Monday, July 20, 2020

Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere

My thoughts: 
It isn't often that I find it difficult to continue a book that I have selected to read. Why? I'm pretty selective about my choices.  However, Jennifer Delamere's Line by Line simply didn't catch my interest.

I don't think the writing poor. No. It just seemed uninteresting to me. Parts seemed as though they were taken from the pages of the "social page" of a small town newspaper in the early 1800s. 

The leading lady was determined to be a lady of independence and climb in the work of business. Her goal? To be a telegrapher (one who receives and interprets messages transmitted over the telegraph). Of course, the work place was a man's world but she was determined to crack the glass ceiling.

The leading man was a handsome Scottish man who had risen from paltry circumstances to position of respect in the business world. His goal was higher still - both financially and socially. He was determined to pursue a lady of means as an opportunity to rise in the world of finance and success.

I am certain the story line resolves itself well. I, however, have stopped on page 145, nearly half way through the book. I will place it in my "to be read" stack and give it another chance. But for now, I will let it rest. Currently I give it a 3-star rating. Later, if I finish and find it more readable and likeable, I'll change that rating & rewrite the review. 

About the book: Years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty—and now he's determined to marry into high society to prevent reliving his old circumstances. But when Alice McNeil, an unconventional telegrapher at his firm, raises the ire of a vindictive co-worker, he must choose between rescuing her reputation and the future he's always planned.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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