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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Most Unsuitable Match

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Most Unsuitable Match
Bethany House; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
Stephanie Grace Whitson


A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls "playing with imaginary friends" (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie's fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year.

Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women's history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.


An unlikely attraction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat journey up the Missouri River to Montana...

She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. He is a preacher living under a sense of duty and obligation to love the unlovable people in the world. She isn't letting anything deter her from solving a family mystery that surfaced after her mother's death. He is on a mission to reach the rejects of society in the remote wilderness regions of Montana. Miss Fannie Rousseau and Reverend Samuel Beck are opposites in every way... except in how they both keep wondering if their paths will ever cross again.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Most Unsuitable Match, go HERE.

My Review:

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, 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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