Usually Deeanne Gist has an excellent storyline, great character developing and some suspense within the love story.

This novel is a little different incorporating a "Gentleman Jack" type of villain within the storyline in which the real hero, a Texas Ranger, finds it difficult to "get" his criminal because the people think the villain is some type of Robin Hood. It is quite interesting how Gist weaves this story. However...

I was only into the third chapter and was thoroughly disgusted with the bird thing that Georgie has... I'm quite sure all the bird hat and clothing decoration information is quite true because Gist does an excellent job with research. It's just the bird-loving goes overboard for me. What could have been a personality quirk actually becomes an overwhelming character flaw, in my opinion. It reminds me of some eco-environment "persuasions" that some writers indulge in which is annoying to say the least. Frankly, there is nothing between the two "love birds" that explains why the two fall in love. It is rather after the old-fashioned, from the eighties, iron-sharpening-iron kind of love story. It is merely physical attraction after all disguised as "love".

I give this on 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but it could have been so much better.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love on the Line
Bethany House (October 1, 2011)
Deeanne Gist


After a short career in elementary education, Deeanne Gist retired to raise her four children. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she ran a home accessory and antique business, became a member of the press, wrote freelance journalism for national publications such as People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and acted as CFO for her husband’s small engineering firm--all from the comforts of home.

Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.

After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, three RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

Her latest releases, Beguiled, Maid To Match, and Love on the Line are now available.

Gist lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-eight years and their border collie. They have four grown children. Click here to find out the most up-to-the-minute news about Dee.


Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world ... which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love on the Line, go HERE.

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