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. Jean
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Confusing....
    August 17, 2014
    Jean
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    I really wanted to give this 5 stars, but the author's style of writing kept me so frustrated throughout the reading of this story, that I could not. This was the 3rd book in a series, and I did not read the previous two. Since I received this book from the author in exchange for my review, I read this as a stand alone book, but, I believe, after having dealt with much confusion, that the previous books might have helped. From the very beginning of this book, it was necessary for me to keep going back to the previous chapters to figure out and make clear what was happening. This went up right into Chapter 14! That is how long it took me to try to get the characters straight and their place in the story. This was very frustrating, and if I had not promised to write a review, I doubt that I would have finished this book. I wanted to give up so many times. The author kept skipping back and forth in time where the character is a child, then, an adult, then, a different character as a child and then, that character as an adult, and on and on. The entire book was written in this fashion, so, if you are like me, and hate stories relayed in this way, I do not recommend it.

    Now, as far as the story is concerned, I must say that it kept me intrigued and was the one bright spot that fought my back and forth frustration. I loved the story! That is why I say that I really wanted to give it 5 stars. The mystery that purveyed throughout the timeline, was magnificent. I won't go into details about the story, as other reviewers have revealed it in great detail, however, I do agree with another reviewer that the night of Mary's death, there were puzzling comments made that hinted in another direction, that were never addressed. Examples are Dana's ripped dress, what the father was doing out of his bed for so long (as the bed was cold), what made him wake up, to name a few.

    I do not know if reading the prior two books in the series would have helped eliminate my confusion, but, if I were to recommend this book, I would certainly recommend that the previous two books be read before this one.

    I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  2. reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    A little disjointed
    August 14, 2014
    reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have read all three books in this series and while this was the best one as far as I'm concerned, it still left a lot to be desired. As one reviewer I read said, I like an uplifting, inspiring story and this book didn't quite cut it. While Allison writes Christian fiction, her view of God and my view of God are quite different. Christianity is often a border subject in the book and more of a "God, I'm in a bind, please help me" and then everything turns out fine. This books hops back and forth through numerous years and three different people's stories; not really my style at all. The very deceitful, selfish mother supposedly receives God's grace, yet refuses to extend forgiveness to anyone but the current maid. I would like to read a book by Allison Pittman outside of this series and see if all her books are this shallow.
  3. jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    the cats pajamas!!!
    August 13, 2014
    jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I absolutely love stories set in the roaring 20s and I thoroughly enjoyed this one!!!

    The author chose to tell this story in a very creative way and I think it was a perfect way to tell it...it really kept my attention and kept me enthralled.

    I got wrapped up in the lives of these very unique characters- Celeste, Dana and Marguerite...I had to know more about them and their connections.

    This book had everything that I enjoy about this time period, the author immerses you in the setting so well.

    If you're looking for a great historical read with twists and turns and a bit of mystery...don't miss this one!!!
  4. Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lies, Deceit, and Grace in the Roaring Twenties!
    August 12, 2014
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I've never read a book quite like this. The story, though told from three different points of view, past and present, flows so smoothly. I give the author immense credit for being able to pull that off, as I don't think a lot of authors could have done it.

    The meat of the story was the characters. Reading the confession of Marguerite DuFrane made me pity her and I disliked her for her choices up until almost the very end. Celeste DuFrane, while at times child-like and vain, has such a vivacious personality, it keeps her lovable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dana Lundgren's experience in the world that grew up without her, and I sympathized with her when reading about her experience in prison. These characters come to life on the pages of the book and I could almost, at the end of the book, picture their lives and determine their next moves. I loved connecting with each character!

    The message of the book, besides Marguerite's experience in the presence of Sister Aimee and Celeste's prayers with Graciala, lies mostly in the story told from Dana's point of view. Dana has to overcome a lifetime of feeling bitter, abandoned, and alone. How she learns to do that, through the small acts of kindness with some of the people she encounters in jail, is truly a miracle of God. God works in her life to show her that she is not alone, nor was she abandoned, and that while we don't understand everything that goes on in our lives, God has a plan, better than we can imagine!

    With a plot full of lies, deceit, and hidden motives, set in the Roaring Twenties, this story will keep you turning pages until the very end!

    *I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network program in exchange for my honest review.*
  5. eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story, Intense Drama
    August 12, 2014
    eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, there is so much drama to this story! It has the historical feel of the 1920s but it focuses more on the lives of the characters, their past secrets, their guilt and reparation, and several twists. It is intriguing to look into these lives and be surprised at how things unfold. The characters were convincingly portrayed. I was unsure how believable some of their actions were, until all was convincingly explained in the end. I have read other fiction by Allison Pittman, and it has been excellent in each case.
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