Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Making Candy and Falling in Love in 1910 ~ Unrivaled Book Review

Do you remember that scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious sing “Toot Sweets” in her father’s candy factory, playing the music on candy that looks like a whistle?

It’s a classic movie. It’s a classic scene.

I daydreamed of that scene through my entire reading of Unrivaled, a new Christian historical romance from Siri Mitchell.

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The hero, Charlie Clarke, has a less-than-stellar life on the south side of Chicago, so his mother sends him to St. Louis to learn the candy-making business from the father who left several years earlier. His father’s main goal in life seems to be to make money and put the rival candy company out of business, and Charlie, eager for his father’s approval, does whatever he can to make this happen.

The heroine, Lucy Kendall, is the only daughter of a man with a talent for making candy but not for running his business, the rival business of Charlie Clarke’s father. While her father lays in bed unwell, she sets out to prove the company can make a profit before her mother sells it and marries her off to the most eligible, but boring, bachelor in town.

This rivalry between the adult children of the two candy manufacturers in 1910 St. Louis lands them both, but especially Lucy, in some difficult but amusing situations. Each try to outdo the other in their marketing and business development efforts while denying the obvious fact that they are perfect for each other.

I particularly enjoyed the scene where a mutual friend is introducing Charlie to the gospel. The friend seems a bit ditzy, as if she is talking in circles. Charlie is initially confused, but as it all comes clear in the end for him the reader realizes that the friend isn’t so scatter-brained after all. The dialogue in the entire novel is wonderful. Banter is a better description as the characters try to best each other in their business rivalry.

So, grab some taffy, settle in your favorite chair, and escape to the early 1900s.

Do you like historical fiction? If you’ve read Unrivaled, what did you think?

This e-book was provided to me by the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I will have to check this out. Thanks! Found you through the Cozy Book Hop. Have a great weekend.

    1. So glad you stopped by, Georgie Lee! Happy reading!

  2. Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Stopping by from the "Cozy Book Hop" - love your blog! =)

    1. Thanks, Melissa. So glad to have you here! :)

  4. Sounds like a fun read. I love historical fiction. I'll be keeping my eyes out for this one. Thank you!

    1. It was just enough conflict to keep it going but light enough to be an easy read. Thanks, Rosilind!


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