All for a Story was well-written, but I found it was too predictable. I could tell what was going to happen from the very beginning of the story. It is a called a Christian fiction book, but as a Christian, I didn't agree with some of the messages from the book. The hero Max falls in love with a wild woman Monica. She leads him to trouble like drinking when it is against the law. And he finds excitement in her wild living. He keeps pursuing her, against his better judgment, and in the end, she turns around and all is well and happy. It was just too unrealistic for me to swallow.
It's 1923 in Washington, D.C. during the Roaring 20th and Prohibition. Monica Brisbaine is an undercover society reporter, visiting and vastly enjoying the speakeasies of the day and reporting under the pseudonym "Monkey". Her newspaper has just been inherited by the nephew of the former owner Max Moore, and change is coming.
I do love a good love story, and this was definitely one! Of course, you knew right from the beginning what the eventual outcome was going to be, but it was an enjoyable read getting there. In an unusual reversal of roles, Monica played the wild-living girl-of-the world, while Max was the quiet, patient, solid character in the romance. I loved how faith was integrated in Max's life, and his immediate focus was to take a tabloid paper and turn it into "a place where readers gathered to celebrate and rejoice, not to gawk at pain and vice. He offered promise fueled by hope." What a great ideal for all ages!
I've never read anything by Ms. Pittman before, but this book makes me interested to read more of her work. Her characters were well-crafted, and her progression of the love story was tender and believable. I closed the last page with a sigh_.what more could you wish from a book?
Monica BisbaineÂ is a flapper girl and newspaper columnist who wants so much more for her life, yet she continues to settle. Personally, she is scandalously dating a married man (to her credit, she didn't know he was married when he first pursued her; however now that she knows she is unwilling to break it off). Professionally, she skates on the edge of danger with the gossip column she writes anonymously for a local paper, "Monkey Business" -telling all the social hotspots (including speakeasies).
When the paper's owner dies unexpectedly, his distant nephew Maximilian Moore inherits the estate, such as it is, including the newspaper. He moves to DC from California and begins to make some changes. Although Monica is not happy with all of his decisions, she is drawn to him for reasons she struggles to understand.
As always, Ms. Pittman provides great characters and a rich in history story that you will enjoy. Check out her other titles as well; you won't be disappointed!
This is a wonderful story, written with tongue-in-cheek humor and lovely descriptions. The main character gets into intricate dilemmas, and there are unexpected turns in the plot. I was so involved that I didn't want it to end. Allison Pittman has a sweet, entertaining writing style, and a skillful vocabulary. She describes the era quite convincingly. The ending seemed sudden, even abrupt, but it was fitting. I enjoyed this book very much.
All For a Story is kind of the second book in this "all for a" series by Allison. They all feature Aimee Semple McPherson in some way and are set in the roaring twenties. I love the setting for these books and I love that Allison is portraying Aimee in a correct light. She was no saint although many did come to the Lord through her ministry. In this one Monica Bisbaine is a writer who writes under a sudo name, "Monkey". She visits the speakeasies and parties all the time. She writes covertly about the different clubs and what she wears and such. When the editor of the newspaper dies, however, his nephew takes over. Max (the nephew) was the editor for the Bridal Call, which was Aimee's magazine, so obviously he is a Christian and wants to change the face of the tabloid style newspaper. But how will Monica handle this change?
This book continues in the wonderful writing style I've come to expect from Allison. Like I said above, I really enjoy this time period and I love the interplay of the illegal with the good. This books is a great read and would make a great beach book. I can't wait to read the last one in this "series" All for a Sister, review coming soon. :)