“Gregory Sisters 1:When their parents die, Hannah takes over her sisters. She gets a job as Helllo Girl, and eventually builds a relationship with the lawyer who foreclosed on their farm. Lovely warm story.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Gregory Sisters 1:When their parents die, Hannah takes over her sisters. She gets a job as Helllo Girl, and eventually builds a relationship with the lawyer who foreclosed on their farm. Lovely warm story.”Karen S wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.”
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More”
“Title: When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters)
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Hannah Gregory is about to lose everything she owns. What is she going to do? How are she and her two sisters going to survive? The year is 1908 and the place is Des Moines, Iowa. Hannah’s parents have recently died and only left their daughters a small amount of money. The money has run out and the girls have no way to tend the family farm or pay the second mortgage their father took out on the property. The bank forecloses and sends Lincoln Cole to give the girls the news. His law firm represents the bank. He dislikes this particular task he has been assigned, one of throwing orphans out in the streets. He’s just doing his job, right? Hannah hopes to never lay eyes on Lincoln Cole again.
Hannah, as the oldest in the family, hopes to get a job with the telephone company as a telephone operator or Hello Girl as they are called. She can then support herself and her two younger sisters. Her dreams of returning to law school will have to be put on hold for now. However, the Hello Girls are subject to stringent rules and Hannah has never been one to follow rules to the “T”. My goodness, she has to raise her hand in order to blow her nose or scratch her neck! Can she survive being caged up all day?
Lincoln is upset he was assigned the job of throwing the Gregory sisters out of their home. He arrives to help them move to the city and soon inserts himself whenever possible into their lives, especially Hannah’s life. He is smitten with her; he loves her spontaneity and independent spirit. Can she forgive him? Lincoln soon is in love with her and discovers she feels the same about him. However, some try to discourage Lincoln from his relationship with Hannah as she has no social standing and no money. She can’t help his political aspirations. Lincoln begins to ask God to show him what career path he should take. He is a successful lawyer and had thought to follow in his father’s footsteps. Is Hannah the one for him?
One of the things I liked in this story was Hannah’s younger sister, Tessa. She is 14 going on 40! She is smart, funny and has mature insight into some of her sisters’ problems. Hannah and her other sister Charlotte don’t always appreciate Tessa’s candid speech, which sometimes leads to more hilarious comments from Tessa. The sisters have promised to support each other in achieving their dreams, and it was touching to read about this familial dedication. I also liked Hannah’s spontaneity. There is a funny scene involving a row boat, a lake and…well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. The love Lincoln shows to Hannah in the things he does to make her happy is inspiring. The love that blossoms between the two is evidenced by their kindness and self-sacrifice for one another. All-in-all this is a charming romance that is ideal to pass the time with on a rainy day.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
“Hannah Gregory is worried about what she is going to do after the death of her parents. It is up to her to care for her younger sisters. Hannah just may have found the answer to her prayers when she spots an advertisement in the grocery store. The ad is for a switchboard operator.
Lincoln Cole works for the bank. He pays a visit to the Gregory homestead. It seems that Hannah’s father took out a second mortgage on the house and defaulted on the loan. The bank is foreclosing on the home.
Luckily for Hannah she meets Rosie. Rosie is also a new switchboard operator. Her mother has a cottage that just became available. She offers it to the girls.
Lincoln may be handsome but Hannah remembers that he is the enemy.
I loved Hannah. She has lots of spunk. She is a free thinker and the type of woman I would imagine myself to be back in these times if I was living in them. Hannah’s two sisters are just as entertaining. I can not wait to read their stories.
Lincoln is easy on the eyes. I almost felt sorry for the way that Hannah treated him, except that I knew that Lincoln could handle Hannah. Now that I have been introduced to this author, I will be checking out more of her books. When Love Calls you answer it and read a copy of this book!
“Sunday, May 12, 2013
When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad, ©2013
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 NIV
April 1908 ~ Des Moines, Iowa
The Gregory sisters' parents have passed away three months earlier from influenza. Hannah has come home from law school at Drake University to care for her younger sisters, Charlotte and Tessa, as their guardian. While leaving the grocer, she notices an advertisement:
SWITCHBOARD OPERATORS wanted.
The switchboard operator has a mis-
sion in life--to serve the public.
Quickness, intelligence, accuracy, and
courtesy are essential qualifications, as
are courage to handle emergencies and
the ability to keep one's presence of
Candidates between sixteen and
twenty-five years of age must possess
excellent eyesight and hearing.
Patience, a good disposition, excellent
character, and a quiet and obedient na-
ture are a must.
Only candidates who meet these strin-
gent guidelines need apply.
Hmm... "...quiet and obedient..."
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!
What a fun, fun, book! I give it an eight out of ten ~ minus two points for not continuing on!! But... will certainly look forward to Charlotte and Tessa's stories in the next two novels.
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.
1908 REO Classic Car
REO Gentleman's Roadster ~ two-cylinder engine, 45 mph with top, side curtains, storm front, and back bench seating ~ produced only in 1908 by REO Motor Car Company ~ 1910 switched to four-cylinder
How would you like to be picked up in this fancy buggy?? Aunt Sam has ordered it for Lincoln as his birthday gift. 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.
"After last year's strike, six telegraphers four men and two women were fired and blacklisted by Western Union management because of their union involvement."
--When Love Calls, 56
The research of the turmoil affecting Western Union and union supporters was very well demonstrated in this historical fiction, my favorite genre. I am glad outspoken Hannah was kept safe!
Lincoln and Hannah climb the stairway above this inner dome to view Des Moines when they come to do research at the State Law Library inside the capitol.
Remember adventure-propelled Hannah? She takes Lincoln beyond his quest of showing her Des Moines through the windows ~ that tall outside dome, with the walkway and railing around it? He hadn't ventured out that far!
The windows of the cupola provide a tremendous volume of light to illuminate the rotunda inside.
I like the true-to-life story that flows so beautifully. I really enjoyed it. 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.
When romance calls, will she choose to answer?
When Love Calls
The Gregory Sisters series ~ Book 1,
Both Hannah and Lincoln are interested in rings-- only she wants hers at the end of a receiver and he wants his on her finger.
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.
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 lornaseilstad.com.
September 2010 ~ Book 1, Lake Manawa Summers: Making Waves
May 2011 ~ Book 2, Lake Manawa Summers: A Great Catch
May 2012 ~ Book 3, Lake Manawa Summers: The Ride of Her Life
A Non-Fiction Adventure
"In college, I was once stopped for armed robbery. Apparently, the getaway car used in a bank robbery matched my enormous '73 Dodge Polara. As I traveled through Kansas on my way home from college for Christmas, the highway patrol pulled me over and approached with their guns drawn. They let me go, but were surprised there were two cars like mine still on the road."
--Lorna, website Q&A
***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 for sending me a copy of the book. No other compensation was received.***”
Baker Publishing Group|May 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2181-7
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 parent’s 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.
Twenty-year-old Hannah Gregory lost both of her parents from influenza and was left to care for her two sisters: Charlotte and Tessa. Money was tight and if she didn’t find a job soon the three of them would starve. Three months ago, Hannah was attending Drake University studying law, but with the death of her parents and the little money her parents left wouldn’t allow her to continue paying her education and supporting her sisters and herself.
While sitting and eating dinner a knock came at the door. Hannah got up to answer it and it was man named Lincoln Cole who was there representing Iowa Bank and Trust. Unfortunately, he had come with some very bad news. Apparently her father had taken out a second mortgage on their farm and he owed the bank a large sum of money. And, in the three months since their parent’s deaths, Hannah had been unable to make any payments at all. Mr. Cole informed Hannah that the bank was foreclosing on the property but said they could take dishes, their beds, dressers and other personal items but the rest would go to auction. Hannah was very worried. How was she going to move, find a new home and start over all on her own?
Hannah had seen an ad in the grocery store for a telephone operator. They called them “Hello Girls”. Hannah went for a job interview and was hired and would begin training on Monday. The nice thing was that it was a “paid” training and the three girls sure could use the money. She would earn five dollars a week during training and eight when she became a full-fledged operator.
While at the interview, Hannah met another girl, Rosie Murphy who was also hired on as a Hello Girl. At the end of their day, Rosie invited Hannah to her house for tea and snacks and to meet her mother. During their walk, Hannah told Rosie about her parents passing and that the bank now owned their home so she and her sisters needed to find someplace to live. Rosie told Hannah that she could probably help. After being seated at the Murphy’s table with a plate of egg salad sandwiches and ginger cookies, Mrs. Murphy told Hannah that she had a cottage she and her sisters could rent. This was wonderful news for Hannah. And, Mrs. Murphy said she wouldn’t accept: “…a cent until you’re a bona fide operator.” Hannah was excited beyond belief for she had found a job and a small house to rent.
Someone in their small town began setting fires and no one could figure out who was responsible. Within a couple of days, Walt, Hannah’s best and long-time friend had been arrested and thrown in jail. Hannah knew deep in her heart that Walt was innocent and she needed to help him. Lincoln Cole was a lawyer and had helped Hannah and her sisters move to their new home. He had felt so bad about being the one to tell her the bank was foreclosing on their home that he felt it was the least he could do. Plus, Lincoln was quite smitten with Hannah. Hannah thought over her options about how to help Walt and approached Lincoln to ask him if he’d defend Walt. Lincoln not only said yes, but he said he’d do it pro bono – for free! It didn’t take long before Hannah realized that Lincoln had much more than just a passing interest in her. And, Walt also felt the same way about Hannah. Who is the real arsonist? And, who will win Hannah’s heart?
When Love Calls was a smart, sassy, funny, and addictive read. I couldn’t put this book down. Each page turned made me want to read more and more. A huge thumbs up for When Love Calls!
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