Thursday, April 11, 2013

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

From the publisher: "Lucy Kendall always assumed she'd help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes. 

St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?"

This was a unique book. The rivalry of two candy companies might not seem ruthless but it definitely could be.  Mitchell wrote a story that captures the time period's emotions and feelings very well.  It was also easy to picture St. Louis and the city's candy factories.  

Both Lucy and Charlie were fun characters to read.  Lucy got a little annoying, however I think the author did it to show how ridiculous she got with her single-mindedness.  The reader could relate to the struggles of Lucy and Charlie as they deal with family expectations  their own dreams, and learning about forgiveness and truth.

Mitchell talked about the character's need for God and it seemed as if this was going to be further developed but it wasn't.  I wish this had been brought out more fully.

I am looking forward to reading  more by Siri Mitchell.

I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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