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Girls on the Line: A Novel

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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  169 reviews
From the celebrated author of Daughters of the Night Sky comes a stirring novel inspired by the courage, dedication, and love of the unsung heroines of the Great War.

December 1917. As World War I rages in Europe, twenty-four-year-old Ruby Wagner, the jewel in a prominent Philadelphia family, prepares for her upcoming wedding to a society scion. Like her life so far, it’s a
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Erin
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my this was so good! You know what? I slept on my review and I bumped this up to a 5 star rating because it recounted a little known history of WWI telephone operators, featured a take charge female protagonist, and was just an all around fantastic story. Not to mention that it included terrific lines like this one; I refuse to marry a man who spends his life in a dark room, longing for the sun but lacking the backbone to s
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Tammy
Wowza!! I love historical fiction and Girls on the Line was amazing! I was instantly pulled into the captivating story of Ruby and the Hello Girls of World War One. I enjoyed reading and learning about a little known part of history. Aimie K. Runyan did her research and it shows! A must read for historical fiction fans!!
Cathy Daniel
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an excellent book!! Not enough stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to give! Excellent balance of war and personal / relationship. Loved the ending. Cried a couple of times and got goosebumps. If you love historical fiction, pick this one up. It'll stay with me a long while and I feel confident saying this is my first favorite of 2019! ...more
Bette Crosby
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story. well researched and well written. The characters are believable and the setting so realistic it is almost painful. Runyan has written a story that captures the human side of war.
Missy
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aimie Runyan is becoming a favorite author of mine, mainly because she writes about historical fiction (which is my favorite genre) and she picks topics I have never heard of before. After reading her "Daughters of the Night Sky" about the Night Witches of the Red Army during WWII, I could not wait for her next book to come out. I was so excited to see Girls on the Line come out. This was definitely a 4.5 star read.

Girls on the Line is about the Hello Girls during World War I. The story follows
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Sue
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading historical fiction when I am given not only a fantastic story but have the opportunity to learn about something that I knew little or nothing about. Aimee Runyan has done considerable research into the Army Signal Corps during WWI and their need for women operators to go overseas to help with the communications of the war. This was at a time in history that women's main goal was to marry well and spend their days taking care of their husbands and families. It was because of women ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girls on the Line is an emotionally captivating book about a group of courageous, groundbreaking women....the women operators who served this country as members of the Army Signal Corps during The Great War. With great attention to detail, the author has brought to life a subject I knew little about, in a story brimming with heart, compassion, and humanity. Ruby’s story touched my heart as she was transformed by world events as well as her own determination and bravery. This book is about confli ...more
Sarah
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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GIRLS ON THE LINE BY AIMIE K. RUNYAN BOOK REVIEW
Mom wants a comfy life for her daughter. Too bad her daughter wants more out of life & she isn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone to find it. Following her heart, Ruby heads to France to help the US in WW I.

MEET RUBY
First, I need to say I love Ruby. She is strong-willed, determined & so smart. Ruby is one of thos
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Karen Kay
I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

Ruby follows her heart and answers the Army Signal Corps’ call for women operators to help overseas.

Interesting story based on real history. But the conversational language was rather sophomoric.

3☆

Pam Jenoff
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book about Ruby, a young woman who leaves her fiance after her brother is killed fighting in World War I and joins the Army Signal Corps. to serve in war-torn France. It is not only a great story, but you will love learning about the "Hello Girls" the women who served so bravely as switchboard operators during the First World War.
Camille Maio
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction because it's a chance to learn something through the art of story. And by that definition, Girls on the Line excelled. On its surface, it was about friendship, romance, and family with the backdrop of World War I. But subtly, it demonstrated how women of the era had their feet in both the Victorian times and the new world. It was quite a life to straddle. Equally compelling was learning about the women who operated telephone lines even quite close to the front lines and ...more
Kristina McMorris
So happy this book is now out in the world! Here was my quote:

“Once again, Aimie K. Runyan shines a much-deserved spotlight on unsung female heroes in history. Set during the First World War, GIRLS ON THE LINE follows the arduous journey of an Army telephone operator forced to navigate a world of codes and spies and the complexities of love. Brimming with strong women who are easy to root for, this story of loyalty and sacrifice makes for an inspiring, heartfelt read.”
Jamie
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
An interesting look into the “Hello Girls” of WWI - the women who join the war effort as telephone operators! This was something I really knew nothing about and found fascinating. More than the history in this novel, the relationships between Ruby Wagner and those in her life, from her wealthy Philadelphia society parents, her dear friend Evangeline who her family views as just the maid, her fiancé Nathaniel and of course, her fellow Girls on the Line, were all written so well that they truly ga ...more
Sonja Yoerg
The best historical fiction opens a window into the past, allowing us to see it anew and reordering our preconceptions. Girls on the Line does just that with the role of women in the Army Signal Corps in WWI. The heroine, Ruby Wagner, seeks to honor the memory of her brother, a fallen solider, by entering Corps against the wishes of just about everyone. Ruby is brave, sharp-tongued, and complicated--my favorite sort of character--and she's surrounded by a lively cast. Runyan's sure pacing and de ...more
Linda Zagon
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “GIRLS ON THE LINE” By Aimie K. Runyan

Aimie K. Runyon, Author of “Girls on the Line” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling and amazing novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. There is a touch of Romance and Suspense. The timeline for this novel is around World War 1. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated, possibly due to the circumstances.

I love that Aimie K. Runy
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Barbara
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love finding out about things that happened in history, but that we never read about or learned about, in our dry history books in school. Girls on the Line is about female telephone operators who went to the front during WWI with the Army Signal Corps. They were needed to make sure that the extremely, important communications lines were kept open and important calls got through to those in charge of making life or death decisions when it came to our men at the front. I had no idea! I knew tha ...more
Jen
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four inspiring stars to this fabulous historical fiction featuring strong, courageous women!
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The “Hello Girls” are credited as being among the many unsung heroes of World War I. Leading the pack is Ruby, the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia family and a member of high society. Her older brother is killed in combat and suddenly, Ruby is presented with an opportunity to go overseas and do her part in the war. The military is looking for women operators to help overseas and Ruby is thrilled
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Really Into This
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah contributed this review to Really Into This

Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com
Happy Reading, friends!

GIRLS ON THE LINE BY AIMIE K. RUNYAN BOOK REVIEW
Mom wants a comfy life for her daughter. Too bad her daughter wants more out of life & she isn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone to find it. Following her heart, Ruby heads to France to help the US in WW I.

MEET RUBY
First, I need to say I love Ruby. She is strong-willed, determined & so smart. Ruby is one of
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Jennifer
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book!! The cover is beautiful . I hate to say that I never knew women were sent oversees to work as operators during World War I. The book was very eye opening at the part women played during the war. How horrible that these woman risked their lives as operators and then weren't even recognized by the military or received benefits until so many years later. I loved the characters, especially Ruby. She was such a strong woman, except when it came to her mother (although I will agree her ...more
Linda Zagon
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “GIRLS ON THE LINE” By Aimie K. Runyan

Aimie K. Runyon, Author of “Girls on the Line” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling and amazing novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. There is a touch of Romance and Suspense. The timeline for this novel is around World War 1. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated, possibly due to the circumstances.

I love that Aimie K. Runy
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Linda Smith
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can't express what a complete joy this book is to read - no, savor. Aimie Runyan has written a virtual love letter to all of those women who remain unsung heroines during wartime. I'm grateful to Runyan for shining a light on a portion of history that for many of us was unknown. Good literature entertains; excellent literature also educates.
The women in this novel are selected to maintain communications during the war. Ruby, our main character, comes from a well-to-do family. When tragedy
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Jenny Waterman
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girls on The Line by Aimee Runyan tells us so much about an often overlooked piece of war history. I have seen old footage with telephone messages from the front line relaying timely and sensitive information that was essential to the war. But I never stopped to think about how in the United States at that time we still needed operators to connect a call... of course, we would need phone operators to travel with our military to help facilitate this process overseas. Runyan provides us with a gre ...more
Emmy
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as maybe-try-again-later  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwi, kindle-unlimited
The audiobook was kind of flat. I might try again with the physical book.
Jean
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I really liked the premise of the story. This historical fiction is about the women who went oversees as telephone operators during WWI. This book let us see the part the women played during the war and the risks they took. It was a wonderful story but I found the pace to be rather slow. I agree with other reviewers where at times, I thought the dialogue was sophomoric.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of Aimie K. Runyan's "Girls on the
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Davida Chazan
UPDATE: New link https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2018/12/0...
The women who went to Europe in 1917 as signal corps officers with the US Army, played an enormous part in helping bring the “Great War” to its conclusion. However, until 1979, they were literally the unsung heroes of WWI, because the army refused to recognize them as proper soldiers. This injustice brought author Aimie K. Runyan to write this gripping historical fiction novel, that highlights these women and their contributions. You can r
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Nita
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimie Runyan has done a marvelous job! Strong characters and rich storytelling, this is a must read! You will fall in love with Ruby and all the Operators and care deeply for each character as they are on the field and as they find their way back home after the war. Such strong women who made the way for the women of today!
Carla Suto
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GIRLS ON THE LINE by Aimie K. Runyan is a well-written and captivating work of historical fiction set mostly in France during World War I. It tells the story of the courageous and dedicated women who were enlisted in the U. S. Army Signal Corp as telephone operators, helping to relay crucial messages to and from the battlefields at the front. The main character, Ruby Wagner, is the daughter of a prominent Main Line family in Philadelphia. After her brother is killed in action early in the war, R ...more
Rebecca
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set towards the end of WWI, Girls on the Line was a fascinating look at the women who served as telephone operators for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The story focuses on Ruby, who is engaged to Nathaniel and set to become a society wife just like her mother before her. After her brother, Francis, was killed in action, however, Ruby becomes even more restless and longs to help in the war effort. Keeping the home fires burning and knitting socks for the soldiers overseas just isn't enough for her. ...more
Fiction Aficionado
I love it when historical fiction takes a little-known piece of history and builds an entire story around it. And that's exactly what happens in this story. After her brother is killed in WWI, Ruby applies to become a "Hello girl"—a switchboard operator on the front lines, responsible not only for connecting calls in a high-pressure environment, but also for translating those calls between French and English. The pressure, the trials, the camaraderie—it all came through so vividly in this story. ...more
Janie
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need more historical novels about unsung heroines. I couldn't believe that it wasn't until 1979 that the "Hello Girls" of the US Army Signal Corps received the benefits and recognition for the work they did alongside their male counterparts during WWI. This is a wonderful story of female courage and camaraderie. For a longer review: Book Review of GIRLS ON THE LINE
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Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She is the author of two previous historical novels: Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown. She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children.