Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All for a Sister (Book Review)


Since I'd read and thoroughly enjoyed another book by Allison Pittman, I jumped at the opportunity to review All for a Sister (at no cost to me).  I was not disappointed.

From the publisher:
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 sizable 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.
One interesting aspect of All for a Sister is that the story isn't told sequentially.  We read about the time before Celeste was born; Dana's story; Celeste's childhood; and the meeting of Dana and Celeste in 1925.  We also read the written confession of Celeste's mother, Marguerite.  These stories are told in interspersed chapters, so the overall story unfolds in a logical way.

This is a story about deceit, set in a time period that I found interesting.  Because Celeste is a movie star, we go behind the scenes in the business.  Because Dana was in prison, we can read about her experience.

I'm not much into mysteries or suspense, but this is primarily a story about relationships.  The anticipation of finding out what happened next was delicious.  I couldn't put All for a Sister down!  If you enjoy historical fiction and the Roaring Twenties, I recommend this book.

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1 comment :

  1. Sounds like an interesting read when you like that genre. I'd have to read an excerpt first to see if it catches my attention. Historic fiction doesn't normally, but I'll never say never.

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