All for a Sister, All For a Song Series #3   -     By: Allison Pittman
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Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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Growing up in Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all---including a legacy in stardom. But after her mother passes away, she discovers that half of the DuFrane estate has been left to Dana Lundgren. Why would her mother leave such a sizable inheritance to the woman accused of killing Celeste's sister.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414366825
ISBN-13: 9781414366821
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Series: All For a Song

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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.

Editorial Reviews

QUICK HIT – With hidden motives, captivating twists, and superb writing, Allison Pittman draws readers into her expertly crafted story and into the lives of her conflicted and complex characters.

Novels can generally be described as plot-driven (the actions make the story) or character-driven (the characters make the story), but in reality all story is tension-driven. The actions or the characters are only as compelling as the reason for the reader to jump out of their lives and engage in the characters’. It took two chapters—to the end of the Written Confession of Margaret DuFrane—to know that I wasn’t going to put this book down until I could close the final pages. Pittman balances the action and the characters well, expertly relying on the novel’s tension to keep readers engaged in the story.

The early 1900s were a magical time in American history. So much innovation, so much new technology, a booming economy. Perhaps nothing epitomized these things more than the Hollywood of the Roaring Twenties. Celeste DuFrane has long been in the world of Hollywood thanks to her father’s innovations in color film and it’s time for her to make a name for herself as an actress. But when Celeste’s mother dies, family secrets begin to come unraveled . . . and Dana Lundgren, the woman who allegedly killed Celeste’s sister as a baby some twenty years before, shows up at her door as co-heir of the DuFrane fortune.

The question both of them are thinking: Why did Margaret DuFrane leave half her fortune to her daughter’s killer? The following 300 pages intertwine the past and present to provide a beautifully written answer, as the life stories of both Dana and Celeste are played out—Dana, the daughter of the DuFrane’s maid; Celeste, as the child meant to replace the daughter lost.

We have a tendency to idealize the past, but Pittman reminds us that sin, deception, and evil was as much a plague a hundred years ago as today. Her depiction of the decadence of the age is reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, lending it an air of gravitas and grace, somehow making it a more powerful story than if set in a modern timeline. Intertwining the plotlines around Margaret DuFrane’s last will and confession was an ingenious idea that provided what, for me, was the novel’s major hook.

I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened the cover of All for a Sister. I don’t routinely read 1920s period pieces. I’m glad I gave this one a chance. Reading it was time well spent.

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  1. Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Allison Pittman's All for a Sister
    September 10, 2014
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    All for a Sister is the third book in a series but can be read as

    a stand alone. This is the my first Allison Pittman book. I had

    no problem identifying the characters.

    The time period is the 20s. The author did thorough research

    on the details, dress, hairdos, description of the hats, attitudes

    and social realities of the time. The law was not determined by

    justice alone but by the wealth of the accuser.

    The book totters between the past and present. The story

    weaves deception and treachery into the way of privileged

    living. This makes the mystery of the plot explainable as the

    reader continues to the end.

    In the beginning, it was hard to follow the tethering smoothly

    until you became accustomed to the writers style.

    A 12 year old innocent child is sent to prison without a trial for

    the death of an infant for an undetermined time sentence. Her

    time in prison is so real the reader feels as if they are right

    Beside her all the time. The child was Dana Lundgren,

    daughter of oneof the DuFranes household servants. Dana is

    a strong and realistic character. Her story is unbelievable but

    so real you feel as she feels.

    If Dana is innocent the first question is: How did baby Mary

    really die? The second question is: Why did Marguerite

    Du Frane leave half her fortune to the person she had sent to

    prison for her daughter death ? Question three: What do

    Celeste and Dana have in common?

    This book has an unique plot with a cast of complex and

    interesting characters with a surprising ending after the

    discovery of Marguerite Du Franes confession penned

    prior to her death.

    I received this book from book fun.org. My opinion is my own.
  2. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great
    September 4, 2014
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed this story. The characters were wonderful and likable. The story was well written for going back and forth between the past and the present. It was fun to see how some of Hollywood was run back in the first days of movies. I look forward to Allison Pittman's books and again I look forward to the next. I received this book from the Tyndale blog network for a fair and honest opinion.
  3. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    All For A Sisters
    August 29, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    All for his sister is by far the best of the series. The first 2 books were okay to me. This third installment was really good. I love the mystery of the story. I felt sorry for poor Dana. She sure went through a lot in her life. I did not like Celeste too much at first but she grew on me halfway through the book.

    Great story, characters, historical, mystery and drama. I definitely recommend this book. Especially, if the reader has read the first two books of the series. Five stars
  4. Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    August 26, 2014
    Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    All for a sister is another installment in this 1920s themed series. Celeste DuFrane is a girl who lacks nothing in Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties. She has bit parts in films and longs to be a star. The arrival of Dana Lundgren to the DuFrane mansion after spending most of her life imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit changes Celeste's world forever.

    This is the second book in this series that I've read. As in Allison Pittman's book, All for a Story, the characters are rich, complex and full of life. I especially enjoyed the format in which she used to tell the tale. The story is unfolded using regular narrative as well as a screenplay type set up to the scene and time jumps around as characters tell their sides of the story. I found myself quite intrigued soon after beginning this book and very much attached to the characters by the book's end. I recommend reading this well written story.

    I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Roaring Twenties novel
    August 22, 2014
    Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Allison Pittman tells a compelling tale of deception, bitterness, as well as, forgiveness and new life. Her characters are quite realistic and believable. The novel jumped from different times and various leading characters, but I thought Pittman did a good job of clarifying who was speaking and why. The story kept me glued to the book to see if justice was brought to Dana. I just loved the story and the characters and would say it is worth your time investment to read.
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