Saturday, May 25, 2013

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

Back Cover Blurb:

When romance calls, will she choose to answer?

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule-until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of companionship that blossoms into sweet romance.

To Read an Excerpt:

April 1908 Des Moines, Iowa Did she dare? Hannah eyed the wheeled grocery store ladder resting against the shelves. If she went up that ladder again this week, she might give poor Mr. Reilly heart failure. Despite the risk of Mr. Reilly’s demise, Hannah wrapped her hand around the ladder’s rung. If the little man had a conniption, that was his fault. He should have kept his shelves better stocked or at least offered to help her. After all, she’d been waiting for nearly five minutes, and her sisters were home waiting for dinner. One can of stewed tomatoes, and her meager grocery shopping list would be complete. From its position on the upper shelf beyond her reach, the can taunted her with its flashy red label and bright green letters. It practically goaded her to come and get it. Her gaze darted to the plaque hung from a nail on the center shelf: “Please Let Us Assist You.” She’d be happy to if Mr. Reilly noticed anyone in the store besides the customers with money. As it was, she had no choice but to take matters into her own hands. Hannah glanced from the sign to the stout, long-nosed grocer. Behind the counter, he continued his chatty dialogue with the banker’s wife, turning a blind eye as her five-year-old son skipped around the mercantile like a child at the fair. Easing the wheeled ladder back and forth a few inches on its rail, Hannah watched to see if Mr. Reilly noticed. When he didn’t turn her direction, she hiked up her skirt. With one foot firmly planted on the ladder’s first step, Hannah rolled the ladder a yard to the right. After stopping beneath the elusive tomatoes, she scurried up the three flat rungs and clasped the can in her hand before hoisting it aloft like a trophy. Don’t show off. She tucked the can against her side. Just hurry up and get back down “Giddyap!” Hannah caught a glimpse of the naughty little boy riding a broom straight toward the ladder. Her breath caught. “Whoa!” The boy smacked the ladder with the broom handle. Like a ball on a billiards table, the ladder flew down the row of shelves. With the tomato can in one hand, Hannah clung to the rungs with her other. The ladder jolted to a stop at the end of the shelves. To keep from falling, she dropped the can and gripped the rungs with both hands. The can thunked into Mr. Reilly’s potato bin and sent the piled spuds cascading to the floor. Hannah scrambled off the ladder and began gathering the fallen victims of the tomato can fiasco. She headed for one of the spuds in the middle of the aisle, but the boy reached it first and gave it a hard kick. The potato thumped across the floor and rolled under the yard goods table. Mr. Reilly’s shadow loomed over her. “You? Again?” Dropping an armload of potatoes into the bin, Hannah brushed the dirt from the front of her skirt. “I apologize, Mr. Reilly. You seemed otherwise occupied with Mrs. Young, and the boy—” “The boy is lucky you didn’t kill him.” Mr. Reilly scowled and looked inside Hannah’s basket, where the tomato can now lay nestled next to a small sack of flour and a few potatoes. “Is that all you’re getting?” “Actually, I have a bit more shopping to do.” Hannah squared her shoulders. He didn’t need to know she only planned on purchasing those three items. The funds they had left needed to stretch for quite a while. “And in the future, may I recommend you don’t let small children run amok in your store.”

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A history buff, antique collector, wedding coordinator, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. They have two children in college and one still at home.

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Lorna is giving away a copy of When Love Calls. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Judy said...

This book sounds so good. After reading the excerpt I want more. Will Hannah get on the ladder in Mr. Reilly’s store?

I would love to win a copy of, When Love Calls. And...isn't the cover of this book beautiful?!

Judy B

Jennifer Blanton said...
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Jennifer Blanton said...

Looks and sounds like a great book- I love to read books during that time period. I forgot my email on the first comment.


squiresj said...

This books looks like a very interesting read. I'd love to win it, read it, review it and share it.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Boos Mum said...

Thanks for the excerpt. I would love to read more. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

I have read several of Lorna's books would love to win this one thanks

love the cover

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lisa Lickel said...

Loved the book, Lorna! Congratulations on another great one.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Abbi Hart said...

I've been hearing many great things about this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindi A said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. Ü

Rose Milligan said...

I love the look on the model's face. It's subtle but it says a lot. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Pam K. said...

Hannah sounds like another spunky heroine I'd love to read more about. I've been reading very good reviews of When Love Calls so it's on my "want" list. It would be fun to win it here! Thanks for the chance.


Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Would love to win this book! Thanks! atouchofheaven2010[at]gmail[dot]com

Patty said...

Love the cover and I'm sure the inside will be just as good!


Anonymous said...

Lorna, I love the cover on this book. Sounds good too! Would be so happy to win it. Thanks Carole for hosting Lorna. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

KayM said...

I think this will be great fun to read. Loved the excerpt!
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I want this book so bad. Hope this will be my lucky time. I love the cover so much. Please put me in for the drawing. Thanks Lorna for the gifting of the book, and to Caroline and The barn Door Book Loft for hosting this give-away. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Emma said...

When Love Calls sounds wonderful.Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win .

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a good book, thank you for hosting the giveaway.


Sharon A. Lavy said...

It is not too late to leave a comment on this post or yesterday's post either. The contest is open all week!

Lorna said...

Thank you all for stopping by! I love the cover, too. I think Revell's art department is wonderful. This cover is really prettier in person!

And if you're just stopping by now, be sure to go ahead and comment. Like Sharon said, the giveaway is open all week! Be sure to check out the post on Sunday, too, for an additional chance to leave a comment.

NatureFairy said...

When Love Calls sounds like a great book!


Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I have heard that this is a great book. Love the cover and enjoyed the sneak peak at part of it!
Brittany McEuen

Candy said...

Love the cover on this book and would love to read it!

Amy Smith said...

Great book! I actually read it, but hope it is still ok to sign up to read a copy! amylsmith(at)bledsoe(dot)net

strgth4yu said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to read this book by Lorna.

Linda Ortiz

Laura Hill said...

The book sounds like my cup of tea. :)

Susan said...

Sounds good. Thanks for chance to win. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Elizabeth Dent said...

Ohhh this book sounds so good . Would love to win a copy of this book . Would also do a review afterward . Thanks so much for the giveaway .
Blessings ,

Jan Hall said...

I look forward to reading this book. Will review it online too.

Tammy Sotela said...

This book sounds fun. My mother was a switchboard operator. I would love to read this book. Winning it is even better.

tsotela (at) cox [dot] net

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great! Would love to win! Thank you for entering me in your giveaway!
Barbara Thompson

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the drawing.

Katie J.

Jenny A said...

This book sounds so fun! Thanks for the giveaway!


sm said...

Hope to win WhenLoveCalls. Love the cover-so inviting to me. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jorie said...

Hallo, Hallo! :)

I still get a wink and a smile whenever I read the premise of When Love Calls, as I love the idea behind the book! Not to mention, I *love!* the cover like most commenters have already mentioned! She draws your eye, makes you want to know the story she's gracing the cover of,...

Thank you for offering this bookaway!


Joy Hannabass said...

Thanks you much ladies for the interesting post!! and I would love to win this one to review and then donate to our church library!

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