Lucy Kendall has just returned from a year-long trip to Europe and is shocked to find out that not only has her father been ill for weeks but their candy company, City Confectionery, is nearly bankrupt and to the point of being sold. Furious, Lucy sets out to save the company that her father so dearly loved and worked so hard to build. She decides that she will come up with one absolutely wonderful candy that will outsell their competitor, Standard Manufacturing and their top-selling candy, Royal Taffy. But how can she do this? Recipe after recipe seems to either fail or just not be special enough to out-do Royal Taffy. To make matters worse, it seems that the owner of Standard is doing everything they can to push City Confectionery out of business, even to the point of sabotage.
Charlie Clarke finds himself in trouble with the law in Chicago and so his mother sends him to St Louis to live with his estranged father, Warren, who is now a successful candy manufacturer. Warren quickly offers Charlie a job going around town and doing everything he can to wipe out City Confectionery It seems underhanded and dirty, but Charlie does it in order to be closer to his father. Then Charlie literally runs into a beautiful woman who intrigues him, but soon finds out that she is the daughter of the owner of the company he’s trying to destroy. How can he help her and not destroy this budding relationship with his father?
Lucy’s mother is pushing her to do away with the candy-making business and focus on finding a man and getting married. Reluctantly, Lucy agrees to attend balls and parties in order to find a suitable man to marry, but only if her mother allows her to continue trying to find a way to save the company. Soon, Lucy realizes that she has to give up her dream of City Confectionery and marry distinguished Alfred Arthur. Charlie, however, has figured out that his father is getting information about the plans of City Confectionery from an inside source and that he’s using that information to undercut them. Slowly, Charlie and Lucy work together to devise a plan to figure out who the traitor is, but everyone is surprised with the identity of that person and the reasons for the deception.
I have always enjoyed reading novels by Siri Mitchell as I find her a talented and entertaining writer! Unrivaled is no different. Mitchell has once again given us a well-thought out story line with very detailed characters so that we may truly know them as we’re reading about them. I found myself wanting to give Lucy a good shake, though, as her character is that of a spoiled girl who needs to grow up and stop being mean to people. It was nice to have a character in the book point out her faults and bring her to this realization!
I had the “mystery” portion of the book figured out long before it was revealed to me but I wasn’t really disappointed in that fact simply because it didn’t feel much like a mystery novel to me. All-in-all, a very interesting book to lose myself in each evening!
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.