Lucy Kendall always assumed she’d help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes.
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?
First off, I thought so much of this novel was original and really a testament to how versatile Ms. Mitchell is as a writer. I really liked the setting of the early 1900s and at the start of the novel you kind of have this old Al Capone like Chicago that I think is rarely seen in books. I just found Charlie to be really unique. I liked that his personality held attributes of youth, knowledge, cleverness, and yet naivety. He was, without a doubt, my favorite person in the book. Lucy was at moments hilarious and really just very smart. I did think the novel was a bit long towards the end as the two candy companies went at it ( I will say that I never felt like eating candy more than when reading this book, the descriptions were amazing). However, the one thing that probably made this novel less enjoyable for me was the way things wrapped up towards the end. There is one character who seemed beyond shady in this novel and who not only comes out on top in the end, but is treated as though he is owed something. And frankly, I couldn’t figure out what anybody owed him. Spiritually, there was a great theme of forgiveness and sometimes forgiveness doesn’t look right, but its still what God calls us to do. I think this probably even relates to shady guy, but while I’m a believer in forgiveness, I felt like people were being stepped on in the process. That said, the novel was a fun read and flawlessly written.
**I received this novel from netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**