Lucy Kendall has a plan. She will return home from a tour of Europe, with a collection of candy s
amples, ready to find the "perfect" candy that will safe her father's candy business.
Instead, she returns to St. Louis to discover the business is in jeopardy, her father recovering from a heart attack, and her future she desires is at risk.
Through the book, which pulls in intrigue, industrial espionage, and some surprising twists and turns, Lucy struggles to claim her identity and find a purpose in life.
She also struggles to sort out her feelings with a new man, who turns out to be her father's chief competitor's long-lost son.
This novel was surprisingly good. It was kind of like a fresh caramel; just sweet enough to give you something to ponder or "chew on." It also provided enough twists and turns - for a romance-based novel - to keep the reader's interest.
On a scale of one to five, I give it a solid three and a half. I truly enjoyed the book - actually more than I anticipated. It's one that I would be glad to pass along to a friend, especially someone who likes historical fiction.
More About The Book
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.
More About The Author
A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Mitchell currently lives in the DC-metro area.
Read an excerpt online: here
Buy it at Amazon: here.
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.