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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Grandma's Guest Review: Unrivaled

   Unrivaled takes readers back to 1910 with Lucy Kendall and Charlie Clarke in the candy-making business. Lucy returns home from abroad to find the family's candy-making business faltering and her father not well.  She decides it is her duty to save the business with recipes she has brought home with her.  At this same time Charlie has been summoned by his father to come home to work in his family’s business, which is also candy making.  Thus, a bitter conflict ensues, and it is not all sugary sweet.  between the two "rival" companies:

"May that name never pass my lips again.  I'd changed my mind:  I was Not going to allow Mother to sell the company.  I was going to put Standard Manufacturing out of business instead.  'That man is going to rue the day he ever met me'" (p. 148). company
   There are many accounts of recipe failures and successes, a fire, and many questions—is there a spy in the midst?  Will Lucy and Charlie realize that “a candy coating can cover a multitude of sins?”

   The author included details about the candy-making business, which was serious business at the turn of the century and represented the "American dream" (p. 390).  Many other historical details are included, and readers are immersed in Lucy and Charlie's world and its customs.

   Ultimately, the author shows that God forgives anything.  This was an enjoyable read, but I would have preferred a different format instead of changing characters’ points of view in each chapter, which made it difficult to become immersed in the story.  

(Read an excerpt here.)

{The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}