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Dangerous Legacy Paperback – October 3, 2017
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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From the Back Cover
Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming--and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.
Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.
"Camden weaves together a delightful story of intrigue and love against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York City. . . . Camden makes it easy to visualize the setting, whether it's New York City streets, the Western Union Telegraph building where Reuters and the Associated Press are housed, the crowded apartment buildings, or the comfortable estates. Readers will get a thrill out of reading this lovely historical romance."--Publishers Weekly
"With her gifts for writing setting, characterization and history, Elizabeth Camden gives readers of her newest novel a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of turn-of-the-century rival news agencies. . . . But amid the relatable characters and intriguing history, Camden also introduces readers to the other side of the era--corruption, insane asylums and the tenements--and raises social awareness that can be applied to the world today. "--RT Book Reviews
"Elizabeth Camden weaves a tale of love and intrigue in New York City circa 1903. . . . Readers will root for these two characters in a kisses-only romance that is as highly interesting as it is entertaining."--BookPage Top Pick
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1.) A Dangerous Legacy is one of the most engaging novels I've ever read. I literally could not put the book down. It was one of those reads where my actual world disappeared. At one point, my daughter called out to me for a full five minutes before I even registered she needed me. I was hooked by the highly-engaging storyline and hated having to put this book down.
2) Attention to historical detail. Camden has included a textbook-amount of detail within the pages of this novel, but I never once felt like I was reading a textbook. I learned about telegraphing, Teddy Rosevelt and his fight for the Panama Canal, plumbing, and life in New York in 1903, and enjoyed every second. In fact, the historical detail added to my engagement with this novel and is a large part of why I stayed up until 1 AM finishing this book.
3.) The romantic tension is superbly done. Colin sees Lucy, Lucy sees Colin, and sparks fly ... from page 1. It is clear from the very beginning that Lucy and Colin make the perfect match, but life would say otherwise. Colin needs to marry an heiress, and Lucy can't marry anyone at all. They attempt to just stay friends, but how is that possible when it's a soulmate situation?! Lucy and Colin are like magnets -- when they are close enough in proximity their chemistry brings them together by an unstoppable force. The best part -- their kisses. I may have swooned a little.
4.) Camden portrays evil viscerally. This may seem like a really weird thing to like, but I did immensely. Now, I'm not a creeper or anything like that. I'm not a fan of the devil, and I hate evil tremendously. But, I appreciate when the villain is real-life, super bad because when he falls he falls hard. It makes for a satisfying ending. Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite storyline is the one where justice is served. And in A Dangerous Legacy justice is served for sure!
5.) Camden deals with my #1 fear and reminded me how to overcome. The thing I fear the most is being forced into a really bad situation against my will. I loathe the very idea that someone with enough power and money could manipulate a situation to make it so that I have to do something or go somewhere I don't want. There is a moment in A Dangerous Legacy where Lucy is forced into an evil, awful thing totally against her will because of a vile, greedy, narcissistic group of people. I was terrified for Lucy. I'm actually not sure I breathed during those chapters. What I appreciated though is Lucy's recognition that even in the absolute worst of times we are not alone. We may feel alone, but God is always with us. We just have to look for Him. After reading this reminder, my fear level for Lucy went from a 10 to a 1. Because the truth is, God makes us strong enough to face anything this world can throw at us.
A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is a masterful story that I love so, so much. I am very sad my time with Lucy and Colin is over. I cannot recommend this novel enough. To me, it is a definite must-read!
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on October 11, 2017, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This story was amazing. I love this author’s riveting plots that come to life because of her in depth research into the time period and events that are happening at that time and place. This one has lots to do with the AP and Reuters news services, that were housed on the same building in New York for years and had a reluctant truce between them. The Panama canal history is delved into too, and lots of mysteries and sinister plots come to light and are unraveled as our characters try to stay one step ahead of the evil villains (which are super evil in this one). I adored the characters. Colin was amazing. I loved his British wit. Lucy was a strong, brave hero that was easy to cheer for. Villains and side characters were easy to picture as well. Once I started, I devoured this book and didn’t want to stop reading. It’s fantastic.
Top international reviews
Elizabeth Camden is a new author to me, and I liked the general premise of this book...time period, early 1900's in New York City, the history surrounding telegraph operators, history of Reuters and AP news empires, and a family legal battle that has been going on for decades that deals with a unique plumbing part along with a dash of political intrigue.
Unfortunately, I didn't become engaged in the story until half way through, and I was missing that 'spark' between the main characters, Lucy and Colin. I also found that there were several other historical topics thrown into the story that made it very crowded, and it didn't flow seamlessly enough for me. I do have another book of Ms. Camden's on my Kindle that I will read before making any decision to continue on or not.
Not just a novel about succeeding in life and bettering one's position in the world, but a novel about overcoming circumstances and letting them make you a better person.
This book weaves a beautiful story into the history of the Reuters/AP news agencies and the Trans-Pacific Ocean cable uniting the world's news.