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Monica Brisbane 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 lo ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Paula Vince
Max Moore's uncle died and left him his newspaper, which Max wants to spruce up with stories of virtue and heroism. Miss Monica's Bisbaine's column, Monkey Business, is all about the vice and sneakiness of the underworld, and she feels her position at the paper is threatened by his intentions.

I found it difficult to muster much sympathy for Monica. She had so much attitude, a stirrer and troublemaker all through. She was disrespectful of Max's position as boss and full of backchat. She put a hug
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June
This was a free purchase from Amazon before I had read the first story-All for a Song. I was intrigued by the synopsis of 1920s flapper journalist who writes a gossip column but then has the opportunity to change her flirtatious lifestyle. Unfortunately this fell flat for me. It was too cliche, too superficial and too rushed at times.
Staci
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
After fully enjoying All For a Song, I was a bit disappointed with All For a Story.

It took me several chapters to figure out the formatting (perhaps only a Kindle version issue). Once I figured out the formatting, I settled in and started to enjoy Max and Monica's story. Max inherited a publication that shares the fringes of society. Monica is happily living on the fringes. Max bring propriety to the publication and influences Monica's actions.

It was a good story and I look forward to continuing
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Sarah
Strike two for me and this author. This book felt odd, like the first one in the series. I didn't connect with the characters at all and I really hated Monica. She had some qualities and so hardships that were supposed to endear her to me, but I didn't like her.
The author has a lot of talent, It just isn't my style. I think I will skip on any future Pittman books.
Emilee
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: d-c
This is such a fun series. It's fresh and different from the usual Christian fiction I read. "All for a Story" is the second book in Allison Pittman's roaring twenties series. It has very little connection to the first book in the series, "All for a Song".
Monica, the heroine in the story is a journalist and a flapper.Max is the sweet,charming hero who is Monica's boss. I enjoyed reading how Monica changed and grew through out the story. Like some of the other books I've read by Pittman, the end
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Cookielover
Um, this lady should never stop writing, first of all.
You get lost in her books and there's no way out.
This story is a story about a girl who realized that stories could have happily ever after. :)
Kristina Seleshanko
I loved Pittman's novels that were set in earlier time periods, but I'm not normally attracted to books set in the 1920s. I'm glad I took a chance on this one, though. It was a fun read, with a great message for modern women.
Ally
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Oy! We have an oldie book! All For A Story is a Christian, Historical Fiction, and New Adult to Adult book. But truly, it's not Monica who's a true Christian. It's Max Moore.

All For A Story doesn't give me a thrill like so many other books despite the fact that the ever so thirsty gossip, Monica Brisbane, hangs out in clubs with mobsters and gangsters. It's still pretty good considering that I read the entire book, without considering abandoning it. (Yeah
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Emma Reilly
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
All for A Story by Allison Pittman has quickly become a favorite for me. I have been so excited about this series for so long, and with each book it seems to get better and better. Every time I pick up an Allison Pittman book I am amazed at the wild ride I go on. She writes with such an elegance and honesty that brings goose bumps to my arms. Somehow every emotion fills each page, each word, and before I know it I’m carried away on the wings of the story, taken far away, never to return. It is a ...more
Amanda
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
A poor excuse for Christian fiction

A terribly disappointing story. This book claims to be "Religious", "Christian fiction", "Inspirational." 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 proba
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Ericka Miller
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story. I loved how she brought the roaring twenties to life and how despite the era of what was going on, you always have God to turn to. I only wished the ending didn't end like that. I was looking for more.
Donna Willard
Monica the female key player in this book was complex. A very young woman intent on leading her anonymous flapper lifestyle she was hard to like or feel any sympathy toward. She made bad decisions over and over again defying anyone to correct her. When her job was threatened by new boss Max it didn’t get much better. Max was likable but also too much of an innocent soul who didn’t seem to have much backbone at first. I read the entire book and found there was a series along the same lines as All ...more
Esther Otter
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Redemption of a Flapper

Very engrossing story of a young woman who wants to live a fast life but finds it's not all she thought.
Leigh Ann
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very well written and an enjoyable read.
Janet Merrell
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Loved the story. I think we all have a little Monica in us that comes out from time to time. Max was a delightful hero, and I enjoyed all the minor characters as well. Great series!
Danyelle
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, print, review

Monica Brisbane loves being a modem girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column takes her to all the local speakeasies in Washington D. C. and she loves dancing the night away scoping put new stories for her column. However, her future takes an uncertain turn when the owner of Capitol Chatter passes away, leaving Monica what will happen to her job and her beloved lifestyle.

Max Moore might hold the position of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's paper, the
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Monica Brisbane 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 Bri
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Victor Gentile
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 won
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Rambling Readers
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Allison Pittman consistently delivers novels rooted firmly in faith and history. I am always excited to delve into her stories and experience the past. "All for a Story" reads like a 1920's movie, with flappers, speakeasies, dancing, and dialogue that seems completely authentic to the time period. Pittman also introduces readers to another product of the 1920s - the Anti-Flirt Society. The incorporation of less well-known pieces of history is one of the reasons that I love Allison Pittman's nov ...more
Kari Anderson
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
From Goodreads:
Monica Brisbane 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
...more
Renn Shearin
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Monica Brisbaine 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 c
...more
Kaitlin
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
All for a Story (click on book or see below for description)
by Allison Pittman
Downloaded free from Amazon on 5/4/14 (Released October 2013)

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: Too long because of my move. But a fun book that I really enjoyed! Monica Bisbaine aka “Monkey”, is an anonymous writer of a gossip column titled “Monkey Business” for a local New York paper during the 20′s (a decade I very much enjoy reading about.) I found out this book was loosely based on an actual writer known as “Lipstick” wh
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Dawn
Monica Bisbaine loves all that the Roaring Twenties has to offer. She is frequently heading to the speakeasys and other places that a good girl really shouldn't be at. Yet, she finds herself wanting more. When Max Moore inherits the paper that Monica writes for, he is determined to bring changes to it. He wants to make it more than a tabloid. He wants to turn it into an uplifting and encouraging paper. When Max tells Monica that she needs to infiltrate the Anti-Flirt Club and to write a piece ab ...more
Cheryl Ellis
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have not read any of Allison Pittman's books before, so I did not realize until the end this was a sequel of sorts. I did however enjoy this book.

Monica is a writer for a newspaper and her column is "monkey business". It is written about her experiences (not in specifics, but kind of a code) about where she eats, who she is with, different things that happen to her. Max is the nephew of the owner of the newspaper. He inherits the paper after his uncle passes away unexpectedly. This is a love s
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Rob Slaven
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly, and as usual, it must be noted that I didn't buy this book. Instead, it came to me for free as the result of a Shelf Awareness giveaway. Despite that kind consideration, I give my candid opinions in this review. Also, it should be noted that I'm not a Christian so it may seem a bit odd for me to be reviewing Christian literature. Nonetheless, I'll review this book based on its literary merits and ignore any philosophical differences I may have with the genre.

On the positive side, the bo
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Denise
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've never read any books by Allison Pittman before this one, and I'm not always a huge historical fiction fan, but this book looked intriguing so I decided to give it a shot. All For A Story follows Monica Bisbaine. She's a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties, and a gossip writer for the newspaper Capitol Chatter. When Max Moore, editor-in-chief Aimee Semple McPherson's magazine, inherits Capitol Chatter from his uncle, he decides to revamp the newspaper with positive stories. He receives a lot ...more
Sally
It’s 1923, and America is in the middle of Prohibition. There are still plenty of ways to find a drink and some company, however, and Monica Bisbaine knows where the best places are. She writes a column under the pseudonym of Monkey for a tawdry tabloid, but not everyone is a fan. Monica thinks she loves this life, even if she does have to share her boyfriend with his wife. She loves the attention, but is she actually looking for something deeper?

Allison Pittman’s previous title, All For a Song,
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Lyndi
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I am going to give up reading this series. And possibly books by this author. Every summer her books on are the Tyndale house summer reading program. And if her books were the only books on the list, I would never read anything else, as I feel her books are on this list just to get people to read them. While the writing itself is not bad at all, the storyline, especially in this particular series are just bad. I am very surprised that this book is even labeled a Christian novel. To me it ...more
Denise Hershberger
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my second novel by Pittman. I have to admit I did NOT enjoy All for a Song but I decided to go ahead and give All for a Story a chance and I'm so glad I did. I'm not sure if I just related with Monica more than the characters in the other book or if I enjoyed the story line more but either way I really enjoyed this book.

I was on newspaper staff in high school and college so I enjoyed reading about a young woman writing a column for a local paper even if it was a gossip column and not ha
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Deb
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intrigue. Encouragement. Adventure. Revelation. Fun. Redemption. Heroism. Reflection. All for a Story is one of those few books that can take me back to my carefree fun days, then flash forward to my married life in one swipe of a page. The female character reminds me of myself and the goal of having as many fun days as possible added to the notch on my dancing shoe buckle.

The era is adventurous and even exciting. All for a Story is fun and flighty without the whiplash. I love how the male lead
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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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