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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Love Comes Calling...Review

About the book:
A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.

That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale of love and discovering one's true desires!

Ellis Eton is a scatterbrained society girl.  Privileged, but not quite living up to her family's expectations.  She's easily distracted and forgetful.  When a look-alike friend asks for a favor, Ellis says yes before she realizes what that favor entails.  Forced to work as a responsible telephone operator proves nearly impossible and when she inadvertently overhears a phone call that threatens her friend, she decides to investigate that threat herself.

In the author's notes, Siri Mitchell says that she deliberately gave Ellis ADHD to see how it would have affected a society girl of the 1920s.  She did a great job with her research because Ellis is spot on.  However, translated into a first person narrative, the jumpy characteristics of Ellis' mind were chaotic and tiring.  Her antics were sometimes hilarious, but mostly annoying.  Griff was a great character and I would have loved to know more about Janie.  Pet peeve here: while the novel has an appropriate ending to Griff and Ellis' story, we never have a resolution to Janie's story and the consequences to Ellis masquerading as her.

Not my favorite and one I won't reread.  There were parts I liked, but for the most part, this story just made me tired.  Fans of Siri Mitchell will probably enjoy it, but I would not recommend it as your introduction to Siri's books.  For that read, She Walks in Beauty.

Thanks to Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Siri Mitchell here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this book, the energy and the humor and the spot-on atmosphere. It amazes me how each of Siri's novels are SO different!! Love She Walks in Beauty too. :)