All for a Sister, All For a Song Series #3   -     By: Allison Pittman
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All for a Sister, All For a Song Series #3

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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. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
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