Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Review: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

Book Details:
Title: Unrivaled
Author: Siri Mitchell
2013, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0797-6
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Book Summary:
Falling in Love could be a Recipe for Disaster
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 the 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.

My Review:
I have to admit there were parts of this  book I thought were a little outrageous  Some of the methods Lucy tried to get her father's candy business back on track, but I did like the book overall. The Kendall and Clarke families reminded me a tiny bit of Romeo and Juliet in the fact that they were basically not allowed to like each other. Lucy and Charlie are constantly trying to out-do one another in promoting their own businesses.

I really thought the family dynamics were interesting. Like all families, the Kendall and Clarke families are not perfect. Mr. Kendall is a dreamer with a wife who resents it and the Clarke's are just dysfunctional. Revelation and redemption are also important aspects of family life though and these families are learning that step-by-step.

There is lots of talk of making candy - Lucy spend quite a bit of time experimenting in the kitchen and also trying some yummy European treats and trying to figure them out. I thought all that candy information was a little facinating, since I felt the author was trying to be fairly historical in that aspect.

Overall it was a good read with fun characters. The storyline may have been a little far-fetched at times, but it was enjoyable and interesting.

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Disclosure: The book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions in this post are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.

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