STORY: Back from a whirlwind tour in Europe where she dined with some of England’s most prominent and has trunks full of the latest fashions, Lucy Kendall can think of nothing better than returning home to her home and father; a candy maker, Lucy grew up under his teaching. Upon her arrival, she is told by her mother that her father suffered a heart attack and plans are underway to sell their failing confectionary.
Horrified, Lucy refuses to see her father’s business go to his competition, Warren Clarke also the man who stole her father’s prize taffy recipe! More than mere upset sets Lucy’s heart aflutter with the unexpected arrival of the handsome Charlie. His past is mysterious, yet there is something kind about him. By the time Lucy finds out that he’s actually her competition, it’s too late.
Charlie has already fallen for Lucy, and for the first time, he wants to be better. For Lucy.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT UNRIVALED
When the book arrived, I paged through, and was prepared for it to be something I’d have to force myself through. It’s not that the setting didn’t appeal, it’s the discovery of not only one first person prose but two that gave me this feeling. Fortunately, the alternating POV’s (every chapter) isn’t difficult in any means to follow; the book is such an “easy” read, which nearly makes up for any character faults. At times, you have to pause to remember whose perspective we’re in which is no great flaw since the writing is simplistically charming.‘UNRIVALED,’ by Siri Mitchell. #BookReview #FWArchives #HistoricalFiction Click To Tweet
They say not to judge a book by its cover and yet with Unrivaled, this is the first thing I notice. It’s simply gorgeous (also, isn’t Charlie cute!?). The colors are inviting as is the composition subtly flirtatious.
After being invited to this blog tour, it made me realize I’ve not read a novel by Siri, but many of my favorite people highly recommend her novels. All of this prompts me to become acquainted with the writings of Siri Mitchell. Upon reading the book, the one thing that strikes me is its unique story-line. The making and selling of candy is not usually such an interesting backdrop and yet this book makes it so. It holds my interest in spite of its (reader opinion) flaws.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT UNRIVALED
Heroes, no matter the genre or story should be noble. They should be a person we root for and “connect” with. There are those characters who are a diamond in the rough but nevertheless, a flawed but “good” hero needs to carry the story. With exception to moments of brilliance, Charlie let me down a few too many times. Then there is Lucy. She’s a cute, feisty heroine who knows what she wants (or thinks she does!). Too many of her “ideas” turn “mean” which does nothing to endear her. Her desire to see her father’s company restored messes with her sense of self-pride – an element that is ramped up about three-fourths of the way through, prior to that, it’d been less evident– and is, unfortunately, cause for regret.
Despite the flaws, Unrivaled is a sweet read. And I mean that honestly. It has personality and holds my interest. Sadly, it would be dishonest of me not to share the themes I, as a reader find fault with . Including a sudden, far too “convenient” ending and characters who are hard to root for in the final chapters, I don’t know that I’ll be running out to pick up more of Mitchell’s books.
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