Monday, June 23, 2014

{Tyndale Blog Tour} All for a Song by Allison Pittman

Book Description:  Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she ever wanted: her family, her church, her community, and plans to marry the young pastor who took over her late father’s pulpit. Time spent in the woods, lifting her heart and voice in worship accompanied by her brother’s old guitar, makes her life complete . . . and yet she longs for something more.

Spending a few days in St. Louis with her sister’s family, Dorothy Lynn discovers a whole new way of life—movies, music, dancing; daring fashions and fancy cars. And a dynamic charismatic evangelist . . . who just happens to be a woman. When Dorothy Lynn is offered a chance to join Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team, she finds herself confronted with temptations she never dreamed of. Can Dorothy Lynn embrace all the Roaring Twenties has to offer without losing herself in the process?

My Thoughts: Allison Pittman brings out some interesting thoughts in her fictional reads.  In All for a Song we meet Dorothy Lynn Dunbar who has it ALL! 
Dorothy is about to be married.  She feels overwhelmed so her fiancee tells her go visit your sister.  While visiting with her sister in the city her sister asks her the question, "You love him don't you? . . . Seven weeks is plenty of time."  (p. 60)
Dorothy replies, "All of it.  Pa gets sick, and one night Ma brings the new pastor to dinner, and it seems we're engaged.  and now . . . it's all decided for me."  (p.60)
Dorothy's sister, Darlene, decides that Dorothy needs to be cheered up and tells her they should go to the theatre to see a movie.  Dorothy has never been to a movie and is not sure her fiancee or her mother would want her to go.  But her sister tells her its air conditioned and a good place for them to talk privately.  So, off they go.  
The city is mind bogging to Dorothy!  So, many noises, so many choices, and the people...this the beginning of Dorothy's choices, too.
She meets a woman charismatic evangelist, Aimee Simple McPherson! And because Dorothy plays the guitar she is offered a chance to join the crusade team. The history surrounding Aimee Simple McPherson's ministry is phenomenal.  
This is a somewhat.of.a.coming.of.age read with music, light romance and finding one's way in the dark.  Can Dorothy who has a led a sheltered life learn that she has a lot to offer the world and that God is always there, even when we make mistakes?
In my humble opinion, the is probably the best book that Allison Pittman has written.  
*This book was provided by Tyndale Fiction for review*
Meet the Author: 

As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you!

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414366809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366807

1 comment:

  1. What I think makes this novel so great is the backdrop; the roaring twenties were such a momenumental time of social change (especially for women!) that this coming of age story really resonants. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews!