Friday, July 10, 2020

Book Review - Line By Line


Since she was young, Alice McNeil has seen success as a telegrapher as the best use for her keen and curious mind. Years later, she has yet to regret her freedom and foregoing love and marriage, especially when she acquires 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 immediately earns Alice’s respect by judging her based on her skills and not her gender, and a fast camaraderie forms. However, when Alice accidentally angers a jealous coworker and his revenge threatens both their reputations, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to see the future in a different light?


Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and new beginnings. Her novels have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.


I could hardly put this book down! What a wonderful and exciting start to a new series. I can't wait for the next book in this Love Along the Wires Series.

Alice is a woman who knows what she wants.  She has goals that have nothing to do with marriage and she works hard to be good at her work as a telegraph operator. She had a teacher who believed in her and helped her to set goals most women in 1880's would never dream of.  I really liked Alice because she tried to do her best and she had so much confidence!

She meets Douglas at her new job and he is just as goal orientated as she is, if not more so.  They see a kindred spirit in each other and become good friends.  Their admiration for each other was just wonderful and how good relationships begin.

As the story goes along, they both start to re-think their goals in life. They realize that plans can be changed and it doesn't mean you fail - you just re-plan and go for the new goals in your life.

I really enjoyed this book and the historical setting.  The fact that it's set in London just gives it that much more enjoyment in my eyes. It's an enjoyable story with memorable characters and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 stars.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

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Blessings - Julie

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