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!
About the Author
Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.
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Love Comes Calling
By SIRI MITCHELL
Bethany House PublishersCopyright © 2014 Siri Mitchell
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Did you not study, Miss Eton?" Professor Whitmore was looking at me over his terribly large, badly smudged, and completely old-fashioned wire-framed glasses. The tufts of wiry white hairs that sprouted from his ears looked like billowing clouds of smoke, and a red stain was beginning to spread along the tops of his sharply angled cheeks.
"I ... well ... I ..."
He looked at me as if hoping I had something of interest to say.
I had studied. I was almost positive I had. This time, I'd really meant to. I curled my toes up inside my old T-strap shoes.
"Because, frankly, it doesn't seem as if you did." He was looking, quite pointedly, at the big black D he'd scrawled across the top of my Theory of Consumption economics exam.
Hadn't I studied? I had. I know I had.
That's what I'd been doing in the dormitory when I'd heard someone out in the hall. Thinking it was Martha, I'd opened the door, but the only person I saw was Irene Bennett slipping into the room we used to share halfway down the hall.
I hadn't had the chance to talk to her very much since Mother and Father had decided a room of my own might help me concentrate more on my studies, and now here the year was, almost over. I liked Irene. She was an orphaned scholarship girl whose grandparents lived somewhere far enough away that she never had to see them during the school year, which left her with scads of time to fix her bobbed hair and roll her stockings so the seams were exactly straight and keep her membership in the honor society, all at the same time. She looked just like the actress Colleen Moore, and she behaved like Louise Brooks. She was everything I wanted to be.
Though Irene had always been perfectly nice to me, she'd gotten in trouble several times this past term with the dean. I'd been hungry, so I left my textbook lying on the bed and went to find out how she was and if she had anything in her room to eat, only she hadn't. But what she did have was a big black eye! Only I hadn't known it at first because she kept turning away from me whenever she spoke, but I couldn't hear her, so I finally went to stand in front of her, and that's when I saw it.
So I went downstairs to see if I could find any steaks in the kitchen that she could put on her eye, only the cook wasn't there anymore, so I rummaged through the icebox. I didn't find any raw ones, but I did find a cooked one left over from supper, but when I got back to Irene's room, she wouldn't open the door. I had to pull a bobby pin from my hair and jab it around the lock until it opened, but then Irene told me to go away and leave her alone and yes her eye hurt like the dickens and no she didn't want to talk about how she'd got it.
I offered her the steak, but she said she didn't want it, which made me wonder if she might be ill because back when we'd been roommates, she used to eat everything, just like me, and sometimes we'd even go raid the kitchen at night. I couldn't bring myself to believe her, so I left the plate on her dresser. Once I got back to my room I studied, I truly did ... until Martha came by. She gave me several pieces of divinity candy she'd brought from home at the start of the week and then told me the girls were getting up a game of mah-jongg down in the lounge and wouldn't I like to come play a match or two.
Wouldn't I! At least for a while.
And so I dove into my closet to look for my silk kimono, did up my hair with a scarlet-colored ribbon, and colored my lips with the new lipstick I'd bought down at the drugstore. When I went down to join the girls, Irene was there dressed in Chinese pajamas. She'd put so much powder on her face and used so much kohl pencil around her eyes you couldn't really tell anything had happened to her. She was sitting in an open window, smoking a cigarette from a long-handled holder like she was some flapper.
When I complained about the smoke and tried to ask about her eye again, she said something about paying attention to my own potatoes, which made me think maybe I'd been wrong about our being such good friends. I convinced the girls to open the rest of the windows to keep the smell out, but the wind was blowing the wrong way, so the smoke actually came back inside with a bunch of gnats and mosquitoes. Then Irene's cigarette ashes made a mark on the floor and someone said Mrs. Smith, the housemother, was coming, and we dumped the tiles back into the box, clapped the lid on it, and ... well ... I just ...
"You can't tell me you studied for this test."
"I tried to ..."
"If you would only apply yourself, Miss Eton."
"I did try." I had. Truly. This time I'd tried. It's not as if I hadn't meant to study.
"Not hard enough!" His voice was like the rap of a ruler. My toes curled even more. Enough to give me a cramp in the arch, making my bones feel like they were breaking in half. Ow! I reached down to massage it.
I sat back up. "Yes, Professor Whitmore."
"If you won't be courteous enough to give me your time and attention, then I will not be able to pass you this term."
Not pass! "But—"
"A D is not a passing grade."
"But you can't—"
"What is it you're hoping to accomplish here at Radcliffe?"
Hoping to accomplish? Great things, just the same as my grandmother had as a member of the very first graduating class, and just the same as my mother had and my sister had ... before she left school in such a big hurry to get married and then went on a year's honeymoon to Europe and came back with a baby in her arms. He'd been such a big baby. I never had been able to work out why, because Julia wasn't that tall and her husband wasn't either, and Marshall himself had grown out of being so big and now he was on the small side compared to the other five-year-old boys I knew. It must have been all the traveling they'd done while she was pregnant. In any case, in spite of the proximity of other more fashionable colleges, the Eton girls went to Radcliffe. Everyone knew that. And it was up to me to graduate because my sister hadn't. And it's not like I wasn't trying, but I still had two years left, and the two years I'd already done had been pure torture. So what did I actually think I'd accomplish at Radcliffe? Very little, just the same as always. "I try, Professor Whitmore. I really do." But somehow, it never seemed to work.
"I suppose you're just like the others, hoping to catch a fine young man from across the Yard at Harvard."
I felt my mouth drop open. "I am not—"
He raised a hand as if to stay my reply. "Quite frankly, I find the whole point of a college education entirely irrelevant when all of you girls graduate and proceed directly into matrimony. It's the rare young woman who can withstand the rigors of a college education. You would not be the first to find yourself unsuited to the academic environment."
I would be in my family. Except, of course, for my sister. Which made it even more important that I prove myself able to withstand the rigors of a college education.
"I have said before and I will never cease saying that I never supported the idea of Radcliffe College. But it can't be helped now. And neither, I suppose, can your family's gift of funding for the new dormitory building."
Maybe, just maybe ... I held my breath.
He cleared his throat as he looked at me with doleful eyes. I hated that look, though I'd be deceiving myself if I said I hadn't gotten used to it by now. "I have to say I'm disappointed. I had high hopes for you. I don't think it's a lack of ability, Miss Eton. I think it's a lack of commitment. But until you buckle down with your studies, you're wasting my time and your own. As well as your family's considerable resources."
I fixed my eyes on my hands, which had somehow become entangled in the hem of my Nile green silk blouse. "I promise you, Professor Whitmore, on the next test—"
"The next test for you, Miss Eton, will be in the fall, next term, when I expect to find you repeating Theory of Consumption. Even if you happen to have written a perfect final, it still won't be enough to pull up your grade."
"Repeat ...?" Had he said repeat?
"If I can't pass you, then I have to fail you. You can repeat the class in the fall. I hope a summer away from school will help you reflect upon your failings and give you reason to greet the new school year with a better attitude."
"I can't fail this class, Professor!" My mother would murder me, and my father would look at me with such disappointment. Such soul-wrenching sadness. I couldn't let them down. Not again.
"That's the best I can do ... unless you'd like me to recommend you for disenrollment?" He looked at me, brow raised.
"We professors see more than you might think, as we travel back and forth between the yards. I'll wager you have more than one young fellow you could talk into proposing." He winked. "I do believe there's a prince of a man out there just waiting for you to beckon. And I truly believe matrimony would be the best thing for you. Think about it, Miss Eton. And let me know what you decide next week. You don't have to come back in the fall." He handed the test to me.
Matrimony! Of all the—! I rose, grabbing the test. "Professor Whitmore, I don't think—"
"But I hope you do, Miss Eton. In any case, I hope you start to soon. Good day, now."
* * *
Matrimony! I kicked at a stone on the walkway that led away from the school building, then had to bite back a cry when it failed to yield. Ow! Matrimony, my eye! And to a prince of a man. Oh, I could just ... just about ... do something! I crumpled up the hateful test and threw it at a flock of geese. Or tried to. A spiteful gust of wind blew it right back into my face. I thrashed at it, managing to knock my hat o] in the process. And the geese were interested in that, all right! One of them latched onto it and waddled away. I might have tried to chase him, but geese are mean.
Oysters and clambakes! I stamped my foot and splattered mud all over my stockings, so I stomped again for good measure. What did it matter anyway? Who had ever expected anything else from me but disappointment and failure?
Well ... me, I suppose.
But I always ended up disappointing myself by my failures too. Why couldn't I just think things through before I did them? Why couldn't I just sit still and concentrate? Professor Whitmore was right; if I could just apply myself ... why couldn't I? Why did I have to be so stupid all the time?
One thing was sure. In fall, I wouldn't be here. But not for the reason the professor thought. Getting married? Ha!
I stamped again. The mud gave a satisfying splat.
I wouldn't come back to Radcliffe because I wouldn't be in Boston. Next fall, I planned to be in Hollywood.
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I know I’ve said this before, but I absolutely love the stories Siri Mitchell tackles. She doesn’t shy away from any challenge, whether it’s the era the story is set, the topic, the events or the characters. With Love Comes Calling, Mitchell continues this trend in a fun read, which also happens to be set during the intriguing Roaring 20s. The story keeps you hooked, I found myself chuckling at the mischief Ellie found herself in and Mitchell was able to help you sympathize with her, especially since she didn’t fully understand why she found herself forgetting things or her focus. We also see a glimpse of what is was like for women during that era. We’ve come a long way friends, a long way. I thought the details, happenings and tragic consequences of the Prohibition era were portrayed in an accurate way. It’s not easy stuff to take in, but it’s what happened. I have to say one of my favorite characters was Griff. He’s a constant and stable character throughout the story and his love for Ellie was sweet and true. I also really enjoyed reading Siri’s Author’s notes. She took on what someone with ADHD would have lived through and how society would have handled it. No easy task, but I thought it very well done. Plus such an interesting discussion on regulating morality (in terms of Prohibition) and the real stories of the people in this novel and Prohibition effects (one glaring stat? There were more alcoholics after Prohibition ended than before). So interesting! Is there a specific event in history you’re always drawn to read about? Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/10/07/love-comes-calling-by-siri-mitchell-book-review
Ellis Eton may be about broke, but at least her life doesn't lack for excitement. As the semester at Radcliffe College comes to an end, she's managed to write, direct and act in her own play while planning her Hollywood career and avoiding the attentions of Griff Phillips. When she agrees to fill in for her friend, Janie, as a telephone operator, Ellis jumps at the chance to play the roll of someone else. However, Ellis' plans begin to unravel as she finds Janie's job is more complex than simply assuming a role. When Ellis accidentally overhears a plan to hurt Griff, it's up to her to make sure he stays safe. Keeping him safe is more difficult than expected and puts her together with him more than she should be. Will she be able to save his life and keep their relationship platonic? Read more in Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell. Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell is a stand-alone novel set in the Roaring Twenties. Prohibition, a big issue during that time period, was a significant part of the book. I thought Love Comes Calling excelled in dealing with the dilemma of attempting to legislate morality through the characters' dialogues, actions and consequences. I would have liked more romance in this book. It seemed that while Ellis and Griff's relationship did progress, it didn't really deepen until perhaps the final scene. I liked the character development. Ellis seems to be an air-head in the beginning, but develops into a very likeable, well-intentioned, somewhat distracted heroine. Though categorized as a Christian romance, there are only a few references to God and one reading of Scripture. Some people like this while others prefer more spiritual development. For me, the spiritual content was a bit too light. I think it could be categorized as clean, secular fiction. In conclusion, Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell was a quick, enjoyable read. I recommend it to fiction readers who are looking for a little humor and a sweet story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Idea: This book had a very cool concept! I love the 1920s, and I love telephone operators. (When I was younger, I wanted to be one until I realized that they pretty much don't exist.) I read this book pretty fast because it held my interest. Ellis can never seem to do anything right, but that doesn't stop her plans for running away to Hollywood. She takes on the job of her look-alike-friend for two weeks, but things soon go awry when she thinks she overhears a murder plot through one of the telephone lines. The Characters: Okay, I am going to admit this. At first, Ellis annoyed the heck out of me. But then, I got used to her scatter-brained thinking and read the author's note. Ellis is supposed to have ADHD. So, I am just warning you that her thoughts might be different than some other characters, but it was very well-written. I really liked Griff, the star student and football player who has known Ellis their whole wife and wants nothing more than for her to be his. The Plot: This book went pretty fast! It was suspenseful and there were some downright sad parts, but I really enjoyed it. The Setting: This was so cool! I absolutely love the 1920s and was so pleased to find a book set in this period. I loved the visits to the Speakeasies and all the other little details about Prohibition and the Jazz Age. Overall: A good read!
What a wild, fun ride for readers who love humor, history and endearing, captivating characters. This is my first read from Siri L Mitchell. It was a wonderfully fun read - like taking a trip down the rabbit hole on the heels of Alice in Wonderland. The characters were lively and fun; especially the main heroine, Ellis Eton. Mitchell writes her in first person point of view and brings the reader right into the crazy and roller-coaster-ed thoughts of this undoubtedly ADD character. It was at times dizzy-ing to keep up but I felt that Siri Mitchell did an excellent job of bringing a balance back to the reader. The story was intriguing to follow the mystery that Ellis must solve. It brought her into the underworld of the prohibition. I found the setting and context very interesting and fun to read. The suspense is not edge of your seat but the crazy antics of the heroine will keep you turning pages to find out what she will do next. A fun, light read. However some might find the scattered thoughts of the heroine distracting. I definitely recommend this book but suggest you try a sample chapter if you are unsure about the character's flightiness. I knew from the first few pages I would love the first-person account of this character. Thanks to Bethany House and Baker Publishing for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
What a fun book and heroine. This is the second book I have by Siri and so far I like this one the best. For whatever reason Ellis grabbed me and didn’t let me go. I loved her character. But the truth is, if I met her in real life she would drive me crazy. She is so disorganized and unreliable. Siri did a great job of writing her scattered thoughts yet kept the reader from loosing interest. My heart also broke for Ellis because her family is horrible to her and she doesn’t’ feel worthy of the love of the man she desires. Yet I see this is a beautiful picture of how Jesus pursues each of His children. We aren’t worthy but Jesus makes us worthy. We don’t have to clean ourselves up to be loved by Him, he picks us up in our sin, or brokenness and wipes away the tears and whispers that He alone can make us worthy. A truly wonderful book and I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good historical. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book that I’ve read by Siri Mitchell, and to be entirely honest (as my reviews always are), I was a little disappointed. Overall, I’d say this wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t the perfect book for me. I didn’t connect at all with the heroine, Ellis…though that sounds strange in light of the fact that I completely followed how her brain worked. The author’s note revealed that Ellis was ADHD, which made sense. I also wasn’t really a fan of the way that the first person voice worked for this particular story. Finally, I always had trouble with picturing Ellis at the correct age. I found myself seeing her as being about 14 instead of her actual age of 19 or so (at least, marriageable age). Picturing the heroine as being younger than she is was kind of a serious problem here. All in all, I didn’t hate the book, it just didn’t catch me as much as I’d hoped. I won’t keep it. However, I am open to reading other books by Siri Mitchell, as it may have just been this one that wasn’t quite for me. **Bethany House sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I wasn’t required to review it positively, and all opinions etc are my own. I wasn’t paid for this review.**
Once again she hears the words, “Oh Ellis”, causing that feeling she knew well, that she had disappointed yet another person she cares about, so Ellis Eton concocts a plan to run away to Hollywood. Because she knows the one skill she has, is the ability to act. When her friend, Janie asks her to fill in for her at work, Ellis sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn the money she needs for the train to Hollywood. But working at a telephone switchboard is a lot harder than Ellis thought, and when she forgets to flip the switch, she overhears a conversation that involves a plan to hurt her childhood friend, Griff. So in typical Ellis style, she diverts her energies to solving the mystery and saving Griff from harm. Ellis is an enchanting, brave, smart (although she doesn’t believe she is), imaginative, scatterbrain and conscientious young co-ed. She tries hard but situations never turn out the way she would like. Although humorous at times, Ellis also struggles with the moral implications of doing the right thing. This novel takes place in Boston during 1924 which was also the time of Prohibition. As a result, there is a lot of corruption in the government and society in general with many not obeying the laws. “Why didn’t people just do what they were suppose to? Why didn’t they just obey the laws? Then no one would ever drink and no one would ever die. From drinking, in any case… You couldn’t force people to choose the things you wanted them to. You could hope. I guess…you could make laws that punish them if they did the wrong thing. But you couldn’t make their choices for them. Even God Himself had always let people choose, hadn’t He?” Between all her musing and pondering trying to make sense of what she in experiencing, there is the one constant she relies on, Griff. He is convicted about what is right and what is wrong and acts on it. He also accepts Ellis unconditional with all her imperfections and silliness. And because of this, he is Ellis’s refuge. One of the things I liked about this book is that the author didn’t give a lot of physical descriptions about the characters, allowing the reader to create their own impressions based on their personality. There were some such as Griff had blue eyes, however and more importantly, Ms. Mitchell did a great job of describing their character. Ellis was an endearing heroine and I was fond of her from the very beginning of the story. I also appreciated the way the author wrote what was going on in Ellis’s mind. The reader really had a sense of what it was like to have ADHD. Griff was another favorite character and the perfect balance to Ellis. He was steady and constant. This was a very cute story with a bit of mystery and causes the reader to contemplate the consequences of their own choices and assumptions. This novel also portrays the mentality and culture of the 1920’s in a realistic way. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction with a heroine that is less than perfect but adorable. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Love Comes Calling, Siri Mitchell’s latest offering takes a unique turn in that her main character Ellis Eton is not the stereotypical heroine- she does not have it all together…at all. As we meet Ellis at the beginning of the story, she is a failing co-ed who is poised to pursue her dream of acting and basically bolt from her education at Radcliffe to escape to Hollywood to be a movie star. The problem is, even though she comes from a wealthy family, that plan would never fly with her family or her pretty wonderful long time friend who wants to be something more -Griffin Phillips. With Ellis constantly failing to meet her family’s expectations, she alway’s hear’s the phrase “Oh, Ellis” and is pretty pressed down by the feeling of constantly disappointing those around her- professors, family, etc. Our heroine is comical in all the scrapes she finds herself in, but she yearns to be able to do something that she feels good at. Ellis tries to help out her friend Janie by filling in for her as a switchboard operator, as she was not permitted leave by her job to attend her mother’s funeral, and take her away for a two week period. Ellis and Janie share an uncanny resemblance and since Ellis is an aspiring actress and needs the money to help her make her trek to Hollywood, she decides to go to work in Janie’s stead, posing as Janie. As she is trying to learn the ropes of being a switchboard operator, she accidentally forgets to flip a switch and in turn hears a conversation that she shouldn’t be listening to, one where her very own Griffin is at the center of things and sadly it all sounds very dangerous. Thus begins a journey for Ellis that starts to quickly spiral out of control, meeting shady characters, seeing the insides of a Speakeasy and seeing first hand the many issues surrounding Prohibition. I have to say that the author’s research and after notes in the back of the book are most impressive. It was a fascinating concept to me to take a modern day issue - the heroine having ADHD- and placing her in a historical setting (the 20’s) and see what that might look like. Exploring the idea of that ADHD translating into always feeling like a disappointment to her parents, worked well I believe. This is tough for me because I really wanted to like this book and for me, with no pun intended , it was just hard for me to connect to it. Trust me, I love a bumbling, scatter-brained heroine, (I feel that is me most of the time ), but I didn’t feel like the relationship with Ellis and Griffin developed in a way that made me cheer for them at the end. I just needed a little bit more to their story. It also would have been nice to know how things worked out for poor Janie as well. However, I believe that if you are a Siri Mitchell fan, then you will enjoy this book as her usual excellent attention to historical research is present and accounted for. 3 stars I was graciously given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Ellis is failing her classes at Radcliffe. Her childhood best friend Griffin is in love with her and there are rumors that he wants to pin her. But Ellis knows that with his future career in politics he can go far. And she would only drag him down. She is a disappointment to everyone. Everything she sets out to do turns into a failure. But the chance to rescue a look-alike friend turns into a bigger adventure than she imagined. The author wrote the story in Ellis' voice. Ellis has ADHD and her thoughts are disjointed and scattered. I'm not sure if it's my personality or what, but this book drove me crazy. It was all I could do to finish it. The author brought out some very thought provoking topics and handled them really well. I loved the Griffin character. The plot was great and the history was fascinating. But all of this was so overshadowed by the scattered thoughts and actions of the main character that I just couldn't concentrate on the book itself. I've read The Messenger by Mitchell and loved it. So I'm guessing this isn't her typical writing style. So while I won't be keeping or re-reading this book, I'll still check out her other books. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
If you are looking for an unpredictable read with a hot mess of a heroine, look no further! Love Comes Calling introduces us to the well meaning but always in a pickle, Ellis Eton. The story takes place in the roaring 20s during prohibition. Ellis is from a well to do Boston family that tends to be appalled by her behavior. Her mother is just sure that if Ellis would apply herself and try harder she would be more successful. Ellis is determined to escape from her family's expectations and disappointments and make her way to Hollywood where she is sure to be an instant success. But before she can set her plans in motion she makes a promise to a friend that will actually enable her to begin her journey. While Ellis is secretly filling in for her friend Janie as a telephone operator she inadvertently overhears a conversation that puts Griff, her beloved neighbor, in danger. What's a girl to do except save the handsome and ever so patient Griff from imminent doom? Of course with Ellis in charge of the saving, something is bound to go awry! I loved the relationship between Ellis and Griff. Every girl everywhere deserves a Griff in their life. This book will make you laugh and sigh and think. In her intriguing way Siri Mitchell leads the reader to contemplate whether or not we can legislate morality. Prepare to be entertained as well as educated about a time in our country's history that looked like a rip roaring time of fun but had some very dark undertones. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
The thoughts of Ellis Eton are definitely something you will enjoy being privy to. She is an engaging main character unlike any I've ever read before. Her quirks are endearing, and her personality is fun. I chuckled many times as she once again found herself in the middle of trouble without quite knowing how she got there -- or how it could be fixed, for that matter. I read the entire book in one sitting, accidentally staying up past 3am to finish because I just couldn't put it down. It was a light read, similar in that way to the author's novel Unrivaled, but I enjoyed this novel more. It must be because all of the characters, not just Ellis, were more vivid and colorful. And the writing is even better. I can't think of a single pet word, and the story was very smooth. The length was perfect, not rushed but not drawn out. I wonder if there would ever be a sequel... ——— +My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The way that Ellis' mind jumps from topic to topic kept me reading on. I think I understand what someone with ADHD goes through at least a bit better. Siri is a pro at accurately describing women's struggles in the time she writes about. I find the history in her books fascinating! I enjoyed this book and the humor in it. I hope you do too.
A charming novel set in the Roaring Twenties! I was swept back in time to the interesting era known as the Roaring Twenties in Mitchell's new book, Love Comes Calling. I loved seeing the events and culture filtered through Ellis. I personally think Mitchell did a fantastic job capturing the feel of the times as well as portraying characters that mold to their surroundings. Places, characters, they all jumped off the page and played out like a movie in my imagination. Ellis is easily distracted. This annoyed me at first but as I pushed further into the story I accepted that this was Ellis's personal quirk. I had no idea until I read the author's note at the end what was behind it. But all quirks aside, Ellis believes so many lies about herself. I ached for her over and over, especially after encounters with her family. I think she's a great example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. She believed she couldn't do anything right and thus she never could. You have to have confidence in yourself. This is my first read from Mitchell and it definitely won't be the last! I'm very impressed with Mitchell's writing style and I loved meeting her characters. I have another of her books on my shelf, waiting to be read. I think I'll double my efforts to get to it soon. ;-) I recommend this book to readers fifteen and older. As far as content to know about, this is a book set in the Roaring Twenties and both drinking and smoking is mentioned consistently. There is also mention of an indiscretion before marriage. I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
“Love Comes Calling” is another great book by Siri Mitchell! The main character, Ellis Eton, will keep you entertained from beginning to end, and maybe a little frustrated in between with her thought process and outlandish behavior. At times you will find yourself sympathizing with Ellis and her struggles with self-esteem and wishing she could be like someone else and then other times you will sympathize with her family and the difficult task they would have in understanding Ellis. Ms. Mitchell has mastered the art of creating believable and realistic historical settings, but without adding so many historical facts that you feel you are reading a history book. This book set during the “Roaring Twenties” during the prohibition and right on the heels of WWI showed the attitude of young people jaded by war and death; an attitude of live only for today. The heroine, spared the realities of war, pampered and protected by her wealthy family, is confronted for the first time with a different philosophy than her own. Ms. Mitchell uses humor to lighten the tone as Ellis is faced with one hard decision after another. Seeing the depravity and worldly thinking of our nation, the reader cannot help but be reminded of Eccl. 1:9, that there truly is “nothing new under the sun.” I highly recommend this book with humor, intrigue, romance, and many thought provoking questions! I would rate it a 9 out of 10! I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to give a positive response and the opinion expressed was completely my own!
What a fun read this one was! Although the main character, Ellis, kept me entertained throughout, her ADHD behavior had me rolling my eyes a few times. Siri created some great characters and had me laughing out loud a few times. This one is filled with a little intrigue, a little sweet romance, and a great history lesson. I never knew telephone operators were called Hello girls, nor what their job entailed, until I read this book. This is a light read that will definitely keep your attention throughout.
While not my favorite Siri Mitchell, I enjoyed this one better than some of her other more recent novels. Characterization was good and I really enjoyed the writing style that hinted at an ADHD personality. It was an interesting twist and made the character a little more real and believable - dropping us directly into some super-plausible thoughts. I also enjoyed the friend/family responses to such a character. There was expected tension, but it didn't deny the love that would still exist in a family that was frustrated with a daughter/sister they couldn't understand. The suspense plot line did little for me, but I felt the character growth was primary, so I still found Love Comes Calling to be an interesting and enjoyable book.