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All for a Song (All For #1)

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Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she ever wanted: her family, her church, her community, and a budding romance with 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.

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Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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I really wasn't sure how to rate this book so I decided three stars would be fair. Pittman has so much talent as a writer and did a great job tackling a difficult time in history. However, this whole book had an odd feeling to me that I could never quite put up finger on. The ending wasn't satisfying either. The whole thing just left me feeling odd.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
All for a song was a great story. In short, it was about a young woman who had never left her home town before, and prior to getting married (and stuck there forever) she wanted to see what she was missing. She got a whole lot more than she'd bargained for, but it taught her some important lessons about what truly mattered. Life is full of disappointments and sometimes we make the stupidest decisions. We have to live with the consequences, and there is no getting around them.

This novel explored
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was in the Tyndale house summer reading program. I like others, really wanted to like this book. But I couldn't. If I wasn't trying to read so many books off this list, I would not have even bothered finishing.
I didnt like Dorothy at all, except as her 107 year old self. Roland was a womanizer who I felt was all into Dorothy just because he felt he could get rich off of discovering her. I felt really sorry for Brent, the fiancé that Dorothy left behind to find herself. Which I think s
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an AMAZING story! It's a wonderful, historical read that leaves you pondering it long after you read the last chapter. It's fresh and different from the usual historical fiction books that I read!
Rambling Readers
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"All for a Song" is a melodic new release, reminding me of the many reasons Allison Pittman is one of my favorite authors. Like most of the her other novels, "All for a Song" is filled with depth, faith, and discovery. I've learned from Pittman's previous novels that her plots are not completely predictable and rarely do her stories have fairy tale endings. Their realism and pain always linger with a poignancy unique to Pittman's work.

The novel opens on the eve of Dorothy Lynn's 107th birthday.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all let me just say that I absolutely loved this book, Ms. Pittman has never failed to draw me into her books and the characters within.

Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is a small-town young woman, engaged to the man who took over her father's pulpit, as preacher. Yet a small part of her longs for more, to see a bit more of the world and to be able to freely write the songs that come to her mind.

On a visit to her sister's, Dorothy get's a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing her songs on a stage
Shari Larsen
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar seems to have it all; her family, her life in a small town, and she's engaged to the young pastor who took over her late father's pulpit. Time spent in the woods, singing and playing her brother's old guitar, make her life complete. But a trip to St. Louis to visit her sister exposes her to a way of life completely different than what she has known all her life. She sees her first movie, starring Rudy Valentino, tries Chinese food for the first time, and encounters a charisma ...more
Jen W.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Loved this book! This has been easily a favorite book of mine and one I will be re reading in the future, it has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. As soon as I heard Allison Pittman had a new book coming out I could not wait to read it. I have read many of her books and loved them all. I really enjoy reading books set in the roaring '20's since that decade is such a mark of change and the struggles faced back then were very hard and really start to mark a more modern era. Life rea
D.M. Webb
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's not often that I find a book set in the early 1900's, especially the 1920's, that captures my attention.

Unless it's a classical writer from that time, I am given to be a more harsh reader. What is so special that you bring me into your story and keep me there? Does it contain historical facts, keep with the time, politics, and culture of that era? So many I have put aside; but not Allison Pittman's All for a Song.

It rocked me!

Her character Dorothy Lynn set everything to the side to follow
All For a Song was bittersweet song that sang of f Dorothy Lynn's life, switching from her adventurous eighteen year old self to her 107th birthday. Written this way, the author taunted the tragedies "Lynnie" would face--without telling you how they'd come about. So of course, this drove me insane.
The characters were real, the situations realer and as you read the book, you were Lynnie,experiencing every heartache and success.
This book was perfectly written and I love how there was always a surp
Shannah Mauney
I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book when I first started it. I actually started and stopped this book, twice, before picking it up to read it again; not because it was boring, but because I wasn't sure how I would feel about it once I got into the story. I worried for nothing. This is the first book I've read written in this time period (I think), and I wasn't disappointed. From the moment Dorothy Lynn comes running home, I was captured. Read my full review here.
Naomi Musch
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise! This is the first Allison Pittman book I've read, and I really didn't know what to expect. I picked it up because I was interested in reading some 1920s comparative fiction, and I'd started a few other novels recently that didn't really grab and hold me. This one did. First, it's just nice to read an historical that's set in an era that isn't so overflowing with great Christian fiction. Second, it touched on some aspects of big city life like many "roaring twenties" nov ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
slow start but great book
Samantha Gronberg
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely an interesting take on the 1920's and the religious revolutions taking place during the era. Stated the obvious but still managed to keep me guessing until the very end.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is proof that I’ll read just about anything. I was a bit dense going into it. I knew, obviously, that there were religious undertones based on the blurb but I didn’t realize it was proper Christian lit, published by a Christian publisher and written by a devout Christian author, until after I even started reading. And then the psalms and overt religion started making sense.

However, that didn’t detract me from the story. And I still found ALL FOR A SONG a good story, much more about fem
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, print, review
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything any girl could ever want: a family that loves her, a great church, a tight-knit community, and a handsome fiancé that’s the pastor to her church. Spending time in the woods lost in her music, lifting her heart and voice in worship to God with her brother’s guitar, should make her life complete but she longs for more.

Spending a week in St. Louis looking for a wedding dress with her sister, gives her more when she discovers Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I chose this book to review because I liked the look of the cover and the description caught my attention. I don't necessarily agree with a woman being an evangelist and it was looked down more in the early 1900's than it is today. I think I chose this book because I like seeing different viewpoints, even if I don't agree with it. This book was fiction but there was one character in the book that was a real person from the 1920's, which I thought was a neat idea for the bo
Melmac MacDonald
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she could possibly want in her hometown of Herron's Nest. She's engaged to be married to the young pastor that's she's deeply in love with. She also has her music. With her guitar in hand and time alone in the woods Dorothy pens and sings beautiful worship songs. With all she could ever want she still longs for something more. When Dorothy heads to St. Louis so her older sister can help her find a wedding dress a whole new world is opened up to her.

Dorothy is
Dorothy is an 18 year old from a small town in Missouri where everyone knows everyone else and their business. The furthest from home she’s been is St Louis to visit her sister. The world is unknown to her, but she has occasionally wondered what it’s like. After her fiancé proposes, she visits St Louis so that her sister, Darlene, can make her wedding dress. Despite being married with children, Darlene has become a thoroughly 1920’s woman and she is determined that Dorothy experience life before ...more
Becky Doughty
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story told by a masterful storyteller - thank you Allison Pittman.

Although this book has some of the basic formulaic elements of romance (young heroine on the cusp of maturity falls in love with handsome, godly, strong and steady hero, then love is upended by outside influence, etc., etc.), the elements themselves are all unique. All for a Song is less about romance, and more about discovering what it really means to love in every measure of the word.

When Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Feeling like she's been pushed into a life she's not sure she entirely wanted, Dorothy Lynn Dunbar escapes home for a few days and goes to St. Louis to spend time with her sister and family. Her heart seems torn between the love she has for her fiance and family and church, and the longing she has deep inside for something more. While in St. Louis, Dorothy Lynn encounters the modern temptations of the Roaring Twenties, the movies and music and fashion. She also meets Aimee Semple McPherson, a ch ...more
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All for a Song is a story told on two levels: it opens with the 107th birthday of "Miss Lynnie", in a nursing home, and the story of her day and experience is interspersed throughout the novel, weaving in and out of Miss Lynnie's past. The life of Dorothy Lynn, a young woman coming of age in the 1920s, comprises the majority of the novel, and what a story it is. Dorothy is a preacher's daughter,
Meagan Myhren-bennett
All for a Song
By Allison Pittman

Dorothy Lynn Dunbar's life is perfect. Pastor's daughter engaged to the new Pastor, but something is wanting in her life.

With just 7 weeks before her marriage to Reverend Brent Logan, Dorothy Lynn heads to St. Louis and her older sister's home. When a week-long trip to for a wedding dress turns into an eye opening experience of the world beyond, Dorothy Lynn is in danger of losing her very self to the temptations that lie beyond her home in Heron's Nest.

Movies, re
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
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 ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: given-to-review
I must admit that when I read the back of this book I was afraid to read it. Why, you may ask? Well because it has Aimee Semple McPherson as one of the characters. Let me explain. In my former life, I used to be a pastor with the Foursquare Church. When I started going to a Foursquare church I was enamored with the idea of Aimee but when I read her biography I was a bit puzzled about some things. Like the Lord calling her to do a traveling ministry but her husband (who she should have been submi ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has it all; a loving family and a fiance that is a preacher just like her daddy. Hours spent in the woods playing her brother's guitar make her life complete, but she aches to know more of the outside world and all it has to offer. She feels claustrophobic and tied down to the small town of Heron's Nest that is her birthplace and home, yet imagines life in the big city.

When an opportunity rises to go visit her sister in St. Louis, she is fascinated by the fancy cars, movies,
Charity U
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Over a year ago, I read For Time & Eternity and Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman. I didn’t love them, but they were okay for a one-time read. But when I saw this book come up for review on Tyndale, I decided I would give Allison another try – the 1920s are a fascinating time-period, and the cover was most interesting. So I requested it…and wow. I was very happy after that. This book caught me much more – possibly because I found the subject and the time period much more interesting. S ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 en
Renn Shearin
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

All for a Song by Allison Pittman was a sweet and engaging novel that followed the path of a young girl torn between her love for music and her love for her home and her man. The set-up of this novel is unique in that alternates between Dorothy as a young girl and Dorothy in a nursing home decades later. The way this novel is constructed allows the reader to look back at Dorothy's young years as if they are the older Dorothy themselves, reliving her memories, her desires, her choices. I liked ho
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar's life is what you would expect it to be considering she was the daughter of a small town preacher. She lives with her mother waiting for the day she marries her father's replacement pastor, Brent Logan. She loves her life and the time she spends in the woods close to her house. There she can worship God and play for him on her brothers old guitar. Her life is one many would envy... but she can't shake the longing for life outside of Heron's Nest.
With seven weeks till her big
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Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their thr ...more
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