Review: When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn’t include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone 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. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah’s friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of camaraderie and companionship that blossoms into love. Readers will get lost in this sweet romance and will eagerly look forward to championing each sister’s dreams.

What I realized as I was getting the above set up is that the series is “The Gregory Sisters” which means… SQUEEE! There’s more to come! And since I loved the two little sisters… it’s all good ;).

Lorna sucked me in to the world of the early 1900s and the invention of the telephone and the motorcar! Poor Hannah and her sisters are being evicted after the death of their parents and lack of mortgage payments.

Poor Lincoln had no idea that was the situation when he was sent to hand over the eviction notice. He comes back to help them move and sparks fly.

Hannah is a modern woman, not afraid to speak her mind. She’s doing her best to care for her little sisters in their new rental home, but life is taking a toll. She had to give up law school in order to find a job, but she matches wits with Lincoln and helps with the defense of her childhood friend, Walt, when he’s accused of arson.

One thing I would have loved would have to do with her parents’ bedroom furniture. I’ll leave it at that for now, but as we’ll be seeing Linc and Hannah in the future [with the sisters’ books] it’s a possibility.

I’ll have to ask Lorna when the next one is coming out, but as for me, I can’t wait.

Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Thanks to Lorna and the publisher for an influencer copy in exchange for my review.