Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“I have to write what I see, Max. You’re the editor, publish what you want, or don’t. Now since this little group of saintly sisters seems to have captured your heart, tell me, how do I look?” Monica asks in Allison Pittman’s novel, All for a Story.
Based during the Roaring Twenties, this second paperback book in the series is three hundred and forty-nine pages and targeted toward Christian readers. With no profanity but references to prohibition, drinking and partying, this romantic, historical fiction would be best for mature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
It is the fun, flirty nineteen twenties and Monica Brisbane is young journalist readily participating in the speakeasy culture of drinking and dancing the night away as she anonymously writes a newspaper gossip column about her cavorting and roaming the streets of Washington D.C.
When her boss unexpectedly dies, his nephew, Max Moore, relocates from California where he was working for Aimee Semple McPherson, the Christian evangelist, to take over the newspaper. Not only is Monica’s frolicking lifestyle interrupted, her core beliefs and relationships are challenged.
After being told by Max to change direction in her gossip column to “less vice and more virtue,” the flustered flapper goes undercover to report on Alice Reighly’s Anti-Flirt Society where she internally fights her personal demons.
Persistently wanting to have things her way, the prideful writer must reevaluate what and who is important in her life. With Max’s belief of God being ultimately in control, Monica has to look deep inside, searching for true love along the way, as she learns how her body and words captivate a man in both right and wrong ways.
Written in a charming, sarcastic and witty fashion, Pittman does an excellent job allowing the reader to visualize issues of the illegality of liquor, its underground community and the sometimes carefree lifestyle of single women of the era while weaving the everlasting love God has for each of us.
In addition to developing flawed characters that are forced to grow beyond their limitations, readers easily fall in love with the “ducky” dialect and nuances of the Roaring Twenties as they learn the jargon of the day. The tome breeds the same insecurities and relationship problems between sexes that are faced today with both positive and negative results.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.