All for a Song
by Allison Pittman
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is the daughter of the deceased preacher and is now engaged to the new young preacher, Brent. Dorothy sometimes has the feeling that she has been pushed into everything in her life. Several weeks before her wedding, she goes to visit her sister in St. Louis and gets caught up in the city life. When she meets Roland, a charming, attractive man who is working for Aimee McPherson, she allows him to convince her that she has bigger things in store for her singing and song-writing abilities. She joins their missions group that is heading to California, claiming to Brent and family that she is looking for her brother, Donny, who is supposedly out in California.
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Allison Pittman brought this decade to life as the words on the page became real to me. Perhaps some people liked this book but honestly it just wasn’t for me. I tried to like it, but the more I tried to force myself, the more things I didn’t like about it. A lot of what Dorothy did frustrated me. I also felt like we were supposed to sympathize with her at some points, but I just couldn’t because to me, she seemed rather selfish. I also really couldn’t like Roland. Maybe it was my love for the underdogs that made me feel bad for Brent, but I really felt like Roland was a womanizer and Dorothy just couldn’t say no to him. Dorothy tried to find herself by going out to California, but it seemed more like she lost herself. One thing I did like about the book was that there were a lot of cute, unique lines that stood out to me.
I hate to give a book a bad review, but I can’t like every book I read. Even though I was disappointed with this book, I still plan on giving this author another chance and reading some of her other books.
I received a free ecopy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
*Disclaimer* Normally I wouldn’t post a “bad” review but I’m obligated to post this since I received the free copy. Don’t let my bad review stop you from reading the book yourself. As I said before, I’m sure some people liked this book but it just wasn’t for me.
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