All the Blue of Heaven is a historical romance set in 1906. Allie Hathaway is a famous painter who has defied tradition. She lives alone in San Francisco with her niece, until an earthquake destroys the city and all her possessions. Allie is forced to return home to Chicago where she is expected to marry suitably and settle down. Allie is resigned to her fate, but inside, she is seething at the injustice of it all. Allie’s childhood playmate has strived to overcome his meager origins. Will he be able to forget how Allie shunned his offer eight years ago?
This is a simple love story of two people who went their own ways to realize their ambitions, but are brought together by fate several years later. Will they unite for love, or will bitterness rule their heart. The book describes the sociopolitical conditions in Chicago at the time, and it is clear how opposed the high society was to the steady stream of European immigrants. Bigotry exists, but there are also people who fight for the betterment of the poor. There is some talk of how disgraceful singing and acting is as a profession, and a woman choosing a profession to support herself is a pariah.
All the Blue of Heaven is a gentle inspirational read that ends in smiles. I recommend this as a book you can go to bed with, especially when you’re feeling uncertain about something in Life.