Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Love Comes Calling

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell is set in the 1920s. I haven't read too many novels written from this time period so I found it interesting, and I loved the facts in the back of the book about the Roaring Twenties. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked how I felt transported back to that time, but on the other hand, I didn't really like the main character, Ellis Eton. I know the author was trying to depict Ellis with ADHD, but the choppiness from her lack of concentration made it a hard read. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are a first time reader of Siri Mitchell, but if you are a fan, you might still enjoy it.

Ellis Eton is failing college. Her parents expect her to graduate especially since her older sister didn't, but she is tired of feeling like a failure and disappointing her parents at every turn. Her dream is to go to Hollywood and become an actress, but without the resources to get there she can't. Then the cook's daughter, Janie, comes to her with an unusual request - can Ellis cover her job as a phone operator for two weeks while she tries to get in contact with her father. Since they look remarkably alike, it seems like the perfect idea, and it would give Ellis the money she needs to get to California. But what sounded like an easy way to make some money turned into much more than she bargained for when she accidentally overheard a conversation about Griffin Phillips, the man she loves. Determined to find the rogues before they can harm him, Ellis starts her investigation in the unlikeliest of ways.

The twist with the love story is how inadequate Ellis feels. She is positive she would ruin Griff's bright career in politics with her scatterbrained ways and determines not to marry him for his own good. I like stories when the two couples already know they love each other because it's not the norm in fiction.

Ellis is a very innocent, immature girl who seems to always be in her own little world. Her immaturity was irritating, and though she did learn and grow in the story, she still seemed so clueless even at the end. I get the inattention, difficulty concentrating, and the impulsiveness is from the ADHD, but the other parts of her character were the more frustrating aspects to me. Most of what she did was just plain confusing! All of that aside, I did like the story especially Griffin. He was written very well, and one of the best parts of the book was their interactions. Ellis made me giggle at her thought processes during those moments. The history woven throughout was done well and got you thinking about how enforcing laws to govern behaviour/sins tends to make things much worse. I liked the premise of accepting who God made you to be which is something we all need to learn how to accept at some point in our lives. If you are a fan of Siri Mitchell, you'll probably like this story well enough. :-)

I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you would like more info about Siri Mitchell check out the sites below.

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