Saturday, August 15, 2020

LINE BY LINE by Jennifer Delamere, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Set in London in 1880, Jennifer Delamere’s newest book, Line by Line, is a fascinating look at telegraphers and the role they played in the evolution of world-wide communications. I enjoy reading historical fiction, because I learn much while I’m reading an entertaining story. The main characters in this story both had experience in telegraphy, so this played a major part in the tale. Alice McNeil is independent, ambitious, and perfectly content in her spinsterhood and her job as a telegrapher. Douglas Shaw, the junior director of the company, is also ambitious and determined to overcome his childhood poverty and rise in society. The two hit it off, but their different aims in life collide a bit and cause some difficulties for them.
With an intriguing glimpse at this slice of history, a bit of intrigue and suspense, and a big dash of romance, Delamere is off to a great start with this first book in her Love Along the Lines series. There’s even some inspiration and character growth thrown in for good measure. I’m looking forward to the other books in the series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. I gave it 4 stars. A light faith message.

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BackCover Blurb:
Alice McNeil resolved at a young age to travel through life unencumbered by love or marriage, free to make her own decisions. A seasoned telegrapher, she's recently acquired a coveted position at an important trading firm, but when the company's ambitious junior director returns to London, things begin to change in ways Alice could never have imagined.

For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He's also determined to marry into high society--a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.

He and Alice form a friendly relationship based on mutual respect, but anything deeper is not in their plans. However, when Alice accidentally raises the ire of a jealous and vindictive coworker who's intent on ruining her life, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to risk finding a better way?

Bethany House Publishing, June 2020
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