Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: All for a Sister

Wow, what a story! All For a Sister by Allison Pittman is a page turner and it has it all!

Overview:  In Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all. Her father’s work with color movie film opens doors that lead to the stardom she’s always aspired to. But after losing her mother, she discovers that half the estate has been left to a woman accused of killing Celeste’s baby sister before Celeste was even born.

Dana Lundgren arrives on the steps of the DuFrane mansion having spent most of her life imprisoned for a crime that never happened. After accusing her of murder so many years ago, why did Marguerite DuFrane leave her a sizeable inheritance?

As Celeste and Dana learn each other’s stories, they come up with more questions than answers. Then a surprising discovery begins to fill in the missing pieces: Marguerite DuFrane’s written confession, penned shortly before her death. Uncovering the treachery and deceit that changed the course of countless lives—most of all, their own—the two women find more than they ever dreamed of.

Dawn's Recommendation: 5 of 5 stars!

What I liked:

I loved the story - filled with tragedy and lies! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to poor Dana Lundgren. I loved how the author set up the story with partial written confessions from Mrs. Dufrane, intermingled with the book's present day (1925) and flashbacks from Dana and Celeste's childhoods. The story was beautifully crafted. 

I also loved the time frame (early 1900's) and it was refreshing to read about the times (clothing and movie stars, even dialog used from that time). 

Dana is a likable character and you want her life to have a happy ending. As to the character of Celeste - I thought I might not like her, at first, but after time, I grew to!  I also enjoyed the subtle love story!

The other neat thing I liked about the book was how the author wove in talking about God.

What I didn't like: Nothing, but I will add that I would have liked to read more about Christopher Parker's character (the lawyer). Can't wait to read the other two books in this series.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.

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