Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

                                                       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.

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell is a sweet and charming novel that follows the impetuous and well-intentioned Ellis Eton as she tries to understand what God's plan for her life is. The plot line is fantastic; I loved the storyline and its winding set-up that mirrors the haberdashery way in which Ellis both thinks and acts. The novel is filled with humor, romance, mystery, and problems that Ellis causes for herself when she forgets to think or to follow through. Ellis has trouble understanding the implications of her actions (or lack thereof) for others, but as the story unfolds, she begins to realize where her true heart lies and that life is not all fun and games. Set in the middle of the Prohibition, Ellis sees that foolhardy and carefree attitudes especially concerning alcohol can lead to trials and even death. However, despite the tragedy she sees, Ellis is able to help redeem the choices of one of the people she meets while trying to save Griffin from the plot she has uncovered. Griffin, though, or at least his crazy relationship with Ellis, is probably my favorite part of the novel. He spends all summer trying to tell Ellis something, and she keeps running from him because she does not want to be tied to Boston. However, despite her best intentions, their attraction to each other may run deeper than she thinks. I loved all of Griffin and Ellis's interactions with one another, especially when he has no idea what Ellis is doing and when Ellis and he begin to reveal their feelings for one another.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to reading more of the Siri Mitchell's works, especially in the Against All Expectations series. I received this novel for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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