Book Review: Unrivaled by: Siri Mitchell…

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?

My Thoughts:

When Lucy returns from her European trip with her aunt and uncle, though her mom really wanted to be the one to take her, she discovers her dad is ill in bed and she starts on her quest to terrorize Royal Taffy AND find a new recipe to save her dad’s company.  That is when all the fun begins. There is candy swapping, advertising poster problems, and a spy. 

I was really hoping to like Lucy since that is my nick name but: Lucy was all about her and what she wanted and couldn’t see past her own wants. She was very immature. She stooped to doing childish things to try and get her competitor down. I found her to be conniving.

I didn’t trust Lucy’s mom or Charlie’s dad from the get go. Apparently Lucy’s dad, who had a heart attack and was actually a very minor character, was not a good business man.  So the company is being sold unless Lucy comes up with that new recipe.

The story started out good but got boring in the middle and just never picked up for me. On the other hand, I loved Charlie’s character and he was the reason I kept reading. Charlie is a good guy who grew up with out his father and now his father wants to help him by giving him a job at his candy plant. Mr. Clarke often sends Charlie out to do things to help drive in more sales for Royal Taffy.
Charlie has to contend with Lucy, who he is attracted to, aah romance.

The plot was a good idea and it is the first book I have read around candy. I wasn’t crazy about the ending and would have liked to have known more about how things turned out. I liked that the author had included some actual history, especially of President Roosevelt. It was well written and I did notice one editing error, words in the wrong order.

Its an ok story and its not one on my read again list, but I would try out one more book by the author.

I received this book for free from the publisher for an honest review.

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