Sunday, November 27, 2011

Book Review: "Love on the Line" by Deeanne Gist

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist is about small town Texas life in 1904 and is filled with characters of every type and ilk.  The heroine Georgie Gail is an independent young lady living by herself and earning her own living at a time when it was not the norm to do so. 

Deeanne Gist has written delightful Christian fiction in the past.  Love on the Line will not be ranked as one of my favorites.  The book is funny.  Hilariously so.  The characters are a little on the over-the-top variety, but that is what makes them funny, interesting, and charming.

I began to wonder as I read Love on the Line  if Ms. Gist has some hidden agenda in writing this book because of the strong line of feminism (women can do anything a man can) and environmentalism (the birds).

The book is an easy read, is enjoyable, and is entertaining.  The dialogue is good and character development well done.  There is strong tension between the two leading characters - Georgie Gail and Luke Palmer, aka Texas Ranger Lucious.

I was disappointed that this is Christian fiction and yet there was scarce mention of church or Christianity.  The leading characters were basically good morally, though.  There was a strong sensual element between the lead characters, but the book is still a safe read for young adults.

From a historical standpoint, a glimpse into the life of a Texas Ranger, the early days of telephones, early feminist movement, and the saving-the-birds movement are interesting.  The birds are somewhat overdone, though.

I would rate this a 3 star read.  I received this book from Bethany House to review and was not obligated to give a positive review.
Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0764204092      ISBN-13: 978-0764204098

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