Plot: I was a little disappointed with the plot. The story wasn't as interesting as I thought it was going to be. There were some twists, which made it interesting, but overall, I wasn't too impressed.
Characters: I didn't think that the characters were all that interesting. They did have some depth though, which was good. They also evolved by the end of the story and you could tell that they had grown.
Themes: This story didn't really have a theme to it. It was simply a romance novel. There wasn't really anything to be learned from this story.
Emotion: I was disappointed by the lack of emotion in the story. The plot left a lot of potential for some good emotional involvement, but, unfortunately, it was lacking.
Overall: I really enjoyed the way that this book was written in first person narrative by both of the main characters. It made for a more enjoyable read as you saw the story from both points of view at the same time. This wasn't a bad book, I just feel that it was lacking and that it didn't quite measure up to it's potential.
---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
November 12, 2013
IÃ¢ÂÂve definitely enjoyed several of Siri MitchellÃ¢ÂÂs books and Unrivaled was no exception. This was a sweet story Ã¢ÂÂ in more ways than one!
Unrivaled is the story of Lucy, a candy makerÃ¢ÂÂs daughter, who comes home from England ready to create a candy that will blow all other candies away and save her familyÃ¢ÂÂs business. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs just one problem Ã¢ÂÂ their rivals, Royal Taffy, are out to blow their candy shop out of business. With her father sick, Lucy must find a way to save the business without him. In steps Charlie, a handsome new man in town. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Charlie now finds his father wanting him to help him in his thriving business Ã¢ÂÂ Royal Taffy. Seeking his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs love, Charlie agrees to do anything in order to help his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs business. Even helping to sabotage the beautiful LucyÃ¢ÂÂs family shop.
Will Lucy and Charlie ever learn to get along? Or will their differences keep them distant from each other? Pick up this sweet tale to find out what happens between these two young people who only want to help their fatherÃ¢ÂÂs succeed.
Reading about candy definitely made my mouth water! I suggest picking up some candy to read along with this book. I definitely enjoyed this book very much. The characters became real to me as I entered their world and I was sucked into the story. I enjoyed learning about the process of creating candy and seeing the rivalry between two different candy businesses. This book is another great read from a great author!
I received a free ecopy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
July 22, 2013
Not exactly unrivaled...but still worth the read!
This was my first book by Siri Mitchell and so I went into it with very few expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find it well written with good characterization and detailed research. I learned a lot about candy and factories in the 20th century.
Now our main characters, Charlie and Lucy, were mad at each other for most of the book, constantly rivaling and trying to undermine each others businesses. They were pretty good at it, except for when they kissed in the middle of the story and admitted their growing attraction. It may not have been the most wildly exciting romance I've ever read, but I think Siri did a great job! I'd read one of her books again, although I'm not certainly not rushing to add her to my list of favorite authors.
To any fans of historical fiction, I'd say this will be well worth your time.
July 5, 2013
"Unrivaled" by Siri Mitchell was given to me for free from Bethany House Publishers. The time is 1910 and Charlie and Lucy are knee deep in candy. Charlie was abandoned by his father at the age of 7 and after living in poverty his whole life, goes to live with his father at the age of 21, discovering that his father has become a millionaire and the owner of a candy company. Lucy is the daughter of their competitor. The two meet and start a love/hate relationship as is typical with romance novels. The story is fairly predictable for the most part. There is a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. I did like how the point of single mothers or mothers running the show due to incapability is shown throughout the novel. The novel goes back and forth from each chapter showing the point of view of Charlie and Lucy. I liked the Charlie viewpoint a lot better. I wish the whole book had been told through his eyes. I liked it, but did get a little tired of hearing about candy. I give it a B-.
June 15, 2013