Book Review : Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis

September 26, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★★

When I want a charming, feel-good, contemporary romance, Aven Ellis is my go-to author. Her books just make me squee and sigh and they deliver all the tender swoons that a girl could want.

Book Review : Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven EllisChronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 11th Sept 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Women, Love & Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author

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 neighborhood–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

First Line of Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis:

“I really don’t want to go through life being labelled as a vapid, husband-hunting fashionista.”

My thoughts on Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis:

When I open one of Aven’s book, I know I’ll get well-developed characters that quickly draw me into their lives. In this book Avery has just started her first job and is on the first rung of the career ladder. Not that she is overly focused on that, her mind is firmly fixed on all the designer clothes that she will buy instead.

When she is given an opportunity to take part in a reality show, she quickly agrees and Deke (the videographer) enters her life. You are probably thinking now, they have instant chemistry and fall madly in love. Well no! That’s not what happens. Instead we have sparks, spats and conversations and it was great fun to just sit on the sidelines and see it all unfold.

I also loved the setting of the book. It is so descriptive that it fills up all your senses with lovely scents and powerful visual images. In particular the clothes, I was lusting after every piece of clothing that Avery wore just as much I lusted after Deke. And who knew there was an Oz park in Chicago (in honour of The Wizard of Oz), not me! But it’s now on my must-see list.

I like books with good character development and I enjoyed that Avery and Deke challenged each other and helped the other move forward. They are opposites and that leads to some interesting developments! That’s all I’ll say on that :O Ohh, except to tell you there is one of the most romantic dancing scenes ever! I loved it.

And I really appreciate that there is lots of humour in the book. This stops the romance element getting sickly sweet and instead keeps it light and fun. All the tricky games of the dating ritual are examined in an entertaining way. I hate those games and am glad I’d don’t have to deal with them! But in a book, they make for good comedy.

Overall with interesting characters, a cute romance, some great settings and an atmosphere just soaked with feel-good feels, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis?

I’d highly recommend this to all those looking for sweet, romantic contemporary fiction that will just make you smile. Fans of Aven’s previous books, Connectivity and Waiting for Prince Harry should appreciate this one just as much. And I would hazard a guess that fans of Sophie Kinsella and Rachel Harris would also enjoy.

Thanks to Aven Ellis for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis”

    • trish

      Yay! hope you enjoy. Aven’s books have lots of witty dialogue and pretty of snappy humour so I always know I’m going to have a good time with them.

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