Mitchell brings a new twist to an old storyline with the help of mouthwatering descriptions of sweet candy, creating a tasty historical romance abounding with secrets, laughter and a few tears.
Lucy Kendall has just returned from her year-long trip to Europe to find her father in ill health and her mother ready to sell their family candy business. She vows to prevent that, even if it means creating a candy to bring them back from the brink. Charlie Clarke has agreed to help his father dominate the candy industry. When Lucy and Charlie meet, there are instant sparks; this is not part of either of their plans or the recipes for the new candy they are in the process of making. (BETHANY HOUSE, Mar., 384 pp., $14.99)