Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: All for a Story by Allison Pittman

Description (from cover):

'Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job as a gossip writer takes her to the best speakeasies in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away--and find fodder for her next column.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's magazine, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max inherits his uncle's tabloid newspaper, he heads to D.C., determined to revamp the Capitol Chatter with positive, uplifting stories. His new staff is skeptical, especially one Monica Bisbaine. Max isn't sure whether he and Monica can work together, but one thing is certain: she's the most fascinating female he's ever encountered.

Monica is willing to give Max's ideas a try. But she's not prepared for the way Max's challenges--and his uncomplicated faith--threaten to unravel the very fabric of her life.'

My thoughts:

I love the 1920's. I love the fact that people felt so restricted by the Victorian and Edwardian eras previously that they really embraced change and inhibitions. The 1920's was a historical time for society and women as they really started the suffrage movement during this decade. Women began having careers and working outside of the home and making a name for themselves with hard work and determination. The 1920's really shaped the evolution of women and their place in society. I loved that this book took place during that decade and that the author really embraced the ideals of the Roaring Twenties. 

Monica Brisbane is a gossip writer for a Washington D.C. tabloid that is considered a "rag." She loves her job and the fact that she can embrace her love of being social and writing at the same time. The paper's owner dies suddenly and his nephew arrives from California to take over the paper. The paper was known for its salacious material and negativity. When Max Moore arrives he wants to change the voice of the paper into a more positive and uplifting paper. Monica is staunchly against the change and fights Max every step of the way. She enjoys her life the way it is and she doesn't need a do-gooder to tell her how to live her life or do her job. 

This book was good, but at the same time it wasn't. It was slow in areas and there were some times where the author could have wrapped things up, but didn't. The book and the story seemed a little overplayed and drug out.  I found this book to be more of a mushy romance versus a historical novel. It wasn't a bad read at all. I did enjoy Monica's headstrong character and Max's more calm demeanor. I think that the author did a great job with the characters, it just was a little longer that it needed to be. If you love historical fiction with a Christian theme and romance, then this might be right up your alley.

Overall Rating: 2.5

Title:  All for a Story
Author:  Allison Pittman
Series:  All For Series #2
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date:  October 1, 2013
Pages:  384
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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