Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell is the story of Lucy Kendall and Charlie Clarke. When I originally started this book, I assumed that it was a romance. To a certain extent it was. More than that though, it was a story of the ruthless nature of the candy business in the early 1900’s. I never realized how competitive candy making was, then one of my readers reminded me about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I guess I never really based that book in reality though!
This book was really very interesting in the fact that Lucy had traveled all over Europe with her aunt and uncle, secretly trying to decipher a way to create a new candy that would bring her family’s business back from the brink. When she arrives home, she finds out things are much worse off then she ever knew.
Enter Charlie. His father walked away from his mother and siblings when he was just a little boy. All of a sudden his father wants him back in his life, and to help him take over a smaller candy business.
Charlie and Lucy meet and immediately are intrigued by one another, they are not the typical young man and woman for the time, both extremely driven. There are a series of events that occur and both are incredibly malevolent in their dealings with the other’s business.
The story seemed to end a bit abruptly for me, but overall I very much enjoyed this story. It was a nice change of pace from the normal romance books that come my way!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in return for my review. The opinions are my own.