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All for a Sister

Allison Pittman
All for a Sister
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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... Read More

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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.

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 13, 2014
  • UPC: 9781414366821
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 353
  • Publish Date: Jun 20, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 1414366825

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Another wonderful story from Allison Pittman! by J. Augustine on 10/20/2014
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It was reading a blurb online that caught my interest and made me want to read All For A Sister. When my copy finally arrived I had to put it aside so I could work on other books in my to-read stack, but I kept going back and looking at it, it kept whispering to me, and somehow it just 'magically' made its way to the top of said stack.

Allison Pittman writes with such a lively distinctive style that I truly enjoy. She tells each story in a refreshingly straightforward way. No frills, just realistic characters living in one of the most fascinating, and least represented, times in history. All For A Sister is also an interesting look into the Hollywood and the world of film during the early years.

I do have to admit that the viewpoint changes for each chapter were a little confusing at first but it didn't take me long to get pulled into the story and then I hardly noticed. As I read I really did have a hard time putting the book down, Allison Pittman grabs her readers and keeps them. Even when I was doing other things I still thought about the story, what had already occurred and what might happen next.

Allison Pittman has penned another historical winner in All For A Sister, don't miss it!

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

Great read with a wide range of emotions... love to contempt. by Stacey Zink on 8/17/2014
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From page one I was captured by this well told story of betrayal at its worst. My heart ached for the martyr of the story, Dana, who was an unfortunate person in the wrong place at the wrong time. A mistake she paid for with her life. I struggled to like any of the DuFrane family, who all came across as self-serving and spoiled. My emotions while reading this book went from one extreme to the other. I wanted to find some redeeming value in the mother's character, Marguerite DuFrane, but by the end book I realized I had never dislike a character more. Allison Pittman sure knows how to write the bad guy!!

I loved how Pittman weaved Hollywood history and true legends of the early 1920's into the story line. I could sense for love for this era and it made me fall in love with it. I enjoyed this book immensely and managed to finish it in two days. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes reading historical fiction or suspense/mystery.

I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

…”You Meant Evil Against Me, but God Meant it for Good…” by tickmenot on 8/11/2014
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This is a fascinating story of the possible murder of an infant, the misuse of wealth, and a miscarriage of justice. Dana Lundgren, the daughter of a desperately poor housekeeper and cook, was put into prison as a child–despite never having a trial. Dana was kept there until she was in her early 30′s. When she is released, it is the middle of the Roaring Twenties. The whole world has changed while she was locked away. She finds that she is mysteriously the co-heir of the wealthy DuFrane estate in Hollywood, California. Dana shares the inheritance with beautiful, vivacious Celeste DuFrane, who is hoping to become a famous actress. Celeste happily and immediately pulls Dana into her whirlwind life.

Dana is puzzled by it all. She has no idea why she is part heir to this fortune, especially since the DuFranes were responsible for her incarceration. Dana feels off-balance by how the world has changed, and how she should behave as a free person. But most of, Dana wants to know where her mother is. The last time Dana saw her mother, she promised to bring Dana back home. But that was right after Dana was put in jail. One day her mother just didn’t show up, and Dana has never heard from her since.

This book covers lots of ground. It includes the dazzling life of 1920′s Hollywood, contrasted with the gloom and despair of prison for a child, and later a young woman. Then there is a rich woman, who is desperately unhappy despite her wealth. The story shows how her misplaced vindictive behavior ruins more than one life. Also there is the questionable death of a baby, along with the mysterious birth of another. Interwoven in the tale, is the truth of the love of Christ, and the opportunity to turn a life around with forgiveness–if it is chosen.

This is the third in a series, but it really stands alone, in fact, I didn’t realize it was part of a set until I was done reading. The characters in this book are well developed, and the tale is interesting. The mystery of the baby’s death, along with wondering how the story is going to unfold, is very intriguing. The only negative is, it was difficult to follow the first few chapters. There was so much skipping around to different characters, and different time periods, that it was a little confusing. But hang in there, because it all makes sense, and comes together extremely well. I really like that this is written from a Christian viewpoint, and the story was not predictable. Anyone who wants to read an entertaining book, that has lots of twists, will surely enjoy this 5-star book. I recommend it.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

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