Page-Turning Romance and Intrigue in Award-Winning Author's Next Historical Novel
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.
Camden (Against the Tide) weaves together a delightful story of intrigue and love against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York City. Lucy Drake is an expert telegrapher working for the Associated Press, sending stories from overseas to newspapers across the country. Lucy and Nick, her plumber brother, are in the midst of a decades-old legal battle with their wealthy extended family over a plumbing valve that could help many of the city's poorest citizens. Sir Colin Beckwith is the new director of the Reuters New York office, tasked with stopping subscribers (and employees) from changing from British Reuters to the primary American competitor, the Associated Press. Although they work for different companies, Lucy and Colin work together and risk their lives to help others, after Lucy learns that her nefarious extended family is up to more than just price-gouging. The easy camaraderie between Lucy and Colin forms a realistic foundation upon which their relationship is built, which carries the sometimes overly complicated last third of the book. 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, the first in a series.