In Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all. Her father’s work with color movie film opens doors that lead to the stardom she’s always aspired to. But after losing her mother, she discovers that half the estate has been left to a woman accused of killing Celeste’s baby sister before Celeste was even born.
Dana Lundgren arrives on the steps of the DuFrane mansion having spent most of her life imprisoned for a crime that never happened. After accusing her of murder so many years ago, why did Marguerite DuFrane leave her a sizeable inheritance?
As Celeste and Dana learn each other’s stories, they come up with more questions than answers. Then a surprising discovery begins to fill in the missing pieces: Marguerite DuFrane’s written confession, penned shortly before her death. Uncovering the treachery and deceit that changed the course of countless lives—most of all, their own—the two women find more than they ever dreamed of.
I am a huge Allison Pittman fan. Her books, Forsaking All Others and For Time and Eternity are two of my all-time favorites. I’ve also previously read the other books in this series, All for a Story and All for a Song. This is a nice series in that readers don’t have to read the previous books to enjoy the others; each one stands alone. However, I have to be honest and say that this one was my least favorite novel I’ve read.
I was approximately 20 pages into the book when I figured out where the plot was heading. I kept reading to find out if I was correct and I was. There were very few surprises, and no major twists. I wanted more from the book. Another thing I didn’t care for about the book was the way it was formatted. I tend to not like books that shift back and forth in time or ones that shift perspectives from one character to another. This book does both, shifts from one character to another and back and forth in time. Pittman makes it quite clear which character’s perspective readers are hearing from and when the time is, so that is a positive, but it isn’t my favorite style of writing.
Although I didn’t love this book, I can imagine that there are readers out there that would really enjoy it. Pittman does a good job of capturing the essence of the 20’s in her book and isn’t afraid to delve deeply into the evil that people can perpetrate on others. The most positive aspect of the book is the strong lesson of forgiveness in the face of unspeakable evil.
If you are looking for an easy summer read that you can read and enjoy in an afternoon at the pool, you might enjoy this one. I just had higher expectations from Pittman. However, I’m still a big fan of Pittman and will definitely look forward to her next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.