Love on the Line

Written by Deeanne Gist
Review by Marie Burton

Loaded with intrigue, historical context, and birds, this is a well-written story of telephone switchboard operator Georgie Gail and Texas Ranger Lucious Landrum set in 1903. The Ranger goes undercover as a telephone salesman to catch a criminal in Brenham, Texas, and he soon finds himself in love with the bird-loving Georgie. If he blows his cover with Georgie, he could risk his law career and lose the trail of the notorious Comer Gang. Georgie is ferociously protective of birds, and a large part of this story is Georgie’s stance against the use of bird parts as decorative accessories on clothing, and in the spirit of Nellie Bly, she educates the townsfolk on her favorite pastime of bird watching. Meanwhile, it is the very townsfolk who are members of the Comer Gang that the Ranger is tracking, and Georgie finds herself immersed in the Ranger’s plans to trap the men. If the two survive the Comer Gang, can they allow themselves to love each other when the stubborn and strong-willed Georgie learns who her telephone salesman really is? A fast-paced, humorous, and well researched story with many intriguing characters and that offers a little bit of everything, Love on the Line is the perfect historical romance to curl up with on a long weekend.