Review: Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

lovecomescallingLOVE COMES CALLING
Siri Mitchell
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

From the back cover:

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.

I have been a huge fan of Siri Mitchell ever since 2008 when I first read A CONSTANT HEART. So many times an author’s books can start to feel cookie-cutterish after awhile, set in the same time period with characters who are built from the same mold, but this is never the case with Siri Mitchell’s books. Everything she writes is extremely unique and when I pick up when of her books, I know I’m in for an awesome read that fully immerses me in a time period while being well plotted, well written and well developed.

Siri Mitchell’s last book, THE MESSENGER, took us into the gritty world of the Revolutionary World, LOVE COMES CALLING puts us right into the roaring twenties, at the height of prohibition. These books are as different from each other as night and day, and yet they are both so wonderfully done. And that is the genius of Siri Mitchell’s writing.

I loved the fact that Ms. Mitchell tackled an ADHD main character with such grace and pluck. Ellis’s voice abounds from the page. She is is funny and endearing but also sympathetic and as she gets herself into scrape after scrape, we can’t help but feel for her struggle to be who everyone expects her to be.

I also loved that the mystery element to the book is kept light and humorous and yet it still manages to speak of deeper issues, like standing up for what’s right, and whether it’s possible to legislate morality as the government tried to do through prohibition. The romance between Ellis and Griff is sweet and funny, and though the faith element was a little more subtle than I would have liked, the story still managed to impart an inspiring message of accepting who God made you to be.

LOVE COMES CALLING is another wonderful tale by powerhouse author Siri Mitchell. Don’t miss it!

 

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