Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Review: Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

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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!

This is the second book I've read by Siri Mitchell; I do believe that it won't be my last. I immensely enjoyed how the roaring 20's sprang to life in this book. I caught a glimpse into the life of a 1920s college girl, became immersed in the life of a 1920s "hello" girl (a working class telephone operator), and sniffed a whiff of Boston's seamier quarter.

And I experienced all of this through the eyes of Ellis Eton, who the author stated would be classified as having ADHD (I didn't know of this till after I'd finished the book). As a result, Ellis is definitely a fun, quirky character whose thought process and actions are quite hilarious. To put it simply, there is never a dull moment with Ellis Eton.

In contrast to the light, humorous personality of the heroine, Love Comes Calling deals with a variety of serious issues: Can morality be regulated? Should I fight for what's right even when wrong is not affecting me? Can I be myself? among others. Siri managed to gracefully balance these weighted themes with the overall humorous tone of the book--although there was one morose scene that was especially... morose;-)

Since this is Christian historical romance, I found the spiritual thread rather lacking. The history, however, was vibrant. I especially liked the author's notes at the end of the book concerning the 1920s and its influence on the present. The romance was dainty and sweet and the mystery was engaging, suspenseful.

A light read infused with humor and directed by a capricious heroine, Love Comes Calling is a fun read with serious underlying themes and a dash of mystery. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Much thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. **

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