Sep 11, 2014

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis & Giveaway

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 commodity 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 . . . 

 Avery has just started a new job and works for Premier Airlines. She's good at marketing, but she's afraid of flying. Of course she hasn't told anyone at the company and she isn't looking for a career anyway. Her dream is to get married and stay home with her children. Meanwhile she wants to look great of course, so she needs a man with a good salary. She wants to be there for her future family and meanwhile she thinks it's nice if she can do something for the community. Just like her mother has always done. Is that really her dream or does she only think it is? Avery loves new clothes and she cares about her looks. Her favorite color is pink and she's living in the Lincoln Park area in Chicago, which is known for the money hunting young women. When an opportunity at work presents itself Avery has the chance to be on television. That will be good for her career and it means she has more money to spend on fashion. The man behind the camera, Deke, thinks she's a spoiled, empty headed fashionista. Avery doesn't like him very much, he's silent, moody and she doesn't like his ancient vintage t-shirts. Avery wants to prove that he's wrong about her and that's when she starts to think about having different goals in her life. Deke challenges her and that's exactly what she needs. Meanwhile they get to know each other a little better and they have to change their opinions about each other. What Avery didn't mean to do is falling for the good looking camera man in the process...
Aven Ellis knows how to make her characters come to life. Her writing is very believable and it makes the people she's writing about real and realistic. I liked that very much about this book. Of course I loved all the fashion talk. Avery's favorite color is pink and she cares very much about her appearance. When Deke convinces her that she should follow her intuition and speak up about her ideas Avery does things she never dreamed of doing. Everything she does is completely believable, because it could have happened in real life. Avery wants to prove she's mature and in the process she's growing up. It's not a very complex story, but it doesn't have to be, it's never shallow, it's always perfectly balanced and that's working so well. This love story is really sweet and that's exactly what makes the book so amazing. It's cute, fun and light, a book that makes the reader happy. Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista is such a joy to read!

Aven Ellis has been so kind to donate a kindle copy of her novel to a very lucky reader. 


  1. All my designer bags and purses that I worked hard to buy, and I always have a good book in them xx

  2. ALL OF THE SHOES. I have a lot. I have a 50 pair shoe rack and it's surrounded by the pairs that don't fit on it. I love them. Especially as I'm teeny, I love that I can wear any heels I like and not feel like a giant haha. Thanks for another lovely giveaway :)

  3. I love handbags. Used to have loads but now can only use ones across the body.

  4. My favorite fashion item is a great handbag because I love to switch out my bags and I always have alot of stuff to lug around.

  5. A nice necklace :) I just love them and they make evrything look better


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