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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review of A Most Unsuitable Match

A Most Unsuitable Match
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Bethany House 2011
ISBN 9780764208812

   Miss Fannie Rousseau is traveling out west with her long time companion and friend in search of an aunt that she never knew she had. Fannie is left alone after the death of her mother and father to find that the wealth she assumed they had, may no longer be too impressive.
   Samuel Beck is on a mission to make amends with his younger sister for wrongs that he feels he did to her. He is headed on a steamboat to Montana with just himself and his mother's bible to keep him company. Fannie and Samuel find themselves on the same ship and discover an attraction developing over the long journey. A very unlikely attraction. They are opposites in every way.
   The book starts out in the year 1869 and covers the years through 1874. Fannie is a spoiled and privileged young woman who has no clue about being on her own. Why should she? She has always been provided for. She is a bit self-centered and generally wants things her own way. She does, however, discover that we don't always get what we want. She becomes determined to make her way and she becomes more endearing in my eyes. Samuel is a kind and caring man who is determined to watch out for Fannie and make sure no harm comes to her.
   This is a lovely Christian story that makes clear, that no matter what you believe, none of us is promised a life without pain and sorrow. Both of our main characters grow throughout the story and develop a keener understanding about what life is about. Of the two, Fannie does more growing with a deeper knowledge of how to live in this world. Samuel has his own hardships to face. He finds out what it is like to grow stronger in his relationship with the Lord. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Christian fiction or anyone who just loves a good, clean love story.
   I wish to thank Bethany House for providing me with a copy of the book for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.

I give A Most Unsuitable Match 4 out of 5 stars

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