I’ve read some great novels lately and Allison Pittman’s “All for a Sister” is right up there at the top of the list. In this deeply layered novel a gradual revelation of truth changes everything for two young women whose lives in the early 1920’s could not have been more different; one grew up pampered, wealthy and free to pursue her dreams while the other was punished for a crime she was never convicted of and then forgotten in a broken penal system. The author’s use of frequent flashback and multiple points-of-view to tell this story had the potential to make it confusing and disjointed but instead succeeded in weaving several storylines hauntingly together.
And haunting is the word that comes to mind because this novel evokes such a strong sense of poignant reality. The family fractured by selfishness, lust and ambition is a family we’ve known. The sadness of a life wasted in bitterness and unforgiveness is something we’ve observed. The victim of injustice and corruption is someone we’ve grieved for. But just as we’ve experienced tragedy first-hand, we’ve also experienced hope, and author Allison Pittman brings to this book an equally well-developed sense of wonder and discovery, faith and forgiveness. “All for a Sister” is a story so well-written that you will feel you’re there and you won’t want to put it put down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review 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.