I purchased the ebook from Barnes & Noble.
Hannah Gregory's parents have unexpectedly passed away, leaving her in charge of her two younger sisters and faced with the necessity of dropping out of law school. To support the family, she decides to become a "Hello Girl," or switchboard operator. Before she is able to secure a paycheck, the bank dispatches a young lawyer to foreclose on the farm, and Hannah is annoyed to find that he keeps crossing her path.
Lorna Seilstad is a Christian writer who creates lively, interesting characters with believable motives. Early-20th-century Des Moines, Iowa, may sound prosaic, but romance is all the more charming amidst the everyday settings of work, picnics, and church services. Seilstad manages to capture an energetic and optimistic time in history, when the nation was full of progress and hope for the future.
The biblical message is not veiled, but neither is it lobbed at the reader like a brick. The parallel with the story of Ruth feels a little forced, but then, similarities between everyday life and biblical stories are usually not exact in every detail, so it is a realistic way of drawing applicable lessons from a scriptural text.
Rating: 4.5 stars; we'll round up to 5
Lincoln Cole is my kind of literary heartthrob. This young lawyer is hot! I feel that Seilstad has really reached her potential in this book and has created two leading characters who are equally flawed and equally delightful. Both Hannah and Lincoln learn and grow, which I love. I can't wait for the next books in the Gregory Sisters series; unfortunately, I have about a year to wait!