Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Format: Paperback - 384 pages / Kindle - 777 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours.
Charlie Clarke’s new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he’s never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She’s making his work life miserable…and making herself impossible for him to forget.
My Book Review:
Lucy Kendall returns home to St. Louis from a grand European tour with a collection of candies that she hopes will create new candy ideas that will save City Confections, her family's struggling candy business. But her hopes are dashed when she is told that her father has suffered a heart attack, and her Mother has decided to sell the business because of the competition from a rival candy business. But Lucy isn't willing to give up, she comes up with a plan to create a new candy that she hopes will revive the sales for her family's candy business.
Charlie Clarke is summoned to St. Louis by his estranged father who had left his mother and family when Charlie was seven years old. His father has built an empire with Standard Manufacturing, the largest candy factory in St. Louis, and he wants to pass the company onto his son. This factory used to be owned by Lucy's father, but he had lost the factory as well as a recipe for Royal Taffy to Charlie's father. Charlie wants to get his father's approval, he is determined to help is father dominate the candy industry.
When Lucy and Charlie meet there is a mutual attraction, but can a relationship develop and survive when their families are rival candy makers?
In Unrivaled, author Siri Mitchel weaves an entertaining historical romance tale written in the first person narrative with alternating points of view by Lucy and Charlie, who transports the reader back to the turn of the century (early 1900s) St. Louis with a rousing story of family rivalry, love and confectionery sweets. In this captivating story, both young people want nothing more than to help their family's businesses. They are filled with dreams and schemes of building their respective businesses while having a mutual attraction, but as their rivalry escalates and they try to top each other's efforts, eventually someone will need to fold.
The author's attention to historical detail is richly described and offers fascinating insight into the turn of the century early 1900s St. Louis society, and the candy making process and industry. The storyline is filled with a mixture of humor and drama. Lucy and Charlie are both strong-willed but likable characters, who are rivals in the candy business, while also fighting a mutual personal attraction. Their schemes to outdo the other's candy company often create humorous situations. I thought that Lucy's behavior and actions to be exasperating. She becomes so focused on achieving her goals, that she is blinded to the impacts her actions have on others, but as the story unfolds she exhibits an inner growth. Charlie is more open-minded and empathetic than Lucy, but he has his own inner struggles with forgiveness and pride. Despite a slightly tainted criminal past, Charlie desires love, genuineness and fairness. The reader can't help but get drawn as Lucy and Charlie's story unfolds.
With a storyline that wraps itself around a tapestry of society functions, candy making, and business battles; the messages of love, truth, and forgiveness comes shining through and makes Unrivaled a thoroughly enjoyable read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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