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I've read many other books by this author, which I thoroughly adored. But I just couldn't get into this one, I tried really hard, but I just couldn't. So I guess my final thought is that I have lukewarm feelings about this book. I think some people might like it, but I just didn't. Thanks for reading : Final Rating: 3 out of 5 Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing this review copy to me free of charge in return for an honest review.

Aug 29, Alice rated it really liked it. This was a lovely story. I don't read many stories set in this era, but when I do read them I always end up enjoying them. This was my first Stephanie Grace Whitson and I really enjoyed her style! It wasn't very fast, but was easy-going, full of plot, and had some deep themes. Very interesting and quite delightful!

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This book hosts a wide variety of characters of all different social classes and situations. I found that I and a few other people I've discussed the book with as well related bette This was a lovely story. I found that I and a few other people I've discussed the book with as well related better to and was drawn more to the hero of the story, rather than the heroine; Fannie was great! But, like I said, Fannie was also great and I liked her even more by the end.

There were lots of twists and turns in this story and a few times I caught myself wondering "is this going to end up how I'm thinking? Or is it all going to change on me?! Rich, clean, and inspiring, A Most Unsuitable Match is actually quite a catch for all historical fiction lovers. I highly recommend it, and am looking forward to reading more from this author. View all 3 comments.

I was going to give this 2 stars, as it was just "okay" in my book, but I felt bad about it So I'm giving it 3, on account of the great message But mostly? The characters were meh. The relationship was meh. To me, it read more like a random string of events than a well-thought-out story. The hero and heroine fall in love, but I didn't sense any chemistry between them, so it was almost like, "Oh..

I'll just throw that r I was going to give this 2 stars, as it was just "okay" in my book, but I felt bad about it I'll just throw that right in here It had a great message of redemption and that we all need to rely on Jesus Christ Shelves: bethany-house , favorites , historical , christianfiction , christian-historical-fiction. I started enjoying the creative writing of Stephanie Grace Whitson through her contemporary novels and this is the first of her Christian Historical Fiction novels that I have read in full.

I loved almost every bit of it. The characters brought me in from the very beginning and kept me interested through out. I was startled by the ending as it seemed rather abrupt and the beginning of the epilogue seems to be missing something. Yet otherwise it was an enjoyable read.

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While the social class and as I started enjoying the creative writing of Stephanie Grace Whitson through her contemporary novels and this is the first of her Christian Historical Fiction novels that I have read in full. While the social class and assumptions made by Samuel and Fannie might appear as an unsuitable match, it is there private and personal decisions of direction for their lives that is more the questionable match in truly trusting where God is leading without question.

There is romance and mystery as well as tragedy and adveture.

All in all, it is a page turner. View all 5 comments. Jan 15, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: clean-romances-western , clean-romances , christian-fiction. This book was a little slow to start off, but once it really started it keept a good pace and held my interest.


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The woman trying to figure out who she is and her adventures where the main theme of this book. There was a sweet romance and love triangle that was focused on more towards the end of the book. There was nothing really spectacular about this book, but it was a well written sweet Christian story.

I liked the characters and connected with her and her grief. There is so little we really u This book was a little slow to start off, but once it really started it keept a good pace and held my interest. There is so little we really understand about people and why they do the things they do. Jun 18, Kim rated it liked it Shelves: christian-fiction. I felt like there were a lot of holes in this story and the heroine Fannie drove me nuts with her stupid decisions. The romance was weak though the spiritual message was strong. The epilogue was pretty pointless and confusing.

Oct 09, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-historical-fiction , s , western. Fannie had never heard of Aunt Edith, and only from the letters gets a sense of what she may have been like. Vandekamp urges Fannie to quickly marry an unsuspecting suitor before wind of her financial loss surfaces. Fannie having no interest in marrying other than for love, decides to travel via a river steamboat in search of her Aunt Edith who last wrote from Montana a year prior.

Fannie meets and befriends Samuel and Lamar on the barge and they become vital to her survival after her dear Hannah dies in a boating accident. Samuel looking for his sister Emma, joins Fannie in her search for Aunt Edith. God provides people along the way to guide Fannie and she quickly learns that people are not what they may appear on the outside. Her characters are vibrant and not always what they appear on the outside.

Depth of character and interwoven relationships makes this another fantastic novel by Stephanie Grace Whitson. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Oct 01, Cindy rated it really liked it. A Most Unsuitable Match was a most delightful story. I enjoyed this book so much, while sweet Miss Fannie often made me want to shake some sense into her sometimes, other times she shone with courage.

A daughter of a well to do family, that seemed a bit short on love Fannie was grieved when her mother and father passed away within three years of each other. After a burglar breaks in, trying to steal jewels, upon the advise of others, Fannie goes through her mother's room to find all the valuable A Most Unsuitable Match was a most delightful story. After a burglar breaks in, trying to steal jewels, upon the advise of others, Fannie goes through her mother's room to find all the valuable jewelry to take to the safe at the bank. What she finds though is more than jewelry, she finds letters from her mother's twin sister.

Letters that are filled with love and warmth, which makes Fannie determined to find her aunt. What Fannie finds however is more than bargained for, first she finds herself on a sinking barge, and loosing the closest person in her life, her faithful servant Hannah. Next she finds herself faced with the decision of whether to abandon her search or to go on, after a chance encounter where a man calls Fannie by her aunt's name, she knows she must go on.

Traveling on with Samuel Beck and Lamar, workers from the barge that sank, Fannie arrives in Fort Benton only to be very discouraged. Samuel and Lamar travel on deeper into the Montana wilderness looking for her aunt and Samuel's sister, and Fannie learns the fine art of how to do things for herself, such as cooking and cleaning. This book kept my interest, and I read it one setting, I did get frustrated with Fannie for her indecisiveness but then she would shine when push came to shove.

A great book, beautifully told! This book was provided for review purposes only by Bethany House, no payment was received for this review. Aug 24, Laura rated it it was amazing. It was hard to put down after that. Miss Fannie Rousseau is young, impulsive, spoiled, and unfortunately all alone in the world, save for her maid, Hannah. After the death of her mother, she finds some mysterious letters from an aunt she never knew existed. Determined to find her only living relative, she sets off for the wilds of Montana. Samuel Beck is also on a mission, to find his mis A Most Unsuitable Match by author Stephanie Grace Whitson, captured my attention from the very first line.

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Samuel Beck is also on a mission, to find his missing sister. Together Fannie and Samuel meet aboard a steamboat, never realizing how much they will need each other. I am a sucker for historical romances and this one met all my expectations. The characters were well defined and the author described the settings so well, I felt like I was there. Only one thing left me feeling slightly unfulfilled and that was in regards to the villain of the piece.

I can't tell you who that was, or I'll spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, his character could have made a lot of trouble for Fannie and the threat always seemed to be lurking, but it never really materialized. In the end, Fannie was able to be rid of him with a letter.

However, there was enough going on in the novel to overlook this small part of it and it really doesn't detract from the novel, it just makes you wonder what "could have been". Despite that, I give this novel a rousing 5 out of 5 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Nov 28, Salyna rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews , little-romance. I liked the characters and I thought the situations they were in were very realistic for the time period and the setting of the book. Sometimes I realize that I don't just have to be at church to learn new things or to hear a good message.

I can get them at home just by taking some time out of my day to sit and read. I felt like their should have been more to the story and that Stephanie just kind of ended it. I have just started a blog. Nov 01, Crystal rated it it was ok. A most unsuitable read. Don't judge this book buy its beautiful cover, this is a long drawn out melodramatic read.

Too much tragedy, very little comic relief. If you are looking for a pick me up skip this one. To those who think this is a romance, very litte of this book is romantic, which is not necessary a bad thing. The inkling of romance between the main characters feels forced. They have no chemistry at all. I liked Dr. Lamotte much more than Sam.

The secondary characters are so much more r A most unsuitable read. The secondary characters are so much more real than the main characters. I consider myself a fast reader and it took me one week to get through this. Another disappointment. Like what you read? Visit me at my blog Jul 22, Sandra rated it it was amazing. I think one of the strengths of a Stephanie Grace Whitson novel is the authenticity of her characters' emotions without them dripping in melodrama. By the end of the book, the reader feels like she's participated in whatever events have transpired.

While Fannie struggles to grow from a young girl dependent on others into an independent woman prepared to handle hardship and tragedy, Samuel is called for a special purpose. I liked Fannie. I liked Samuel. I also liked Dr. LaMotte and wondered if a I think one of the strengths of a Stephanie Grace Whitson novel is the authenticity of her characters' emotions without them dripping in melodrama.

LaMotte and wondered if a portion of the epilogue was a teaser for her next book. Aug 26, Sarah Southerland rated it really liked it. This book wasn't anything like I expected and the more I read it, the more I loved it. It's a love story about grace. Actually, it's many love stories about grace. Clean and real. Apr 15, Charity U rated it it was amazing. It was really awesome! Stephanie Grace Whitson is one of my favorite authors.

I loved this book and highly recommend it! And I love the cover too. Apr 02, Marnie rated it really liked it. I've love for their to be a book 2 - this was great! May 07, Paulette rated it it was amazing. A beautiful, sad, frightening at times, encouraging in the Lord always story of love, friendship, loss, and scripture that helps the characters grow into who God would want them to be, very positive reaction to this author.

Her belief and sense of God's love shine through her story of struggle. Jun 06, Sarah McC rated it did not like it. The entire book was a slow-motion train wreck. The characters were stiff and wooden and made completely unrealistic decisions. The heroine was self-centered, stupid, and soulless. The heroes because yes, there were two, involving the dreaded and pointless love-interest triangle were overly stereotyped and thus unrelateable. The plot was full of drama and random deaths and accidents and Indian attacks and shipwrecks and robberies and betrayal all in an attempt to cover the fact that there was no storyline worth pursuing.

While the heroine wanders about bemoaning her lack of faith, and the heroes spout Bible verses and one of them decides to become a missionary , there is no depth. No real issues are addressed, and there is no resolution-—the heroine begins the book confused by the things that are happening in her life and wondering why God is allowing these things to happen.

While Dude 1 is gone, the chick meets Dude 2, who is a doctor and who has a son who is blind. In A Most Unsuitable Match, God gave Fannie and Samuel the strength to overcome incredible obstacles, and was all the while leading them both to His plans for them, which were far better than they could have imagined on their own. This novel was an enjoyable read, with an intriguing plot. One problem, however, was that the book seemed to have a slightly dark side to it, with many very sad moments, several secrets that I wish could not have been quite as terrible as they were, and a few comments and thoughts that seemed inappropriate.

It seemed as though simply too much tragedy befell Fannie to be completely believable. In addition, the writing style was a little out of the ordinary, and took a bit of getting used to. A Most Unsuitable Match had more good qualities than bad, however, and I especially enjoyed the Scripture verses at the start of each chapter. I would like to say thank you very much for sending it to me. In detail, in language, in characterization, in the layers upon layers of plot. All that wealth of richness combine to make "A Most Unsuitable Match" a decadent read!

Whitson already had a solid plot for a best-selling story, but she went deeper, bringing characters and situations to life in such an amazing manner.


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I wasn't just reading about Sam and Fannie, I was experiencing every single moment with them. And their story took me on such a surprising journey. I don't think I have ever read a more profoundly touching account of one man's developing testimony. It is intrinsically woven into the very fiber of the story but without dominating it. As he grows so does the reader and both come to the same realization at about the same time: resiliency comes from placing your trust in the Savior above all else.

And don't be fooled by the title. You might think this is the story of two people who appear to have nothing in common and therefore would make "A Most Unsuitable Match". But once again, Whitson goes deeper and readers will discover that the unsuitable match also refers to the fact that we often don't see ourselves the way God sees us and because of that, we think we're an unsuitable match for Him. Talk about profound.

You could hold a whole book club discussion on just that one topic! But you won't have to limit yourself -- there is so much action and drama and romance along with endearing characters that you'll want to talk about "A Most Unsuitable Match" long after you've finished the compelling story. A definite must read for every TBR shelf! It is not often that I finish reading a book and pause to savour the unexpected way that it has moved me.

A Most Unsuitable Match is one such book that turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be. This is the first time I have had the pleasure of reading a novel by Stephanie Grace Whitson, as I previously assumed her books would be "too romantic" for me to truly enjoy.

I was wrong. Whitson has crafted a superb novel that has something for everyone - adventure, mystery, love, and flawed characters we can relate to. The different subplots and threads of the character's lives were expertly woven together, and the pages simply flew by. I got so caught up in Fannie's story that I ended up reading the book in one sitting because I wanted to see how everything would resolve.

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And in the end, what struck me most were the threads of grace visible throughout the book as characters forgave each other and found hope for the future despite their own flaws and shortcomings. The line that has stuck with me most was uttered by Fannie's faithful housekeeper, Hannah, who tells Fannie, "but land sakes, child, if the good Lord couldn't use fools and foolishness, He wouldn't get much done". Thank God He does use our foolishness, and that His grace is there no matter who we are and what we do. Readers who enjoy well-written historical fiction should plan on curling up with this entertaining and poignant read.

I highly recommend this book and give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Story Description: Miss Fannie Rousseau is a young woman of privilege traveling west to uncover the truth behind a family secret. Samuel Beck is on a mission to atone for past failures that still haunt him. Their meeting aboard a steamboat to Montana sparks an unlikely attraction. They are opposites in every way Sort By: Bestsellers. She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic.

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