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A Most Unsuitable Match

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  965 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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 solvin
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 12th 2011)
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Alice
This was a lovely story. I don't read many stories set in this era, but when I do read them I always end up enjoying them. This was my first Stephanie Grace Whitson and I really enjoyed her style! It wasn't very fast, but was easy-going, full of plot, and had some deep themes. Very interesting and quite delightful!
This book hosts a wide variety of characters of all different social classes and situations. I found that I (and a few other people I've discussed the book with as well) related bette
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Sara ♥
I was going to give this 2 stars, as it was just "okay" in my book, but I felt bad about it... So I'm giving it 3, on account of the great message...

But mostly? Meh. The characters were meh. The relationship was meh. To me, it read more like a random string of events than a well-thought-out story. The hero and heroine fall in love, but I didn't sense any chemistry between them, so it was almost like, "Oh.. they should probably fall in love since the back cover suggests it! I'll just throw that r
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Melanie
A Most Unsuitable Match
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Published by Bethany House
Source: Review Copy

Miss Fannie Rousseau, wealthy and privileged, has just buried her mother, just three years after her father. All that remains is faithful Nanny and friend Hannah and the letters that Fannie uncovers in her mother’s bureau indicating that her mother had a twin sister named Edith. Fannie had never heard of Aunt Edith, and only from the letters gets a sense of what she may have been like.

Mr. Vandekamp had al
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Cindy
A Most Unsuitable Match was a most delightful story. I enjoyed this book so much, while sweet Miss Fannie often made me want to shake some sense into her sometimes, other times she shone with courage. A daughter of a well to do family, that seemed a bit short on love Fannie was grieved when her mother and father passed away within three years of each other. After a burglar breaks in, trying to steal jewels, upon the advise of others, Fannie goes through her mother's room to find all the valuable ...more
Faye
I really wanted to like this book. But every once an awhile there's a book and you really want to like it, you want to be swept into the story, but it just doesn't happen. And I guess this was just one of those times.




The writing was strong the whole way through, and I loved how the Biblical truths were expressed. That was all done very well.




But I must say that I had a hard time with the main characters and the plot. They just didn't engage me. Sometimes I was more interested in the side charac
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Margaret
I started enjoying the creative writing of Stephanie Grace Whitson through her contemporary novels and this is the first of her Christian Historical Fiction novels that I have read in full. I loved almost every bit of it. The characters brought me in from the very beginning and kept me interested through out. I was startled by the ending as it seemed rather abrupt and the beginning of the epilogue seems to be missing something. Yet otherwise it was an enjoyable read.

While the social class and as
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Salyna
A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Whitson was a good read. I liked the characters and I thought the situations they were in were very realistic for the time period and the setting of the book. The character Samuel Beck’s faith and love for God is so encouraging and optimistic. Sometimes I realize that I don't just have to be at church to learn new things or to hear a good message. I can get them at home just by taking some time out of my day to sit and read.

The only thing I didn't like about
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Salena Stormo
A Most Unsuitable Match grabbed my attention from the beginning and wouldn't let go. Stephanie created a cast of characters you won't soon forget.

Fannie has lost her father and now her mother has passed away too, leaving her with financial burdens and the prospects of loosing her home in St Louis before the winter is over. While going through some of her mother's things she comes across a picture and letters from her Aunt (her mother's twin sister, whom Fannie never knew about). Uncovering this
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Charity U
It was really awesome! Stephanie Grace Whitson is one of my favorite authors. I loved this book and highly recommend it! And I love the cover too.
Jane
This was an easy read, but I enjoyed it much more than the last book I had read by the same author. In the late 1800's a young woman in St. Louis loses both her parents and discovers that she had an aunt that her mother had kept secret from her. Against advice she sets out for Montana to find that woman. She faces sorrows but meets many interesting people on the way and once she reaches Fort Benton. This is a book about faith and is a romance. The author had apparently suffered a hardship that l ...more
Renee
This summer has been the year for great historical reads and last summer was a great time to be a reader too. I enjoyed Stephanie Grace Whitson's 2010 release, Sixteen Brides however this book left a lot to be desired. From the back cover copy and all of the reviews I had read I was expecting a lot of drama and a great plot but the first half of the story seemed like it wasn't going anywhere. The setting of the story is definitely interesting and a bit different from the usual western fare of co ...more
Laura
A Most Unsuitable Match by author Stephanie Grace Whitson, captured my attention from the very first line. It was hard to put down after that.

Miss Fannie Rousseau is young, impulsive, spoiled, and unfortunately all alone in the world, save for her maid, Hannah. After the death of her mother, she finds some mysterious letters from an aunt she never knew existed. Determined to find her only living relative, she sets off for the wilds of Montana.

Mr. Samuel Beck is also on a mission, to find his mis
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Carly
The last book by Stephanie Grace Whitson that I have read was A Claim of Her Own, and I loved it! I instantly became a fan of her writing style and her storytelling. I was really happy to finally get a chance to read another book by Stephanie.

A Most Unsuitable Match was a very different reading experienc than A Claim of Her Own, which is a good thing. I appreciate an author who can write stories that are distinct from one to another. The summary on the back cover really did not do the book just
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Tara Bentley
As I traveled last week to Houston I carried along my latest book for review, A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson. The perfect summer read!

“She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. And yet, she’s ventured on board a steamboat headed for remote Fort Benton, Montana, in search of her only living relative. He is on board the steamboat headed for Fort Benton in search of his runaway sister. She isn’t letting anythin
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Holly Renee
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
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Kathryn
A little slow on the inset, but after the setting was outlined, the real plot thickens and it was worth the wait.

Miss Fannie Rousseau is a pampered princess, but all that hits the fan when first her father dies and then her emotionally detached mother dies leaving her with an estate that is falling apart and in financial straights. If that was all, maybe there wouldn't be a great story. This is when a robbery sparks Fannie to uncover some hidden letters and an amethyst ring in her mother's dres
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Amanda
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended? Yes

I was super excited when I got this book in the mail. It's got a beautiful cover, a catchy title, and an interesting premise. The beginning was a little slow for my taste, but the author set up an intriguing mystery, so I quickly kept reading. The novel is really about the two main characters, Fannie and Sam, moving forward in their lives after certain experiences in the past. It was interesting to see parallels in character development as the story progressed. B
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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
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Regina Spiker
It's 1869 and eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau has just lost her mother - and her father, just three years earlier. Fannie's small, privileged world has come crashing down on her until she discovers that she has an aunt, possibly living out west, that she has never met. Bravely hopping a steamboat with her beloved Hannah, up the Missouri, Fannie sets off in hopes of meeting her mother's twin sister, Edie. Along the way a quiet, young man named Samuel Beck and his friend Lamar extend their help, ...more
Louise
Story Description:

Miss Fannie Rousseau is a young woman of privilege traveling west to uncover the truth behind a family secret.

Mr. Samuel Beck is on a mission to atone for past failures that still haunt him.

Their meeting aboard a steamboat to Montana sparks an unlikely attraction. They are opposites in every way... except in how neither one can stop thinking about the other.

Will the end of the journey bring the end of their relationship, or is it just the beginning?

My Review:

The story opens in
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Wanda
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 Min
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Sarah McC
First off, it’s been several weeks since I actually read this, so I am sorry that I can’t remember everyone’s names…

This book beautifully illustrates everything I hate about pseudo-Christian chick lit. The entire book was a slow-motion train wreck. The characters were stiff and wooden and made completely unrealistic decisions. The heroine was self-centered, stupid, and soulless. The heroes (because yes, there were two, involving the dreaded and pointless love-interest triangle) were overly stere
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Nora St Laurent
Miss Fannie Rousseau’s world crumbles after her mother dies suddenly. Hannah, her loyal hand maiden whose been more of a mother to her than her real mom, tries to comfort Fannie. Minnitte, her dearest friend, is blind, engaged to be married, and is busy planning a wedding. Fannie didn’t know where to turn.

Miss Fannie seeks the council of Mr. Van de Kamp, who has run their family finances for years; only thing he can tell her is to get married. She needed help trying to navigate the financial mes
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Dusty Bibliophile
Jul 07, 2014 Dusty Bibliophile marked it as abandoned
A most unsuitable match, indeed. I grabbed this audio book while perusing the shelves at my local library. The brief blurb on the back cover seemed intriguing enough since it can be interesting to watch two dissimilar personalities collide.

Unfortunately, I missed the little flower icon on the cover. It wasn't until I put the CD in the player and the publishing info came forth that I realized that the book I selected was inspirational. Well, "I'll give it a chance," I thought. Inspirational isn't
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Melanie
Fannie Rousseau is the unlikely heroine from A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson. Not unlikely because of her status, as Fannie happens to live in the largest house in her town. Instead, she becomes a heroine despite all of that. You see, she was never encouraged to participate in any of the activities that would have prepared her for life on her own, and she is forced to quickly figure them out because of the deaths of both her parents in short succession of each other. Having n ...more
Victoria
Fannie has grown up in a wealthy home and practically raised by the house servant. She hadn't had a good relationship with her mom, though she tried. She was very close to her friend and neighbor who is blind. When her mother dies, she finds out her mom had a twin sister. With no one else in her family, she sets out to find this aunt. In the beginning of her journey she meets a kind man named Samuel who is willing to help her. He is always reading his mother's Bible which sparks an interest in F ...more
Kim
I would have given this book a 4 star rating. I actually enjoyed the book a lot. Nice easy story. The ending was so sudden. I felt like I had followed these characters from St Charles to Montana territory and back and then suddenly the story was over without any closure to most of the characters...
Janna
I have read so many historical romances that I wonder sometimes if any authors can produce a truly fresh story anymore... yes, they can. I really enjoyed this book because it just had such a fresh spin on things. Fannie is a spoiled young lady (read as privileged, not a brat) that is having her world turned upsidedown and is having to discover a new path for herself. Her journey is punctuated by a varying assortment of colorful characters - good and bad - and I never knew who was safe and who wa ...more
Anne
The story line was well thought-out, complex, with a few surprising twists and turns, but the drama was missing. It had great potential but failed to live up to it. The characters were not fully developed and neither were the relationships.
Lieniitte
Definitely not what I expected! I don't know why, but to me the character didn't seem self-centered at all, like the description says. I talked about this with another person who also read this book and she didn't think so either. Though this might be because we listened to the audio version and the narrator is great. She puts emotion into a story very successfully and maybe it was her reading that didn't make Fannie sound self-centered.

The description really was a bit misleading, as it's not a
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 09:18AM  
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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, Stephan ...more
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