All for a Sister, All For a Song Series #3   -     By: Allison Pittman
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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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Publication Date: 2014
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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.

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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. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great flavor of the 20s
    January 8, 2015
    Nicnac
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This review was written for All for a Sister - eBook.
    Though it seems that young Celeste DuFrane has it all, her wealthy background does little to alleviate the questions surrounding why her mother's estate was left to Dana Lundgren, a woman convicted of murder. Especially since the victim of that murder was Celeste's own sister, Mary. Dana and Celeste filter through the past to find the path that led them through their lives.

    This story, taking place in the roaring twenties, is filled with secrets, lies, deceptions, confessions, and life-altering discoveries. It offers a nice flavor of the 1920s, the characters are fully developed, and the mystery kept me absorbed.

    The Christian influence in this book is evident, and shares the message of mercy. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36.)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Tyndale House. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fascinating Novel by Allison Pittman
    December 1, 2014
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    All for a Sister, by Allison Pittman, tells the story of two young ladies as they try to put together the pieces of their lives.

    One of the girls, Dana Lundgren, spent most of her life in prison for a crime which never occurred. There was no trial or sentencing of the girl and for most of her life she was forgotten, except by a few people.

    Celeste DuFrane, on the other hand, never lacked for anything in her life, except for perhaps the love of her mother and brother.

    The two girls are thrown together to find the truth about each other. As one part of the story is uncovered, other questions arise.

    This novel is one of the best that I have read in recent time. The writing drew me in and kept me mesmerized as the story drew me in and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.

    Allison Pittman is a talented author and I look forward to future work by her.
  3. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!
    November 13, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    All For a Sister is the third in a series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is set in the Roaring Twenties. The book is confusing at first to keep all the characters straight but the story-line keeps your interest. The deception, treachery, secrets, and infidelity all lend to the suspense present. It took until the very end to solve the questions of some of the why's raised throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed the book and will go back and read the first two in the series.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story!!
    October 22, 2014
    Kimberly S
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for All for a Sister - eBook.
    All For A Sister by Allison Pittman - the third installment in the "All For A" Trilogy. Set in the Roaring Twenties, this is a powerful story that mixes deception, intrigue, hope, redemption and forgiveness.

    This story keeps you interested and on your toes from the start as you watch the lives of two girls intertwine - showing that things are not always as they seem. It is also a very powerful story of how God never leaves us or forsakes us...even in our darkest hour. He makes all things for His glory...even if we do not see it while we are in the midst of the struggle.

    I enjoyed the writing style and loved how Ms. Pittman wove through the different times with ease, without causing confusion. The more I read, the more I had to know...just when I thought there couldn't possibly be anything else, she would surprise me again!

    I highly recommend this book, it was wonderful!

    I was given this book in exchange for my honest review by bookfun.org.
  5. Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another wonderful story from Allison Pittman!
    October 20, 2014
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was reading a blurb online that caught my interest and made me want to read All For A Sister. When my copy finally arrived I had to put it aside so I could work on other books in my to-read stack, but I kept going back and looking at it, it kept whispering to me, and somehow it just 'magically' made its way to the top of said stack.

    Allison Pittman writes with such a lively distinctive style that I truly enjoy. She tells each story in a refreshingly straightforward way. No frills, just realistic characters living in one of the most fascinating, and least represented, times in history. All For A Sister is also an interesting look into the Hollywood and the world of film during the early years.

    I do have to admit that the viewpoint changes for each chapter were a little confusing at first but it didn't take me long to get pulled into the story and then I hardly noticed. As I read I really did have a hard time putting the book down, Allison Pittman grabs her readers and keeps them. Even when I was doing other things I still thought about the story, what had already occurred and what might happen next.

    Allison Pittman has penned another historical winner in All For A Sister, don't miss it!

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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