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Archived Group Reads 2016 > March Book of the Month - When Love Calls (Gregory Sisters #1) by Lorna Seilstand

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message 1: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters, #1) by Lorna Seilstad

When romance calls, will she choose to answer?

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a 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, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule--until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of companionship that blossoms into sweet romance.


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
I started reading this one last night. Cute read so far.


message 3: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Mar 01, 2016 12:16PM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I'm looking forward to reading it as soon as I finish the one I am currently reading. I have invited Lorna Seilsted to join us mid-month and hope to hear back from her soon.


message 4: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments I've just finished chapter two. I'm enjoying it so far!!


message 5: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments I downloaded free not too long ago, looking forward to this one.


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Tanx (tanxx) | 28 comments I will be reading this soon too!
Didn't enjoy her Making Waves, I hope this is better, from the ratings it surely is!


message 7: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
I wonder if the band REO Speedwagon is named after the car Reo that Lincoln drives.


message 8: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments 110 pages in. I've been thinking about the book every time I'm doing something else. Hannah is a fun character :)


message 9: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I read until almost midnight last night to finish this book. I really enjoyed its humor, romance and touch of suspense.

Staci and everyone else too! Here is a link to a picture of the REO 1910 car.

https://www.google.com/search?q=1910+...


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Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments Loraine wrote: "I read until almost midnight last night to finish this book. I really enjoyed its humor, romance and touch of suspense.

Staci and everyone else too! Here is a link to a picture of the REO 1910 ca..."


Oh yay! I'm halfway through.

Thanks for the picture! Gives me a better picture of them riding at an "outrageous speed" of 45 mph ;)


message 11: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Mar 03, 2016 10:15AM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I thought it would be fun to find out what they looked like Olivia. Also found out that the name came from the inventor Ransom E. Olds - REO. His company eventually became Oldsmobile!


message 12: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
Thanks for the picture and the additional detail about the Reo car. So interesting! I'm about halfway through and really enjoying this one. Similar to Jen Turano's style. This is my first read by the author. Has anyone read anything else by her?


message 13: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I have read Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers #1) by Lorna Seilstad the first in the Lake Mawana Summers series and loved it. Plan to finish both series sometime this year.


message 14: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments Just finished the book! See my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Alice R. (alicedolce) | 2 comments I have started reading it as well, and am about halfway through it! So far, so good: I like the plot, the characters and that bit of romance.


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Karin | 207 comments I'm going to read this after I finish the other March read.


message 17: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
I've just finished. When Love Calls was the perfect read for me after two misses. I really loved the humor, the history and the messages. Very nicely done and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


message 18: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I am now going to post some discussion questions since we are halfway through the month. Please feel to answer any or all or post questions/thoughts of your own.

1. Sisterhood plays a major role in WHEN LOVE CALLS. How did you feel about the promise the Gregory sisters share? What is so special about the bond that sisters have? What kind of relationship do you share with any sisters you have?

2. Compare today’s interview process to what Hannah goes through to obtain a position as a switchboard operator. What did you find shocking about the questions she is asked? What kind of job interviews have you had? Were you ever asked a question you didn’t feel pertained to the job? Are women today still interviewed differently than men?

3. As the Gregory sisters pack up their belongings, they each feel an attachment to different items --- Hannah to her books, Charlotte to her cooking utensils, and Tessa to her roses. What sentimental items hold a special place in your heart, and why?

4. How difficult do you think it was for these young women to leave the home they grew up in? Have you ever had to make a difficult move? What made it easier? What made it harder?

5. Hannah’s flying is a key theme in WHEN LOVE CALLS. How does it fit her character? What do you think the future holds for her in this area? In what ways do you share her love? Would you or have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?

6. The rules the switchboard operators have to follow are strict. Which ones did you find the most surprising? Would you have handled the dilemmas Hannah was presented with while working at the switchboard (such as the invalid who simply wanted to talk) the same way she did? Why or why not? Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your workplace?

7. What did you like about Lincoln Cole? How does he earn Hannah’s love and trust? Is their love believable to you?

8. After Charlotte starts seeing George, she begins to change. Hannah tells Charlotte that she needs to know who she is before she lets someone else define her. Do you agree? Why or why not? Have you ever known someone who changed because of the person they were seeing? What factors, such as age or insecurity, might have played a role in that?

9. How would you define Hannah’s biggest struggle? How do you relate to it? What role do you think being the oldest child plays in her need to be responsible?

10. In WHEN LOVE CALLS, the story of Ruth and Boaz mirrors that of Hannah and Lincoln in many ways. Was Lincoln trying to cover Hannah with his protection, or was he smothering her? Why do men feel the need to offer their protection to the women they love? Are today’s women too independent to want, need, or accept that from a man? Why or why not? What tension does this sometimes create in a relationship?


message 19: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
#2 I remember being shocked, but don't recall the specifics of the interview. My mom was once asked "how old are you?" in an interview.

#3 Those items that they packed up gave me insight into what's ahead in the next two books I have a feeling. The sentimental items for me are pictures. I have lots and lots of photo albums and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are made from digital programs and if they were destroyed, I could easily replace them. The hand made photo albums aren't replaceable.

#4 I moved around quite a bit as a child so I couldn't relate to the sisters having lived in one home their entire life.

#5 I thought When Love Calls had do more with her occupation than her personality. She does have a love of flying which is unique for a female at that time I would think.

#6 The part about looking straight ahead for the entire shift was ridiculous. I think of the medical issues alone that creates!

#7 What I loved most about Lincoln is that he included Hannah's sisters in so many things. He saw her as a package deal and embraced that.

#9 Hannah's biggest struggle is control. She wants to be the one in control. I can completely relate to that one!! It's tough to let others decide. As a simple example, I came up with two or more vacation options for both our 2011 and 2013 vacations. I really had my heart set on a specific location each year and both years the family chose a different one. It turns out we had a fabulous time both years, but it was tough to lose control of the decision. You might argue I still had some control since I provided the options, but you have to start somewhere, right? :-)


message 20: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Mar 16, 2016 04:07PM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
#2 I had to laugh at the interview as my mom was a switchboard operator in the 1930's. She told me some of their rules which were similar but not quite so absurd. She did say when she worked the night shift and got off late she had to have someone pick her up. So either my grandparents or my dad (who was her fiance at the time) picked her up. If no one was there, the telephone company paid for a cab to take them home. Probably docked their pay but I don't remember mom saying.

I was asked one question during a pre-interview phone call when I was trying for a teaching position after I graduated from college in the late 60's. They wanted to know my race. When I said white, I was informed they were only hiring minorities! Guess that would be reverse discrimination now. Another interview when there were no teaching positions to be found was for a secretarial position (typing, shorthand and bookkeeping in high school) , I was told I was overqualified since I had a teaching degree. My husband was going to college at the time and we had a 1 1/2 year old baby. I looked at the head interviewer (it was a group of 3) and said "sir being overqualified doesn't put food on the table!" I got the job:) Ending up working there for 3 years.


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Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments Funny, I read this book, but I have to refresh my memories on the some of the details! Let's see...

1. I'm very close to my sisters, so the bond the Gregory sisters shared was sweet and real to me.

3. BOOKS!!! I don't think I could move anywhere without them :)

4. I've moved a lot most of my life, so I can't really say I'd really understand how the sisters feel. The closest I can relate is to our last house. I love the country, but now we live in the city so that was kinda sad to move.

6. I have to admit that I would have a really hard time raising my hand to cough!! I can't imagine. I never knew those rules were part of being a switchboard operator.

7. I liked Lincoln more before he was in love with Hannah. But like Staci mentioned I liked how he included all the sisters...as a family.

10. I never felt that Lincoln smothered Hannah. It seemed more caring and gentlemanly than anything. I think today it can be harder for men to protect woman as they should because woman want to do everything by themselves...but all woman still need protection, and many want it. It's one of those areas that men and woman must work together!


message 22: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
Olivia wrote: "Funny, I read this book, but I have to refresh my memories on the some of the details! Let's see...

1. I'm very close to my sisters, so the bond the Gregory sisters shared was sweet and real to me..."


Olivia, I forgot about raising your hand to cough. That is crazy!!


message 23: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I would have been in a horrible predicament if I had to raise my hand before I coughed since I have had severe bronchitis and asthma since I was a young child. Guess they never would have hired me LOL:)


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Amanda (goodreadscomamanda_hamm) | 11 comments I’m going to jump in even though I’m new and only about ¾ done with the book.

4) I lived in the same house for a good chunk of my childhood and my parents stayed there nearly twenty years after I moved out. That house was home. It’s strange now to visit my parents without actually going “home,” if that makes sense.

5) I fail to appreciate heights. Just reading about Hannah and Lincoln stepping outside that dome made me want to hang on to something for dear life.

6) While I admit some of the switchboard rules appeared unnecessary, Hannah’s disregard for rules in general started to irritate me. The constant reminders that she had trouble following rules seemed like saying she had no self-control. That’s not an admirable trait. Some rules have good reasons behind them and Hannah rarely bothered to consider that. The child she sang to, for example, would likely start calling every night. As a parent myself, I would not have thanked the operator for making my child think the phone was fun.

10) Man/Woman relationships aside, we all have difficulty accepting help from time to time. It feels like failure. We need to try to remember that it feels like a blessing to the person able to provide that help.


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Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments I just finished tonight, errr... this morning and I really love it! I can see it's going to be fun following all of the Gregory sister stories.


message 26: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2859 comments Mod
I agree Chantel. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.


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Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments 1. Sisterhood plays a major role in WHEN LOVE CALLS. How did you feel about the promise the Gregory sisters share? What is so special about the bond that sisters have? What kind of relationship do you share with any sisters you have?

I thought it was so sweet how they promised to help each other reach their dreams, that is definitely love in action. I think it's so great that they always look out for each other. I've been so blessed to have a good relationship my sisters, I love them so much!




6.I thought the rules for the switchboard operators were so strict. Especially when they said the women couldn't look at their neighbors or surroundings. I know I would be in trouble, lol!
Oh, especially the part when the man who was an invalid called and he just wanted some one to talk to, how can you ignore it!! I was so proud of Hannah when she talked to the gentleman, even if it was a small amount of time. I really respect the women who did this day in and out.



7. I thought that Lincoln was so thoughtful I mean after day he met Hannah he had a wagon ready to help Hannah and her sisters move. He made sure the had food. Lincoln treated Hannah a an equal, supported her in her dreams to work in law. He was just a good guy.



9. How would you define Hannah’s biggest struggle? How do you relate to it? What role do you think being the oldest child plays in her need to be responsible?

Hannah had a problem for asking for help and relying on others. Which I can understand cause she's the oldest and she kind of had to take on the "parent" role since her and her sister lost their parents. I think it was realy hard for to let go and trust not just peope but God.

I can relate to Hannah in some ways sometimes try to things on my own and male a wreck of it. But I have to remember I have to rely on God and trust him to work things out.


message 28: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1620 comments Mod
Breaking news!!! Books two and three are on sale. Woo hoo! I already had the second one, but now have the third too. :-)

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2) by Lorna Seilstad $2.99

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3) by Lorna Seilstad $2.99


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Alice R. (alicedolce) | 2 comments 1. I think the Gregory sisters are a wonderful fictional trio. They share their adventures, successes and shortcomings alike: even when they seemed to be "fighting" and not seeing eye-to-eye, they have always managed to be there for one another.
Sadly, being an only child, I can only read about sisterly love in books like these!

2. I think that Hannah's job interview was quite grueling, especially at a time when working women were generally frowned-upon, and even more so when I felt they almost snubbed Hannah for the fact that she was well-educated.
I had such job interviews in the past, and they were not pleasant: I even got asked if I had a boyfriend, pointing out that it was a good thing I didn't, as it would be "distracting for a girl".
I would like to be confident enough to say that women and men are treated equally during job interviews, but I am not always sure this is the case.

3. My ballet pointe shoes are very much dear to me, as they remind me of the hard work and dedication I have for ballet. I also have a prayer booklet and a few postcards that my great-grandmother gave me when I was a child that I am very much attached to.

4. I think it must have been truly heart-wrenching for the sisters to leave their home. Even more so because they knew their house was being repossessed by the bank.
Thankfully, during my childhood I had to move only once, and I was way too young to remember. However, when I moved to London from Italy 2 years ago, it was not easy: leaving all I knew behind to start fresh somewhere else and on my own was quite a feat!

5. I feel the flying theme symbolizes her freedom and the carefree side of her personality. I really hope this theme will be further explored in the other books of this series.
I have never ridden in a hot air balloon before, but I find them extremely fascinating!

6. The switchboard rules were ever so strict! I especially disliked the one which states the girl were not allowed to entertain any romantic relationships, as well as the one that frowned upon becoming friends with your colleagues.
I would have handled the dilemma Hannah was confronted with in the same way as I feel that, in spite of the rules, a little kindness with customers goes a long way.

7. I have found Lincoln's character and his relationship with Hannah very much believable. I love the way they disliked each other at first, but then these feelings steered towards admiration and ultimately love for one another. I have also liked the way Hannah was very resistant and kept on turning Lincoln down at first.

8. I agree with Hannah: if you don't know in which direction you and your life want to go, how can you accept what someone else is telling you to do?
I myself was willing to put my life, hopes and dreams on hold, waiting for someone I loved to make a decision. Which he eventually never made. And I believe young age and me being naive played a big role in this.

9. I believe Hannah's biggest struggle was to let go and trust Lincoln. I am a very independent person, and have always fended for myself, so to speak. I have grown up to rely on myself a lot, and it is very difficult to trust other people with anything, really!
I feel the oldest child in a family always always feels responsible for the younger siblings: being the oldest, you are the first one who gets to experience things, therefore you may want to save your siblings heartaches or other mistakes by lovingly "interfering".

10. I don't believe Lincoln was smothering Hannah with his protection: he just felt right being so protective with Hannah. I would love for a man to be a gentleman and be protective, for a change. Contemporary women are very much independent, but at times some old-fashioned chivalry I believe is in order!


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Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Staci wrote: "Breaking news!!! Books two and three are on sale. Woo hoo! I already had the second one, but now have the third too. :-)

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2) by Lorna Seilstad $2.99

[bookcover:As Love Blooms|2341..."


I just downloaded book 2 last night. :-)

Thanks Staci!


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