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
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.
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.
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.
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.