Love Comes Calling
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 heroine has an extremely hard time concentrating. Though I don’t have the disorder, I do have an exceptionally bad memory, and let’s just say because of it I have a lot of the same problems as those who can’t focus. So many times Ellis would struggle with things and Oh! HOW I UNDERSTOOD. (especially with the way people would misunderstand her) Though Ellis and I did have differences in our personalities, I’d never been introduced to a character who had so many of the same difficulties as myself. That being said, some might find her scatterbrained-ness annoying; I did not. I was too much like her!
Griffin, though not in the book as often as a lot of love interest characters are, was also likable, and he seemed like an honestly good match for Ellis. Sometimes I did get annoyed with Ellis because I felt like she really needed to tell someone what she’d overheard, but that was really the only thing about the book that bothered me.
Love Comes Calling also had some interesting themes involving the Roaring ’20s and the moral dilemmas that came along with the era. Though there wasn’t a whole lot said about God, the Christian message was very clear in what the characters saw and learned. Some of it was really quite serious, but all the same there was still something very lighthearted about this book. It was just fun. Definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read this year!
Objectionable content: this takes place in the twenties, so alcohol is naturally drunk and discussed due to Prohibition (rather ironic, I know). Flappers are also notoriously loose with their morals, and it is later found out a young woman became pregnant out of wedlock. Ellis is found alone in a room with a man and they immediately thought to be doing something inappropriate (they were not). There are a few kisses, though not descriptive. Most of everything above is handled tactfully, but I would still recommend it to 16 +