All for a Song, All For a Song Series #1
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.
December 21, 2013
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!
August 21, 2013
All for a Song
In All For A Song, Dorothy is a 18 year old who is engaged to be married on her 19th birthday. Growing up in a small town as a preacherÃ¢ÂÂs daughter, she longs to see the world a little before settling down with her preacher fiancÃÂ© in the town she grew up in. When she goes to St. Louis to see her sister, who is making her wedding gown, she becomes mesmerized with a traveling, woman evangelist and her manager, Mr. Lundi. When Mr. Lundi discovers that Dorothy has a talent in playing the guitar and singing, he entices her to join the group with promises of helping her find her long-lost brother, who is in California. Wanting to find her brother, she joins them only to discover that everything she desired was at home all along. As DorothyÃ¢ÂÂs story unfolds, you see glimpses of her future as a 107 year old lady living in a nursing home as she remembers who she was as a girl entering womanhood during a visit from a mysterious 20 year old girl that harbors a secret and a longing to get to know her a little. Once I started reading this story, I could not put it down. Normally, I donÃ¢ÂÂt read books, of this genre, because they are too romantic for me, however, there was enough mystery to keep me reading until the end.
August 12, 2013
A Lovely Story, Well Presented, Touching
I enjoyed the two voices used to narrate this story. I enjoyed guessing what happens next and who each person could be. The detail in the descriptions is nicely done, especially in descriptions of the setting. Humor and emotion combine to keep the reader's interest. As mentioned in a note from the author, she explores issues of faith, and she does it in a lovely way in an easy-to-read story.
August 7, 2013