Unrivaled: a novel by Siri MitchellUnrivaled: a novel by Siri Mitchell

Unrivaled: a novel

bySiri Mitchell

Paperback | March 1, 2013

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Three-Time Christy Finalist Pens Another Winning Historical Romance

Lucy Kendall always assumed she'd help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes.

St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?
Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.
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Title:Unrivaled: a novelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0764207970

ISBN - 13:9780764207976

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historic St. Louis Siri Mitchell is one of my favorite authors and I was excited to read this novel of hers because it is set in my newest city: St. Louis. Siri always does a great job of creating a sense of place in her writing, in a way that I can really see and feel the places where the characters are inhabiting. While this sense was not as strong in this book as in some of her others, I could still picture much of the city, partially I'm sure since I've been there. Over all, I felt like the story was a bit slow moving in parts, or at least I didn't feel an urgency to read on and find out what happens next throughout the whole novel. It is the story of two flawed people who take a long time to really come to an understanding, or at least one of them does. Like many of Siri's novels, it has strong themes that the reader should identify with. The part that I hated the most about the story was that I couldn't try the candy!!! So, so sad
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Too Sweet ... For a candy making story, this one didn't turn out too sweet for me... The premise was good, but the story and characters didn't add up to good reading for me. I am not impressed with the immature protagonist and never did come to any 'liking' of her. Tantalized by the great cover, disappointed by the lack of character content. She was childish and mean, devious in her attempts to keep her father's candy company afloat, and never questioned blatantly obvious discrepancies between her mother's comments and her own understanding of their loss of the candy recipe that made another family rich... She agreed to a marriage of convenience without any depth of feeling and all emotions seemed entirely surface. No questions about her fiance's activities or where he spent his time - Too naive to keep my interest. I was constantly putting it down in frustration, then picking up later just to keep my commitment to read and review. Sorry to say it was so as I know the author has an otherwise great writing reputation... I received Unrivaled from the publisher to read and review without obligation.
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute romance View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com So, I’ve never read a book with characters that are candy-makers, not that I remember anyway. It was an interesting read and I loved how to romance was tied into the story. I’ve always been a sucker for the star-crossed/rivals turn to lovers. How can you not when the romance is built up with tension? I couldn’t help but sit back and smile as I read about Lucy and Charlie, and watched as the unknowingly fall in love. Upon looking into the book some more I noticed a review from another Christian romance author that I loved: Karen Witemeyer. She notes that Siri Mitchell reproduces a romance like that of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in you’ve got mail and I couldn’t agree more. I loved the character from the first page all the way to the end and I would be happy to read more by Siri Mitchell! Good: The whole candy franchise plot was pretty cool Lucy! She understands the value of family and is feisty and determined. Charlie! A pretty awesome guy who is only trying to do right by his dad and make a name for himself Bad: There were some parts that were slow and I did find my attention drifting. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the novel was easy to follow along with. I wasn’t ever confused or found myself having to re-read something to make sense of what was happening. I truly enjoyed this book from the romance, to the characters and even the setting had me dreaming about being there. Siri Mitchell’s Unrivaled is definitely a book and romance lover can get into. This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I had never read Siri Mitchell before, but a friend had told me that she loved her books, so I decided I would give it a try. I read "Unrivaled" and I have to be honest and say that I was not impressed. It had its good moments, but I felt like I only kept reading to see if there was something exciting coming up, but I was always disappointed. I am very picky about the books I read and I need to be captivated within the first few pages, and this book just didn't do it for me. Also, I didn't feel there was a solid plot; it felt really rushed. There was no climax to the book that I noticed. It was just...average. I felt like those things that should have been a big surprise either weren't built up enough to make me say, "Wow, I did not see that coming", or weren't emphasized well. Overall, I was not pleased with this book and I would probably never read it again.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read by Siri Mitchell!!!! "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 their 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" (Publisher's description) I loved reading this book. Lucy is a wonderfully written character full of spunk and fight but is also blinded to how her desperation to help her save her father's company hurts those around her. Charlie struggles to deal with reconnecting with his father who abandoned the family when he was younger but now wants him to help him run his candy company. When Charlie & Lucy realize that the other is the competition, they struggle with their feelings for the enemy. This is the first time I have read a book where it flips back and forth between the two main characters' points of view. I found that it really added to understanding what drove both Charlie and Lucy and how their actions and decisions made the other feel. The only downside of this book was that I found myself wanting to eat candy while I read it because of the wonderful descriptions of some of the candies Lucy makes. (Made my mouth water!) Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unrivaled! Unrivaled is...well...unrivaled. A riveting story that takes place at the turn of the century. Fascinating historical details add an enthralling layer to this already incredible story. Mitchell does realism well. She has created a hero and heroine who are both likeable and unlikeable and then pits them together so they can bring the best...and worst...out of each other. That made this an emotional and memorable read for me. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a sweet tale of trust developing, overtaking the bitter pill of competition Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell, ©2013 September 1910 ~*~ St. Louis, Missouri Miss Lucy Kendall has just returned from traveling in Europe with her aunt and uncle. The Swiss Alps, Bavaria, Athens, Munich, Florence, ballrooms of Vienna, dressmakers in Paris ~ but her treasures she has brought back are Premium European Sweets! Her father owns City Confectionery, the makers of the famed Fancy Crush; that is after he has lost his original company, Standard Candy Manufacturing, and its prime recipe for Royal Taffy. Mr. Charles Clarke recently has come through Union Station too. He is the son of the owner of Standard Manufacturing. Left by his father as a young boy, Charlie is now becoming reacquainted with the man who lives in luxury while he, his mother and sisters lived in Chicago's struggling South Side. Your past is not as important as your future. Did you know that? Can't change anything about what you've been, but you can change who you'll become. --Unrivaled, 17 At a chance meeting, Lucy and Charlie bump into each other. Literally. They continue on, never forgetting each other. They have no idea they are "competitors." She trying to come up with a new candy to save her family's failing business. He to come to the recognition of his father; to succeed. They are thrown together in "polite society." As their hearts yearn for betterment, they yearn in earnest for each other. Intricately, they try to outmaneuver each other. Yes, by now, they know their family distinctions. There were no business practices that were governed locally, as they try to outwit each other in keeping their candies before the public eye ~ or saliva-savoring candy wrapper images, that is! This is a sweet tale of trust developing, overtaking the bitter pill of competition in staying on top and in the forefront. Soul-searching and finding all they need in the One who can give life to them, individually and together. Freely receiving God's gift of grace. Not one better or worse than another; His love freely available to receive. My paraphrase of Lamentations 2:14, "It is necessary for your iniquity to be exposed, so as to release you from captivity." So true. Unrivaled. I read Unrivaled in one day. Such a good story. I liked the decision Alfred Arthur makes to stand for love. A seemingly sub-character frees others to go beyond appearances and be real. I liked reading about the homemade taffy-making in Lucy's home kitchen. When I was a little girl, the teens would come to our home and have a taffy-pull party. We saved the "Sunbeam Girl" 4-inch wrapper from the middle of the bread packaging. It was waxed on one side and just right to wrap the taffy pieces. Buttery and sticky, it was pulled until it was a light color. I sure enjoyed the melt in your mouth taffy! Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty, A Heart Most Worthy, The Messenger Product Details: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764207970 ISBN-13: 978-0764207976 Back Cover: 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 their 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. ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a copy of Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell to review in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get ready to laugh, cry, perhaps swoon! Reading a book about candy making definitely has its hazards. Never before have I craved so many sweet treats as when I was reading "Unrivaled"! However, its risk to waistlines aside, I can confidently state that Siri Mitchell's latest book offers up a lot that readers are going to love. She writes with her usual steady hand, providing colorful descriptions, interesting historical details, and characters who are wonderfully original. Lucy Kendall and Charlie Clarke absolutely spring off the pages as they dance in and out of each other's lives and as they trade one witty barb for another. The development of their relationship is filled with many moments of hilarity where I was literally laughing out loud! I did have a few moments where Lucy's actions disappointed me, but I also see that her actions are part of her desperate desire to save her dreams and arise out of a lack of maturity on her part. I loved watching Lucy think through matters of faith and come to realize that it's not about her, it's about God and what he has done for us. The plot line that I most enjoyed was actually Charlie's relationship with his father, which explores his hurt at being abandoned, but also offers up a positive message about reconciliation and second chances. Readers who enjoy a good historical romance are going to love "Unrivaled". Expect laughter, perhaps a tear or two...and the romance may just make you swoon. Plan on adding this one to your "to-be-read" list for sure! 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story! Story Description: Baker Publishing Group|March 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0797-6 Lucy Kendall always assumed she’d help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes. St. Louis newcomer, Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation’s candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father’s approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams? My Review: Lucy Kendall has just returned home to St. Louis in 1910 after a world-wind year long trip to Europe with her Aunt Margaret and Uncle Fred. She ate Linzer torte in Austria, drank coffee in cafes in Italy, and viewed glaciers in Switzerland. She had been allowed to tour with her aunt and uncle with the hope that it would turn her into a lady. While in Europe she had collected candy wrappers and even a few samples in the hope her father would add a European line in his candy manufacturing business. Upon her arrival home, Lucy is informed that her father has had a heart attack, was resting and her mother didn’t want her to see him until the following day. She was upset when she found out he’d had the attack three months ago in June but no one had told her then. Lucy didn’t feel like talking about the exciting wonders of her trip with her mother now that she knew while she was off cavorting in Europe and have a good time, her poor father had been so ill. Royal Taffy had been her father’s ultimate triumph and had been his whole life until the company and the right to produce it had been taken from him. He created the candy but never had the success he’d had with his Royal Taffy. Now his doctors were strongly advising that he sell the business because his heart couldn’t take the stress anymore. Lucy was angry that her mother thought this was a fabulous idea, she’d been raised by merchants and bankers and thought her husband should give up this silly candy business altogether and she was already taking it upon herself to make some changes much to Lucy’s horror. Lucy vowed to make a candy that would outshine everything else and save her father’s business. She was determined and felt positive she could pull this off. Charlie Clarke had been through some very tough times. His father left him, his mother and sisters when he was just seven-years-old and never returned. The family strained and struggled to put food on the table and make enough money to keep a roof over their heads. Charlie was in jail when he was accidentally arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. Now he has a new role at his father’s Standard Manufacturing plant. He’s come home to see his father after a fifteen-year separation. This new job at his father’s factory is a chance of a lifetime and will give him a chance to reconnect with the father (Warren) who walked out on him so many years ago. Warren and his new wife, Augusta have been married for ten years. When Charlie arrives at his father’s mansion he finds the house excessively large with many columns, lots of steps and an overabundance of windows. It was a grand home. Inside, the house stretched two stories above Charlie’s head. He followed the butler up a long, curving flight of stairs to his bedroom and didn’t go back down until he was sure his father had left for the theater. The following day, Warren sent Charlie down to his tailor shop to have him outfitted for several suits, ties, shirts and shoes. If he was going to be a businessman now he had to look the part. While walking down Olive Street, he literally bumps into a woman who turns out to be none other than Lucy Kendall and it’s this first quick introduction that pair these two characters throughout the story. This was a beautifully written story and had some completely unexpected and shocking surprises that I certainly didn’t see coming. I would highly recommend this book to ever one. Well-done! "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-03-01