All for a Story (All For Series #2)

All for a Story (All For Series #2)

by Allison Pittman
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All For a Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This is a witty story told with a fresh twist—bad girl vs. good boy. (I find it’s usually the opposite.) The book started a little slow for me, but ultimately kept my interest and the pacing improved. The scenes, set in the roaring 20s of Washington DC, are vivid. The characters, especially Monica Brisbaine, are well developed and will surely charm their way into you heart. Imagine being a self-absorbed, sarcastic, party-girl journalist, gossiping and frolicking around the social scene, simply having a grand ol’ time, when your boss dies suddenly and a new ‘heir’, a Christian, changes everything—your job, thoughts, and focus. Well, that creates a delightful book by Allison Pittman, titled, All For A Story. Publisher: Tyndale Publishers Pages: 381 First Lines: WASHINGTON, DC, 1923. It was just past dawn when she hammered the final key on her portable typewriter, finishing up that week’s installment of Monkey Business. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy free from NetGalley I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
All For a Story by Allison Pittman is a very good story that takes place during the Roaring Twenties in Washington, D.C. Monica Brisbane writes a gossip column for Capitol Chatter, a less than stellar newspaper. This job allows her to spend her nights dancing and drinking at the local speakeasys where she gathers information for her column that she writes under the name of Monkey Business. When the owner of the newspaper dies, his nephew, Max Moore, moves from California to take over the leadership of the paper. Max wants to turn the Capitol Chatter into a newspaper that is respectable with Christian values. Max gives Monica a challenging assignment which is to infiltrate and then report on the Anti-Flirt Society. After meeting with the young women in the group, Monica begins to question her way of life. The author has a way of pulling the reader into the story. When I first started reading the story I did not care for Monica but as I kept reading I began to see her in a different light. All the characters came to life on the pages of the book and I felt as if I knew every one of them, some I loved and some I greatly disliked. The scenes that took place in a speakeasy were so well developed that I could almost smell the smoke and liquor. I especially liked the way that the author developed the character of Max. He was a Christian and was determined to turn the inferior newspaper into a paper of value. Probably the best part of the story was watching Monica turn her life around. The book has a satisfactory ending and I would like to see a sequel to read more about Max and Monica. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story that takes place during the Roaring Twenties and that also includes a great deal of history and a little romance. Tyndale House Publishers via Net Galley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Allison Pittman in her new book, “All For A Story” Book Two in the All For A series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Monica Bisbaine. From the Back Cover:  Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away—and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves. Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, The Bridal Call, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter, infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Bisbane. Under Max’s direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants. Max is a man of morals, Monica is a flirt that likes to party and go to the speakeasys. She is even seeing a married man. Max takes over the newspaper that Monica is the gossip reporter for and Max sends her to the anti-flirt society for a story. Monica is a fish-out-of-water trying to learn why these women are trying to live against the very lifestyle that she lives. What do you do when your world is shaken and turned upside down? Allison Pittman is an extraordinary writer and she has assembled a unique cast of characters to bring this highly interesting story to life. Hope, restoration, and change are all brought to the table as Monica works with what she discovers. This is a page-turner as the story is highly interesting and you do not want to miss a moment of what is going on. Allison Pittman knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe.  I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really should not be in Christian fiction genre at all.  Not that the scenes were explicit, but it was beyond my comfort zone.  Giving up on this series and probably this author.  As I have not read one book by her that I have liked so far.
LibrarianLauraJ More than 1 year ago
The Roaring Twenties was an interesting time in American history. Women were coming into their own, and Monica is no exception. She's young, fun, and full of life. As a writer, she enjoys writing about her frivolous ways for the local newspaper. When straight-laced Max comes into ownership of the paper, the two can't find common ground. Monica frustrated me at times because she seemed completely clueless about the consequences of her actions for most of the book. However, I really liked Max and wish readers could have gotten into his POV more. Overall, I enjoyed this tale that captured the era perfectly. Fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this book.
J_PearsonJP More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to reading this book as I absolutely loved "All for a Song" the first book of the series (the books are completely independent of each other so you do not have to read in order). I was a little disappointed in this one and it fell a little flat for me. I enjoyed the premise of the book with Monica (the main character) as a columnist for a gossip paper that is having to question her ideas when there is a new owner of the paper with a different set of values. I enjoyed the historical setting (1920s Prohibition) and the historical accuracy of the Anti-Flirt Club but I found myself wanting more from the main character as well as from the ending. The ending was a little too quick and too neatly wrapped up without much explanation or reasoning.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed with this story. While the plot was interesting and the dialogue was humorous at times, I feel like the ending was kind of rushed. I wished for more time to develop Monica's faith and Max's place in her life. That being said, I did enjoy the story overall.  Monica Bisbaine is a rare character in the Christian fiction world. Most books I've read, at least lately, focus on the guy being the one that's "loose" and "fast," but not this one. I liked that the author did not try to sugar coat Monica's lifestyle and her choices. I also enjoyed Max Moore's character. He was written with the mind of a real life man. The author didn't try to gloss over his imperfections and his human nature, in favor of making Max a "larger than life" hero, which I truly appreciate. It makes the characters easier to relate to. The theme, I think, was based on Phillipians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." The author does a good job of bringing this point home, especially in Monica's life. We can see, throughout the story, her mind slowly but surely changing.  Despite the fact that I feel the ending was a little rushed, I appreciate the author not wrapping everything up in a neat little package, but giving us enough of a hint to know what would eventually happen. It gives the story a more realistic feel. Overall, I enjoyed the story and will definitely be reading more by this fabulous author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found "All for a Story" hard to read. The Christian aspect of prayer and seeking God's will seemed stuck in as an afterthought, and the plot seemed muddled.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
This was rather disappointing.  There wasn't a good plot, just a girl going from speak-easy to speak-easy during Prohibition and then a Christian man falling in love with her at first sight.  While God was brought into the picture, it didn't seem to be as much about a personal relationship as an acknowledgement.  Max acts like she will have to become a Christian before he will officially date her, but in the end confesses his love to her even though she admits she didn't necessarily have a spiritual awakening.  So far, I really haven't been too impressed with book by this author.  I have one more I will likely read this summer yet.  See if that one is any better. 
Susanosb More than 1 year ago
This fun story features Monica Brisbaine, a gossip columnist during the Roaring 20s. When Max Moore inherits his uncle’s tabloid newspaper, he is determined to change the Capital Chatter into an upstanding newspaper. His desire is to fill it with positive, uplifting stories, which brings him in direct conflict with Monica, the “little Monkey’ who secretly visits speakeasies, looking for dirt for her next column. This is a delightful story with a wonderful Christian message and was a finalist for a prestigious Christy Award. I highly recommend this book as an entertaining read.
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
A story about a young woman journalist and her newspaper family, set in Washington, DC during the 1920's. The story is delightful, what an adventurous era.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
A poor excuse for Christian fiction <p> A terribly disappointing story. This book claims to be &quot;Religious&quot;, &quot;Christian fiction&quot;, &quot;Inspirational.&quot; It is none of those. While the writing itself is decent, the story felt like Christianity was an after thought, something included to get particular people to read it. In theory, the book is about trying to make a tabloid a place for inspiration for a good life, but the truth is the novel glamorizes what it claims to condemn. In fact, the story would probably be more compelling outside of the Christian genre, because then the poor choices made fit into the worldview instead of knowingly making bad choices -  and receiving good as a consequence. Because of these glaring inconsistencies I cannot recommend this book. </p>
CGirl87 More than 1 year ago
I think I can honestly say that this book was unlike any other novel that I have ever read &ndash; in a good way. Monica is a gossip reporter who frequently visits speakeasies and writes about them in her column &ldquo;Monkey Business&rdquo;. Max has just inherited the paper she writes for and has left his job as an editor for an evangelist&rsquo;s magazine to manage it. When he arrives, he begins making significant changes to the content of the paper, especially to her column. But will she survive swapping the glamour of the nightlife scene for reporting on a club of women who are opposed to flirting? The contrast between the two main characters and the situations that result from the clashes between them were highly entertaining. Personally, I found it refreshing to see a departure from the typical &ldquo;bad boy meets good girl&rdquo; storyline. Ms. Pittman uses snappy dialogue, sympathetic characters, and a unique cast of supporting characters to weave a quirky story that stands out. While not afraid to address serious subject matter she does so with great tact.   I would recommend this book to anyone who likes unique historical fiction, and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series! 
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Monica is a thoroughly modern girl in the 1920&rsquo;s in Washington DC. She drinks, sleeps around, and works as a newspaper columnist &ndash; but she doesn&rsquo;t smoke. When her boss dies his nephew takes over the tabloid and wants it to become more pure, lovely, honest, and just. Obviously, they clash! But as they get to know each other better they are drawn to each other &ndash; she to his calm faith and he to her liveliness. It was interesting to learn a little more about speakeasies and the changing of values in the Roaring Twenties.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story of a thoroughly modern girl Monica who works for the newspaper in the roaring 1920&rsquo;s when there were speakeasies where people could meet and drink the night away unless there was a police raid. The editor of the paper died suddenly, leaving the paper to his nephew who was working for a Christian evangelist. Max and Monica were bound to clash! Still, Monica needed the job and Max was fascinated by her beauty, personality, and love of life. How Max loosened up and Monica saw how some of her comments in the paper were hurtful and both learned to appreciate each other made for an interesting story with many twists and turns you would never suspect.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series.  All for a Song was the first.  While the story line kept me reading, there were parts of it that just didn't measure up.  Set in the roaring 20's, during prohibition, Monica was writing undercover for a newspaper.  She visited all the end ground nightclubs and wrote using the pen name Monkey Business.  Max from the first story, takes a more prominent place in this book.  He leaves the ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson, and takes over his late uncle's newspaper.  Max wants to turn the Capitol Chatter into a newspaper that is respectable with Christian values. He's got his work cut out for him!   I wanted to shake Monica.  She was so flippant.  Everyone loved her and allowed her to continue on as she was.  I suppose they wanted to love her unconditionally in hopes they could change her.  Max challenges her to go undercover in another way.  He sends her to infiltrate the Anti-Flirt Society. After meeting with the young women in the group, Monica begins to question her way of life.  Her &quot;change&quot; of heart, which she admits may not be the type Max wants, is all it takes for him to profess his love.   I struggled with how that was all that was needed for this man of Christian values to be so easily swayed.  Why didn't Monica have a time of growing and changing?  Why didn't we see Monica's faith develop BEFORE Max swoops in and carries her off into the sunset?    Yes she was softening.  Yes she was moving in the right direction.  But she herself said she didn't have an religious experience and Max says, he loves her just as she is.  They kiss. Period.  The end. Not what I wanted or hoped for out of Monica nor Max.
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rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Monkey Business Monica anonymously writes a column for the newspaper that allows her to visit the speakeasys in Washington DC so she has something to write about. Max inherits the paper from his estranged uncle after he suddenly passes away. Their first meeting is at the funeral of the uncle/boss and Max can't get her out of his head even though she is everything that is wrong for him and he is now her boss. Even though I guessed how the relationship would end up it was interesting reading a book set during the roaring twenties
pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
All for a Story was well-written, but I found it was too predictable. I could tell what was going to happen from the very beginning of the story. It is a called a Christian fiction book, but as a Christian, I didn't agree with some of the messages from the book. The hero Max falls in love with a wild woman Monica. She leads him to trouble like drinking when it is against the law. And he finds excitement in her wild living. He keeps pursuing her, against his better judgment, and in the end, she turns around and all is well and happy. It was just too unrealistic for me to swallow.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, Sweet, Gentle, and Fun. This is a wonderful story, written with tongue-in-cheek humor and lovely descriptions. The main character gets into intricate dilemmas, and there are unexpected turns in the plot. I was so involved that I didn't want it to end. Allison Pittman has a sweet, entertaining writing style, and a skilIful vocabulary. She describes the era quite convincingly. The ending seemed sudden, but it was fitting. I enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the novel had been a bit more intriguing.  It did not captivate my imagination or interest from the beginning.  I didn't get involved with the story as much as I usually do.  But overall it was a good read.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
All For a Story is kind of the second book in this &quot;all for a&quot; series by Allison. They all feature Aimee Semple McPherson in some way and are set in the roaring twenties. I love the setting for these books and I love that Allison is portraying Aimee in a correct light. She was no saint although many did come to the Lord through her ministry. In this one Monica Bisbaine is a writer who writes under a sudo name, &quot;Monkey&quot;. She visits the speakeasies and parties all the time. She writes covertly about the different clubs and what she wears and such. When the editor of the newspaper dies, however, his nephew takes over. Max (the nephew) was the editor for the Bridal Call, which was Aimee's magazine, so obviously he is a Christian and wants to change the face of the tabloid style newspaper. But how will Monica handle this change? This book continues in the wonderful writing style I've come to expect from Allison. Like I said above, I really enjoy this time period and I love the interplay of the illegal with the good. This books is a great read and would make a great beach book. I can't wait to read the last one in this &quot;series&quot; All for a Sister, review coming soon. :)
CathyRN More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this novel. The story takes place during the Roaring 20s. Monica is a reported who writes under a pseudonym, visiting speak-easies and other gatherings then reporting about them in the newspaper. When her boss dies, his nephew from California takes the helm. Sparks fly when the 2 meet and the romance begins. The author writes very well and I could picture the people and places well. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a great faith based romance.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Allison Pittman is one of my very favorite authors! She writes intriguing stories that I jump at the chance to read. Her characters seem real; flawed but likeable, people I'd like to be friends with. All for a Story is actually the third in a series of books that take place during the flapper days after World War II. (&quot;Lilies in Moonlight&quot; is the first in the series but they don't need to be read in order--they feature only the same time period; not the same main characters or even the same setting.) I've been reading good historical Christian fiction for about the last 7 years but had never read anything that took place during the 1920s before discovering this series... and it was such an exciting and interesting time period in our nation's history! The heroine of our story is Monica Bisbaine, who loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. She's feisty, classy, and clever with a zest for life. She loves to party and seems to thrive around people. I could totally relate to her--Monica before Christianity was a lot like me before I was living for God, and Monica after Christianity is a lot like I am now. We would've been friends. There's some mystery in the story, which is always an added bonus for me. Chapter 1 ends with the owner of the newspaper which Monica works for passing away. The newspaper is passed down to Max Moore, a guy with values who ends up becoming Monica's love interest and her boss. She ends up researching and writing from a much different angle! There's a battle for her--does she want to give up her exciting party girl life? Or doesn't she? Another important character in the book is real-life Amy Semple McPherson who began the Four Square Church in the 1920s. She's a very interesting person, quite a phenomena, and I was intrigued to know more about her. She certainly did great things in her lifetime, though much of her life was quite colorful, to say the least. The author definitely weaves a wonderful story that grips the reader from the first chapter. I was hooked immediately, as I always am with this author's books! I enjoyed this read very much but my favorite is still Lilies in Moonlight!
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not a book I plan on reading again. It was realistic, but that is about all the good I have to say about it. I prefer to read books about the best in people, not the worst.