Love On the Line by Kirsten Fullmer
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Andrea is an ordinary girl in an extraordinary situation.
She left her comfortable home and family to take a job building a pipeline with her estranged grandpa, Buck. She’s curious about his job, and why her mother dislikes the man. She didn’t expect to uncover buried family secrets, or for the job to be so difficult.
Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women; he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl on the job is too small and feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.
Will Andrea prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andrea and Rooster derail their hard work?
I jumped at the chance to read about a woman working on a pipeline. It’s a job I didn’t know much about and after reading Ms. Fullmer’s story, I have learned that it is a strenuous and nomadic job that is done in extreme conditions. But to those engineers, welders, pipeliners, equipment operators, etc., who work on a pipeline, it is a fine-tuned process that depends on “everyone doing their job and doing it well”.
Andy graduated from college and received an offer from her elusive grandfather Buck by being his assistant engineer to help build a pipeline. Her mother regaled her with terrible stories about her grandfather, and Andy jumped at the chance to get to know him. So she persevered and assisted her grandfather by hauling supplies on top of West Virginia mountains through mud and downed trees; by staking out the right of way for the pipeline; by building cribs that held the pipes; and by helping calculate how to bend the pipe joints to fit the terrain. And in the middle of all this tiring work, Andy is attracted to a cocky and arrogant foreman of the tie-in crew, aptly named Rooster. But she can’t jeopardize her reputation being the only woman on the pipeline. It’s hard enough getting past the stereotype that a woman can’t do this job.
Rooster grew up homeless with his mother and is counting on this job to learn from Buck Brennan, the pipeline legend, and possibly work with him more in the future. Rooster has always wanted to work for Buck because of his fair treatment of his crew and his unerring judgment in building a pipeline. But why on earth would Buck have a girl working for him? She’s too small. There’s no way she can last very long. But surprisingly, he is impressed with her determination, endurance, and intelligence in a job where many men would be gone within days. He can’t risk the future he’s worked so hard to build for a woman, and Buck Brennan’s granddaughter at that.
I was impressed with Andy’s strength and bravery to work in such a masculine setting and earning the respect of the crew. Her relationship with Rooster is a subtle one at first while she is building on her skills as an engineering assistant, but when they earn each other’s respect and give in to the sexual tension it is inevitable. Let’s not forget about Andy’s relationship with her stern, but loveable grandfather, Buck, who turns out to be so much more than he seems.
Overall, this is a fascinating and funny coming of age story about a young insecure woman who finds her confidence and strength to take charge of her life. Recommend highly!
Thank you to Ms. Fullmer for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirsten is a dreamer with an eye for art and design. She worked in the engineering field, taught college, and consulted freelance. Due to health problems, she retired in 2012 to travel with her husband. They live and work full time in a 40′ travel trailer with their little dog Bingo. Besides writing romance novels, she enjoys selling art on Etsy and spoiling their three grandchildren.
As a writer, Kirsten’s goal is to create strong female characters who face challenging, painful, and sometimes comical situations. She believes that the best way to deal with struggle is through friendship and women helping women. She knows good stories are based on interesting and relatable characters.