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Years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty--and now he's determined to marry into high society to prevent reliving his old circumstances. But when Alice McNeil, an unconventional telegrapher at his firm, raises the ire of a vindictive co-worker, he must choose between rescuing her reputation and the future he's always planned.


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Years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty--and now he's determined to marry into high society to prevent reliving his old circumstances. But when Alice McNeil, an unconventional telegrapher at his firm, raises the ire of a vindictive co-worker, he must choose between rescuing her reputation and the future he's always planned.

30 review for Line by Line

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Jennifer Delamere has started a new series with Line By Line. It is set in Victorian England in the offices of Henly and Company. The story follows Alice McNeil. She is a modern Miss trying to prove that women can do a good job in the workplace. Alice can support herself; she has no need to pursue a marriage match. Until she meets fellow telegrapher and her supervisor, Douglas Shaw. This was an interesting mix of history and budding romance. Ms. Delamere is very adept at incorporating facts and Jennifer Delamere has started a new series with Line By Line. It is set in Victorian England in the offices of Henly and Company. The story follows Alice McNeil. She is a modern Miss trying to prove that women can do a good job in the workplace. Alice can support herself; she has no need to pursue a marriage match. Until she meets fellow telegrapher and her supervisor, Douglas Shaw. This was an interesting mix of history and budding romance. Ms. Delamere is very adept at incorporating facts and tidbits into her stories. She conveys her character’s feelings in a relatable way. One tool she uses is a volume called The Spinsters Guide to Love and Romance, based on a real book of the era. This little tome could get Alice into all kinds of trouble. It was fascinating to see how Alice used the advice contained in it. A character who makes an appearance is Andrew Carnegie. Ms. Delamere used his own words to show his faith and the reason for his philanthropy. Mr. Carnegie counsels Douglas to put his priorities in the right order. There are lessons for us all. Another character I enjoyed was Miss Templeton, a former teacher who Alice visits to get some perspective. I look forward to reading the rest of this series to see what other trouble the little advice book can stir up. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    This is a series that I want to continue reading. Of course, I'll have to wait for the next book for a while... Alice McNeil is a forward-thinking young woman. She is positive that the way she wants to live her life is as an independent spinster. She has goals in her career as a telegrapher. She is quick and smart. The future is waiting for her until she meets Douglas Shaw. Douglas has decided that the way to get ahead in life is to marry money. He began his career as a telegrapher and now is the This is a series that I want to continue reading. Of course, I'll have to wait for the next book for a while... Alice McNeil is a forward-thinking young woman. She is positive that the way she wants to live her life is as an independent spinster. She has goals in her career as a telegrapher. She is quick and smart. The future is waiting for her until she meets Douglas Shaw. Douglas has decided that the way to get ahead in life is to marry money. He began his career as a telegrapher and now is the right-hand man to the owner of the company. Now, he has set his sights on woman of society! Too bad that she's not everything he thought she would be and not as intelligent as Alice. This book is well-paced and a fantastic read. I loved the relationships built between the characters. There is chemistry, both the good and the kind that rubs you raw. That is evident between Alice and her co-telegrapher, Clapper. He is the kind of man that doesn't like to be proven wrong or have another employee excel at their position. Alice quickly makes him an enemy and the story gets very interesting from that point. I enjoyed reading this book. I'm just sorry that I have to wait for the next one to come out. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    What a lovely start to the Love Along the Wires Series. The characters were charming and the history of telegraphs interesting. Alice is driven to have a successful career as a telegraph operator and is quite pleased after landing a job with a private company. She has no desire to marry or have children. Alice has nothing against men. She simply wishes to be self-sufficient. In contrast, Douglas is also driven to be successful, however, his motivation is to amass wealth and never return to the pov What a lovely start to the Love Along the Wires Series. The characters were charming and the history of telegraphs interesting. Alice is driven to have a successful career as a telegraph operator and is quite pleased after landing a job with a private company. She has no desire to marry or have children. Alice has nothing against men. She simply wishes to be self-sufficient. In contrast, Douglas is also driven to be successful, however, his motivation is to amass wealth and never return to the poverty he was born to. His primary focus at the time he meets Alice is to marry a banker's daughter. What I loved most about Line by Line was the characters. They are portrayed in such a realistic fashion. Not only Alice and Douglas, but all the secondary characters as well. I'm hoping the remainder of the series will be about Alice's friends Emma and Rose. The story line also includes a not so easy to like character, but he is described in stellar fashion. And what's not to love about a small bookstore serving a key role in the romance? My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Charming! Line by Line is my first read by Jennifer Delamere, and now I definitely plan on reading more of her books. I really enjoyed this story. Some of my favorite parts include the details about working as a telegrapher, as well as a woman working in what was previously considered primarily a man's job. I also have to mention that fact that a mutually visited bookstore, and a rather humorous book about understanding the opposite sex has a lot to do with the story line - quite humorous and de Charming! Line by Line is my first read by Jennifer Delamere, and now I definitely plan on reading more of her books. I really enjoyed this story. Some of my favorite parts include the details about working as a telegrapher, as well as a woman working in what was previously considered primarily a man's job. I also have to mention that fact that a mutually visited bookstore, and a rather humorous book about understanding the opposite sex has a lot to do with the story line - quite humorous and delightful! Oh, and dancing to the "tune"of Morse code - you'll just have to trust me on that one! Both leads are endearing. Alice is a self-proclaimed spinster, but she didn't have that aggravating, over-the-top stubborn quality that similar characters in other books have had. Douglas is also goal-driver, but not to the point of it being unrealistic. The romance is lighter, but also easy to root for them as a couple. I adored Alice's friends Rose and Emma, and I hope future books are about them. Her friend Lucy did nothing for me, because she treated Alice like a doormat, but other than that, I loved the secondary characters. Ultimately, my favorite thing about this novel is that it shows that even when life doesn't go quite like you planned, things are not hopeless: "She had begun to feel as though every door was closed to her. Now she was ready to test the notion that it simply meant new ways were opening up. That something very different were on the horizon. She might not know exactly where she was going, but she had to believe that the right path was out there and that she would find it." Here's to a closed door leading to the right path for us all. I received a complimentary copy of this novel; this review is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    First Initial Thoughts Alice is in her late 20s determined to build a telegraph career and forgo marriage. She just acquired a new position at a prestigious shipping company looking for a telegrapher. The first day she starts she meets Douglas Shaw, a senior director at the company. She is instantly attracted to him for his good looks and charm. That first night after work she goes to the local bookstore and decides to purchase a book about not being a spinster and how to attract a man. She first First Initial Thoughts Alice is in her late 20s determined to build a telegraph career and forgo marriage. She just acquired a new position at a prestigious shipping company looking for a telegrapher. The first day she starts she meets Douglas Shaw, a senior director at the company. She is instantly attracted to him for his good looks and charm. That first night after work she goes to the local bookstore and decides to purchase a book about not being a spinster and how to attract a man. She first thinks the book is outlandish and ridiculous but is also curious about its contents. Also, at work, she has to sit across a man named Archie. A man that despises that she is working there and makes sure she knows it. He also doesn’t put his workload in and puts the extra work on her. What a great co-worker… Douglas Shaw came from poverty in Glasgow and is working his way up into society so that he no longer has to live in poverty. He thinks that by working hard, his hard work will pay off and he will become successful in life. Then he meets Alice. They get along easily and he is attracted by the way Alice is able to handle her workload and able to defend herself to the other men in the office, especially Archie. One day his luck is in the cards and he meets Andrew Carnegie. He is able to secure a meeting about a working partnership with Henley and Company. Will this meeting change everything? Setting I absolutely loved the office setting in this book. Even though this story took place many decades ago, office politics were still existent and you definitely got a sense of this. It definitely also reminded me how much I did not like working in a corporate environment and how some people thrived in it. Final Thoughts Halfway through the book, this book kind of reminded me of the show, Mad Men. While this story was much cleaner and didn’t have all the scandals, this story definitely had office politics and life. There was a lot of drama in the office and like in Mad Men, each co-worker had a life outside the office and it was heavily written about. With that being said, I felt like the story did drag on just a little bit. The main part of the story didn’t really get revealed until the very end and just shortly thereafter resolved. However, I do have to say that the actions Alice chose to partake in, resulted in consequences she didn’t want. Speaking of Alice, she was very adamant about keeping a career and not getting married. She had no time for that. She often felt different from other women but didn’t let that get in her way. I liked her determination and motivation. Though she still had a pull to read that spinster book. While I am all for women establishing a career and waiting for marriage, love doesn’t have to not be in the picture. Alice was afraid to let love in because she felt it would interfere with her plans. However, it doesn’t have to. Douglas was determined to get to the top and become wealthy. I think his conversation with Carnegie changed his perspective. While Carnegie was very wealthy, he also started with humble beginnings. He was also well known to use his money for good. I think the biggest thing to be learned is that money can’t buy happiness. If we have money, it’s important to know how to use it wisely. If I was wealthy as Carnegie, I know I wouldn’t just be hoarding it. I would definitely be using it to help the needy. Overall I really enjoyed this story and I am excited about the next book in the series! Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    DNF @ pg. 135. I have been trying so hard to keep going with this book, but I just can't force myself to continue anymore. It wasn't necessarily because of content (thus far), I am not a fan of either Alice or Douglas. Douglas infuriated me in many ways. He is so desperate to climb the social ladder and admits that. Because of this, he is going after a rich man's daughter, but yet! He is constantly complimenting Alice and flirting with her. He finds Alice interesting because of her skills for a wo DNF @ pg. 135. I have been trying so hard to keep going with this book, but I just can't force myself to continue anymore. It wasn't necessarily because of content (thus far), I am not a fan of either Alice or Douglas. Douglas infuriated me in many ways. He is so desperate to climb the social ladder and admits that. Because of this, he is going after a rich man's daughter, but yet! He is constantly complimenting Alice and flirting with her. He finds Alice interesting because of her skills for a woman and I found him so annoying with his brash comments about others. [Because I am not finishing this book, I should note: It is possible that he'll change by the end of the story. Off topic in some ways, I do want to note that he does smoke cigarettes; which I don't believe I've seen in Christian Fiction unless it's the soon-to-be-reformed-bad-boy.] Alice. Oh, Alice. She went from "I don't need a man"/"I don't want to get married" to blushing and stuttering over Douglas in a blink. I can get that a guy is cute/handsome/whatever, but she was struggling to keep her mind on her original goals of being an independent woman. [Is this because they will inevitably get together? Of course.] According to a couple other reviews, her mind is changed even more so after a passionate kiss. Alice is also given terrible advice about stroking a man's ego (from her friends & a book) so that they will be friendlier and not as short with her (at work or a dinner party). If it was just about being kind to the snooty man at work, I think I would have been fine with it, but Alice is told to make a man feel superior to her. It's commented that prior when Alice did a similar thing to another sour man at a dinner party, that she felt like she had played a joke on him and he didn't even realize it. To which her friend brings up and comments "What if you did the same to [the man at work]? How delicious would that be? He might feel superior, but you would know that you are superior." It was a tempting prospect. Maybe there was some truth to what Rose was saying. "Perhaps I will give it a try. It would be nice to have a more civil work environment." In my eyes, this is terrible advice. It borderlines on trickery and deceit. Why can't you genuinely ask the man about his hobbies? Not trying to trick him that he's superior by teaching you something, but genuinely being kind? Maybe the book decided to add this in for the sake of the time period, but I thought it was sad it was done this way. I'm so tired of the love at first sight/attraction at first sight trope. I understand that "romance" authors only has so many pages to make a story, but when it's over three hundred pages, I don't see the reason at all on why everything has to be rushed. I gave this author a second try, but, unfortunately, it will be my last by her.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Line by Line is the start of a new series by Jennifer Delamere. This book is a history loving reader's delight. The story revolves around a heroine who is a telegrapher. The Victorian era is full of new inventions and books like this one brings those things to life for the reader. This book also features a visit from Andrew Carnegie. There is fun humor as well sprinkled throughout. I really enjoyed it. There is romance, but I wish it had a bit more. Overall, a very good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Line By Line was truly a charming story. This is my first book by this author but it will not be my last. The book caught me early on and I loved every moment of it. The meet cute between Alice and Douglas was one of the best I have read. Alice's reactions during that scene were absolutely hysterical. Their developing relationship was entertaining and their friends helped to round out the story very well. The story didn't lag and kept me invested and the ending was perfect. I really really enjoy Line By Line was truly a charming story. This is my first book by this author but it will not be my last. The book caught me early on and I loved every moment of it. The meet cute between Alice and Douglas was one of the best I have read. Alice's reactions during that scene were absolutely hysterical. Their developing relationship was entertaining and their friends helped to round out the story very well. The story didn't lag and kept me invested and the ending was perfect. I really really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading Jennifer's earlier books as well as reading the upcoming books in this series. Jennifer Delamere has a new fan in me! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    . . . What a sweet, enjoyable and entertaining read! Line by Line is the first book in a new Victorian-era series by author Jennifer Delamere. Set in 1880’s London, as the spread of telephone lines threaten the telegraph’s future, readers are treated to interesting historical tidbits while spinster Alice tries to secure a career in a man’s world. The setting is wonderful and the story is quite engaging! This was a hard one to put down! This book had humor, faith, lively characters and a super cute rom . . . What a sweet, enjoyable and entertaining read! Line by Line is the first book in a new Victorian-era series by author Jennifer Delamere. Set in 1880’s London, as the spread of telephone lines threaten the telegraph’s future, readers are treated to interesting historical tidbits while spinster Alice tries to secure a career in a man’s world. The setting is wonderful and the story is quite engaging! This was a hard one to put down! This book had humor, faith, lively characters and a super cute romance! Alice’s two friends, Emma and Rose, were equally delightful additions to this story and I hope we see more of each lady in the future! I happily recommend Line by Line to fans of historical fiction! I’m rather pleased to have read this book and I look forward to more from Jennifer Delamere! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    I have to admit Line by Line was a great introduction to Jennifer Delamere's writing. We start off by meeting Alice who is fine with the idea of becoming a spinster. Her new job seems like a perfect fit for her. She's got a quick wit and is incredibly smart. Alice certainly seems satisfied with where she is in life. Then we meet Douglas who is very self assured and knows he's a good looking man! Unlike Alice, he's got big plans to make it rich. He's got his eye set on a banker's daughter... one he I have to admit Line by Line was a great introduction to Jennifer Delamere's writing. We start off by meeting Alice who is fine with the idea of becoming a spinster. Her new job seems like a perfect fit for her. She's got a quick wit and is incredibly smart. Alice certainly seems satisfied with where she is in life. Then we meet Douglas who is very self assured and knows he's a good looking man! Unlike Alice, he's got big plans to make it rich. He's got his eye set on a banker's daughter... one he's never met, but he seems unaffected by it. Unfortunately both of them have to work with Archie Clapper. What a cad. he's a crabby man who does nothing but sneer and make snide remarks. He can't stand the fact that a woman works as his "equal". He was a very well written villain! It's rather funny (at least for a time) when Alice uses what she learns from a spinster book she finds at a book store on Archie. The amusement doesn't last long. I really enjoyed watching Alice and Douglas grow as individuals throughout this story. They certainly came to know themselves better as well as each other. One of the best elements to this story was the addition of Andrew Carnegie. He had quite the impact on Douglas' outlook on life. What was interesting was the teacher who impacted Alice and the direction her life had taken, gave her instruction a bit of a spin, which Alice hadn't expected. What I enjoyed the most was the tension of both Alice and Douglas to stay true to their courses they'd set from the start of the story. It was great to watch Douglas be so impressed with Alice's insights into the business world. My favorite scene is when Alice teaches Douglas how to dance. It was an ingenious way to do on Jennifer Delamere's part! I'm hoping we'll get to know Rose and Ellen more in the rest of the series. They're both friends of Alice's. Lucy is also one of Alice's friends, but she rather annoys me. lol I'm not sure what book 2 will be about, but since Rose sends telegrams for the post office, maybe her? I guess we'll just have to wait and see! *I received this book for review and this is my opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    4.5 stars In Line by Line, Ms. Delamere pens an enjoyable read highlighting the Victorian working class. It centers around a female character who has chosen the pursuit of a career, not a husband as many of her contemporaries have done. Ms. Delamere has crafted the story of an ambitious young lady who is pursuing a career in a male-dominated business world. The author's research into the field of telegraphy and its contributions for business and industry on a world-wide scale is an engaging bac 4.5 stars In Line by Line, Ms. Delamere pens an enjoyable read highlighting the Victorian working class. It centers around a female character who has chosen the pursuit of a career, not a husband as many of her contemporaries have done. Ms. Delamere has crafted the story of an ambitious young lady who is pursuing a career in a male-dominated business world. The author's research into the field of telegraphy and its contributions for business and industry on a world-wide scale is an engaging backdrop. I love the hero and heroine and how each faced moments of introspection and soul-searching as they realized that 'the best laid plans' can change. This story is filled with witty conversations and well-plotted romantic moments that will captivate readers. This is my favorite book by this author and I am looking forward to reading more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    Hooked from page one, this was a great read. The bit of mystery kept me turning the pages. Interesting historical facts that readers of this genre will love for sure!

  13. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Troubles - even those not of our own making - are part of every person's journey. It's how one deals with them that shows true character. I have no doubt you will find a way to triumph in the end." Line by Line kicks off Jennifer Delamere's newest series Love along the Wires set in Victorian England during the boom of telegram usage. Her attention to detail will envelope the reader in 1881 London as international commerce and trading is rapidly expanding. The leaps made in technology during that "Troubles - even those not of our own making - are part of every person's journey. It's how one deals with them that shows true character. I have no doubt you will find a way to triumph in the end." Line by Line kicks off Jennifer Delamere's newest series Love along the Wires set in Victorian England during the boom of telegram usage. Her attention to detail will envelope the reader in 1881 London as international commerce and trading is rapidly expanding. The leaps made in technology during that time are fascinating and how the business world used encoded telegram/Morse code messages is quite intriguing to learn about. The two main characters, Alice and Douglas, are like two peas in a pod - both ambitious, intelligent, and devoted to work life without much need for romantic love. They both come from quite humble backgrounds and are proud of what they have achieved so far - she a telegraph operator at a prestigious company and he an assistant to the owner at the said prestigious company. Neither likes returning home but going back to their roots points them toward a more fulfilling direction in life. There is definitely humor in the plot as Alice employs a book touted as "the spinster's guide" to love and romance and her curious nature begs to experiment with some of the theories from the book on real men of her acquaintance. That experiment unfortunately backfires and puts her in a bit of conundrum as she re-evaluates what she really wants out of life. Alice and Douglas' friendship is natural and fun since they have so many things in common; their romance is fraught with hurdles but they do overcome each one. If you enjoy historical romance, you will definitely enjoy this book. I can't wait to see who the second book in the series will feature. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    What an amazing read! I loved so many things about this story. First, the historical setting and the profession of telegraphist, which were both well done and interesting. I also liked the contrast between life in London and life in the country (Alice's family). Alice is a telegraphist and she values her independence. She's approaching her later twenties and she doesn't want to marry to only become a wife and mother without any education and growth. She's good at what she does and intends to keep What an amazing read! I loved so many things about this story. First, the historical setting and the profession of telegraphist, which were both well done and interesting. I also liked the contrast between life in London and life in the country (Alice's family). Alice is a telegraphist and she values her independence. She's approaching her later twenties and she doesn't want to marry to only become a wife and mother without any education and growth. She's good at what she does and intends to keep single. Douglas has been traveling in American working for his company and finally returns home to London. He's ambitious and has plans to keep climbing the social ladder, which include marrying an heiress. When Douglas and Alice meet at the office where they both work, they become friends but soon their relationship develops into something more. Little by little, their attraction grows and it starts upsetting the plans each made before. One of the things I loved was to see their individual growth and how they changed their minds from what they wanted in the beginning to how they end—together but still individuals. Can't wait for the next in the series! I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Line by Line promised so many of the things I love in historical fiction, namely: the promise of a working woman in Victorian London, close to thirty, long past the age most married, and content to be both single and career-minded. Alice works as a telegrapher in London, and thanks to her (mostly) supportive family and the mentorship of an unforgettable teacher, she has no intention of ever marrying. She's content to be a beloved aunt and among a close circle of female friends, all gainfully emp Line by Line promised so many of the things I love in historical fiction, namely: the promise of a working woman in Victorian London, close to thirty, long past the age most married, and content to be both single and career-minded. Alice works as a telegrapher in London, and thanks to her (mostly) supportive family and the mentorship of an unforgettable teacher, she has no intention of ever marrying. She's content to be a beloved aunt and among a close circle of female friends, all gainfully employed and currently single. An independent, intelligent heroine working in a male-dominated field? This is total Ruth catnip. I've read Delamere before (though its been years, and prior to her pubbing with Bethany House) and remember enjoying her writing. Sadly this novel was a disappointment. It's not that its "bad" per se...but for a novel with such a promising set-up, n-o-t-h-i-n-g happens for at least two-thirds of the novel. There's very little forward momentum to the plotline; rather, there are PAGES of Alice (or Douglas, during his point-of-view chapters) thinking. Yes, thinking. Which might be fine if it was remotely interesting, or there was really any point to the seemingly endless pages of internal rumination, but there's just not. I'm not opposed to a "quiet," slice-of-life story, but in my view like all fiction that type of story succeeds or fails on the merits of whether or not the characters are engaging. And Alice, while likeable enough - and a much-needed viewpoint in historical fiction - just fails to carry the story for me. As a hero I loved how Douglas Shaw immediately "saw" Alice for who she is - tremendously capable and intelligent, followed by any measure of physical appeal. However, he is one-note in his single-minded pursuit of wealth by marriage, until a chance encounter with Andrew Carnegie prompts him to think beyond the acquisition of temporal wealth. So while he is clearly capable of appreciating a woman's intellect, for over half the novel he's bent on a single-minded pursuit of using another "frivolous" woman to further his career. *facepalm* Everything works out fine, but let's be honest its not a great look. This novel had so much potential, and it succeeds best when it confronts timeless issues such as sexual discrimination in the workplace. Delamere also nicely sets the scene, successfully bringing 1880-era working-class London to life. Also, there's a cat (who also made the back cover!), which is a huge win for me personally. But one-note characterization and a plot that lacks focus and momentum makes Line by Line fall far short of what I'd hoped (or remembered from my previous experience with Delamere's fiction). I like the concept and given my history I'll definitely give her work a further chance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    The inspiration for this story was from a book titled “The Victorian Internet.” The author says, “It was fascinating to read about ways the telegraph’s impact on the world in the nineteenth century was similar to the internet in the twenty-first. “The world got smaller, news traveled faster, and businesses were completely altered. As with the internet, there were even scams and long-distance romances!” I found it interesting that the author has Andrew Carnegie make a appearance in this novel shar The inspiration for this story was from a book titled “The Victorian Internet.” The author says, “It was fascinating to read about ways the telegraph’s impact on the world in the nineteenth century was similar to the internet in the twenty-first. “The world got smaller, news traveled faster, and businesses were completely altered. As with the internet, there were even scams and long-distance romances!” I found it interesting that the author has Andrew Carnegie make a appearance in this novel sharing an actual trip across England and giving advice to Douglas about money that comes directly from Carnegie’s own writings. I enjoyed the antidotes taken from a book The Spinster’s Guide to Love and Romance. This book causes many uncomfortable situations for the main character Alice as she tries to apply the suggestions from the book. I enjoyed how the author shows how some of the work situations in the book still exist today. I found it interesting to read about the “inevitable conflicts with coworkers, and the vital importance of business machines, Victorian offices don’t seem so different from many today.” Alice is an independent, hardworking, strong women with a good work ethic. She is willing to do the tasks no one wants to do to gain a higher position. Alice tests Douglas and his motivation for doing what he is doing to climb the business ladder. I giggled and liked how Alice used suggestions from the Spinster book to help her get along with male co-workers in her office. It was fun to read. Douglas Shaw is an ambitious businessman and social climber. He has worked hard to get the position he has. He is surprised by the many ideas Alice has about business and how it could grow at Henley and company. I look forward to reading other books in this series that will go on to explore business situations, how people embark on embracing these machines, how business standards came about and the fact that Alice’s friends will be using advice from the Spinster book in the next story. It’s a winning combination. This is the first book I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last. This book would work well for your next book club pick as there is so much to discuss. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Line by line is a historical romance novel by Jennifer Delamere. It is centered around Alice, a self declared spinster who is loving her career as a telegraph operator and can’t wait to make a life for herself. That starts when she gets hired at a private company, as she can now afford her own house, and with it comes the most adorable cat ever, which she names Mrs. T, after her old school teacher who believed in her. She is very happy with her life, and she hates it when her family and friends Line by line is a historical romance novel by Jennifer Delamere. It is centered around Alice, a self declared spinster who is loving her career as a telegraph operator and can’t wait to make a life for herself. That starts when she gets hired at a private company, as she can now afford her own house, and with it comes the most adorable cat ever, which she names Mrs. T, after her old school teacher who believed in her. She is very happy with her life, and she hates it when her family and friends seem to think she’s missing something, but she’s not as she choose this path deliberately. Life at the office is quite different from the huge station she was used to, but she really likes it. Most of the people are nice, except for Mr. Clapper (a fellow telegraph operator), and I loved reading about the work place in that time period! You can see some things will always be the same... Thankfully Alice is not above giving Mr. Clapper a piece of her mind and I admire her professionalism and wit. But, of course, another very attractive employee walks in after months away on business, and she suddenly feels things she’s never felt before. But bend on her own career and spinsterhood, she’ll do everything to keep it that way. Douglas, the man that causes the sparks, has plans of his own. His career is very important, and in line with that he wants to make an advantageous match to further business. But he gets distracted by his new coworker... especially how he can effortlessly talk to her and how intelligent she is. So, there are sparks flying from the moment they meet. I personally prefer it to take a bit longer, growing as they know each other this felt like instalove, though the growth was definitely there. I loved all the banter, and to get to know the inner workings of the office! This book was seriously so much fun to read! There is this spinster book to help find love, you know, we now chuckle over those books now. Well, Alice chuckles too, but in the name of science she decides to try a few tricks and well... the outcome is quite unexpected! There are also friends with their own stories and I can’t wait to read more about them in the sequels! And of course, we’re here for the romance. It is very well done, loved all of it! I even wasn’t sure if it would work out as the obstacles are quite high and very diverse, but it is handled in unexpected ways, and the characters experience a lot of growth. I love the antagonist in this story, as we all know someone like him in real life, it’s very realistic. The only downside, beside the instalove, is that for me sometimes the scenes didn’t flow, the changes of POV or setting sometimes took me out of the story instead of drawing me in. But halfway it got a lot better and I didn’t notice it anymore. All in all, can really recommend this one! It’s a fun and addictive read, but also has some bigger Christian themes on love, friendship, and what’s valuable in life, what do you live for. I received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest opinions.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Libby May

    This book was so much fun! So the characters were so much fun. Alice was a bundle of hilarious nerves. I loved the way her brain worked, the way she processed things. I loved the way that the author described her falling for Douglas and how everything fell into place. Oh she denied it only once, but as an independent spinsters she sure fell for him pretty fast! And still! It was not too fast. I felt like it was executed so well. The pacing was immaculate. The way that Douglas and Alice interacted This book was so much fun! So the characters were so much fun. Alice was a bundle of hilarious nerves. I loved the way her brain worked, the way she processed things. I loved the way that the author described her falling for Douglas and how everything fell into place. Oh she denied it only once, but as an independent spinsters she sure fell for him pretty fast! And still! It was not too fast. I felt like it was executed so well. The pacing was immaculate. The way that Douglas and Alice interacted was just so so satisfying and hilarious. You know how there are books you read, and you say "Wow, that was a good book! I really enjoyed it!" And then there are books where you feel that way about individual chapters. In this book, I enjoyed ever single paragraph. I had such a good time and I laughed so many times reading this book. Douglas was a splendid gentlemen. I love the way he handled Alice's independence. It was appropriate for the time in history, but also he earned so much respect from my by appreciating her skill and personality, and THEN bringing up the fact that Alice was gorgeous. That was really a great thing to read, especially in something that was traditionally published. If you've followed me a lot before, you know that I am a big indie-published supporter! I love the individuality that comes with it. This book stood up to and met that standard. If you enjoy historical fiction with some good clean romance, this one comes with a high recommendation! Beware, you will lose your heart to Douglas. At least, I did. XD I received a complimentary copy of this book, a positive review was not required. All words in this review are my own!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Line by Line was my first Jennifer Delamere novel and I’m glad I read it. This was a true historical romance. There is plenty of history regarding the telegraph, essentially the ‘internet’ of the age. I also enjoyed the characters in this novel. They developed well and the romance unfolded nicely, maintaining my interest throughout. When reading a story, I enjoy having to put some of the pieces together myself. That was not the case in this story, as everything was clearly spelled out for the re Line by Line was my first Jennifer Delamere novel and I’m glad I read it. This was a true historical romance. There is plenty of history regarding the telegraph, essentially the ‘internet’ of the age. I also enjoyed the characters in this novel. They developed well and the romance unfolded nicely, maintaining my interest throughout. When reading a story, I enjoy having to put some of the pieces together myself. That was not the case in this story, as everything was clearly spelled out for the reader. Personal preference. I’m looking forward do book 2 in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    A really enjoyable historical romance set in London. Alice is going to be a career woman. She has a job she loves. Douglas has risen above his impoverished childhood and is determined to secure his future. Then they work together and there is a synergy. It is not a straight road, but it is enjoyable. A compelling story that I enjoyed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Career driven and independant, Alice and Douglas find a kindred spirit when they cross paths, but could there be more than their well laid plans? Alice is telegraph operator, confirmed spinster, with modern sensibilities. She is determined to make her own way in the world, without a man. I admired her self sufficiency and how she took initiative to pursue a career, she is very intelligent and a modern woman for her time. While Douglas is very career driven and focused on attaining the next goal Career driven and independant, Alice and Douglas find a kindred spirit when they cross paths, but could there be more than their well laid plans? Alice is telegraph operator, confirmed spinster, with modern sensibilities. She is determined to make her own way in the world, without a man. I admired her self sufficiency and how she took initiative to pursue a career, she is very intelligent and a modern woman for her time. While Douglas is very career driven and focused on attaining the next goal to take him one step further away from the poverty that marked his youth. Douglas and Alice are very set on their current trajectories, but as they get to know each other they find themselves questioning what they thought they wanted. Slow to start, it took awhile for me to warm to this book, but it picked up speed as it moved along. Douglas and Alice are very set on their paths and stubborn, but I loved how this story shows how sometimes there are better things than what we plan for ourselves. There were great moments that were bright spots in this book, but I wish that more of their moments together had been captured as I think that it would have added depth to their friendship as it grew. A romance about being surprised by love. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Delamere pulls you in with barely the first line. From the first page, I was attached to Alice, she is not the usual heroine. Neither too feminine nor too much of a feminist, I was thrilled to follow along as the story progressed. Douglas is a hero who I liked from the first as well, you can see instantly that he is not perfect and yet he is not a hero that you are disappointed in. With a smart writing style that is as alluring as the plot is, "Line by Line" had me eagerly turning every page until Delamere pulls you in with barely the first line. From the first page, I was attached to Alice, she is not the usual heroine. Neither too feminine nor too much of a feminist, I was thrilled to follow along as the story progressed. Douglas is a hero who I liked from the first as well, you can see instantly that he is not perfect and yet he is not a hero that you are disappointed in. With a smart writing style that is as alluring as the plot is, "Line by Line" had me eagerly turning every page until I reached the end on a new favorite historical romance. Note, there is a slight villain and he is something of a creep but he does not take over the story in any way that made me uncomfortable. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Who knew that a book written for spinsters could cause so much trouble? Jennifer Delamere has written a highly entertaining novel in "Line by Line", following the journey of Alice, who is determined to live her life with independence and nary a thought of love, when her decision to follow some advice from "The Spinsters Guide to Love and Romance" takes her life down one unexpected turn after another. As an avid reader who could highly relate to the bookstore scenes where characters are sneaking Who knew that a book written for spinsters could cause so much trouble? Jennifer Delamere has written a highly entertaining novel in "Line by Line", following the journey of Alice, who is determined to live her life with independence and nary a thought of love, when her decision to follow some advice from "The Spinsters Guide to Love and Romance" takes her life down one unexpected turn after another. As an avid reader who could highly relate to the bookstore scenes where characters are sneaking books out of stores that they may not want someone to see them reading, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in these characters' lives. While I immediately developed a liking for Alice, it took me awhile to warm up to Douglas, as sometimes his confidence bordered on cockiness. But as the layers were peeled back, and another character prods him to reconsider the reason God has put him on Earth, I developed a whole level of appreciation for him. The addition of a terrible injustice that Alice suffers meant that I simply couldn't put the book down (though I was tempted to throw it!), because I needed to ensure that all wrongs were set to right. I fully admit I entered into this story expecting a happy ending, and for those readers who have the same hope I did, I can assure you that the ending is exactly what you were looking for! The characters have learned a hard lesson or two along the way, but Delamere has expertly taken her characters on a journey that has shaped them into the better people they needed to become. And, quite sneakily, she has imparted some life lessons to us readers as well, as we are left pondering what really matters in life, and what legacy we want to be leaving behind us as we make our choices in life. After greatly enjoying Delamere's prior series (London Beginnings), I was curious about what was next in store for us readers. I am pleased to say that Delamere has offered up another great start to what is sure to be an entertaining series. Filled with interesting historical details, entertaining characters, and a message that will long linger on your mind if you'll let it, "Line by Line" is a solid addition to Delamere's repertoire. I award this novel 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere is a delight for any Victorian-loving heart! Loved, loved, loved the setting in Line by Line! I have always loved stories set in the Victorian Era, but I especially loved the way the author swept me into the world of the middle to upper working class of this time period in England. It was fun to read a story that didn't center around the aristocracy! I also loved the fun way the author sprinkled in real people, books, and such into Alice and Douglas' story! I thor Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere is a delight for any Victorian-loving heart! Loved, loved, loved the setting in Line by Line! I have always loved stories set in the Victorian Era, but I especially loved the way the author swept me into the world of the middle to upper working class of this time period in England. It was fun to read a story that didn't center around the aristocracy! I also loved the fun way the author sprinkled in real people, books, and such into Alice and Douglas' story! I thoroughly enjoyed Alice's character! I love strong heroines, but I also loved the way the author dismantled the narrative that often surrounds working women. Alice viewed her life as a single woman as not only superior in some ways to the lives of married women but also closed her heart to the potential joys of starting a family. In Alice's mind, it was one or the other, but who says God can't have both in store for a woman's future? I loved the way Alice had to debunk this narrative in her life! After coming from a life of poverty, Douglas was determined never to return to a life even remotely resembling that. In his quest to better himself, Douglas started down a crass and unfeeling road of losing his soul to the love of money. The author drew the firm line in the sand that the love of money is the root of all evil and showed how someone who values honor and integrity can still find themselves on this slippery slope. I greatly appreciated how the author handled this in Douglas' spiritual journey! Four Stars ~ Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere is a sweet Victorian romance! Line by Line is the first book in the author's new Love Along the Wires Series. I'm looking forward to reading future books in the series! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    It sounds like telegraph notices were some of the best communication of the time when it was used. I didn't know much about being a telegrapher, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it and reading Jennifer Delamere's new release, Line by Line. Alice McNeil is a topnotch telegrapher who works at a well-regarded company. Douglas Shaw also works at the company as an ambitious junior director. It doesn't take long for the two of them to become friends although it appears that they have vastly diff It sounds like telegraph notices were some of the best communication of the time when it was used. I didn't know much about being a telegrapher, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it and reading Jennifer Delamere's new release, Line by Line. Alice McNeil is a topnotch telegrapher who works at a well-regarded company. Douglas Shaw also works at the company as an ambitious junior director. It doesn't take long for the two of them to become friends although it appears that they have vastly different goals for their lives. Then something happens to shake them both up to see what really matters. I truly enjoyed this first book in the Love Along the Wires series. Line by Line was interesting in that I truly enjoyed reading about the way business was conducted at that time as well as how the people of that era utilized the technology of the day. I found all of the backstory to be quite interesting in the way Delamere wrote the book. I also enjoyed watching the relationship between Douglas and Alice unfold. At the same time, I found it interesting that a book on love and romance would create so many interesting situations. I smiled and giggled a little at some of the barbs and situations within this book. I also liked how Douglas grew spiritually. I wish we could have seen a little more of that in Alice but the little we know leads me to believe that it was also important to her. I found Alice's friend Lucy a little irritating at times. However, I enjoyed her interactions with her friends and family throughout the book. All in all, Line by Line was an enjoyable read for me. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars " . . he was pretty sure she wasn't the sort of woman who would stab a man with a joiner's chisel." Alice McNeil was a self-made woman, way ahead of her time one might say, with no inclination to add a husband into her carefully constructed lifestyle; going to work, coming home, visiting with friends, enjoying all the perks that a large city like London had to offer. It was that one random stroll to the bookstore one evening that tripped her up; after eavesdropping on a conversation betw 4.5 stars " . . he was pretty sure she wasn't the sort of woman who would stab a man with a joiner's chisel." Alice McNeil was a self-made woman, way ahead of her time one might say, with no inclination to add a husband into her carefully constructed lifestyle; going to work, coming home, visiting with friends, enjoying all the perks that a large city like London had to offer. It was that one random stroll to the bookstore one evening that tripped her up; after eavesdropping on a conversation between three bachelors, she made a totally out of character purchase; "The Spinster's Guide to Love and Romance" changed everything. Douglas Shaw is a rising star at Henley and Company, taking advantage of every opportunity to better himself so that he might secure a future far beyond his humble beginnings. Arriving back in England after an extended trip to America, he becomes acquainted with the exceptionally skilled Miss McNeil, one of the company's telegraphers. Her quick wit and attention to detail serves her well in the workplace and makes her an interesting conversationalist when their paths happen to cross outside of their work environment. But she's not the daughter of a prominent London banker, so those out-of-the-office conversations need to remain few and far between. . . . or not. This book has so much to offer. The author navigates beautifully through the time period by writing in pertinent details while including a wonderful cameo appearance by none other than Andrew Carnegie. Cleverly coupling self evident hilarity with heart tugging interludes, she ultimately leads Alice and Douglas down a life path that neither of them expected . . . line by line by line.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    What a great book!! This is my first book by Jennifer Delamere and definitely did not disappoint!! II will definitely be adding her to my to-be-read authors list!! I absolutely loved this story. It was thoroughly engaging and had all those elements you look for in a story; love, a somewhat villainous character, comedy, disappointment and more love! Right away you can tell that the author has done extensive research to make this book come alive! It was interesting to relive that moment in history What a great book!! This is my first book by Jennifer Delamere and definitely did not disappoint!! II will definitely be adding her to my to-be-read authors list!! I absolutely loved this story. It was thoroughly engaging and had all those elements you look for in a story; love, a somewhat villainous character, comedy, disappointment and more love! Right away you can tell that the author has done extensive research to make this book come alive! It was interesting to relive that moment in history when technological improvements were just beginning. The characters are very relatable and endearing. Both main characters Douglas and Alice are determined to make their own way into the world and be successful in what they do. For Alice that means being an independent woman, not focused on marriage or starting a family but rather focus on making herself a successful telegrapher. Douglas on the other hand has come from poverty so he is determined to make a name for himself in the business world and climb that corporate ladder in whatever way that may be even the possibility into marrying into a what most consider a noble family. That is until he meets Alice! Oh my stars! Their love story is so good! It really all starts with a friendship and a bookstore! (How can you go wrong with a book that includes a book store?!) And seriously it all starts with a book she picks up from the bookstore called "The Spinster's Guide to Love and Romance". I don't want to give you any spoilers but by picking up this book it causes Alice to come across many comical problems. They moments she encounters truly have you shaking your head and smirking! There are some sweet moments as well with Douglas and Alice that are swoon worthy! Especially on one scene where Douglas taps out Thank You in Morse Code after Alice helps him to feel more confident with dancing! Gah!! You definitely fall in love with Douglas and are pulling for him the entire time! Although the love element is great in this story, it's only part of it. Douglas and Alice are both on a journey. They are both learning what they truly want out of life. When Douglas meets with Mr. Carnegie (yes the Carnegie from our history books) he definitely has an eye-opening experience. He not only learns that Carnegie is a business minded person but that his outlook on wealth is not to accumulate it but rather help others with it. I love how he says this " No idol is more debasing than the worship of money. If a person is going to spend so much of their life's blood and sweat on something, it should be something that is elevating in character." Wow! That is a teaching moment not only for Douglas but I think of all of us as human beings as well! Alice also goes through an eye opening experience of her own after she gets dismissed from her telegraphy job (this is where that somewhat villainous character comes in) and heads out to her parents wedding anniversary celebration where she hears her dad say "You have been my best life's work." All this time she has been thinking that her sole purpose was to stay unmarried and focus on her independence. She has never wanted to have that independent spirit to be taken away. She realizes after speaking with her mentor as well that all this time she has wanted "a man to whom she could safely entrust her heard and her hard-earned independence." It was lovely to see these characters grow and learn about themselves throughout the story. Jennifer Delamere definitely left the story open for continuation as we were introduced to two of Alice's friends; Rose and Emma and I for one cannot wait to read their stories in hopes to also catch glimpses of Douglas and Alice! If you love historical fiction in a Victorian Era then I know you will love this book! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Line by Line is an enjoyable Victorian romance. Though it did take me a bit to get into the novel (probably 50 pages or so), I soon began really enjoying my reading. I especially appreciated the dash of humor brought by both the banter and the frequent references to The Spinster's Guide to Love and Romance (a guide book that should make reappearances in future novels!). I enjoyed the romance (especially Alice and Douglas's first kiss!), but I think what I liked the most was just viewing Alice's d Line by Line is an enjoyable Victorian romance. Though it did take me a bit to get into the novel (probably 50 pages or so), I soon began really enjoying my reading. I especially appreciated the dash of humor brought by both the banter and the frequent references to The Spinster's Guide to Love and Romance (a guide book that should make reappearances in future novels!). I enjoyed the romance (especially Alice and Douglas's first kiss!), but I think what I liked the most was just viewing Alice's daily life. I also loved her spunk and that she could go toe-to-toe with any man. And I appreciated how both Alice and Douglas grew throughout the novel—they were not static characters. Those who enjoy historical romance featuring strong women will find much to like in this novel! Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yannick Tricia

    It's a beautiful story! Alice is a young Telegraph operator, an independant woman who doesn't want to marry. Her career is more important to her than marriage... Until she meets Douglas Shaw at her new workplace and start using the advices she reads in a spinster book! Douglas grew up in a poor neighborhood in Glasgow and he's a very ambitious man hard worker, he longs to go far in his career and marry into high society. Alice and Douglas develop a friendship who arouse the jealousy of one of thei It's a beautiful story! Alice is a young Telegraph operator, an independant woman who doesn't want to marry. Her career is more important to her than marriage... Until she meets Douglas Shaw at her new workplace and start using the advices she reads in a spinster book! Douglas grew up in a poor neighborhood in Glasgow and he's a very ambitious man hard worker, he longs to go far in his career and marry into high society. Alice and Douglas develop a friendship who arouse the jealousy of one of their co-worker... they both will have to reconsider the path they have chosen at first and focus on what really matter, familly, love and helping others because wealth and career is not everything in life... I really enjoyed reading this book, it was funny and beautifully written.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wangard

    Alice McNeil is living the life she dreamed of, that of a spinster careerwoman. Drop-dead gorgeous Douglas Shaw may turn her head, but she won’t be derailed by dreams of love. Will she? Douglas is ambitious and full of himself. He rose from abject poverty to become an admired businessman in London. Marry for wealth and position? Why not? I love the way Andrew Carnegie tactfully guides him into considering benefiting others. They enjoy discussing technical advances, but easy comradery is strained w Alice McNeil is living the life she dreamed of, that of a spinster careerwoman. Drop-dead gorgeous Douglas Shaw may turn her head, but she won’t be derailed by dreams of love. Will she? Douglas is ambitious and full of himself. He rose from abject poverty to become an admired businessman in London. Marry for wealth and position? Why not? I love the way Andrew Carnegie tactfully guides him into considering benefiting others. They enjoy discussing technical advances, but easy comradery is strained when Alice’s life unravels. Both must determine what they really want in life. After a slow start for me, this became a riveting tale.

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