AboutA 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!
Born into one of Boston's First Families, Ellis Eton has high expectations placed upon her shoulders. Ellis has difficulty meeting those expectations and she considers herself a 'dumb Dora'. It seems no matter her intentions every attempt to succeed ends with the refrain 'Oh, Ellis!' She dreams of running away to Hollywood and becoming an actress. Ellis believes that the only time she can do well is when she is pretending to be someone else.
She is asked to take the place of her friend Janie as a telephone operator, while Janie attends her mother's funeral. Janie and Ellis look so much like twins family members can be fooled. Ellis can't let her parents know she is posing as a working girl. So she pretends to be Janie.
On her first day as a telephone operator, Ellis accidently overhears a conversation in which two men discuss harming her next door neighbor and friend Griffin.
Using her knowledge of movies plots, Ellis decides to become a sleuth and solve the mystery of who is threatening Griff. The madcap investigation has begun. Reminiscent of old Hollywood movies, Ellis moves between the worlds of prohibition era speakeasys, Boston's Beacon Hill and the 1920's workplace in order to solve the mystery and save her beau.
Ellis is a very different type if heroine. Insecure, with undiagnosed attention deficit she finds herself failing as a student at Radcliffe. I believe her lack of self esteem will resonate with readers. She wants to please her parents who expect her to fill a traditional role, but can't make herself fit the mold. She doesn't believe she will be loved if she is herself.
The storyline is both humorous as we follow Ellis's adventures, and serious as she and her friends deal with issues of drinking, out of wedlock pregnancy and the graft and corruption of public officials during prohibition. Griffin is a football star with a future in politics. Although he easily fits into his role in society, he is the only one who loves Ellis just as she is.
Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell is an accurate look at life in the 'Roaring 20's'. At the same time, the book includes issues that readers can relate to in today's society. Ellis is a sweet girl and you will want her to find her happily ever after.
About the Author:
Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business
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