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.
Allison Pittman captures the magic of 1920s Hollywood in the last in her current series set loosely around the ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson. The contents page looks daunting, but don’t let it put you off. The chapters appear to focus on three people – Celeste, Dana, and Marguerite – and are set at different parts of their lives. The narrative focuses primarily on the dysfunctional DuFrane family who live in luxury, while Dana lingers in prison for an undetermined length of time. Once released, Dana is brought into the DuFrane home which is now solely owned by Celeste.
I worked out the connection between Dana and Celeste early on, but other elements of the story required some suspension of belief. How could Dana be locked away and seemingly forgotten about so easily? How could Marguerite become such a vindictive victim, and how could her money pervert the course of justice for so long? Finally, I found it interesting that Celeste accepted Dana into her home so quickly. The saddest part of the book is at the end, however, when a dying woman can only make amends for her actions after her death. Not even a visit to one of McPherson’s services can help her.
Although I don’t feel All For a Sister is the best title in this series, it’s still a worthwhile read. I wasn’t reluctant to pick it back up after having to put it down for a time, and I may have even shed a few tears at the end.
Have you read All For a Sister? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 20 June 2014
Page Count: 368