Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What I Read Wednesday: A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

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From the Cover:
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?

Andrea's Take:
This book is my introduction to Stephanie Grace Whitson, and let me say she made a lovely first impression. A Most Unsuitable Match is an engaging story with plenty of surprising twists to keep the reader guessing. I stayed up long past bedtime, and got almost nothing done the next day because I didn’t want to put it down. 

Fannie Rousseau and Samuel Beck head up a delightful cast of characters. As they strive to reach their separate goals, both find faith and struggle to keep it alive in the face of painful revelations and trials. Friends they find—and lose—along the way point them toward God and each other. The ending is wonderful, and I love the epilogue.

Something I found truly delightful was the cover.  Before I read the book, I thought it was simply a nice picture of two people standing on the deck of a ship. After I read the book I recognized that the cover designers went to some trouble to outfit the models quite accurately according to the details of the story. I know Mrs. Whitson probably didn’t design the cover, but I thought it worth mentioning anyway.

I found A Most Unsuitable Match to be a lovely story wrapped up in a lovely package. It was worth the loss of sleep and buildup of housework it cost me to finish it quickly. I’ll start keeping my eye out for Stephanie Grace Whitson’s work in the future.

I received my copy of A Most Unsuitable Match free from the publisher for review purposes.  I was not compensated, and all opinions are my honest personal impressions.

A Most Unsuitable Match will be on the list of books for my big giveaway in October. Don't miss it!

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