Girls on the Line by Aimie K. Runyan

Girls on the Line

From the celebrated author of Daughters of the Night Sky comes a stirring novel inspired by the courage, dedication, and love of the unsung heroines of the Great War.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 ...

Details Girls on the Line

TitleGirls on the Line
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Womens Fiction

Reviews Girls on the Line

  • Erin
    Thanks to Netgalley for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review. Oh my this was so good! You know what? I slept on my review and I bumped this up to a 5 star rating because it recounted a little known history of WWI telephone operators, featured a take charge female protagonist, and was just an all around fantastic story. Not to mention that it included terrific lines like this one; I refuse to marry a man who spends his life in a dark room, ...
  • Bette Crosby
    Excellent story. well researched and well written. The characters are believable and the setting so realistic it is almost painful. Runyan has written a story that captures the human side of war.
  • Missy
    Aimie Runyan is becoming a favorite author of mine, mainly because she writes about historical fiction (which is my favorite genre) and she picks topics I have never heard of before. After reading her "Daughters of the Night Sky" about the Night Witches of the Red Army during WWII, I could not wait for her next book to come out. I was so excited to see Girls on the Line come out. This was definitely a 4.5 star read.Girls on the Line is about the ...
  • Tammy
    Wowza!! I love historical fiction and Girls on the Line was amazing! I was instantly pulled into the captivating story of Ruby and the Hello Girls of World War One. I enjoyed reading and learning about a little known part of history. Aimie K. Runyan did her research and it shows! A must read for historical fiction fans!!
  • Susan Peterson
    Girls on the Line is an emotionally captivating book about a group of courageous, groundbreaking women....the women operators who served this country as members of the Army Signal Corps during The Great War. With great attention to detail, the author has brought to life a subject I knew little about, in a story brimming with heart, compassion, and humanity. Ruby’s story touched my heart as she was transformed by world events as well as her own ...
  • Sue
    I love reading historical fiction when I am given not only a fantastic story but have the opportunity to learn about something that I knew little or nothing about. Aimee Runyan has done considerable research into the Army Signal Corps during WWI and their need for women operators to go overseas to help with the communications of the war. This was at a time in history that women's main goal was to marry well and spend their days taking care of the...
  • Barbara
    I love finding out about things that happened in history, but that we never read about or learned about, in our dry history books in school. Girls on the Line is about female telephone operators who went to the front during WWI with the Army Signal Corps. They were needed to make sure that the extremely, important communications lines were kept open and important calls got through to those in charge of making life or death decisions when it came ...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    The best historical fiction opens a window into the past, allowing us to see it anew and reordering our preconceptions. Girls on the Line does just that with the role of women in the Army Signal Corps in WWI. The heroine, Ruby Wagner, seeks to honor the memory of her brother, a fallen solider, by entering Corps against the wishes of just about everyone. Ruby is brave, sharp-tongued, and complicated--my favorite sort of character--and she's surrou...
  • Jennifer
    Loved the book!! The cover is beautiful . I hate to say that I never knew women were sent oversees to work as operators during World War I. The book was very eye opening at the part women played during the war. How horrible that these woman risked their lives as operators and then weren't even recognized by the military or received benefits until so many years later. I loved the characters, especially Ruby. She was such a strong woman, except whe...
  • Linda
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.I loved this book. From start to finish it captivated me. I never knew that women were involved in WWI. I learned a lot by reading this one. I have not read any with this time frame before and am very glad I read this one. It was the start of women being able to do things they were never allowed to do before. From the rich spoiled young women...
  • Peg
    Girls On The Line is a riveting well-written novel about the women in WWI, who made up the Army Signal Corps. Ruby Wagner’s family was part of Philadelphia’s elite class. Ruby found her prearranged life dull. She was to marry the man her father chose for her, and live as a wealthy society woman, hosting parties and supporting charities. But, Ruby wanted more. She wanted her life to count for something, especially after her brother died fighti...
  • Denise
    A story of family, friendships, love and war. Girls on the Line is a wonderful work of historical fiction drenched with interest, tenacity, spunk, humor, romance and is truly authentic in a time that was known as..... The Great War.I truly enjoy a work such as this when historical events are uncovered and brought forth as to a subject not known by many, in this case, the woman of the U.S. Army Signal Corps with their highly specialized talents an...
  • Margaret
    Aimie K. Runyan has become one of my go-to authors when it comes to historical fiction off the beaten track. Those women of history that left marks we rarely heard about in history class. She researches and writes compelling stories that educate me at the same time as keeping me captivated, plus you can feel her passion for the story in her telling.Girls on the Line takes place in World War 1 and told from the POV of Ruby a young woman wanting to...
  • Carla Suto
    GIRLS ON THE LINE by Aimie K. Runyan is a well-written and captivating work of historical fiction set mostly in France during World War I. It tells the story of the courageous and dedicated women who were enlisted in the U. S. Army Signal Corp as telephone operators, helping to relay crucial messages to and from the battlefields at the front. The main character, Ruby Wagner, is the daughter of a prominent Main Line family in Philadelphia. After h...
  • Tina
    Girls on the Line is the fictional account of the women who served in World War I as part of the US Army Signal Corps as switchboard operators. After the loss of her brother, Francis, who was with the 11th Engineers, in Cambria, Ruby Wagner, applies to serve with the US Army Signal Corps. What follows is the remarkable story of the women who served their country without the benefit of being active members of the US Army.While I found the first ha...
  • Meghan
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this eARC..Girls on the Line is about the Hello Gilrs during WWI. The story follows Ruby Wagner, who is a telephone operator at Pennsylvania Bell. She is engaged to Nathaniel, who us currently serving. When tragedy strikes within Ruby's family, she decides to apply to be a Hello Girl with the US Army. Once she passes her exams, she is sent to France. There she meets Andrew Carrigan, who is a me...
  • Ella Olsen
    I was lucky to receive an early copy of this amazing novel from Netgalley. Historical fiction is my favorite genre because it brings to life events, places, and people who otherwise would be one-dimensional, their stories only blurbs in a news article or a history book. GIRLS ON THE LINE is about the Hello Girls, the young women enlisted to the front lines during WWI to operate the telephone switchboards, the critical communications between army ...
  • Noreen
    I love historical fiction. I wasn't familiar with women who joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I. It gave you a glimpse into life during this time and what was endured. I really enjoyed Ruby's character. Raised in upper society with an arranged marriage, Ruby had dreams of her own. She was independent, smart and full of ambition. How disappointing that it took so many years for women to be provided the same benefits that men recei...
  • Dana Wright
    Girls on the Line by Aimee K. Runyan. If you love historical romance you will love Girls on the Line. Aimee Runyan beautifully describes a historic account of telephone operators in service during the war. The telephone operators go through many phases of illness and being nurses to the wounded. A beautiful love story I urge you to read..
  • Nita
    Aimie Runyan has done a marvelous job! Strong characters and rich storytelling, this is a must read! You will fall in love with Ruby and all the Operators and care deeply for each character as they are on the field and as they find their way back home after the war. Such strong women who made the way for the women of today!
  • Sharlene
    Another fabulous war genre novel from this author. I love a novel that not only moves you but educates you. I was not familiar with the service of the women of the signal corps and thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. Great character development. This was a could not put down story. Very much a 5 star book.
  • Pamela
    This is a very well-written and researched book on a topic that few know about – the women sent into WWI as telephone operators. This book is told in the first person making it somehow more personal and more intense. You may be tempted to zip through the book because of the story the author tells, but don’t – read the book slowly and savor all the author is offering you.
  • Louetta Waters
    Always amazed at the amount I can learn from Historical fiction books. It's one of the reasons I continue to love reading this genre! Very exciting reading about a little know important role women played in WWI and it's importance in the Womans Suffrage Movement...and shocking how they were treated at the end of the war!This was a great book and I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end! Very informative, very well written. The plot was good, ch...
  • Christie Sitterly
    This book is amazing! Author, Aimie K. Runyan's, words flow off of the page beautifully. Runyan brings history to life in a story of the unsung heroines of World War I-the women who worked the Army Signal Corps' lines. Her characters are strong, independent and unforgettable. Fans of historical fiction will love this book!
  • Reading Lit
    History and fiction collide in a well-written story that transports the reality to long ago and the back again. A wonderful book that would make a compelling film.
  • Jess
    It's World War I and Ruby Wagner is sick of sitting around knitting socks with the old ladies of the Red Cross. Her only solace is knowing that her brother is safe, despite serving on the front lines. And despite being a rich girl of Philadelphia's Main Line, she loves her job as an operator at the telephone company. A great job, a stable family, a handsome and rich fiance---Ruby's got it going on!Until she doesn't. And that's when our girl steps...
  • Bookfan36
    Brief synopsis from the book cover: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 trai...
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    Engaged and working as a telephone operator in Philadelphia, Ruby Wagner reluctantly prepares for her upcoming wedding. When her brother is killed in combat, to her parents' disappointment, Ruby accepts an opportunity to work as an operator in the Army Signal Corps in France.I had no idea that women served as telephone operators during World War 1. It makes so much sense while reading the story though. There had to be some way for those soldiers ...
  • Jennifer Fromke
    Aimie K Runyan has done it again! She discovered a group of female army heroes who served in France during WWI and this book tells their fictionalized story through the eyes of a woman who is supposed to “marry well.”It begins in Philadelphia, in the home of a family who is trying very hard to get in with the Main Line social set, and have arranged the marriage of their daughter to that end. When her brother is killed in France, Ruby applies ...
  • Bella Reads and Reviews
    Good historical fiction informs as well as entertains. Girls on the Line does a great job of both as it takes us into the lives of young women who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I.While books about World War II abound, not a lot of present-day fiction is set during the Great War. As the author notes, modern-day Europeans are much more aware of the first world war than Americans are. But 100 years ago, Americans — both men...