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Love Comes Calling

(Against All Expectations #7)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  631 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Dreaming of becoming an actress, Boston socialite Ellis Eaton captures Griff Phillips' attention. But while filling in for a look-alike friend at the telephone exchange, she overhears a call that threatens Griff's safety. With handsome policeman Jack Flanigan investigating - and her heart in a muddle - will she discover what might be the role of a lifetime?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 25th 2014)
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2018-reads
Siri Mitchell did it again. She delivered an amazing novel. Somehow, even though faith wasn't mentioned directly much, the message was powerful all the same.

A character with ADHD in the 1920's (although it is never called that in the story) was well done. The romance was sweet - two people who love each other because of the character of the other and who they really are was refreshing.

Oh, and the narrator, she was perfect.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been interested in Siri Mitchell’s books since I read her book She Walks in Beauty; when I read (and loved) The Messenger, she became a firm favorite of mine. That being said, her last book Unrivaled, though somewhat enjoyable, was a bit of a disappointment. But Love Comes Calling has put her right back on my favorites list!

I found Ellis painfully relatable. The author mentions in the afterward that she gave Ellis ADHD (though it was unknown of during the story’s time era) and so our heroi
Lady Jane Grey
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I already love this author, and each time I read another one of her books, I love her even more. Her books are guaranteed good reads!
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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.

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 s
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Very good and heart touching story set in the 1920's. I enjoyed reading it! :)
Anne Osterlund
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ellis would like to be better than she is. But she isn't. Not good enough to please her professors at Radcliffe College. Or her Mother. And certainly not good enough for Griff, who is constantly threatening to ask Ellis to wear his fraternity pin.

Nope. The only thing Ellis is good at is trying to be someone else, which is precisely the reason she is headed for Hollywood. As soon as she can save the money, which isn't easy.

Then Janie--a lookalike friend from Ellis's childhood prankster days--asks
Rebekah Brown
Love comes calling is my first novel from author Siri Mitchell, and honestly it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I don’t think a main character has ever annoyed me as much as Ellis Eaton. Ellis dreams of being a Hollywood actress (don’t quit your day job girl) but is pressed by her family to further her education. Even though I realize Ellis is supposed to be an overly eccentric character, I couldn’t stop sighing at her decisions and choices. Ellis learns to live outside of her sheltered upbringing an ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell is set in the 1920s. I haven't read too many novels written from this time period so I found it interesting, and I loved the facts in the back of the book about the Roaring Twenties. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked how I felt transported back to that time, but on the other hand, I didn't really like the main character, Ellis Eton. I know the author was trying to depict Ellis with ADHD, but the choppiness from her lack of concentrati
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ellis Eton is all over the page in this book. You realize right off the bat that there is nothing ordinary about her! She flits from one thing to the next, despite her family’s disappointment and her desire to be a film star.

As a person that is driven by duty and desire to accomplish tasks, I struggled to relate to her at first. However, the historical story set in the 1930’s, the telephone operator’s tasks and the issues dealing with the prohibition intrigued me. When I read that the author wa
ARGH! Goodreads just ate my mini review!

Anyway, just listened to the audiobook in March, loved every second of it, have listened to it at least once a year since 2014, can't recommend it highly enough. Morgan Hallett is a terrific narrator, and I just LOVE that the story is set in the 1920s. There's just enough romance to satisfy, but not an overwhelming amount, and its entertaining if a little crazy having a heroine who suffers from ADHD before we even knew there was such a thing. The book itse
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
As someone with a psychiatric condition, I have to say that it's great to see a book where the protagonist has ADHD. With the historical setting and the oft-mentioned dream of jetting off to Tinseltown, this novel also had plenty of old-school charm. Fans of clean, old-school-style romance/mysteries will likely enjoy this one.
Darla Damron
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellis Eton was entertaining and scattered. But in the end she pulled it all together. There were times I was irritated and times in the book I felt sorry for her. The book drew my attention and it was hard to put it down to be sure she made it through the next disaster she created. I thoroughly enjoyed the History lesson at the end that explained the book so much and how true to history it was.
Cheryl Olson
Love Comes Calling, Siri Mitchell’s latest offering takes a unique turn in that her main character Ellis Eton is not the stereotypical heroine- she does not have it all together…at all. As we meet Ellis at the beginning of the story, she is a failing co-ed who is poised to pursue her dream of acting and basically bolt from her education at Radcliffe to escape to Hollywood to be a movie star. The problem is, even though she comes from a wealthy family, that plan would never fly with her family or ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was very excited when I got the opportunity to review Siri Mitchell's latest novel, so I signed up right away. Then I waited. And waited. Waited. Love Comes Calling refused to call on me (forgive the pun). That is, until I found out there had been a mix up in shipping the book out of the warehouse to reviewers. At last, though, it arrived. I couldn't help myself. Though I had other books I needed to read to review, I skipped the to-be-read line and went right to Love Comes Calling.
At first, I
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book smells like cucumbers and grapefruit, which happens to be two of my most favorite smells. I love them because one's fresh and crisp while the other's citrusey clean with a taste of tartness. So I guess what I'm saying is that this book made me feel how I feel when I smell those smells, all crispy fresh and clean with a little punch of spunk.

I loved Ellis. Loved her! Mostly because she shimmied. Yes shimmied. She shimmied into her shirt and skirt, she shimmied when she walked across the
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Comes Calling-
Born into one of Boson'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 he
I received a free copy through Goodreads.
Let me start off by saying that Ellis annoyed and irritated me so much that I was eager (aka desperate) enough to finish this book in a hurry!

I did not like Ellis at all. She is so scattered brained for the majority of the book, there were times I wanted to reach in and shake her and tell her to focus! She's not exactly selfish in a way, but she is a bit self centered in only thinking about herself and how things would work out for her if she only want
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellis Eaton is a hoot! A society gal, she fears she is a disappointment to her family, especially to her mother. She studies hard at college, but hardly remembers studying. She is easily distracted, and her attention wanders endlessly. Yes, she has an attention deficiency problem long before such things were diagnosed. But she is a kind and caring person as well as intelligent, even if she doesn’t realize it. She has big plans to go to Hollywood to be an actress, even though she has no steps to ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Diane Estrella
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can I please give this book six out of five stars please.... ??!?!?! Thanks.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: schlow
I really enjoyed this book. It did take me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I couldn't put it down. This is the way I like to learn about history.
m a r y l i z
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
How to describe this word in three words?

Fun but frustrating.

*cracks knuckles* Let's get this party started.

Lovely Things:

- The setting. GOOD GOLLY THE SETTING. It's set in the '20s, which is an era that really fascinates me for whatever reason. (I know, it was a bit of a sketchy time . . . what with all the crime and drinking and whatnot BUT HEY it's also Very Intriguing.) The author really did a stellar job making it feel like the '20s. "Hello girls," the Charleston, bobbed hair . . . it jus
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ellis Eton is sick and tired of being a disappointment to her strait-laced, well-to-do Boston family. Though she tries, she never seems to have any follow-through, personally or academically, leaving a trail of frustrated chaos in her wake. The only thing her restless, active mind and boundless energy allow her to do well is act -- and on stage she can escape who she is and be anyone she wants, anyone but herself, the disappointing Eton daughter. When she's informed by a professor that she's fai ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first thing that struck me about this book was how much I loved the main character. She was so realistic and loveable. Sure, she had some annoying moments, but don't we all? I loved the real view of someone with ADHD.
My second favorite thing was the romance. It wasn't super passionate (though they were attracted to each other), but it was based in real things, not just feelings.
The plot was incredibly well thought out.
While I hated that she lied, I loved that there were consequences for ev
Angie Thompson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
I'm really glad I read the author's note at the end before getting deep into this story, since it gave me a heads-up on some of the content issues that would be present. After glancing through a few more scenes, this is definitely not the kind of story I'm interested in.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had the pleasure of being able to read several of Siri Mitchell's previous novels including She Walks In Beauty (and absolute favorite novel of mine!), as well as Unrivaled. Being that her writing style is very diverse in time periods and themes, I was excited to see what she did with this new novel based in the early 1920s in Boston. While I did enjoy reading it, I don't think it's a favorite, though I'm glad I did read it. However for sure, She Walks In Beauty takes the cake for being my ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a delight! I've been a Siri Mitchell fan for several years, but my favorites of her historicals tend to be ones on the more serious side, such as "The Messenger" or "Love's Pursuit". "Love Comes Calling" stars a heroine who reminded me very much of Amelia Bedelia, because even with the best intentions she ends up in one scrape after another, with no idea how she got there or how to fix it!

Ellis Eton feels like she has been a disappointment her whole life. All she hears from he
Kathleen E.
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell, © 2014

Janie Winslow. Janie Winslow. I needed to become Janie Winslow. I took a deep breath and reminded myself that being Janie would be as difficult a role to play as I'd ever had. Usually I played characters people paid attention to, but Janie had never been very remarkable. She was never noticed because she really wasn't very noticeable. So as long as no one noticed me, then they wouldn't notice I wasn't her, and I'd succeed at playing
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a full submersion into the roaring twenties- the language, attitudes and history is all there. As a reader, you feel transported back in time, which is why I love historical fiction. I love learning about the way daily life was in any given period of time that is far enough removed from the one I live in. The Author's notes show just how much she prepared for this novel and shows you how much truth was weaved into the fiction- I loved it!

Ellis took some getting used to for me. Initi
I liked reading Siri Mitchell's Love Comes Calling. I think I would have liked it even more if I hadn't predicted so early on the big misunderstanding of the heroine, Ellis Eton.

Ellis Eton is the heroine of Love Comes Calling. Ellis is unhappy. She may come from a wealthy family, she may be attending a prestigious woman's college, but, Ellis feels like she is a big failure who can only always disappoint the people in her life. Wanting to escape from the failure-feeling, Ellis has plans to run aw
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also published under the name Siri L. Mitchell & Iris Anthony

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of

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Against All Expectations (7 books)
  • A Constant Heart
  • Love's Pursuit
  • She Walks in Beauty
  • A Heart Most Worthy
  • The Messenger
  • Unrivaled
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