All for a Song by Allison Pittman is set in the flapper era of the 1920s. The story goes between two time periods in Dorothy Lynn Dunbar's life. At the start of the book Dorothy is in a nursing home and over one hundred years old, having survived multiple strokes. The story then goes back to the time when she was 19 and her life took a different turn for a few weeks. Her life is set in place, she is engaged to the pastor and will settle down in the same town where she grew up. Dorothy visits her sister in St. Louis and discovers an entirely different world in the big city. Her talent with playing the guitar and writing music makes her stand out and she is offered an opportunity with evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Dorothy must decide between her life back home or evangelizing with her music.
I have read most of Pittman's books and some have made it to my favorite list-this was not one of them. I was extremely disappointed with this book and the story line. For the entire book Pittman writes as if Dorothy has a great secret and did drastic crazy things on her six week traveling spree. There is no mystery, no secrets, and nothing that you wouldn't expect. I understand that it is difficult to write a Christian story that is set in the '20s, but I have read other books set in this time and I was simply not impressed. I am disappointed with this novel but I look forward to what else Pittman has to offer in the future.
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"I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for this review."