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Saturday, December 28, 2013

All For A Story by Allison Pittman


Monica Brisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away—and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, The Bridal Call, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter, infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Brisbane.

Under Max’s direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants.

All for a Story by Allison Pittman is a sweet and witty novel that captures the pace and beliefs of the Roaring Twenties with brilliant color. The plot line is fast paced, interesting, and contains an interesting blend of romance, humor, and heart-ache. The only thing that I did not really like was how the book ended. It concluded rather abruptly, and I would have loved to have had more closure on Monica's change of heart and her relationship with Max. The themes of the novel are clear and include topics such as trusting God, asking him and others for forgiveness, and choosing a life of morality over immorality. The narration of the novel was third person but the perspective from which it was told alternated between Max and Monica so that the reader had an idea of what both were thinking. The characters of Max and Monica were realistic and interesting. The complete oppositeness of their personalities made their exchanges amusing and enjoyable. As they learned more about each other, their oftentimes judgmental attitudes towards one another began to soften and they started to see beyond the flaws to the person beneath that God created. Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend All for a Story and All for a Song by Allison Pittman to any reader looking for an inspiring and interesting historical novel.

I received this novel for free from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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