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  • An entertaining read

    As “The Operator” demonstrates, living in a small town brings with it the good and the bad. As telephone operators in Wooster, sometimes listening in to calls to learn the latest gossip is exciting - that is, unless the call is gossip about you and your family. Vivian is the protagonist in this story and is a well-developed and interesting character - right down to her love of “Revlon Fire and Ice” lipstick and nail colour. Her story is set primarily in the 1950’s but the author provides insight into her earlier life as a teenager and young bride. There are many humorous moments which demonstrated Vivian’s free-spirit - I laughed out loud when she cleared her switchboard of cables in one sweep of her arm. The book kept me entertained throughout and I couldn’t wait to see how several of the town’s mysteries would unfold. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it for those readers who enjoy a lighter, humorous read. Thanks to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

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  • Well written and cleverly plotted

    I really enjoyed this book about a woman living in a small town in the early 1950's. The story centers on Vivian Dalton: wife, mother, sister, and telephone operator. Her hobby is gossip so her job in the small town of Wooster, Ohio is perfect. This debut novel was well-written and cleverly plotted - all the pieces fit together, most of the characters are not stereotypes, and motivations are slowly revealed as the story progresses. Put this book on your "to-read" list! Thanks to publisher HarperCollins and Book Club Girl Early Read program for an electronic copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Fabulous debut novel

    A book that encompasses multiple genres; women’s fiction, historical fiction and mystery, grabbed my attention right from the start. The book opens in December of 1952 and focuses on the life of Vivian Dalton, a telephone operator in small town Wooster Ohio, and the lives past and present of her family and friends. The story is told though flash back scenes and present day scenes as it describes what happens if you overhear as an operator gossip about your own life. The book highlights some of the pluses and pitfalls of small town life but it is so much more than just a fictional tale of such a existence. It is a tale about secrets, gossip, families, dreams and life and how sometimes it is less than you expected. The author did a wonderful job of detailing small town life and instilling her characters with distinctive personalities with facets of good and bad. I found this book very memorable and it made me think and question “what if”. I hope that there is a future book by Gretchen Berg, a talent to watch.

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