Monday, February 2, 2015

All for a Story by Allison Pittman

by Allison Pittman
(Tyndale 2013)

Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job as a gossip writer takes her to the best speakeasies in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away--and find fodder for her next column.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's magazine, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max inherits his uncle's newspaper, he heads to D.C., determined to revamp the Capitol Chatter with positive, uplifting stories. His new staff is skeptical, especially one Monica Bisbaine. Max isn't sure whether he and Monica can work together, but one thing is certain: she's the most fascinating female he's ever encountered.

Monica is willing to give Max's ideas a try. But she's not prepared for the way Max's challenges--and his uncomplicated faith--threaten to unravel the very fabric of her life.

When all you love either abandons you or is taken from you, then who do you trust? To whom can you turn? To what do you turn?

Monica the Monkey hides deep behind her flapper, modern-day woman facade. Speakeasies and classy joints provide a place to shield her from pain, loneliness, and self-doubt.

Max the Editor hides behind his faith and strait-laced virtues. He seeks a place in this world.

Two orphans, one destination.

Era of a new age and new beginnings, luxurious in detail, Allison Pittman brings the reader a story that mimics Christ's patient love for us all.

As the story shows, we can hide behind false curtains, but eventually truth wins and overcomes. Although rich in detail, at times I was taken away from the story by unneeded explanations. Since it was early in, I eventually lost myself to the world unfolding before me and found myself rooting and cheering for the little monkey and her quoting ways.

The ending left a lot to be desired. It seemed to end too abruptly or maybe it seemed that way because I was so caught up in a beautiful tale. Either way, All for a Story is a winning read and Allison Pittman brought together a timeless tale of love.

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