A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
This is my first book from Elizabeth Camden, though my friend has suggested her for years. Since my library had the audiobook, I listened to it during the driving portions of a writing conference road trip.
Let me say it was everything I expected and more. Elizabeth’s Camden’s attention to historical detail is phenomenal and makes me want to go back and better enrich my own writing with that sort of details. I learned so much just through reading the story.
The plotline was believable, exciting, and kept twisting and turning. I can’t tell you how many times I squealed aloud in my car. Drivers around me were probably wondering what had gotten into me.
The spiritual elements in A Dangerous Legacy were quieter than you find in a lot of Christian fiction, but they were still profound.
Overall, I am looking forward to exploring more of her books.
Genre: Christian Historical Romance, New York City, 1903
Overview of Plot:
Lucy Drake is the third generation of Manhattan Drakes to fight a legal battle with the Saratoga Drakes over a plumbing valve that allowed tall buildings to have pressurized water all the way to the top of the buildings. But the Saratoga Drakes don’t play fair. Lucy is a top telegrapher for the Associated Press and in a dangerous game to stay on top of the lawsuit, plots and schemes unfold that have a national importance.
Sir Collin Beckwith works for the AP’s rival and reluctant partner, Reuters. He and Lucy are brought together through circumstances and form a partnership that puts them both in danger of losing their lives and their hearts.
Favorite Character and Why:
Lucy was a determined woman who doesn’t give up no matter the odds and the heart behind her actions makes all that she does so much more important. She makes hard decisions and grows so much. My favorite part about Lucy is her spunk.
What I liked:
I love complex stories and this plot definitely had multi-layers of complexity. The rich historical details were above and beyond amazing.
Who would like this:
Anyone who loves stories with great historical detail, suspense, love, and complexity.
“Lucy Drake’s mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming.
Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin’s connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they’re wading into will take them.”
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