All for a Song, All For a Song Series #1   -     By: Allison Pittman
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Small-town girl Dorothy Lynn Dunbar finds joy in her family, church, romance with the pastor, and opportunities to sing for God's glory. But in St. Louis, she discovers movies, dancing, daring fashions, fancy cars---and evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. When she joins McPherson's crusade, she's confronted with troubling temptations. Can she embrace the Roaring Twenties without losing her soul? 368 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414366809
ISBN-13: 9781414366807
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Series: All For a Song

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Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she ever wanted: her family, her church, her community, and plans to marry the young pastor who took over her late father’s pulpit. Time spent in the woods, lifting her heart and voice in worship accompanied by her brother’s old guitar, makes her life complete . . . and yet she longs for something more.

Spending a few days in St. Louis with her sister’s family, Dorothy Lynn discovers a whole new way of life—movies, music, dancing; daring fashions and fancy cars. And a dynamic charismatic evangelist . . . who just happens to be a woman. When Dorothy Lynn is offered a chance to join Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team, she finds herself confronted with temptations she never dreamed of. Can Dorothy Lynn embrace all the Roaring Twenties has to offer without losing herself in the process?

Editorial Reviews

In All for a Song, Dorothy Lynn Dunbar seems contented with her family, her small community and her fiancé, the young minister who took the place of her late father at the pulpit. She can think of few moments more idyllic than stealing to the meadows with her guitar and lifting her voice to God with the songs she writes.

When she visits her sister in St. Louis, Dorothy Lynn is confronted with a way of life completely fresh to her: a world where moving pictures boast the handsome visage of Rudy Valentino, where greasy spoons serve Chinese food, and where a riveting and riling woman named Aimee Semple McPherson is intent on leading sinners to Jesus.

Tantalized by the words she hears at one of Aimee’s crusades, and enticed by the prospective career she might have spreading the gospel through the pure notes of her songs, Dorothy Lynn decides to leave small-town life behind. But, what seems romantic and adventurous on the surface will reveal a dark undertone, and she comes to realize that sometimes God works as deeply on small scales as He does on grand stages.

All For A Song proves Allison Pittman is not only one of the most talented and literary writers in the CBA but also an author with a tremendous writing range. Never afraid to confront subjects that have a bit of edge, Pittman sets the coming-of-age story of innocent Dorothy Lynn against the Evangelical fervor strummed up by charismatic speaker Aimee Semple McPherson. The result is an engaging and unique experience that reads like a breath of fresh air in a market filled with many similar historically influenced tales.

The 1920’s setting of All For A Song will be familiar for readers who read and enjoyed Pittman’s earlier novel, Lillies in Moonlight. The colorful and saucy world of flappers, of bobbed hair and fast automobiles, of rouged lips and frayed skirts are well-paired here against the excitement of the crusades held to bring those fallen back to the purity of God’s love.

Readers who want to find comfort within the pages of their Christian novels will surely find it here, but not without first being challenged by the effervescent hype Dorothy Lynn experiences. A beautiful story of a prodigal finding her way back to grace and forgiveness is told with Pittman’s customary wit and keen observation. All For a Song exhumes an important figure in our Evangelical past and brings her to life in a way that is thought provoking rather than saccharinely sweet and happy.

If you are looking for an intelligent read that will encourage you to think deeply, feel greatly, and offer more than a few challenges, then All for a Song is the read for you.

In Pittman’s latest historical tale of young women of faith, everything seems to be falling into place for Dorothy Lynn Dunbar as romance blossoms between her and the man who is to assume the role of pastor following her father’s death. As she contemplates the life that seems to be perfectly mapped out before her, she is troubled by the small inkling that she might be missing out on something. It is during a trip to St. Louis that Dorothy Lynn finds herself facing all that life might hold for her when she is forced to make decisions that will forever alter her future. By alternating perspectives between the young Dorothy Lynn of the Roaring Twenties and the now-centenarian Lynnie more than 90 years later, Pittman skillfully paints the complete picture of this bold female character who is willing to take risks in order to discover the life that she truly is meant to live. Readers of inspirational fiction will be stirred as this story of longing unfolds, revealing testimony to true contentment.

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  1. Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    All for a Song
    June 4, 2014
    Age: 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.

  2. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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.

  3. reli
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 29, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets 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.

  4. Veronica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating Journey!
    August 21, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets 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!

  5. Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 13, 2013
    Age: 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 didn’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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