Friday, June 13, 2014

All for a Story by Allison Pittman (Review)


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366814

Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away—and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, The Bridal Call, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter, infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Bisbane.

Under Max’s direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants.

 My Review:

I thought this book had more potential. It just did not work for me. Monica is not really likeable and seems more like a current day loose party girl. Way too much time is spent on the bad parts of her life like drinking and sleeping around. Max never really engaged me either. The best part literally was the last fifty pages. The secondary characters were interesting and the plot picked up.The actual ending could have been better written. It is set in the roaring twenties which is interesting. It did not have a Christian fiction feel to it though. It was almost not present at all even subtle. This is not my favorite book by this author but I will read the next one All for a Sister.



 About the author:

As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, www.allisonpittman.com and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you! 

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