Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Most Unsuitable Match



Miss Fannie Rosseau 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:

In a word. Rich. In detail, in language, in characterization, in the layers upon layers of plot. All that wealth of richness combine to make A Most Unsuitable Match a decadent read!

Whitson already had a solid plot for a best-selling story, but she went deeper, bringing characters and situations to life in such an amazing manner. I wasn't just reading about Sam and Fannie, I was experiencing every single moment with them. And their story took me on such a surprising journey. I had no idea that the Missouri River was a viable route to the west or that Montana had a gold rush or that steamboats traveled along that river.

And Whitson penned it all with a passion that pulled at my heart and made this a very emotional read. In fact there were way too many times that my anguish fueled a reader's lament. I would shake my fist at the closed book and cry, "As God is my witness, I will not read another word, Stephanie Grace Whitson!" Of course I did. (I'm such a drama queen when it comes to books!)

I don't think I have ever read a more profoundly touching account of one man's developing testimony. It is intrinsically woven into the very fiber of the story but without dominating it. As he grows so does the reader and both come to the same realization at about the same time: resiliency comes from placing your trust in the Savior above all else.

And don't be fooled by the title. You might think this is the story of two people who appear  to have nothing in common and therefore would make A Most Unsuitable Match. But once again, Whitson goes deeper and readers will discover that the unsuitable match also refers to the fact that we often don't see ourselves the way God sees us and because of that, we think we're an unsuitable match for Him. Talk about profound. You could hold a whole book club discussion on just that one topic! But you won't have to limit yourself -- there is so much action and drama and romance along with endearing characters that you'll want to talk about A Most Unsuitable Match long after you've finished the compelling story. A definite must read for every TBR shelf!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you email, please put the title of the book in the subject line. Draw will be held on Sunday August 14. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Wow, Kav! Your review is beautiful and very meaningful. :) This sounds like a fabulous book!

    I would love a chance to read it, too! Thank you! :)



  2. I also would love a chance to win this one, I love this author, and have not read anything from her in a long time. Thanks for the drawings


  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  4. Hey Betsy, glad the blogger tip worked. This is my first Whitson book, but it won't be my last. Good luck!

    Rebecca, consider yourself in the draw.

  5. From the sounds of it, Samuel and Fannie are pretty wonderful characters. I hope their relationship is only beginning. Already I am curious as to what Fannie's family secret is and what haunts Samuel. The setting is somewhat unique to me, the experience of traveling via steamboat sounds both fun and scary. Thank you for the review Kav! As usual I have another book to add to my reading list.


  6. Wow, you've done it again... a great review and another book I have to read! I love historical romance that really touches not just my heart but my soul. Please include me, Kav. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  7. Good luck Merry and Na. This is definitely a book you'll enjoy.

  8. I'd love to win this book! Please enter me. Great review, makes me want to read it. :) I've read one of her books and really enjoyed it. Thanks


    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  9. Consider yourself entered, Cathy!

  10. Wonderful review, Kav. You've just made this one into a must read. :)

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  11. Wow, I popped over to Amazon to check this book out. And from the back cover blurb, I likely wouldn't have picked it up. But your review makes it sound too irresistible to passby!

  12. This looks like a fun book for my book club to read. I would love to win. clairjuly at yahoo dot com

  13. Thnaks Michelle. I think this is your kind of book!

    Sandra -- I know -- the cover blurb is so bare bones it doesn't quite sell the depth of the story!

    Clair -- this would be an awesome read for a book club -- so much to talk about. The characterizations are incredible and the inspirational'll be talking all night!