As if that isn't bad enough, her childhood friend (who's got an unrequited crush on her) is accused of arson. Hannah has no choice but to seek help for him from Lincoln Cole, the lawyer who delivered the bad news about her family's farm. A kind, handsome, Godly man who's becoming increasingly more difficult to hold a grudge against....
There's also a side story about Charlotte (the next sister in the series) who's having love troubles of her own; she is becoming less and less herself due to a boyfriend who doesn't like her the way she is. (Look for While Love Stirs, coming in 2014. I will!)
I have to say that Lorna Seilstad had me from the first page. There are funny moments, like an unexpected dip in the lake and Tessa's fascination with gory newspaper headlines. When Love Calls also gives us a glimpse into the early days of telephone service in the 1900s. I had no idea there was so much you needed to know to be an operator. And I don't think I could've followed the rules perfectly either! :)
Dealing with themes of trust, love, and mystery, the first entry in this trilogy opens with an example of Hannah's self-sufficiency instinct kicking in that ends in disaster (hint: it involves a hard-to-reach can of tomatoes). Throughout the story she struggles with her trust issues, and as you can imagine, chaos ensues. As it is whenever we find it hard to place the outcome in someone else's hands, whether God or another person. To risk sharing a bit of ourselves and being hurt or failed. It's only when we take that chance that we see how good it can be to take the weight off our shoulders. To have someone else to care for us instead of carrying on alone. Will Hannah discover that she doesn't have to bear her burdens by herself? Will she give Lincoln her heart? Find out yourself - I'm not spilling the ending!