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Posted October 15, 2011
Fresh and new
I have read so many historical romances that I wonder sometimes if any authors can produce a truly fresh story anymore... yes, they can. I really enjoyed this book because it just had such a fresh spin on things. Fannie is a spoiled young lady (read as privileged, not a brat) that is having her world turned upsidedown and is having to discover a new path for herself. Her journey is punctuated by a varying assortment of colorful characters - good and bad - and I never knew who was safe and who wasn't and who was truly good and who wasn't. And then of course there is the love interest (or interests) and I really didn't know how that was going to turn out. I loved it. Stephanie has such a lovely writing style and every page was just truly enjoyable.
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Posted October 31, 2011
Posted April 24, 2012
Fannie Rousseau and I have something in common...a belief that w
Fannie Rousseau and I have something in common...a belief that we were not good enough to be a preacher’s wife.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Before Fannie met the man of her dreams who would be a preacher, we meet her in St. Charles, Missouri 1869. She just lost her mother. The strained relationship between the two only made her mother’s death more painful. Some things would never would be resolved. Fortunately, Fannie had Hannah who worked for her family. Hannah was very much family to Fannie and gave her the mothering that she needed.
Fannie thought she was the only left in her family until she found letters in her mother’s things that let her know that she had an aunt. Her hope that she is alive leads her to take a trip on a steamboat to find her. She was escorted on this journey by Hannah.
On the trip, she meets Samuel Beck who is more than just a hired hand on the steamboat. He has a higher calling on his life and he is looking for someone, too. Her search for her aunt leads her to an area of the country that is less “civilized” than she has known. Being in the “wilderness” helps her to grow as a woman. She has to do things that she did not do before in St. Charles.
This was a slow read for me and I was not completely caught up in the story at first. I became more interested as I kept on reading. I did want to find Fannie’s aunt and I also wanted to know if Samuel ever finds his sister. The change in Fannie from a protected young woman to one who has to take care of herself was interesting. The journey brings Samuel and Fannie closer, but Fannie believes that he is too good for her. She realizes that he is called to be a preacher and she does not think she has what it takes to be a preacher’s wife. She believed that they were an unsuitable match because of her flaws. Samuel also had growing to do because he was preaching before he even accepted the fact that he was a preacher. I felt like Fannie when I met my husband. Both Fannie and I had to realize that if God calls us for the job that He will equip us with everything we need to do what He asks.
Overall this was a good read and I do recommend it.
A free copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for my thoughts about this story.
Posted November 14, 2011
After discovering a family secret Fannie Rousseau sets off on a journey to find answers to questions she never knew existed. While on a steamboat bound for gold country she encounters Samuel Beck, a young man chasing demons and searching for answers of his own. The two join forces and end up a remote town in Montana where they face adversity, near death experiences and some unexpected feelings. Through all the action and adventure, a beautiful love story emerges as the two realize they have deep feelings for one another and wonder what they should do with these feelings. I love books like this, they blend action, adventure and romance into a beautiful story. I enjoyed reading the story of Fannie and Samuel and trying to guess where their story would end up. I was not disappointed with the direction this story took and I loved being a part of it. At the end of the book there are discussion questions that would be great as part of a book club discussion. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2011
A nice Historical Christian novel
I was super excited when I got this book in the mail. It's got a beautiful cover, a catchy title, and an interesting premise. The beginning was a little slow for my taste, but the author set up an intriguing mystery, so I quickly kept reading. The novel is really about the two main characters, Fannie and Sam, moving forward in their lives after certain experiences in the past. It was interesting to see parallels in character development as the story progressed. Both Fannie and Sam did not have one of those sudden epiphanies that, oftentimes, mess up the flow of the story. Instead, their development was well paced and believable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The one major qualm I had with this novel was the nature of Sam and Fannie's love story. I thought Sam's mental declaration of love for Fannie was too sudden , too soon, and most definitely unwarranted. At the beginning, it seemed Sam only fell for Fannie because she was beautiful and was noticeably different due to her dress. Sam made assertions about her character that I found hard to believe taking into account the short amount of time he'd known her. However, as the story continued, I found I could overlook this aspect of the story because I enjoyed every one of the author's supporting and minor characters. They were all round and very fleshed out.
Overall, this was a lovely story about forgiveness, faith, and love. Though, I would say it is most heavy on faith since this is a Christian historical fiction novel. I enjoyed the historical detail, and I really appreciated the fact that the author didn't get so detailed with it that the story would be overshadowed. None of the character voices sounded out of place given the historical 1800 setting either. I would recommend this book to readers looking for a historical novel laced with plenty of theological references and Christian themes.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted October 12, 2011
Biblically Sound and Written Well
I really wanted to like this book. But every once an awhile there's a book and you really want to like it, you want to be swept into the story, but it just doesn't happen. And I guess this was just one of those times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The writing was strong the whole way through, and I loved how the Biblical truths were expressed. That was all done very well.
But I must say that I had a hard time with the main characters and the plot. They just didn't engage me. Sometimes I was more interested in the side characters who made brief showings than the main characters. But keep in mind that this is only my personal opinion, and I know some other people who loved this book.
The progression of the romance throughout this book baffled me. At one end of the spectrum I didn't know why they were put together, and on the other end I didn't know what made them so 'unsuitable' to begin with.
Overall I found this book perplexing, though well-written, and Biblically sound. 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.
Posted September 16, 2011
An enjoyable read
Last week my family went on a short vacation and, as usual, we had way way too much stuff to take along. To try to lighten the load, I decided not to bring along a book that I was almost finished reading, called A Most Unsuitable Match. About 6 hours into our trip, I was really sad that I'd made the decision to leave my new book behind, as I was anxious to find out what happened to the characters!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When we got home from our trip, I quickly picked up my book and finished it! I thought A Most Unsuitable Match was a really enjoyable book. It's full of romance and mystery and adventure on the frontier. It's a great story of forgiveness and love and faith as well. I thought that all of the characters, Fannie, Samuel and all of the secondary characters were well-written. The story moves along quickly and has a very satisfying conclusion. I'm hoping to see some of the characters featured again in future books by the author, Stephanie Grace Whitson, and I will definitely be looking out for other books that she writes!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was under no obligation to post a positive review, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
Posted September 15, 2011
Fannie Rousseau has just lost her mother and is struggling to keep her family's estate in good condition. When she discovers a long held family secrets that no one is willing to talk about, she boards a steamboat traveling along the Missouri River in hopes of discovering the truth for herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Samuel Beck is also on a quest for family. . .but his is to reconcile a mistake he made long ago. Yet left penniless and knowing he needs passage aboard a steamboat traveling along the Missouri, he takes a job as freighter to help pay his wages. There, he meets the beautiful Miss Rousseau.
As Fannie and Samuel grow closer, their obvious differences don't stop sparks from forming. But is it possible that they are truly a most unsuitable match?
A Most Unsuitable Match has a great many elements in it that make for a good story. The beginning starts off very slow, almost bogged down with more narration than immediate scenes, but once the story picks it up it holds the reader engaged and highly entertained.
While I enjoyed Stephanie Grace Whitson's previous novel far more than this one, I still truly enjoyed A Most Unsuitable Match.
As always, Stephanie Grace Whitson fills her stories with such wonderful historical detail and accuracy. I enjoyed learning about the steamboats along the Missouri River, and even learning more about the early territory of Montana.
The message in this book is one of the best I think I've read in a long a time. While we've seen a great many stories on bookstore shelves that deal with broken prostitutes in search of redemption from their previous life as society's outcasts, Stephanie Grace Whitson brings something unique to this story by approaching it from the perspective of those broken women's families.
While the ending seemed a little rushed, and the epilogue didn't quite make sense in the beginning, overall, it's still a good story.
Fans of historical fiction will definitely love A Most Unsuitable Match.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 11, 2011
Fannie set the swing in motion again. "What's it like, Minette?" she asked after a few minutes. "What's what like?" Fannie nudged her friend's shoulder. "Love." Minette didn't answer for a moment. Finally, she said, "It's like hearing an echo. As if I've been calling for something for all of my life without realizing it...and at last someone answered back. And what he said filled part of me I didn't even know was empty." Fanny Rousseau is busy trying to understand her life. While her best friend Minette is preparing for marriage, Fanny is dealing with the loss of her parents and the realization that her secure world is crumbling down around her. Bills are piling up and she is unprepared for dealing with life alone. Then she discovers part of a family secret and determining to make sense of it, embarks on an exciting adventure like she never imagined. In the process she discovers her inner strengths and draws closer to God as she learns to reconcile with her past. And somewhere along the line she also falls in love.... I thoroughly enjoyed this latest offering from Ms. Whitson. The characters were realistic and believable; the plot was exciting and compelling. This book supplied a satisfying love story while also giving the reader a chance to open her heart to hear some important truths from God. I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for this review. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2011
Love can be found where you least expect it!
Fannie Rousseau has been brought up the way most young lady's have in the late 1800's, that running a household and dealing with business and finance are for the men to deal with. So when her mother passes away, Fannie learns that instead of being left with enough money to get by, her father's business has failed and she is left almost penniless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When she discusses her options with Mr. Vandekamp who has been handling her families finances, his options are selling enough of her families jewels to get her by until next year where he hopes she can find a suitable man to marry. Yet that is NOT what Fannie wants.
She finds some old letters in her mother's room that shows that she has an Aunt she has never met and wants to find her. The problem is she isn't exactly sure just where she is. So she takes a steamboat to Fort Benton along with her maid, Hannah, to where the last known address shows Edie LeClerc was. Along the way she meets Samuel Beck who is working on the ship as part of the crew and soon she finds there is more to Mr. Beck than meets the eye.
I received this book, A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Wilson, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I found the character of Fannie Rousseau to be a believable one who doesn't want what others think is best for her but instead is willing to step out in faith to where her heart is calling her, whether finding Edie or finding love where you least expect it. This one rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Posted December 26, 2011
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