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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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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208810
  • ASIN: B005X4AFVC
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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From beginning to end, the story never loses interest. The characters and scenes and plots all come together to keep you involved all the time. And best of all, you see God and His love on many pages, and always in essence. The life lessons given are priceless, and so useful and true. It is hard to see how anyone could read this book and not realize God's love and forgiveness.
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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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