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In 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal--to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him.

Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painte
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2011)
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Casey
Oct 22, 2011 Casey rated it it was amazing
Some novels I just don’t want to ever end. But at the same time, I am practically screaming to find out how. In. the. World. This is going to end!

Do you see my dilemma? But I’m not going to complain, it’s a good..and fun one to have.

“Love on the Line” is a masterfully written tale with excellent wordsmithing, characters that I just fell in love with and sizzling moments of romantic tension. The writing of a Deeanne Gist novel always pulls me by the throat into the story. It’s descriptive, somet
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Kelli
Oct 27, 2011 Kelli rated it it was ok
This book started out really well. I liked the echoes of Texas ranger drama and Jesse James like outlaws. But by chapter 5, it gets a little odd. The main character is obsessed with birds. The male lead is mean to her without any reason other than that she is a woman. Their isn't much motivation in the storyline for what the author is writing about. I think that is a big mistake in novel writing now. Their needs to be clear motivation or reasons why a character does something or else it seems ...more
Robin
Mar 19, 2013 Robin rated it it was ok
Deanne Gist is always lots of clean fun and I enjoy reading her books but this was not my favorite. As my sister perfectly summed up, "Took me six months to read the first half, two days to read the second half."

I didn't find Georgie to be likeable at all and simply could not get into all the bird stuff. It was too reminiscent of Essie Sprekelmeyer and the bicycle club for me. I felt like I had been there, done that.

Luke, on the other hand, was very well written, complicated, likeable, the kind
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Willowy Whisper
Aug 02, 2016 Willowy Whisper rated it liked it
This book definitely kept me interested. I read it in maybe . . . I don't know. Two days? But that was entirely due to the fact that I was on my way home from a thirteen hour trip, with nothing else to do. The story-line was great, and there were several things in the story I found to be very intriguing. I loved the characters for the most part, and also adored some of the names chosen.
I have to mention this, however. The romance was entirely too geared towards the physical. The kisses were too
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This is a very interesting story about an independent Christian woman who went against the grain. She's far from the stereotypical "man-dependent" women of the times. Set in the late 1800's, Georgie is determined to support herself and live on her own by becoming the local switchboard operator for the (then) small town of Brenham, Texas.

This book had everything I enjoy in a Western Romance; humor, romance, train robberies, a handsome Robin Hood type outlaw, and a Texas Ranger determined to brin
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Michelle
More like 4.5 stars.

One of the things I adore about Gist's books is the fact that I always learn something about history while enjoying the story. This novel was no different. I learned more about bird watching, the style of hats in the days when it was fashionable to wear hats with bird parts, The Plummage League, and telephone operating than I ever thought possible. And it was all very interesting, too. As is typical with Gist's books, there was great chemistry between the hero and heroine. I
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Candi
Feb 16, 2012 Candi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I've gotten so I love a Deeane Gist book, I haven't met one I didn't like. Her research is remarkable and always serves to draw you further into whatever story she is telling. There is never a time that I think "oh that couldn't happen" it's all believable. Also she knows how to write a great romance that doesn't cross the line into salacious and is about realistic people.

I liked this particular story because it was set in Texas and the hero was a Texas ranger, I've just read True Grit and now I
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Margaret Chind
In the first scene I immediately took a liking to Georgie and her personality and was not overly fond of Luke, but then as the chapters next progressed with Georgie back in her own environment and Luke Palmer riding into town as the new Telephone Troubleman I was reversed in my feelings and loved Luke, but found Georgie a bit frustrating. It took me a long while longer to get back to enjoying this book as there was a good portion of it where I was bored and annoyed by the birds topic that was ...more
Bekie
Oct 06, 2011 Bekie rated it it was ok
I usually really love Dee's books, but this one was not a hit for me. All I could think when I was reading it was enough with the birds already. I was totally siding with the wrong side. It did not endear me to birds it made me want to get rid of them so I didn't have to read about them anymore. Also, I just didn't think tha the same chemistry was there between the couple. Sigh. Disappointed.
Tina
Oct 06, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
I loved this book and these characters. Ms. Gist is a wonderful storyteller and I didn't want to put this book down. I look forward to more from this author.
Claire
Borrowed this after hearing the author recommended on SBTB and picked this when other titles weren't available. A woman telephone operator and a Texas Ranger are new for me! Gist packs a lot of historical detail and it's clear she's done her research. I really liked learning more about how telephone service worked in its infancy, and it's always nice when people write about guns correctly and respectfully. I might not have realized that this is marketed as Christian romance if not for the tags ...more
Sunflower
"Love on the Line" by Deeanne Gist, is not your usual historical romance and that made,"Love on the Line" all the more a fun read! The story of a strong, independent woman and a Texas Ranger, undercover, set in the not so wild frontier of Texas,"Love on the Line" had all the elements of a perfect Friday night reading, to cozy up with, next to the fire, with a rich, hot chocolate on the table beside you.

The characters are well developed, the background for the story, well researched, and just eve
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Sara ♥
This book was really interesting, and I quite enjoyed it. I was a bit confused by the lack of religion in the book. I don't recall the main characters ever going to church or mentioning God or her beliefs in any depth whatsoever. I read all sorts of books and am not dependent on those elements at all, so I wasn't disappointed or anything, but it was a bit strange from Deeanne Gist.

Georgie Gail is a telephone switchboard operator in Brenham, Texas (which is just down the road from where we used t
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Wendy
Jan 02, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I read the 362 pages in about four days, that was over the holidays so there wasn't a lot of reading time. Needless to say I read until the wee hours of the morning so I could finish it.

Georgie Gail finds herself right in the middle of a train robbery, then Lucious Landrum, a Texas Ranger arrives and captures six members of the gang but fails to get the leader Frank Comer. Even though Frank Comer is the thief, he's the one that everyone admires not Lucious. Frank never does th
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Amber Stokes
Oct 16, 2011 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
Looking for a wonderfully entertaining historical romance that you won't want to put down? Say "hello" to Love on the Line! From a heroine with a big heart for birds to a hero with a nest full of secrets, Gist has written an intriguing story with some edgy romance and some historical fun that will have you flying through the pages.

Georgie's career as a switchboard operator is interesting to read about and makes for some humorous scenes involving the gossipy townsfolk, as well as some cute scenes
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Angela Bycroft
Jul 01, 2012 Angela Bycroft rated it really liked it


I really enjoyed Love On The Line. Starting off with a great promise of a fun roller coster of a love tale with a telephone operator and a Texas Ranger. But it is so much more than that - Georgie is the aforementioned switchboard operator and Lucius Laudrum is the ranger but their first meeting isn't one to remember. It involves Gerogie being involved in a train heist and feeling more sympathy for the robber than that of the lawmaker.
Their next meeting is with Lucius posing as Luke Palmer - a
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Anne Osterlund
Mar 08, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Georgie is a “hello girl,” the sole switchboard telephone operator in a small Texas town circa 1900. She knows who’s sparking who, who’s playing what role in the local theater, and who’s listening in on party lines.

Luke (aka Lucious) Palmer is a Texas ranger with a giant chip on his shoulder. In the form of a local outlaw that keeps giving him the slip. Luke has no choice but to go undercover. As a telephone troubleman—a man hired to string wire and fix the phone lines in a town that already has
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Kav
Dec 03, 2011 Kav rated it it was amazing
Catchy title for a fetching, light-hearted romance. The comedy was prevalent in nearly every scene. From subtle humour to out-loud belly laughs, I smiled my way through this one. (Which was a little embarrassing since I do most of my reading on the bus.)

Gist is meticulous in her characterization and that's what builds this into a memorable read. From Georgie's obsession with birds (there's a hysterical scene where she sums up Luke's appearance as if he were one of her bird sightings. So funny, I
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Lori
Aug 17, 2013 Lori rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what it was about this book that had me kind of yawning through most of it. It may be that I've read too many early frontier books as of late, or maybe it was the weirdness of a bird watching telephone operator and a rough undercover Texas ranger falling in love - two people who have absolutely nothing in common. Really? I guess weirder things have happened. Maybe it was just the stress of real life that made this not so much of the escape I was looking for. Regardless, I found the ...more
Cornelia
Mar 03, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
I loved this historical/inspirational/romance. It's about a strong, smart independent woman who works as a telephone operator, this allows her to live interdependently in her own home. The hero is a Texas Ranger, undercover as a telephone repairman to capture an outlaw bank robber the townspeople are protecting. The writing is marvelous. Deeanne Gist puts in so much work to her characterizations the characters come alive in way that few do. Her dialogue tags are pure magic.The moment I began ...more
Gaile
Georgie Gail is the only telephone operator in a small Texas town but before she even arrived to take her job, her train was robbed by Frank Comer. Then along comes her company's new troubleman, Luke Palmer. He, however, isn't what he seems. Working undercover to catch Frank Comer, he doesn't expect to fall in love with Georgie Gail or she with him.
The only thing I didn't like about this novel was Miss Gail's first name. I doubt anyone living at that time would have named their daughter Georgie.
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Renee
Oct 13, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read by Dee for a long while. I really liked the hero in this one overalls and all. The only thing that bugged me was Georgie's obsession with birds. It was kind of annoying but after the midway point of the story there's more focus on Luke and his search for the evasive Comer gang. Really a fun story and I'm SO hoping Bettina Hyena gets her own story! She's great!

Full review to come
Patti
This was a wonderful story!! A girl with a love of birds and a guy with a love of hunting (yes, some birds) - add in a mystery,a crime to solve and a cover up and you have a great story line!! THis kept me intrigued until the end. A clean story with some lessons to learn and some truths to face. It is a light read, but by no means fluff. Another great one from Deeanne Gist. She is become a favorite of mine!! :)
Delynn
Jul 06, 2015 Delynn rated it it was amazing
Once again, I enjoyed this Deeanne Gist book. I felt like I was there experiencing everything. I fell in love with Georgie and "Luke" and didn't want the book to end. I Recommend this book if you like historical romance. Great read!
Cynthia Marcano
Jun 02, 2015 Cynthia Marcano rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!!
Danielle
Nov 28, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars is more accurate.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but it was predicable.
Michelle Lunsford
May 09, 2016 Michelle Lunsford rated it really liked it
I've become a fan of Gist's writing, and this narrative offers what I've come to anticipate from the author...

1) An interesting tale that will have some intriguing challenges. Admittedly, part of what I love about reading good fiction is the ability to "escape" to other places, other times, with other people. I'm a sucker for a "happy ending" and it's what I crave in a good story. Reading about too much darkness or heartache is not for me. Part of what I've discovered from Gist is she manages to
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Annie
Nov 25, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it
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In 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal—to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him.
Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painted bunting, her opera glasses capture her telephone man, armed and far away from telephone lines. Palmer is forced to take this
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Holly Renee
Nov 06, 2011 Holly Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running a rural switchboard can be a challenge, but operator George Gail revels in her job because it offers her the independence women so rarely find in her day. When the telephone company sends a man to take over some of her responsibilities, she can't help but feel a certain ilk toward the handsome troubleman.

Luke Palmer, an undercover Texas Ranger, has instructions to pose as a telephone troubleman in order to flush out the notorious Comer gang. Repairing telephones is the perfect cover he
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Mackenzie Carol
Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist is not the first novel I have ever read by her, but it is definitely one of my favorites. I have been an extremely big fan of hers ever since I read Beguiled—the first of her books I ever read—and haven’t been able to get enough of her works. Although up until this point I had only read Maid to Match, A Bride in the Bargain, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, Courting Trouble, and Beguiled (obviously), which now that I think about it is about half of her published ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 21, 2014 09:23AM  
  • To Win Her Heart
  • The Doctor's Lady
  • Serendipity (Only in Gooding, #5)
  • A Heart Most Worthy
  • The Inheritance
  • Wrangler in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, #2)
  • A Most Unsuitable Match
  • A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers, #2)
  • A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change, #2)
  • Beyond All Measure (Hickory Ridge, #1)
  • Belonging (Where the Heart Lives, #1)
  • The Colonel's Lady
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Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary romances. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play. Her latest book, Tiffany Girl, is available May 5, 2015.

A popular speaker, Gist’s presentations have been featured on the front page of the Wall St
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“There’s a big difference in reaching for the best we can be and in trying to be something we are not and never will be.” “So women can’t do everything men can?” Tina clarified. “I’m afraid not.” A slow grin began to form. “Women can do more.” “Georgie,” Lucious admonished. Laughter bubbled up within her. “Some things are just different, that’s all.” He grabbed her around the waist and pulled her close. “I think, Bettina Landrum, your mama is full of sass from getting that piece of legislation named after her.” “She is?” Tina asked. “She is.” He looked over his brood of girls. “But the truth is, your mama can do anything she sets her mind to.” Georgie gave him a playful push. “Don’t tease, Lucious. They’ll believe you.” “And well they should.” Leaning over, he gave her a kiss flush on the lips.” 1 likes
“I do know,” she continued, “finches sing to us from March to October.” Leaning forward, her eyes picked up the lantern’s flame. “You should see them when they go a-wooing.” “A-wooing?” “Yes. The male springs into the air singing to his ladylove while going higher and higher.” Clasping her hands, she pressed them against her chest. “That’s when his song reaches its highest ecstasy. Why, I’ve seen him go fifteen—no, twenty feet above his mate before dropping exhausted at her side.” Raising a brow, he lowered his voice. “And did he get what he was going after?” She gave a soft smile. “He certainly did, Mr. Palmer. He most certainly did.” 1 likes
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