Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Unrivaled" by Siri Mitchell (Review & Giveaway)

About the book:  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. 

Review:  This book took me by surprise in that it was a story of corporate competition in the saccharine sweet world of industrial candy making.  It seems as though Royal Taffy has totally taken over the minds and actions of the characters as well as all the billboards and signage of the city in its effort to be the one and only beloved candy consumed by the populace.  Whilst its smaller competitor makes a quality product, they simply don't have the drive, know-how, and funding to adequately oppose Royal Taffy.  

Within the drama of the candy industry we have a not-so-sweet romance trying to blossom.  Lucy's father was the developer and owner of Royal Taffy but lost it all in a take-over. Charlie comes on the scene as the long-lost son of Royal Taffy's wealthy owner.  Lucy and Charlie are explicitly drawn to one another but also find themselves at constant war with each other mainly over their connection and involvement in the candy industry.

There is, however, a deeper and more personal struggle going on in their lives.  It is a spiritual and moral battle confronting them.  How will this corporate struggle, personal romance, and personal spiritual battle resolve?

This is basically a very light read and doesn't seem to have a lot of depth which makes it a very good read for relaxed/unwind reading. I grew a bit weary reading about Lucy's candy making and petty personality flaws but that is simply me and my take.  It is a good book, very clean read (which makes it rank very high in my list of qualities), and employs flawed but redeemable characters. I have another of Siri Mitchell's books on my shelf to read and anticipate it will bring a few hours of pleasant enjoyment.

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 a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit Siri's website or Facebook at .

GIVEAWAY:   And to share this piece of history with a Chat With Vera reader, Litfuse Publicity Group is providing a copy for one my readers.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below (please be patient as it loads. GIVEAWAY begins April 3 and ENDS April 22 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the author and publisher, Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.


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

  2. Oh just one?! LOL! Bethany House is one of my fav. publishers. :)

    Let's see I have been REALLY wanting to read The Tutor's Daughter, but Love in the Balance sounds great to! :)

  3. Love to read Shattered

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  4. the gaurdian looks really good

  5. Would love to read The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen!


  6. I'm not giving up on trying to win this book!

  7. Hi Vera!

    Would love to win a copy of this book - Siri always has such unique stories to tell!

    I'd like to read Jody Hedlund's "A Noble Groom" when it comes out!

    BTW, I couldn't get the link to work on the Bethany House comment. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Just thought you might want to check. It doesn't appear that anyone else has a problem with it....

    1. Thank you for that heads up on the link. When I checked it with Rafflecopter it did work. However, when I tried to use it in this post as an entry, it didn't. So I have now FIXED it. At least it APPEARS to be fixed. I hope you'll try again.

  8. I'm anxious to read Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. I always enjoy reading Kim Vogel Sawyer's books so I'm looking forward to Sweet Sanctuary.


  10. I would love to read or own" The Secret Keeper"by Beverly Lewis. ( Also "Adoring Addie" by Leslie Gould, and "The "Noble Groom" by Jody Hedlund) Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. I'm very excited to read A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund! I've loved all of her other books.

  12. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

  13. I am so excited about this book! Ever since hearing it was coming out, I've been watching my library for it.

  14. I'd also like to read Undeniably Yours.


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