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Title:  Unrivaled
Author:  Siri Mitchell
Pages:  400
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
                In times past when people wanted to learn about something at the library, it was through sifting through a card catalogue for just the right book.  Some used microfiche, which enabled readers to read from way back in time as well as different places.  Today, I marvel that one can sit in front of a computer and look across the globe or read the latest news happening miles away.  With all the progress made moving information faster from point A to point B, is it any wonder there is still something called “research”?  Authors, who write exceptional novels, rely on research whether they go to libraries, museums or travel abroad.  Authors love a good adventure, romance, thriller, mystery, western, and more because like all of us non-authors, we can’t resist the heart’s call to a good story.
                When I first read the title Unrivaled, knowing nothing about the tale or the author, I decided to take an adventure of my own.  I opened the book.  One of the truest blessings we have is the vast unknown part of our being that is the imagination!  Siri Mitchell takes us to St. Louis and introduces to us the times when the candy business was exceptionally ruthless.  Businesses weren’t at a place where a discovery was the sole property of the discoverer.  Here we have a deeper tale beyond sugar and spice; we have families going even deeper in relationship.
                Each character in the novel is seeking ways to undermine their competition and what they end up discovering is more than I can reveal here.  Lucy is the only daughter of a man who invented a product and in the process those closest to him.  Charlie came from a man who left his wife and daughters for reasons that are unknown, but now Charlie has to provide for the family.  So Charlie takes to the streets of Chicago, something which as he grows older comes back to haunt him.
                Through each page I turned, it seemed almost as if the author had hidden the “nugget” of the tale within the folds of society in the early 1900s.  Reading about the characters’ lives and the way they come to a realization of the true nature of their hearts, lives and love was simply thrilling!  Perhaps you look at the cover and decide a book doesn’t warrant another glance.  Let me ask you, would you do the same to a piece of candy?  What kid doesn’t enter a store, and during check out ask for the candy they have come to love because someone opened it once and gave them a taste?  This is the way we learn our language, customs and more; someone gave us chance to try something that we didn’t know before.
                If you have never read any other novels by this author or even if you have, don’t pass this treat by or you will miss discovering the hidden “nugget” within.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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