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Unrivaled: a novel Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager--a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy's skin.
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.
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Not more in a bad way, like there are so many unanswered questions and mysteries still to be solved. No, you just want a little more. One more chapter, one more page, even one more paragraph. Just a little more so the story won't end.
Her stories and characters are always multifaceted and complex. I am usually amazed at how the plot twists and turns. Where I would have thought it to go one way, the author totally surprises me and takes me on a journey that was even better than I would have imagined. Her writing is superb in this way. At the heart of this story is realizing that none of us are good enough, none of us should measure ourselves to others' standards, or even against who we've been or who we `could be.'
We are all "less than." We all have hidden wickedness in our hearts.
None of us can accurately gauge ourselves and our actions. Only one can, and He is a fair and true judge. It's not about us and who we are and what we can do, it's all about Him. What He's done and who He is..... and for that I am truly thankful.
Bethany House sent me the above books for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.
The point of view switches back and forth between Lucy and Charlie, with first person writing (which I love because it puts you RIGHT THERE in the characters heads). I really enjoyed the interaction between Lucy and Charlie. It's obvious they "click", they just kind of fit together, but the long standing feud between their fathers' rival candy companies inevitably pits them again each other. They frustrate each other to no end, especially when it becomes apparent that neither is afraid to play dirty (often with amusing results) in their quest to disrupt the others candy business.
I really liked Lucy's personality...some of the thoughts that run through her head seem more fitting for a girl of today, rather than early 20th century, but not in a bad way at all. I actually really liked this as it made her very easy to relate to and sympathize with. She gets put into some humorously strange situations, and it's quite fun to watch how she reacts.
The time period is a good one; I really enjoyed "visiting" an era so full of progress and change. Automobiles are coming into popularity, mixing with horses and buggies on the streets. The telephone is available and used at many businesses, yet it's still "new" enough that many people have never used one. (Charlie's first encounter with a phone is seen, which is interesting and humorous at the same time.) Advertising is only by word-of-mouth or printed posters, and defacing or covering up a rival's poster is considered fair game.
As the story progressed and the rivalry between Lucy and Charlie escalated, the stakes got larger than I ever imagined possible.Read more ›
Unrivaled is the story of Lucy, a candy maker's daughter, who comes home from England ready to create a candy that will blow all other candies away and save her family's business. There's just one problem - their rivals, Royal Taffy, are out to blow their candy shop out of business. With her father sick, Lucy must find a way to save the business without him. In steps Charlie, a handsome new man in town. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Charlie now finds his father wanting him to help him in his thriving business - Royal Taffy. Seeking his father's love, Charlie agrees to do anything in order to help his father's business. Even helping to sabotage the beautiful Lucy's family shop.
Will Lucy and Charlie ever learn to get along? Or will their differences keep them distant from each other? Pick up this sweet tale to find out what happens between these two young people who only want to help their father's succeed.
Reading about candy definitely made my mouth water! I suggest picking up some candy to read along with this book. I definitely enjoyed this book very much. The characters became real to me as I entered their world and I was sucked into the story. I enjoyed learning about the process of creating candy and seeing the rivalry between two different candy businesses. This book is another great read from a great author!
I received a free ecopy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
The story is told in two, first-person narratives, alternating between Lucy and Charlie. This is not my personal preference for romance novels, but Ms. Mitchell did a good job at keeping each voice distinct. Both the hero and heroine are very young, and at times, immature, especially the heroine. I rooted for Lucy in the beginning since she was the underdog in the candy war. However, I grew rather weary of her vilifying Charlie when her actions were more underhanded than his. It also frustrated me that even when she had pangs of guilt over her actions, it led to no real change. Her stunts continued and even worsened as her desperation grew. Thankfully, in the end she found a bit of maturity and began leaning on God instead of herself.
Charlie, on the other hand, was a hero I came to admire. He had a few habits that made me cringe, but they fit his upbringing so I could overlook them. He was truly torn between the two people he cared about the most, yet somehow he found a way to conduct himself with honor even when those around him were not.
As always, Siri Mitchell's historical research is impeccable and lends wonderful details to her story. Readers who enjoy leisurely tales with a slice of Americana will enjoy the delicious treat of Unrivaled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Siri Mitchell has done it again! Engaging characters, compelling story, and beautiful prose that will hold your attention to the last page.Published 4 months ago by Mom of Five
I just couldn't really get into it it was cute but just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was because I was really busy around the house and couldn't focus on it I like her other... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lucy's dad owns & operates a candy factory. Everybody loves his candy so he went into business with Mr Clark to expand & sell to an expanding territory. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ginny
I loved this book! It was the first I've read by Siri Mitchell, but I'll definitely read more by her when given the chance. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jennifer M. Smith
I loved the book so much I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there watching the whole thing unfold.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Siri Mitchell is one of my favorite authors. I prefer her contemporary novels, personally (Kissing Adrien and the Cubicle Next Door are personal faves), but she is starting to win... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rachel E. Dewey
How can I explain this story? It's a love story. It's a story bout candy. It's a story of rival families who made candy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Hagberg
Great characters and well fleshed out. I cried when Lucy cried. Good story line. It's an in the story totally a part of the story. Loved every minute of it.Published 17 months ago by Deborah C. Graham