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 alluring troublemaker into his confidence and unwittingly puts her in harm’s way. The closer he comes to the gang, the further she works her way into his heart–and into trouble. Soon it’s more than just love that’s on the line. – Summary provided by Bethany House Publishers
It was a real delight to read another novel by Deeanne Gist. If you’ve checked out my About Me Page, you will notice that she is one of my favorite authors who introduced me to the world of historical fiction novels – which I love! The novel Love on the Line is expertly written with a great development of characters, accuracy to the time period as well as providing a true insight into the world of bird-watching!
We are introduced to an avid bird watcher, Georgie Gail who is so passionate about her birds that when she realizes hats are being sold with bird feathers, she literally becomes sick to her stomach! Instead of allowing Georgie to be the typical pitiful woman after an incident like this, Deeanne rather expands her to a bold and mission-filled character. We readers, realize that Georgie is not your typical 19th century woman; not only does she work as a switchboard operator, but when she is faced with such great threat to her life, she is still able to maintain a calm composure. We also see this development present in Luke Palmer. His character begins as an angry and cautious man, but as he comes to terms with the undeniable attraction between himself and Georgie, we see him opening up, the walls coming down, and real good personality inside!
Finally, the world of bird-watching. Wow wow, this is the first time that I’ve read any author who is able to interweave a characters love of nature and make it one of the primary focus of their novel. I absolutely loved it!
Now, I sometimes find myself looking at the most beautiful birds and wishing that I could just figure out their names! Can anybody tell me what this one is?! LOL. 🙂 So my honest opinion…Every novel that I read by this author has always been very informative and I am given a real descriptive insight into the time period, however in this novel I didn’t feel so informed. Yes every now and then we are reminded of Luke being a Texas Ranger, and how Georgie manages the switchboard but I feel as though this historical aspect could’ve been better expanded. However, I really enjoyed the aspect of the birds, and like the children in the novel, I enjoyed Georgie’s lessons about them!