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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    Fun Read

    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.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    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!

    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.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Enjoyable Novel

    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.
    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.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Satisfying Read

    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.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    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.

    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!

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