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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208810
  • ASIN: B005X4AFVC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Stephanie Grace Whitson has made a career out of playing with imaginary friends, and it all started in an abandoned pioneer cemetery. This one's graves are scattered on a tiny corner of land near where the Whitson family lived in the 1990s. That cemetery provided not only a hands-on history lesson for Stephanie's four home schooled children but also a topic of personal study as she began to read about and be encouraged by the pioneer women who settled the American West. Since writing had always been a favorite hobby, it was only natural for her to begin jotting down scenes in the life of a nameless woman crossing Nebraska on the Oregon Trail. Eventually that story took on a life of its own and Stephanie sent off a query letter--expecting instant rejection.

God had a different plan. He blessed Stephanie's beginnings, putting two of her three first books on the ECPA best-seller list and making two of her first nine books finalists for the Christy Award. More recently (in 2012) she received Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance. In addition to writing (she has authored more than two dozen books), Stephanie loves antique quilts and pioneer women's history and riding her Honda Magna motorcycle named Kitty. A lifelong student, she earned her Master of Arts degree in history in 2012.

"The flip side of writing," Stephanie says, "is being asked to teach writing and/or speak at various church and community events." She has developed a menu of lectures and workshops that "provide opportunities for me to travel and get to know not only other writers and history lovers, but also students and quilters. I love sequestering myself in a library to do research, but the speaking part of my career has provided some unique and wonderful memories."

And then there's Kitty, the Honda Magna. "In some ways I'm 60," she says, "in others I'm probably about 26. It all depends on the day." On days when her virtual age leans toward the younger side of that equation, she's been known to wake up in the morning and decide to ride Kitty to Canada. And then she comes home and descends to "the catacombs" (the basement office in her Victorian-era house) and heads back into the past to play with more imaginary friends.

Customer Reviews

The characters, the story, Whitson's style -- it's all fantastic!
Ashley Taylor
I was a bit disappointed though, towards the end of the book things seemed to slow down and start to drag on a bit.
Valerie
Highly recommend this book as well as her others to those who enjoy a good historical story.
Cathryn J. Allen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie VINE VOICE on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have yet to read any of Stephanie Grace Whitson's contemporary novels, but I have always been pleasantly surprised after reading one of her historicals.

A Most Unsuitable Match was no exception. I was immediately drawn to the characters, and really loved Hannah and Lamar. Even Stephanie's less important characters never feel insignificant, like Minette (and her echo) and Mrs. Tatum's compassion. Each one adds depth and purpose, as well as the Scripture she effortlessly weaves into the story.

I must say that the burglary scene was unexpected. I was quite sure something more sinister was afoot... apparently not. I was also pretty sure I knew who Edie was.

Although that part of the plot may sound predictable, the rest of the story was not. Combine steamboating, a young blind boy, Indians, a rich, spoiled girl learning how to sweep, a handsome French doctor, and you've got all of the right ingredients to keep me up until 1:00 am to finish A Most Unsuitable Match!

*ETA: Oh yes! I loved the cover, too!* :-)

*I was provided a free review copy from Bethany House, through CFBA. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Taylor on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
"A Most Unsuitable Match" is quite possibly the sweetest story I've ever read. Stephanie Grace Whitson writes with a delicate, graceful hand that hints at perfect innocence. What's most amazing about this is that the setting is exactly the opposite.

Living in the 1860s, each character walks through a life singed by disappointment and abandonment. Heiress Fannie Rousseau loses everything and leaves home to search for her estranged aunt. Samuel Beck leaves behind an abusive father to find his sister in the northern territories. Lamar Davis is a former slave with no means of learning about his kin. Through loss and brushes with death -- and with a surprisingly unexpected cast of characters surrounding them -- this unlikely trio finds the family they seek in the company of each other (and God).

I'm most impressed by Whitson's ability to take very delicate matters -- death and immorality, mainly -- and treat them with elegance. For instance, she paints a clear picture of the Montana brothel scene without making the reader "feel" too worldly. Also, I appreciate Whitson's expository talent in revealing things about the characters through dialogue and other creative means. As a writer, I found much to learn in reading her perfectly crafted style.

I absolutely adore "A Most Unsuitable Match." The characters, the story, Whitson's style -- it's all fantastic! A love story built around the providence of God, I recommend this book to anyone who picks it up! It's a fast, easy read that tickles your soul with joy.

In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy of this book free of charge from Bethany House.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Looby VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I could not get into this book. I have a rule that when I pick up a book for review I give it at least 5 chapter or 100 pages, whichever comes first, before I decide if I like it or not. I can't even get that far with this book. I've been trying for about 2 weeks now to try to read it and I just can't. It's completely boring and as much as I don't like writing negative reviews...I have to.

There isn't anything to grab your attention and it really isn't an inventive story line either. I wish I could have gotten into it, but it's just not gonna happen, I don't think.

I received a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was only required to be honest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Kelly on September 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson, which I reviewed for Bethany House, is an uneven book. It starts off really awful. I found the main character Fannie unlikeable, but fell in love with her maid Hannah right away. Throughout the book the side characters are much more interesting and likeable than the leads. About half way through, the book becomes interesting with the introduction of the Doctor, but that is all ruined by the end, which is sloppy and hurried along. The book has all the making of a great novel, but it is as if the author had the story in her head, and just forgot to tell it to the reader, down to the details. I wanted to like it, but I did not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
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I've enjoyed almost all of Stephanie Grace Whitson's historical fiction novels simply because of her writing. She is able to draw the reader into the story and write about characters who you care for. This novel is no different as we meet two very different people who find themselves drawn together in unusual circumstances.

Samuel is an overall good guy with a good heart. I enjoyed reading about his adventures throughout the story and was a bit saddened at what happened near the end. I have to disagree a bit with the summary description of Fannie. It says that she is self-centered. I would call her highly sheltered and pampered. There's a difference. It's not that she thinks of herself and not others. It's more like she's been raised to have others fend for her instead of doing the things herself. However as it's evident throughout the book, Fannie does have a good heart and wants to help out even though she may not know how to actually do it. The mystery of her family is quite interesting and I enjoyed her search to find out the truth.

I only had one small qualm about the story. It felt like every time I turned around, Fannie had fainted. Nowhere in the story is it explained that she has an illness or a condition that causes her to faint. Therefore I can only assume that the fainting spells are being used as a romantic device because Fannie tends to wake up near a man's arms when it happens.

Call me strange but other than social class standing, I really don't understand why a match between Fannie and Sam would be an unsuitable match. He seems like a good guy and the type of man that she needs in her life. Another thing I was confused about is the epilogue. I don't understand who the first part of the epilogue is referring to and I feel like I'm slow for not catching on immediately. Perhaps someone else who has read it can explain it to me. Still, it's an enjoyable book and a nice light read.
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