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.
Ellis Eaton is a girl with a problem. It’s the Roaring Twenties, and how can a girl study when there are so many more interesting things to do? Love Comes Calling starts with Ellis being lectured by an old-fashioned professor over her lack of good exam results. The truth is that Ellis failed to study because she was easily side-tracked by games of mah-jongg and movies. She claims she’s the “girl that could never quite manage to do anything right,” but dismisses her professor’s words because she decides she’s going to be a Hollywood actress. Everything in her life revolves around the movies; she treats real life as just another acting role. After all, she thinks she’s useless at anything else. The only way this young woman is going to get a wake-up call is when she comes face to face with tragedy.
Sadly, this is probably the weakest of the Siri Mitchell books I’ve read. I wasn’t more than a couple of chapters in before I wanted to stop reading. When Ellis is asked to work at the telephone exchange it was like an accident waiting to happen. I was cringing at the thought that something was going to go wrong. By chapter 10, I knew I didn’t like Ellis. Her head was too full of Hollywood dreams to allow in any common sense. If she said, “Oysters and clambakes!” one more time, I was going to scream! I felt sorry for those who knew her. In the end, I had more empathy for her sister who was in a bad situation due to one mistake. I couldn’t decide if this was a novel about self-worth, romance, or law and corruption, or all three. I also felt there were a couple of threads left undone, especially concerning two female friends. If anything stuck with me, it was possibly the only sensible thought Ellis had. Prohibition and circumvention of the law is a main theme in this novel and Ellis is pondering the pros and cons of the Volstead Act. She finally decides, “And what they needed wasn’t a new law; what they needed was a new heart.” It’s how I feel about today’s hot button issues, such as abortion.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of Love Comes Calling, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a subsidiary of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 04 March 2014
Page Count: 368