This is the first book I’ve read by Siri Mitchell and it won’t be my last! She is an excellent writer and I can’t wait to read more of her books. In this book, set in St. Louis, Missouri in 1910, she wrote each chapter alternating between the two main characters. Lucy Kendall, her parents owed City Confectionery and Charles Clarke, his father owned Standard Candy Manufacturing. Rivals in every way.
Lucy had just returned from a year touring Europe only to find her father sick in bed with a bad heart and the company failing and her mother planning on selling. All her hopes and dreams were wrapped up in Fancy Crunch and the hopes of creating a new and delicious candy to wipe her competitor out of business. She was shattered.
Warren Clarke, owner of Standard Candy, had a past of his own, along with a family he had deserted long ago. His son, Charlie, was 7 years old when his father abandoned him and his mother and sisters and they lived in poverty. All the while his father was rich and living the good life. But Mr. Clarke had a change of heart and sent for Charlie to come and share in his business.
When Lucy and Charlie meet the first two times they had no idea who the other one was, they just knew that sparks were flying. But when they found out they were rivals, the sparks really flew and they weren’t the romantic kind either!
All the trouble each one got into during the next few months competing with each other in business got totally out of hand. Serious and funny all mixed together to make the sweetest story of how God can bring rivals to peace with each other and with Himself.
This was a very good book, full of romance, humor and some mystery all mixed together and I could hardly put it down. I read it in two days and wish I had read slower because when the book ended I was not ready to put it down.
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I have donated this book to our Media Center and we also have several other books by Siri Mitchell, which I will be reading soon!