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.
Great start to the series
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m glad I did! Now I’m devouring all her books.
Really enjoyed the history woven through this great story! The historical facts and discussion questions at the end of the book were an added touch.
A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is the first book in An Empire State Novel series. It is 1903 in New York City where Lucy Drake works as a telegraph operator for the Associated Press and she lives with her brother, Nick. The AP’s rival news agency Reuters (located in the same building) has a new man at the helm, Sir Colin Beckwith. Colin is attracted to Lucy, but he needs an heiress for a bride. Colin has a Whitefriars, a family estate, to maintain and it takes money (especially since it is falling down with disrepair). Lucy and Colin slowly develop a friendship. Lucy’s family has been in a heated forty-year legal battle with relatives, and Colin has the means to assist her family gain some valuable information. But, someone does not like Colin nosing around and will do what it takes to put an end to it. What have Colin and Lucy stumbled into?
A Dangerous Legacy is well-written and has great characters. The author always creates such delightful, well-developed characters. The mystery captured my attention. I wish it had been slightly more challenging to solve. The book has a fast pace and an interesting premise. I had not read about news agencies prior to this novel and I found it fascinating. There is just the right amount of humor in the story. There are some definite laugh out loud moments. The book has romance, intrigue, suspense, humor, homing pigeons, Morse code, bad guys, and so much more. Ms. Camden did a wonderful job at capturing the era in A Dangerous Legacy. My favorite line in the book was “broken free of a dangerous legacy”. I give A Dangerous Legacy 5 out of 5 stars. This is one of those books that I started around 9 p.m. and I stayed up late to finish it. I could not put it down. I am eager to read the next book in An Empire State Novel series.