Love Comes Calling
A sweet story, but almost too light.
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.
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June 13, 2014
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.
May 26, 2014
A Fun Read
This is the third book that I have read by Siri Mitchell. When I first started reading this book I did not think that I would like it. As some other readers have mentioned, the character has A.D.D. and I found her annoying. It wasn't until Ellis started working as a hello girl that the book started to get interesting for me. I actually enjoyed reading about the process of taking and transferring calls. At that point I started to get interested in the storyline. There were still moments where I found Ellis annoying, but there were also moments where I could relate to her. Griffin wasn't a huge character in the book, but I did like him and the love story between him and Ellis. I was annoyed with how Ellis acted towards him for a big portion of the book because she planned to move to Hollywood. Overall I think it was a good book. Siri Mitchell writes well and before I knew it I was done with the book. It's not my favorite, but I would recommend it; it's a fun story.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
May 4, 2014
Not Crazy About It
These books come FREE from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
"Love Comes Calling" by Siri Mitchell is one I had mixed feelings about. First off, I am NOT a big fan of first person style writing and that's what this one is. At first I thought the main character was totally way too 'chatty', mostly with her 'thoughts' so I almost didn't continue reading it. It was almost borderline annoying at times, until I got further into the storyline. Also, it seemed like the main plot took a bit longer to develop than needed.
Another thing that really bothered me was that none of the characters had any kind of real relationship w/God, so I thought it odd that this book could be considered 'CHRISTIAN' fiction. There was barely the mention of God here and there, but very little throughout the book.
The things I did like about it was that it was fast moving and it was written in a totally different era than what I normally read, set in the 1920's. I learned several things that I did not know about that time-span, so I found those things rather interesting. The author did a good job of addressing several issues that were prevalent during that era.
The main character, Ellis, was asked by a look-alike friend to fill in for her at work and 'pretend' to be her for two weeks. Some of the predicaments she got herself into was often quite comical and as the story developed, I found myself liking the characters more and more. (altho' the author never really told what happened to the gal she filled in for at the end, which was a bit disappointing).
There is a bit of a romance as well, and that added quite a bit of humor in itself. Wasn't really crazy about this book overall, but there were several parts that I did enjoy.
It was a very different kind of book for me to read, but all in all, I'm glad I did.
May 3, 2014