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Most Unsuitable Match, A Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2011
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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.
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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.*
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.
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.
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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A very well written book. I love the different characters perspectives. Suspenseful and entertainingPublished 24 days ago by Momma D
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