Friday, 10 October 2014

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista - Aven Ellis

About the book...
Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighbourhood and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.
If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too. 
Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it? 
When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good. 
When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…


About the author...
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel. Waiting For Prince Harry was published in April 2014.  
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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My thoughts...
I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour organised by JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books.  It gives me immense pleasure to be part of this tour as Aven has to be one of the kindest, most generous hearted authors I've had the pleasure to meet through blogging and tweeting.

The story centres around Avery, just out of college living in the famed, Lincoln Park area of Chicago whilst working as a marketing assistant for an airline. On the surface she appears to be living a quite shallow life - spending more than she earns on clothes, not having enough money to pay the rent and living for celebrity gossip.  

As part of a documentary being made about the company she works for Avery as a newish employee is to be filmed for the show.  Deacon Ryan is commissioned as the camera man to shadow her both at work and at home living her life.

Let us just say that numerous opinions are formed by both Avery and Deacon about each other and also about and by the colleagues and friends that Avery mixes with on a day to day basis.

A book about self discovery, finding trust, confidence and love along the way makes for a lovely read.  It is a romance novel that makes you aahh a bit but, just like in real life it isn't a straight forward path. With every turn of the page another layer was uncovered ensuring my opinions of both Avery and Deacon changed many times throughout the book.  It just goes to show appearances can be deceptive and although first impressions count sometimes interpreting them from a different angle gives a totally different impression. From the outset both appeared to be confident, carefree characters who knew their own minds and destiny and were happy with their lot.  As the story develops this image becomes a little different....

I loved how and without realising it, they fought in each others corner, giving each other the confidence and security to take on challenges that alone they wouldn't even have considered.  At the same time a beautiful friendship developed taking me the reader along with it - always a good sign when I find myself rooting for the characters, willing them to say and do what I think they should!

This book shows that sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone and put ourselves out there, to stand tall and conquer our fears and most of all it's always ok to be ourselves! Thank you Aven for a thoroughly enjoyable read.


  1. Fab review! Thanks for being a part of the tour. x

  2. Dawn, thank you so much for the AMAZING review! (And I think you are equally kind and lovely, by the way.) Thank you for writing such a thoughtful review-you truly got the meaning behind the book and I love that! xo