Line By Line (Love Along the Wires #1)
By: Jennifer Delamere
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 30th, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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?
I really wanted like this book, I really did but I just could not get into this book at all. The one thing that I did enjoy about this novel was getting to see the detailed interworking’s of a telegraph office, but that was it. It wasn’t even content that made me disconnect, it was the charcters.
I did not like the main characters at all. They both were super infurrairating and I just could not connect with them at all. Alice was a sweet woman but her whole attitude of “I don’t need a man” and “I don’t ever want to get married” really got on my nerves because it was too feminist for this time era. Also when she started reading that silly book, she started playing with men’s emotions and it was trickery and deceit. Alice also got on my nerves because she got all blushful and like any other girl around Douglas, even though she was so hard pressed on not ever falling in love. I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I know that it was suppose to be character develop of her slowly changing her mind about romance because of Douglas but Douglas is a whole other story, plus I felt like the way that she does eventually fall in love is rather ridicuouls and rather chessy.
Honestly Douglas infuriated me in more ways than Alice did. I know that his character was more realistic towards this time era but still I just could not with him. I know he eventually turns around but I still could not get myself to like him.
These honestly are just my opinions about this book, I know plenty of people who love it, I just could not get myself to enjoy it. Characters are a huge thing for me and when I can’t connect to a character, the book usually isn’t going to be for me.
*FTC: I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
About the Author
A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past…and of new beginnings. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.