Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Text messaging in the 19th Century by Kimberly Grist

"The Telegraph," Harper's Magazine, August 1873, 332

We live in a world where we have communication at our literal fingertips. I'm old enough that I recall the time where telephones were plugged into the wall and calling anyone outside of town was costly. While researching life during the 19th century I became fascinated by the lives of telegraph operators, many of who were women.

Telegraph operators would often greet each other in morse code - at the beginning and end of their shift. They had the unique opportunity of getting to know other operators when they weren't busy sending the people's messages. Messages were sent with dots and dashes and abbreviations were much like we do today via text. 
Telegraph operator, Willow Graham benefited from a unique lifestyle growing up with her grandfather. She's independent and loves spending time riding and training animals. With her twenty-first birthday approaching, her family pressures her to return to the city and take up the lavish lifestyle her uncle has planned for her. But another option piques her curiosity - a matchmaking agency's recommendation that she begin a correspondence with a handsome farmer. 

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Hardworking, twenty-seven-year-old, Leo Weaver is a man of many talents. He's helped his father develop, a successful farm. Loyal to Carrie Town, he volunteers as a deputy sheriff. But handsome and charming, Leo becomes the target of several well-being ladies in the community who have submitted his name for a new matchmaking venture. 

Willow craves the outdoors. Leo loves community life and wants to live in town. Can a matchmaking agency really help two independent people realize the opposing desire of their hearts?  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086JBZNYS

About Kimberly Grist:

Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and they have a passion for encouraging others with family members with special needs. 

"Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl. However, she began writing her first novel in 2017, "I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life just stinks. Bad things happen. I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome." 
Fans of historical romance set in the late 19th -century will enjoy stories combining, History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends, and Good Clean Fun. 

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