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Girls on the Line

A Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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“A moving tale of female solidarity and courage.” (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network)

December 1917. As World War I rages in Europe, twenty-four-year-old Ruby Wagner, the jewel in a prominent Philadelphia family, prepares for her upcoming wedding to a society scion. Like her life so far, it’s all been carefully arranged. But when her beloved older brother is killed in combat, Ruby follows her heart and answers the Army Signal Corps’ call for women operators to help overseas.

As one of the trailblazing “Hello Girls” deployed to war-torn France, Ruby must find her place in the military strata, fight for authority and respect among the Allied soldiers, and work to secure a victory for the cause. But balancing service to country is complicated further by a burgeoning relationship with army medic Andrew Carrigan.

What begins as a friendship forged on the front lines soon blossoms into something more, forcing Ruby to choose between the conventions of a well-ordered life back home, and the risk of an unknown future.

©2018 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Cindy
  • 29-03-2019

Incredible story and narration!

I highly recommend the audiobook! The narrator was exceptional with both French and American accents. Even a singing part!
The story of these women serving in World War I as telephone operators is amazing and the end had me crying for all they lost and won. As a retired Navy woman, knowing these kinds of women went before me is inspiring and makes me feel even more patriotic. I am grateful for the hope this story enlists both in our past and in our future.

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  • Susan Nordstrom
  • 30-11-2018

Hello Girls

Until recently I had not heard of the hello girls of WW1 and found this novel very interesting. I also didn't know of The influence these young women had on the women's suffrage movement The injustice of not recognizing the hello girls as part of the Army is inexplicable and unfortunately took too long to rectify. Telling their story is long overdue and Aimee Runyan told it skillfully

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-2019

So good … I read the book in one day!

What at incredible and thoroughly engaging story … from the very first page I was drawn in by the story and its characters. The author brings to life the 'boots on the ground' experiences of war time that traditional history books lack. Though fiction, I continue to learn from these historical novels and am humbled by the accomplishments of these women in spite of their limbo status between the Victorian age and a more progressive treatment of women. The author's notes provide additional historical insights as well as the sources of inspiration for the book.

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  • Christi
  • 16-11-2018

Great WW1 Book!

I loved the story and writing. I learned so much about this war that is never studied before as the 2nd war is the I've I've always been more interested in. It's opened a dialog with my husband and we are exploring more from WW1.

The narrator's voice was rather choppy, but it didn't take away from the story too much.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-02-2020

Excellent Book

I read her first book as part of the Amazon monthly first reads and enjoyed it, so I decided to purchase this audiobook. It was worth it. It was very well written and the reader was perfect for the performance. I'm a guy and usually looking to listen to mysteries and action stories, but this one captured my attention. I even felt that the relationship between Andrew and Ruby was so special it helped recenter me and I've tried to be more attentive to my wife. I can't say there have been many books, let alone fictions that have affected me like that. I would highly recommend this book and author.

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  • Everett A Fischer
  • 29-01-2020

Perfect! A must read (listen) about strong women!

A perfect story of strong women working hard during a time when many thought they were better to be home in the kitchens and parlors seeing only to home and children.

Also a wonderful story of love and loss, change but with great longing for home still.

I could not stop listening to this book! wanting to know what would happen next in the lives of these strong women. The narration was wonderful also, adding appropriately to the authors superb story.

Don't miss this one if you love story's of great women doing the jobs thought to be for men, love a great love story, or the stories of our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and others blazing the path for us. (least we never forget their sacrifices for our country and us)

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  • T. Burkett
  • 25-01-2020

Well worth the read

I laughed, I cried, and even got upset when Ruby was upset. My mom and Ruby’s mom come from the same mold. I am so fascinated with this book I have ordered “the hello girls.” Thank you Ms. Runyan, Sincerely, Madelyn

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  • Jennifer
  • 18-01-2020

Great book

It was hard to stop listening this book is so good. Great story of women in history!

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  • Kristina B.
  • 16-01-2020

Simple story, rich in history

This was a pretty simple story, but it described a part of history that I had never known or even considered before. I hadn't known that women held these posts during WWI and it was interesting to hear about how this part of history unfolded.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2020

excellent!

So happy to finally read a book about women in the Signal Corps. I cannot thank these women enough as they paved the way for me to serve in the Signal Corps myself. Women in the military are still underserved by the VA today but it has greatly improved over the last few years with the most growth these past 3.
I know this is a work of fiction but it is really well versed on military life for the women in the service.