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Unrivaled was a suh-weet story. Okay, sweet is not exactly the best word to describe Unrivaled-- but since the plot delves deep into the candy-making business I felt compelled to use it:-) Great characterization, engaging plot, forbidden romance, and vivid historical details are more apt choices of description.
I really enjoyed the main spiritual lesson inter-weaved throughout the plot about God being enough. If we truly repent of our sins and surrender our life to Him that's enough-- no works necessary in order to become His child.
Both Charlie and Lucy were enjoyable and three-dimensional characters. After reading the book, I realized that Lucy seemed mean and bossy and selfish; yet she committed actions that exhibited these traits because she believed she was accomplishing a worthy goal: the rescuing of her father's failing business, City Confectionery. In light of that fact, Lucy came even more to life because how many times have I done deeds that were selfish and mean to further a goal I wanted to accomplish?
I loved how Charlie was not your normal proper gentleman. He had a past and, because of his past and his poor (in a literal sense) upbringing, he was not Mr.Uptight-and-Stuffy Charles. Sure, he thought of breaking social etiquette and sliding down the banister instead of walking down the stairs or speaking up for the underpaid factory workers because he remembered how it felt to not be able to provide sufficiently for his family. Becoming rich didn't suddenly harden his heart; although, in time, he did learn how to conduct himself like a proper gentleman... mostly;-)
The romance had a deeper edge to it and wasn't a fluffy feel-good romance, which I really enjoyed. Lucy and Charlie came to understand and love each other, despite the fact that their fathers were enemies on opposite sides of the candy rink. And throwing in fiance Alfred Arthur (or is it Arthur Alfred?;-) drove the romantic plot forward not allowing it to drag.
I always love when a book includes a male friend of the heroine that remains a friend and nothing more throughout the whole book. In Unrivaled this character comes in the form of Sam. And Siri did a great job of keeping me in the dark as to who was the City Confectionery spy. There were plenty of suspects, including Sam.
Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell was a wonderful read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon. Oh, I almost forgot to mention how I loved the candy imagery/quotes sprinkled throughout the book. They were perfect and, hmm, sweet.
** Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for the honest review I have given**