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.
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This, to me, was a book that had a little bit of everything. It had a little romance, it had a little humor, and it had a little intrigue. When I first met Lucy, she seemed a little spoiled to me, but she grew on me. Charlie was someone I liked from the beginning. His father had deserted his family fifteen years earlier and then, asked Charlie to come help with his company after Charlie got into a little trouble. When Charlie met Lucy he was enchanted with her. But when the two find out they are from rival families, they realize there can never be anything between them. The book is humorous at times, when Lucy and Charlie compete against each other to see who has the best candy company. They decide to work together to find out who the spy is that is sabotaging Lucy’s company, and when they find out who, Lucy is devastated. After a tragedy, Lucy and Charlie both realize that GOD is forgiving of anything. I won’t give away the ending, but it is what I rooted for the whole way through the book.
I really enjoyed reading about this time period and the rivalries between candy companies. It is always interesting to read about the past, and Siri Mitchell did a very good job with her research and made this a very real and enjoyable story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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.