Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: All for a Sister by Allison Pittman

Title: All for a Sister
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6682-1
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014

Synopsis:
In Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all. Her father's work with color movie film opens doors that lead to the stardom she's always aspired to. But after losing her mother, she discovers that half the estate has been left to a woman accused of killing Celeste's baby sister before Celeste was even born.

Dana Lundgren arrives on the steps of the DuFrane mansion having spent most of her life imprisoned for a crime that never happened. After accusing her of murder so many years ago, why did Marguerite DuFrane leave her a sizeable inheritance? 

As Celeste and Dana learn each other's stories, they come up with more questions than answers. Then a surprising discovery begins to fill in the missing pieces: Marguerite DuFrane's written confession, penned shortly before her death. Uncovering the treachery and deceit that changed the course of countless lives--most of all, their own--the two women find more than they ever dreamed of.
 Review:
I've been eying this series for a little bit now, I must admit. The covers are gorgeous! How could it have not caught my eye. The only reason I hadn't picked up one of the books is that I hadn't read much from the 1920's. Thankfully that has all changed and I have just fallen in love with this era! So, when I saw an opportunity to read this book, I jumped at the chance.

I hadn't read anything by Allison before this, but I will say, that her writing style hooks you right from the start and draws you in. I'm looking forward to going back and reading her previous stories in the All For series. Thankfully, each of these books can be read out of order.

All for a Sister was an interesting story that led you down a path to discover what the DuFrane family was truly like and the secrets that had been hidden for years. I loved how each point of view was told in a different way. We are introduced to Celeste, a young girl who had had everything handed to her and she is a might spoiled, but as you read through her life in this story, you can't help but feel bad for her and the life she really lived under all the glitz. Her life was far from perfect. And you got to watch her grow-up as the story progressed, literally and emotionally.

Unlike Celeste's character, when we are introduced to Dana and until the end, her story is presented like that of a screen play. We are set up for the scene. I loved how her story unfolded, bit by bit and with the little bit of extra description to her life at the beginning of her chapters. You ache for Dana and the life she is forced to live, but I couldn't help be love how she never looses herself despite the circumstances. She holds tight. Yes, she is a bit fearful from the changes in the world around her, but she is a sweet girl.

Finally we see the rest of the story, the holes that we can't figure out in Dana's and Celeste's stories, through Celeste's mom, Marguerite, by that of her will. What a character she is. At first, I felt sorry for her and her loss, but as her character unfolds and you witness her merciless actions, any pity that is felt disappears. The complexity to Marguerite was phenomenal, so when all was exposed, you could feel what Dana and Celeste felt when they to discovered the secrets that had been hidden.

All for a Sister kept me turning pages. Each chapter brought something new, whether it was a question or an answer, I had to keep reading. 

I enjoyed all of these characters. They each played such an important role in the story. The attention to detail was another wonderful bonus to this story that really helped this story pop off of the page. And as I said before, the writing was fantastic. This story offered many twists and turns. When you thought you had it figured out, you were thrown another curve. It kept me glued to the pages.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Award-winning author Allison Pittman has penned more than twelve novels, including her series set in the Roaring Twenties—All for a Song, All For a Story, and All for a Sister. Allison resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Mike, their three sons, and the canine star of the family—Stella.
For more information, visit www.allisonpittman.com
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Award-winning author Allison Pittman has penned more than twelve novels, including her series set in the Roaring Twenties—All for a Song, All For a Story, and All for a Sister. Allison resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Mike, their three sons, and the canine star of the family—Stella.

For more information, visit www.allisonpittman.com
 

Thank you to Tyndale Blog Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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