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Girls on the Line

A Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
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Publisher's Summary

“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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  • 10-03-2019

Enjoyable , Pogiant & Interesting Portrayal of WW1

This novel is a fictionalized story based on actual events. The Signal Girls of the Army Corp aka, The Hello Girls played a significant part of the USA''s role in The First World War, aka the Great War. If it wasn't for these women, we may never have won this war., and the author does an excellent job in every details, which were impeccably researched. These brave women were vital to this war, as they were skilled commination operators via the telephone switchboard. They were based strategically throughout Europe, both behind the combat zones, and in some cases quite close to them. I was astonished that this Corp was made up of only 450 women. They had to be both proficient on the telephone switchboard used during that time period, and to speak French, and in some cases to a much lesser degree German fluently. The plot deftly describes what it must have been like for these select women, and also the soldiers. These were usually the medics and other medical personnel, thus their command posts were often next to a make-shift hospital near the combat zone. I found the plot to be thoroughly engrossing, as it is centers on an engaged society women, (this marriage was arranged to an even wealthier family by the two families) , who against her parent's wishes enlist in the Hello Girls Army Corp. While stationed in France, she forms a strong friendship with the group she is called to supervise, and early on in this story meets a medic who she is drawn to, and he to her. This presents a problem as she is engaged to another man who is an officer in France). The author does a good job of painting a portrait of what it must have been like for these women during wartime and it's atrocities.. She also describes in vivid detail, how these women dealt with the absence of the simple creature comforts of home, that one often takes for granted. She also makes it clear that the men who fight are not the only ones clearly affected by the horrors of war. I highly recommend it, particularly for those of us that are not familiar with this war.

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  • nrod687
  • 21-02-2019

loved it loved it and loved it!!

This book is very inspirational and yes it made me cry more then once. It is now one of my favorites!

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 09-02-2019

Intriging, well written

I enjoyed this book greatly. Having been a telephone operator my interest was peaked. This was informational and a very good read

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  • Stephen Victor
  • 23-12-2018

High Applause

I applaud you Ms Runyan for your brilliant writing in support of girls and women and human decency! Sometimes there are offerings too great to give a proper echo to... I thank you and bow to you for your vision and contribution of great writing in service to women and life!
I bow to Kathleen Gati for your marvelous reading. Your terrific reading enables Ms Runyan’s work to go in deeply... to stay... to change the listener... Thank you each for changing me!

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  • 20-12-2018

good read

Enjoyed the story and especially the authors note at the end. Was worthwhile. Decent character development.

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  • 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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  • 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.