Title: All for a Sister Author: Allison Pittman Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4143-6682-1 “The one thing we have in common is that we were both children, once. And now, we’re both women. Maybe if we can find something we held in common back then, we can find something we hold in common now,” Celeste tells Dana in Allison Pittman’s novel, "All for a Sister." Based during the Roaring Twenties, this third paperback in the series is three hundred and sixty-eight pages. Targeted toward Christian readers, there is no profanity, yet references to adultery, making this historical fiction apropos for mature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Ten discussion questions, the author’s note, and her biography complete the ending. In this tome about family secrets, twenty year old Celeste DuFrane has been born of wealth with her parents’ deep love and devotion as she lives in California, aspiring to be a movie actress. Her father, an entrepreneur/inventor of color movie film, hides his multitudes of indiscretions while her mother schemes, plots, and tries to control everything that surrounds her. Before Celeste was born, her mother accused their servant’s daughter of murdering her older sister, baby Mary. At only twelve years of age, Dana Lundgren is sent to the Bridewell Prison indefinitely for her crime of suffocating the infant. After years of no word from her mother, the young girl is forced to grow up in the prison system, losing all hopes and dreams of freedom. When Celeste’s conniving mother dies, not only does the parent’s will state her wealthy inheritance shall be split between her daughter and Dana, a hundred-plus page confession is found detailing the years of her hidden, hurtful sins. After thirty-two year old Dana is released from jail, she arrives in Los Angeles to meet Celeste. Awkward and apprehensive, the two women have more in common than they realize as they question each other about the past while a film producer pines to write their lives’ story. Written in several formats of different ages of the two females, a producer’s vision, and a mother’s confession, the reader races from chapter to chapter, pondering the reasons behind so many secrets. Showing God’s grace and mercy, Pittman wonderfully explains how the confession of sin and being washed by Jesus’s blood redeem lost souls from sad, tragic pasts. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this book in exchange of a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
All for a Sister by Allison Pittman is a decent book, where the characters find solace in God, but I can’t help but feel that the characters drag me down to a lower level as I find out about their lies, faults, and sins. It’s an intriguing book, but one I doubt I’ll ever read again.