I know I’ve said this before, but I absolutely love the stories Siri Mitchell tackles. She doesn’t shy away from any challenge, whether it’s the era the story is set, the topic, the events or the characters. With Love Comes Calling, Mitchell continues this trend in a fun read, which also happens to be set during the intriguing Roaring 20s.
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!
The story keeps you hooked, I found myself chuckling at the mischief Ellie found herself in and Mitchell was able to help you sympathize with her, especially since she didn’t fully understand why she found herself forgetting things or her focus. We also see a glimpse of what is was like for women during that era. We’ve come a long way friends, a long way. I thought the details, happenings and tragic consequences of the Prohibition era were portrayed in an accurate way. It’s not easy stuff to take in, but it’s what happened.
I have to say one of my favorite characters was Griff. He’s a constant and stable character throughout the story and his love for Ellie was sweet and true.
I also really enjoyed reading Siri’s Author’s notes. She took on what someone with ADHD would have lived through and how society would have handled it. No easy task, but I thought it very well done. Plus such an interesting discussion on regulating morality (in terms of Prohibition) and the real stories of the people in this novel and Prohibition effects (one glaring stat? There were more alcoholics after Prohibition ended than before). So interesting!
Is there a specific event in history you’re always drawn to read about?