This is a witty story told with a fresh twist, bad girl vs. good boy." (I find it is usually the opposite.) The book started a little slow for me, but ultimately kept my interest and the pacing improved.
The scenes, set in the roaring 20s of Washington DC, are vivid. The characters, especially Monica Brisbaine, are well developed and will surely charm their way into you heart.
Imagine being a self-absorbed, sarcastic, party-girl journalist, gossiping and frolicking around the social scene, simply having a grand old time, when your boss dies suddenly and a new heir, a Christian, changes everything - your job, thoughts, and focus. Well, that creates a delightful book by Allison Pittman, titled, All For A Story.
Publisher: Tyndale Publishers
First Lines: WASHINGTON, DC, 1923. It was just past dawn when she hammered the final key on her portable typewriter, finishing up that week's installment of Monkey Business.
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This was rather disappointing. There wasn't a good plot, just a girl going from speak-easy to speak-easy during Prohibition and then a Christian man falling in love with her at first sight. While God was brought into the picture, it didn't seem to be as much about a personal relationship as an acknowledgement. Max acts like she will have to become a Christian before he will officially date her, but in the end confesses his love to her even though she admits she didn't necessarily have a spiritual awakening. So far, I really haven't been too impressed with book by this author. I have one more I will likely read this summer yet. See if that one is any better.
This fun story features Monica Brisbaine, a gossip columnist during the Roaring 20s. When Max Moore inherits his uncles tabloid newspaper, he is determined to change the Capital Chatter into an upstanding newspaper. His desire is to fill it with positive, uplifting stories, which brings him in direct conflict with Monica, the little Monkey who secretly visits speakeasies, looking for dirt for her next column. This is a delightful story with a wonderful Christian message and was a finalist for a prestigious Christy Award. I highly recommend this book as an entertaining read.
Monica is a writer for a tabloid magazine in Washington, D.C. during the Roaring 20's. When a new editor arrives, she clashes with him initially, but later on they become friends.
I thought the book was okay. The overall story was good but I was not amused at Monica's wild ways (illegal drinking, sleeping with a married man, etc.) and that she spent most of the book feeling there were consequences for her actions. The Christian element usually found in Christian fiction books was lacking in this story for the most part, and the ending seemed to be rushed.