Wednesday, June 4

All for a Story: A Great Roaring 20s Historical Fiction Read!

Allison Pittman is one of my very favorite authors!  She writes intriguing stories that I jump at the chance to read.  Her characters seem real; flawed but likeable, people I'd like to be friends with.  All for a Story is actually the third in a series of books that take place during the flapper days after World War II.   ("Lilies in Moonlight" is the first in the series but they don't need to be read in order--they feature only the same time period; not the same main characters or even the same setting.) I've been reading good historical Christian fiction for about the last 7 years but had never read anything that took place during the 1920s before discovering this series... and it was such an exciting and interesting time period in our nation's history! 
The heroine of our story is Monica Bisbaine, who loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. She's feisty, classy, and clever with a zest for life.  She loves to party and seems to thrive around people.  I could totally relate to her--Monica before Christianity was a lot like me before I was living for God, and Monica after Christianity is a lot like I am now.  We would've been friends.  There's some mystery in the story, which is always an added bonus for me.  Chapter 1 ends with the owner of the newspaper which Monica works for passing away.  The newspaper is passed down to Max Moore, a guy with values who ends up becoming Monica's love interest and her boss.  She ends up researching and writing from a much different angle!  There's a battle for her--does she want to give up her exciting party girl life?  Or doesn't she? 

Another important character in the book is real-life Amy Semple McPherson who began the Four Square Church in the 1920s.  She's a very interesting person, quite a phenomena, and I was intrigued to know more about her.  She certainly did great things in her lifetime, though much of her life was quite colorful, to say the least.
The author definitely weaves a wonderful story that grips the reader from the first chapter.  I was hooked immediately, as I always am with this author's books!  I enjoyed this read very much but my favorite is still Lilies in Moonlight which you can get from Amazon for 1 cent plus shipping!



  1. I think "Downton Abbey" is creating a trend in '20s literature. I bet we'll see more.

  2. I have wanted to read this book for a while now! Thanks for reminding me! I know what book I'm reading next ;)

  3. Anonymous11:25:00 AM

    Wow, this looks like a great book. I really enjoy historical fiction.

  4. I do find historical fiction books very interesting to read. I love the cover of this book and it does seem like a book that would hold my interest.
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  5. This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing such good books

  6. I read some of Allison Pittman's Mormon historical fiction and liked that and I'm definitely adding this to my "to read" list. Thanks for the honest recommendation.