All For a Story, by Allison Pittman

book coverMonica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasies 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.

It’s 1923, and America is in the middle of Prohibition. There are still plenty of ways to find a drink and some company, however, and Monica Bisbaine knows where the best places are. She writes a column under the pseudonym of ‘Monkey’ for a tawdry tabloid, but not everyone is a fan. Monica thinks she loves this life, even if she does have to share her boyfriend with his wife. She loves the attention, but is she actually looking for something deeper?

Allison Pittman’s previous title, All For a Song, heavily featured the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. At first, I presumed McPherson would have an equal role in this book but I’m happy to say she only appears in the beginning and then later mentioned merely in passing. Her character is still unlikeable: Max walks out of his job with her paper because of her need to control everything. Instead, this is a book about lonely people. ‘Monkey’ is a façade behind which Monica can safely hide. Max learns the truth about an uncle he presumed was ‘standoffish.’ My favorite character is Zelda, a Russian immigrant with her own story to tell regarding loneliness and regrets. The only downside to the book is the sudden ending. I felt a couple of plot points were left unresolved and I wondered what happened to the characters after the major event in the novel.

No disclaimer needed as I purchased this book from a Christian bookstore.

Read an excerpt from All For a Story

Publisher: Tyndale House

Publication Date: 01 October 2013

Page Count: 384

Read more on:   Allison Pittman’s Website   Tyndale House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble


2 thoughts on “All For a Story, by Allison Pittman

  1. Thank you for such a thoughtful review! I love it when readers/reviewers pick up on the more subtle undercurrents of a story–the darker side, really. And, I completely understand your frustration with the ending. In this book, the abruptness was intentional. I personally love a book that leaves me wondering a little and lets me decide some endings for myself.

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