Saturday, May 18, 2013

When Love Calls

Title:  When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters)
Author:  Lorna Seilstad
Pages:  338
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                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 .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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