the characters and the relationships.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    Life gave this young family a lot to deal with, the loss of thei

    Life gave this young family a lot to deal with, the loss of their parents and then the loss of the home.  See how Hanna relies on herself but finds that when all else fails, God is always there!  Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Historical romances are so neat

    Hannah and her two sisters live in Des Moines IA in the first decade of the 20th century, a time where "delicate women" were expected to want nothing more than aspire to marriage. Enter these three girls, who lost their parents and their farm, but not their dreams.

    Hannah's had to drop out of law school to raise her sisters: Charlotte, who wants to be a chef, and Tessa who may be headed to the news as a reporter. Hannah makes the cut and becomes a "Hello Girl" aka an operator with the local telephone company. Charlotte is accepted at Cooking School, and youngest Tessa has an old soul as she tries to grow up too fast.

    Hannah falls for Lincoln Cole, a lawyer in town, but an old friend has trouble that could sidetrack that courtship.

    A really sweet book, well written and researched. Having read other books by this author, I have yet to be disappointed

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading When Love Calls. I had not read a book

    I really enjoyed reading When Love Calls. I had not read a book by Lorna Seilstad before and I find that I really like her writing style. The book was easy to read and very interesting. It was not bogged down with historical facts, however, it was full of historical information that the reader gleaned simply by reading this wonderful story. The rules for "Hello Girls" that Hannah has trouble following are eye opening!

    The main characters find themselves attracted to each other rather early in the book. The strong-willed heroine, Hannah, is very resistant to the idea of falling for handsome lawyer, Lincoln. She feels she is below his social class.

    Another major stumbling block for Hannah is her extreme self-reliance. She has become so set upon doing everything herself that she not only has trouble accepting help from Lincoln, but she also neglects to seek God's direction in many situations that arise.

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish and plan to read any other books this author writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    The Gregory Sisters Book 1 The setting of When Love Calls by Lor

    The Gregory Sisters Book 1
    The setting of When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad is Des Moines, Iowa, in 1908. The main character, Hannah, who is quite an impulsive young lady, has the responsibility of her two younger sisters. She becomes a telephone operator (Hello Girl). It was interesting to learn about the telephone operators of that time. This book is a very good inspirational, historical romance. I will be curious to find out what happens to the other two sisters in the other books of the series. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through The Book Club Network.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

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    These past few years I've come to look forward to each book writ

    These past few years I've come to look forward to each book written by Lorna Seilstad. Light-hearted and fun romances with great settings and unique plots are pretty much guaranteed with every story. Her latest, When Love Calls, continues along these lines and is one of the sweetest romances I've read all summer.




    Hannah, having suddenly lost both her parents, quits law school to become a Hello Girl for the local telephone company in Des Moines, Iowa in order to support herself and her two younger sisters. Along the way, she meets handsome lawyer, Lincoln Cole. Not knowing whether to loath him, he was the one who informed them that they were being evicted from their family home, or to love him for assisting the Gregory's in finding a new situation, Hannah is torn. To top it all off, one of her oldest friends is being convicted of a crime she knows he couldn't possibly be guilty of. With everything so uncertain in her life, she's stubborn, wanting only to depend on herself. Hannah learns to lean on God and on people who love her to make it through trying times.




    Hannah is a thoroughly likeable character. She's gutsy, loyal to a fault when it comes to family and friends, and she is extremely stubborn. I was a little frustrated by her hard-headedness at times, wishing she would just let somebody help her without flying off the handle but still, I liked her. Hannah and her sisters were easy to root for. I'm anxious to read more about the youngest Gregory siblings in the upcoming books! Recently, I've read a few stories set in the early 1900s with the main characters employed as switchboard operators but When Love Calls is definitely the best. Lorna Seilstad's books ALL come highly recommended by this romance fan!
    ~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~




    *I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I am however an influencer for the author, however I wouldn't have posted a positive review if I didn't genuinely enjoy the book. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    When Love Calls is an enjoyable read, that is entirely wholesome

    When Love Calls is an enjoyable read, that is entirely wholesome and fun and never drags or gets dull. Not with Hannah as the principle character! She's strong, stubborn and independent and doesn't give up. It was interesting to learn about the Hello Girls, the early telephone operators, and all the rules they had! That would have been a problem for me too. 




    The author includes several fun tidbits from the time period, such as riding in an early car, and other such adventures and it's a lot of fun to see it through the characters' eyes. She did a great job with her descriptions, not making them overly long or cutting into the story but just thorough enough that you can see this story in full colourful detail. 




    This was a very enjoyable read that kept me engaged and entertained all the way through and I will be watching for the next book in the series for sure.




    This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    WHEN LOVE CALLS by Lorna Seilstad is a wonderful inspirational h

    WHEN LOVE CALLS by Lorna Seilstad is a wonderful inspirational historical romance set in 1908 Des Moines,Iowa. #1 in "The Gregory Sisters",and what a beginning to a new series by this author. A sweet story of family,faith,secrets,healing,mystery,forgiveness and the power of love. Hannah Gregory,the eldest Gregory sister,and who is royal,feisty and resilient to a fault. And Lincoln Cole,a young lawyer. Follow,these two young people plus a cast of characters who are not only engaging but will steal your heart as they navigate their way through hardships,struggles,life,and romance. Hannah becomes a Switchboard operator to help support your younger teenage sisters,but she dreams of being an attorney. Lincoln is a senator's son who finds Hannah and her troubles right up his alley. A heart warming story of the 1900's during which there are many changes and companionship turns to a sweet romance. Ms. Seilstad is a wonderful storyteller who draws the reader into her stories and holds them there. She also has a powerful message in her stories. A charming and unforgettable love story. I would recommend this title,especially, if you enjoy twentieth century history,charming characters,and a powerful story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    “Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    RATING: 4
    HEAT RATING: SWEET
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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