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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Availability: In Stock
BookwormAge: 25-344 Stars Out Of 5All for a SongJune 4, 2014BookwormAge: 25-34
This story is easy to relate to. I feel all of us have felt pushed into decisions we weren't whole-heartedly sure of. When I can put myself in a character's shoes, this shows the author has tapped into something within herself, ("write what you know") and gives fiction an authentic feel.
I love stories that travel back and forth between contemporary and historical time periods. This author does this without being distracting or confusing.
I also love Lynnie's 'voice' and was sympathetic to her plight. Seeing how her life unfolded, and the restoration that takes place in her 107 years is both captivating and inspirational.
If you like books with the flavor of the 20s I feel you'll enjoy All For A Song. An inspiring read.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has it all; a loving family and a fiance that is a preacher just like her daddy. Hours spent in the woods playing her brother's guitar make her life complete, but she aches to know more of the outside world and all it has to offer. She feels claustrophobic and tied down to the small town of Heron's Nest that is her birthplace and home, yet imagines life in the big city.
When an opportunity rises to go visit her sister in St. Louis, she is fascinated by the fancy cars, movies, dancing, and daring fashions of the Roaring Twenties. She meets an evangelist who happens to be a woman, and like a moth to flame, Dorothy is drawn to her. Will she join the McPherson evangelistic team or go home to her family and fiance? Will the temptations of the times prove to be too great for a small town girl like herself?
As with every generation, there is a curiosity about the world. Whether you grew up in a Christian home or not, young people always want to know what's on the other side of the fence. Dorothy is faced with all these curiosities and more, and Pittman takes us on a journey that could be any one of us. No matter which generation you are from, or even where you're from, you will relate to Dorothy's struggles and temptations. All of us were there at one point; the desire to grow up, to find who we are, and to discover what we truly believe. The line of morality is either crossed or respected. But in the end, it is the choices Dorothy makes that essentially make her who she is and who she became. A very good novel about growing up, relevant to either gender of any age.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5OkayAugust 29, 2013reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4
This was the first book I read by Allison Pittman and I would want to read a couple more by her before I would decide on her writing skills. This book didn't do a lot for me. It was a little confusing because it switched back and forth between the young girl and the 104 year old lady. The suspense was in whether she was going to go back to her fiancee and live out her life in Heron's Nest or stay and try it in the big world of California. It was a nice read, well-written, but maybe a little simple. I'm not sure totally how to describe. Definitely not a favorite book for sure.
VeronicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating Journey!August 21, 2013VeronicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4
This is an intriguing story set during the Roaring Twenties! Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is the daughter of a preacher and engaged to a preacher in her little town of Heron's Nest, but she wonders about the world outside. As her wedding approaches, she decides to visit her sister in St. Louis. There she sees a different way of life and meets Roland, who has movie star good looks and charm, and who is interested in her singing and songwriting. He works for Aimee Semple McPherson, a woman evangelist, and wants Dorothy to travel with them and sing for the crowds of people who come to the crusades. With the lure of fame and the chance at a different love turn her away from everything she's ever known?
The Roaring Twenties was a decade of such change and I enjoyed learning more about it, from life after World War I to the changing fashions. I really liked the how the story went from modern-day Dorothy, who's 107, to what was happening back then, but the author's careful not to reveal which life she chooses until the very end! I was frustrated with some of Dorothy's choices, but I liked her overall, especially as her older self. I could definitely relate to her wanderlust. I enjoyed Allison's writing very much and look forward to checking out her other books!
BookwormAge: 25-344 Stars Out Of 5August 13, 2013BookwormAge: 25-34
ALL FOR A SONG, by Allison Pittman caught my attention from the first page. I like how the author switched from the flapper period to the present in such a seamless fashion. Many times, when a story spans different time periods, it is difficult to figure out where you are in the story, but I didnâ€™t have any issues in this story.
The main character, Dorothy Lynn Dunbar, is likeable and easy to relate to, and I sank into the setting, not wanting to leave.
An appealing story about a time period I knew little about. I recommend this book to women from 18 to 81. A delightful read.
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