Book Cover and Synopsis:
St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is
determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry.
Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and
falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only
one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a
competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?
Thinking about this novel, the first word that comes to my mind is "unique". Very unique. In a very, very good way!
point of view switches back and forth between Lucy and Charlie, with
first person writing (which I love because it puts you RIGHT THERE
in the characters heads). I really enjoyed the interaction between Lucy and Charlie. It's
obvious they "click", they just kind of fit together, but the long
standing feud between their fathers' rival candy companies inevitably
pits them again each other. They frustrate each other to no end, especially when it becomes apparent that neither is afraid to play dirty (often with amusing results) in their quest to disrupt the others candy business.
I really liked Lucy's personality...some of the thoughts that run through her head seem more fitting for a girl of today, rather than early 20th century, but not in a bad way at all. I actually really liked this as it made her very easy to relate to and sympathize with. She gets put into some humorously strange situations, and it's quite fun to watch how she reacts.
The time period is a good one; I really enjoyed "visiting" an era so full of progress and change. Automobiles are coming into popularity, mixing with horses and buggies on the streets. The telephone is available and used at many businesses, yet it's still "new" enough that many people have never used one. (Charlie's first encounter with a phone is seen, which is interesting and humorous at the same time.) Advertising is only by word-of-mouth or printed posters, and defacing or covering up a rival's poster is considered fair game.
As the story progressed and the rivalry between Lucy and Charlie escalated, the stakes got larger than I ever imagined possible. It's kind of a wild ride, and there were times when I was absolutely clueless as to how things could ever be neatly wrapped up! I must admit that fairly early on I had a
sneaking suspicion about who the "bad guy" would be....and when the
reveal came, it turned out I was partially right, but I did still have alot of fun
I highly recommend this one! I'm a long time fan of Siri Mitchell, and once again she's delivered an excellent story. The candy-centered plot is fun, unique, and very memorable. Pick this one up, you won't regret it!
My Rating: 5 stars
Thanks to the publisher (Bethany House) for providing me with this e-book for review via NetGalley.