Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Falling in Love!!

          "Unrivaled"                                     
Unrivaled 
                By Siri Mitchell                                                                     

Synopsis: 
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.

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell
Bethany House / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads
About the Author:
    
 Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists "Chateau of Echoes" and "The Cubicle Next Door". A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. 

My Thoughts on this Book:
This book held my attention from start to finish. In fact, I did not want to put it down to eat, sleep OR do housework!! This genre is generally not my favorite, however Siri is changing my likes!! Her book completely won me over.

  I fell in love with the main characters, Lucy and Charlie , immediately.  Siri described them with such rich language skills and so thoroughly , that I felt that I knew them. For me to enjoy a book, I must be able to connect with the characters and this was the case here. 
Lucy and Charlie came from such different backgrounds, however managed to find a common ground- their basic interests were the same as was their code of ethic . Both romance and conflict make the plot one that is full of twists and turns. Siri manages to use the element of surprise in a special twist of the plot! The ending was a total surprise! Now, THAT makes a great book!

I truly enjoyed the way in which the story was told- from both Charlie's  and Lucy's point of view. So, although , it is written in the first person, the chapters vary with two viewpoints of the same event. A very different way to write, one which did not appeal to me at first, but it did not take me long to adapt and love the two characters' similarities and differences. 

The total process of making candy from scratch was describewith rich detail. It became a real learning experience for me. The steps to creating delicious treats was unknown to me before reading this book and I am sure, to many others. Siri used colorful descriptions of the variety of sweets being made, so that it was very informative, making your mouth water! Although the book was light and entertaining, the author managed to throw in some more complex thoughts- a woman taking a man's job in industry- unheard of at that time! and those who are wealthy truly marrying for love!! NOT just to make MORE money!

This is a book well worth the read. Although not a complex plot, it provides the reader with information and a light romance in which to be interested.  
A FIVE star book!! LOVED IT! 

 

.Book was provided by Litfuse , in exchange for an honest and fair review.


Join a Facebook Party to discuss this wonderful novel with the author and friends! Win some prizes along the way!

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One "swooning" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Vintage Candy Kit
  • Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (one for you and one for a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Unrivaled" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/18. Connect with Siri, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books, vintage candy kits, and more!

So grab your copy of Unrivaled and join Siri on the evening of the April 18th for a chance to connect with Siri and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

                             

2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks for taking the time to write and post a review.

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  2. Have not read it yet but want to. Bonnie Traher

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