A Dangerous Legacy (An Empire State Novel #1)
Lucy is determined to keep working as a telegraph operator at a news agency, even though the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith threatens her position. When she discovers Colin's shocking secret, she agrees to assist him if he helps her find her family's stolen inheritance--not realizing that the trail leads into a web of treachery, danger, and conspiracy.

A Dangerous Legacy (An Empire State Novel #1) Details

TitleA Dangerous Legacy (An Empire State Novel #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764218811
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

A Dangerous Legacy (An Empire State Novel #1) Review

  • Grace Mullins
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Camden has a second book releasing in 2017? Um, YES! YES, YES, YES! *wants book now* *right now*
  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, Elizabeth Camden's books are just all the ingredients I love. I truly think she is writing for me! She has a masters in history, so her research is unparalleled, she has an easy, accessible writing style, characters and dialogue that leap off the page and a keen sense of time and verisimilitude. But, I think what I find most impressive, is the ease in which she excavates snippets of history not usually explored onto which she shines the spotlight of her inimitable narrative style.I als Honestly, Elizabeth Camden's books are just all the ingredients I love. I truly think she is writing for me! She has a masters in history, so her research is unparalleled, she has an easy, accessible writing style, characters and dialogue that leap off the page and a keen sense of time and verisimilitude. But, I think what I find most impressive, is the ease in which she excavates snippets of history not usually explored onto which she shines the spotlight of her inimitable narrative style.I also always identify with her heroines ( something that is hard to do in inspirational fiction ---even for an avid reader in the genre like myself). Her heroines are smart, resourceful career women who balk at limitations and want to make their marks on the world. Often in men's professions during times when women were to be angels of the hearth, her heroines are always just a few steps ahead of the world--- and the game. Fiercely independent, they are not easily won, unless they are able to fit the inevitable romance end of the plot into their working world.Image result for a dangerous fortune camdenThe overarching plot of this multi-layered story revolves around the Drake fortune and put me immediately in mind of the never-ending Jarndyce and Jarndyce case in Dickens' Bleak House. Siblings Nick and Lucy Drake are at the center of the case trying to find justice for their family and their late father. Beyond any monetary gain or inheritance, the resolution of the case will hopefully mean the end of their torment by a wealthy rich relative, Thomas Drake, who lives as lord of the manor in nearby Saratoga while the Drake siblings are hard workers scraping by in their Greenwich Village apartment. Court settlements, a lavish necklace and two brothers who fought over the invention of a brilliant valve during the Civil War times brushes Lucy and Nick's world with a burden to their father's memory as well as the social injustice they see around them. A plumber, Nick wants to use the ease in which he can work this portal to his family's inheritance to equip tenement houses with running water for a fraction of the cost of the high city fees.Another layer of this surprisingly intricate plot is the journalistic meeting of Reuters Agency, where Lucy continually runs into aristocrat Colin Beckwith, heir to a crumbling 18th Century estate across the Atlantic, while working as a telegraph operator for the Associate Press. The history of morse code, telegraphy and homing pigeons is flourished here in exciting detail and I loved hearing about Colin and Lucy's world, the interception of Pacific telegraphs as well as reading cameos by Roosevelt and Taft.An illegal wire tapped to her desk allows Lucy to transmit messages from her scheming uncle's lawyer and when she overhears a plot for murder, she runs to her uneasy ally ( and source of her burgeoning attraction), Colin, who uses his title and manners to expose the nefarious Drakes in Saratoga once and for all.A Dangerous Legacy was so much more than an historical novel: it was a treatise on the class system, a look at how entitlement to fortune and revenge can strip one of happiness and a compelling study of New York on the brink of greatness. Nick's work with valves for fresh water in tenement houses opens up a world underground and the labyrinth of the New York sewer system is painted with the same deft ease in which Camden worked with the Boston subway in From This Moment. Colin Beckwith's experiences as a journalist in the Boer War allow for the study of PTSD and a look into the primitive psychiatric methods such as shock therapy. A threat to Lucy is a gateway to a close interior look into mental asylums and the cruelty waged on patients sometimes only committed for incorrigibility.To summarize the many interweaving plots as Colin and Lucy navigate the intricacies of the Drake fortune is difficult because Camden excels at being so (albeit accessibly) complex. I had trouble putting this book down during a research trip to Boston over the weekend ( books are companions when one is traveling and dining alone) and found myself blown away ( as per usual )with the seeming ease with which she creates conflicting worlds. There is a hunting weekend at a grand estate in upstate New York as well as parties and soirees that hang on Colin's coattails as a reminder of his past and the inheritance that binds him as tightly as the Drake fortune does Lucy and her brother. Manhattan becomes a character a colourful and nuanced as Washington in Beyond all Dreams and Boston in From This Moment as Camden uses her natural skill to paint a canvas brought brilliantly to life.There is romance, yes, but also a hefty dose of suspense and an intricate mystery I was not anticipating. This is the best type of savoury read: relatable and fascinating characters, a peek through the curtain of the past, a dashing hero, a resourceful heroine, a race against time. Twists and turns and second guesses, dubious villains and beautiful heiresses. In short, a deliciously robust read.Elizabeth Camden is an inspirational writer; but the religious themes in her book are just that---themes. She writes with a strict and genuine value system and her realistically fallible characters work between the lines of right and wrong often finding their consciences at odds with the world around them. She is never preachy and the faith elements are presented as sociocultural concept. I would recommend her highly to readers from or without a faith background.with thanks to Bethany House for the review copy
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Every Elizabeth Camden novel -- and I've read them all -- is the exact same experience for me: a brilliant, unique premise hooks me in, historical details keep me interested, then a wild plot twist skews the story into another tangent that, more often than not, completely overshadows the original plot of the book and leaves me scratching my head. Fortunately, this was one of the "not's." While A Dangerous Legacy still veered in a completely different direction than I'd been led to expect by the Every Elizabeth Camden novel -- and I've read them all -- is the exact same experience for me: a brilliant, unique premise hooks me in, historical details keep me interested, then a wild plot twist skews the story into another tangent that, more often than not, completely overshadows the original plot of the book and leaves me scratching my head. Fortunately, this was one of the "not's." While A Dangerous Legacy still veered in a completely different direction than I'd been led to expect by the back cover, it stayed far more cohesive than other Camden novels I've read. The banter between hero and heroine was delightful, although their romance blossomed a bit too rapidly for my taste. I also felt the energy of the story peaked a bit too soon, which caused the ending to drag, but overall the many complex threads of this story wrapped up nicely, with an epilogue that offers a tantalizing glimpse of what the forthcoming sequel may hold in store.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is a unique historical novel that takes place during the early twentieth century. One thing I really enjoy about Camden's novels is her ability to bring the technology we use every day to the forefront of my imagination in a fictionalized story. I'm always drawn into the trouble the characters find themselves in while learning something about the great inventions that have made life easier for modern day life.Camden does a great job at writing the story. S A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is a unique historical novel that takes place during the early twentieth century. One thing I really enjoy about Camden's novels is her ability to bring the technology we use every day to the forefront of my imagination in a fictionalized story. I'm always drawn into the trouble the characters find themselves in while learning something about the great inventions that have made life easier for modern day life.Camden does a great job at writing the story. She is clear and concise in her descriptions and her writing. I have no problem picturing the scene and the setting. Camden does a really job at bringing New York City to life. She also does a great job at bringing the elaborate mansions to life when Camden travels out of New York to spy on Uncle Thomas.I really enjoyed the plot in this story. I enjoyed seeing how the telegraphers worked and how the plumbing began in the early twentieth century. One of my favorite things for a historical writer to do is to tell me a little bit about history without overwhelming me. Sarah Sun din and Camden are my favorite two writers who do this. I enjoy the twists and turns that Camden has created in the mystery to keep Lucy and Nick on their toes as they struggle against their uncle and seek justice.I really enjoyed spending time with Lucy, who is a smart woman who doesn't mind working for a living. Never once does she go out of her way to try to blackmail her uncle for her own selfish reasons. She wants him to allow the plumbing valve to be distributed for the masses at a reasonable cost. I admire her ability to negotiate and keep a level head throughout the novel. As for Camden, he wasn't one of my favorite hero's. He is a nice guy who appears to be just wanting a rich American heiress to keep his English home afloat, but by the end of the novel, he changes, and I respect him for that.The romance doesn't dictate the story, but it does take up a good majority of the plot. Not too much. Not too little. Camden keeps it at an even keel. Just the way fans of historical romances like it.I really LOVE the cover for this novel. The publishing company did a great job. The skyline of New York City in the background with the soft blush colors really captured my attention.Overall, A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is a refreshing tale on the importance of the telegraph machine and plumbing for American history. The characters were wonderful to spend time with, and the plot was a great way to spend a couple of days. I anxiously await what historical invention Camden will be crafting a story around next.I received a complimentary copy of A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you read a book that you finish and you go, "Good book." Other times you don't enjoy the book as much and move on easily. This was neither of those. This was a book that I finished and thought, "Wow. I wish I had not just read that book as I would like to read it again!" Elizabeth Camden is an exceptional author, but I love her unique characters. They have quirks, fun personalities, and flaws, yet you can love getting to know them while learning amazing historical facts without even re Sometimes you read a book that you finish and you go, "Good book." Other times you don't enjoy the book as much and move on easily. This was neither of those. This was a book that I finished and thought, "Wow. I wish I had not just read that book as I would like to read it again!" Elizabeth Camden is an exceptional author, but I love her unique characters. They have quirks, fun personalities, and flaws, yet you can love getting to know them while learning amazing historical facts without even realizing it. Carrier pigeons, Morse code, newsrooms, spies, and narcissistic/abusive family members are only a few of the topics covered in this fast paced story. It is one you will not want to put down. Elizabeth Camden is one of the authors that is an automatic buy for me. I see she has a new book out and I don't even stop to think if I will enjoy it. I can't wait to see what the future holds for her writing and books! I never think I can have one that tops my favorites by her, and then another one comes along. I obtained this book through NetGalley and Bethany House publishers. The opinions contained herein are my own. 
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I read one of Elizabeth Camden's books, it's my new favorite. I love all her stories—how can I possibly choose? I have all her ebooks. Now I need to start getting the paperbacks. I loved Lucy and Colin. Such depth to these characters. Their relationship was a delight to read, sweet, funny, tense at times, and so romantic. As usual, the historical part of the book was fascinating. The author's profession is really put to good use. Highly recommend this one.Looking forward to Nick's sto Every time I read one of Elizabeth Camden's books, it's my new favorite. I love all her stories—how can I possibly choose? I have all her ebooks. Now I need to start getting the paperbacks. I loved Lucy and Colin. Such depth to these characters. Their relationship was a delight to read, sweet, funny, tense at times, and so romantic. As usual, the historical part of the book was fascinating. The author's profession is really put to good use. Highly recommend this one.Looking forward to Nick's story.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Lucy Drake and her brother, Nick, had spent their entire adult lives fighting a legal battle begun forty years ago, a legal battle that pitted family against family. Yet the injustice reached far beyond family, into the heart of New York City along with other cities whose skylines were growing taller. Lucy and Nick’s winning this battle would improve the quality of life for so many poor people living in tenements across the globe. Sir Colin Beckwith had problems of his own, being heir to a dila Lucy Drake and her brother, Nick, had spent their entire adult lives fighting a legal battle begun forty years ago, a legal battle that pitted family against family. Yet the injustice reached far beyond family, into the heart of New York City along with other cities whose skylines were growing taller. Lucy and Nick’s winning this battle would improve the quality of life for so many poor people living in tenements across the globe. Sir Colin Beckwith had problems of his own, being heir to a dilapidated castle on a failing estate with a sister and 90 tenants depending on him weighed heavily on Colin’s shoulders. His position in the Reuters Manhattan office couldn’t cover the estate’s upkeep, so the only solution appeared to be to marry one of the many heiresses longing to add a title to their name. Once Colin met Lucy, that solution seemed less and less palatable. Both Lucy and Colin were prisoners to their own sense of responsibility, and both longed for a freedom that seemed elusive. While this story did not initially capture my interest, I was rewarded for sticking with it, because several chapters into the book I was completely hooked. I would recommend to other readers to allow the author time to lay some framework, and then get ready to be engrossed in the story. While reading one may be motivated to look at one’s own responsibilities that may be self-imposed, and may be interfering with the reception or awareness of the best God has to offer. I thank NetGalley and Baker Publishing for providing me with a copy of A Dangerous Legacy in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation. I do recommend this book to those who like to root for the underdog, and for lovers of historical fiction.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all of Elizabeth Camden's books and I've loved some, and others I didn't connect with as well. A Dangerous Legacy fell into the "love" category! A typical Camden book often has an event in history as the backdrop, and many times the setting becomes central to the book with the characters falling in behind it. In this novel, the setting added to the characters instead of taking over. I really liked that. I also liked that the characters in this story were involved with the telegraph mac I've read all of Elizabeth Camden's books and I've loved some, and others I didn't connect with as well. A Dangerous Legacy fell into the "love" category! A typical Camden book often has an event in history as the backdrop, and many times the setting becomes central to the book with the characters falling in behind it. In this novel, the setting added to the characters instead of taking over. I really liked that. I also liked that the characters in this story were involved with the telegraph machine at rival newspaper offices, which was interesting and helped to create some of the tension. There was also another side plot, which contributed to the intrigue and suspense in the story.Romantic tension also plays a part in Lucy and Colin's story, and I really loved the way that the characters didn't fight their attraction to one another. However, circumstances didn't allow them to pursue one another the way they would've liked. The honesty that they had with one another, even if it showed their personal weaknesses, was refreshing. The way the plot was woven together, with a lot of layers that were revealed a piece at a time, kept me turning pages and built up the suspense. I loved the way that a dangerous situation that Lucy was involved in helped her to have a moment of self-discovery and affected the outcome of the story. Her journey also affected the way Colin saw the direction his life was going.I would definitely recommend this to fans of historical Christian fiction. An excellent story!**I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley so that I could share an honest review, which I did.**
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  • Maggie Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Clean drinking water. It’s something that the majority of people in the Western world take for granted but for many on Earth, it is a luxury that remains seemingly out of reach. In A Dangerous Legacy the history of water in the New York tenements comes to life amidst the backdrop of a scintillating mystery and romance.It’s the turn of the century and an exciting time for global news. With the advent of the telegraph and its wires that span the globe, the world has never been more connected. Keep Clean drinking water. It’s something that the majority of people in the Western world take for granted but for many on Earth, it is a luxury that remains seemingly out of reach. In A Dangerous Legacy the history of water in the New York tenements comes to life amidst the backdrop of a scintillating mystery and romance.It’s the turn of the century and an exciting time for global news. With the advent of the telegraph and its wires that span the globe, the world has never been more connected. Keeping people informed is a competitive business and the fledgling AP (Associated Press) news service is battling for survival. This American answer to the powerful British run Reuters News Agency employs dozens of telegraph operators with a mastery of Morse code and a drive to succeed. Lucy Drake is a firm believer in the AP and what they do and is one of their most fervent employees, zealously manning her vital telegraph station. That is not her only mission in life however.Lucy and her brother also spend a great deal of time and energy involved with the business of water. They devote weekends to installing pumps and “an ingenious set of valves” in tenement buildings so that people living on the upper floors can have water delivered directly to their apartments. It saves women and children from hours of back breaking labor lugging buckets of water up many flights of stairs and raises the standard of living for everyone in the community. Their work is very clandestine however. Their family has been involved in a bitter law suit for forty years over the design of those valves and it is this – both the distribution of water to hard working families and the antagonistic legal battle surrounding it – that is Lucy’s true passion.Sir Colin Beckwith is a man of conflicting passions as well. He, too, is an avid fan of the news service though in his case it is the AP’s rival, Reuters, that Colin loves. He is passionate about running their New York office and showing those Yanks what great reporting really looks like. But his other love is many thousands of miles away in England and in desperate need of help. Whitefriars, the family estate, employs ninety-one people, many of whom have nowhere else to go. Right now, from leaking roof to flooding cellars, Whitefriars is falling down around the folks who depend on her. Colin is drawn to Lucy from the moment he meets her one exciting evening in New York but Whitefriars needs an heiress and he has every intention of using his good looks, charm and title to land one. https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:From the first time they met, the attraction between Lucy Drake- a telegrapher for the American-owned AP news agency- and Sir Colin Beckwith- director of the British-owned Reuters news agency- was undeniable. Besides their professions and attraction, however, Lucy and Colin share an unusual connection- both are wrangling with long-standing family battles that have proven to consume their lives. Lucy and her brother have been fighting a 40-year legal battle with their extended fami About the Book:From the first time they met, the attraction between Lucy Drake- a telegrapher for the American-owned AP news agency- and Sir Colin Beckwith- director of the British-owned Reuters news agency- was undeniable. Besides their professions and attraction, however, Lucy and Colin share an unusual connection- both are wrangling with long-standing family battles that have proven to consume their lives. Lucy and her brother have been fighting a 40-year legal battle with their extended family to regain part of their inheritance from a business deal gone bad pre-Civil War, and Colin is seeking to marry an American heiress who can subsidize his family’s centuries-old estate in England from ruin. Since Lucy is not wealthy and his situation is dire, Colin immediately dissuades any type of romance from forming between them. Interestingly, both also have secrets that the other discovers, and in an attempt to find a truce, they agree to help each other so that their secrets remain so. As a friendship forms, Colin becomes more deeply involved with the legal battle Lucy is pursuing and uses his influence to launch covert information-gathering visits with her extended family. Together, their efforts not only draw them closer strengthening the romantic tension building between them, but they also uncover a political scandal that is greater than either of them could have imagined. Danger escalates as they work with local officials to neutralize the threat. When the scandal is finally resolved, Lucy and Colin reluctantly return to their routine lives and part ways. It is only when both of them face the entrapments of their family legacies and understand the freedom of making their own choices that Lucy and Colin begin to forge a new future.My Thoughts:A Dangerous Legacy was quite refreshing as Camden offers a twist on the familiar tale of forlorn love. Lucy’s battle with her family provides enough suspense and danger to not only draw the reader into the crime plot, but also amplifies the desperate and futile romantic hopes of a relationship forming between her and Colin. Lucy’s (and eventually Colin’s) realization that they do not have to be controlled by past circumstances provides a good reflection opportunity for the reader, as well. The sweet conclusion to their relationship will delight readers!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. However, this review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book.
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  • Alissa Wied
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Camden has written another amazing historical romance novel. Although historical fiction is not generally a genre I read as the history part often overshadows the actual plot line and I feel like I'm in a quagmire just trying to wade through, Camden brings to life the city and era of something as seemingly mundane as the transatlantic cable and the battle between the Associated Press and Reuters. Definitely a topic I never would have chosen to read about, much less write a romance nove Elizabeth Camden has written another amazing historical romance novel. Although historical fiction is not generally a genre I read as the history part often overshadows the actual plot line and I feel like I'm in a quagmire just trying to wade through, Camden brings to life the city and era of something as seemingly mundane as the transatlantic cable and the battle between the Associated Press and Reuters. Definitely a topic I never would have chosen to read about, much less write a romance novel around, but she does it with skill and grace!Lucy and her brother Nick have spent their lives under the weight of a 40-year-old legal battle started by their grandfather and his brother over the rights to a plumbing valve invention. She works for the AP as one of few female telegraphers and he works beneath the city in the tunnels as a plumber. Now that their father has passed away, they've inherited the responsibility of continuing the battle with their uncle and his family. They are weary from the fight and frustrated because just as they each manage to find someone special enough to consider marrying, their uncle does something underhanded to chase their love interest away. Then Lucy meets an aristocrat from England, who works for the competing Reuters Agency and although it's against her better judgement starts to feel affection for him, knowing full well that he's only on the prowl for a wealthy heiress, which she certainly is not. An unlikely pair, they team up to try and defeat her uncle and a sinister plot to against the President of the United States, but not without great risk to themselves and others.I really love the way Camden intertwines historical facts with a quirky and fun romance that's just out of reach, while adding a lot of drama and suspense with dangerous situations and intrigue. However, I'd be lying if I didn't mention the fact that the last section of the book was a bit odd to me. The big conflict was over but I still had 20% left to read. I wasn't quite sure what could possibly happen in the resolution to last that long. And it ended up being pretty good, but a bit of a letdown and a bit drawn out than I think it needed to be. Overall, I'd read it again, and am looking forward to the second book in the series following her brother Nick.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Lucy Drake, a telegraph operator for the Associated Press, and her brother Nick have been caught up in a family feud for years--their grandfather invented a plumbing valve that his brother ended up making a fortune off of. Lucy and Nick, following in their father's footsteps, want the valve to be used to help everyone, not have the price so high only the rich can afford it, and they're in a legal battle with their uncle, aunt, and cousin, over the family legacy. Although it means sacrificing jus Lucy Drake, a telegraph operator for the Associated Press, and her brother Nick have been caught up in a family feud for years--their grandfather invented a plumbing valve that his brother ended up making a fortune off of. Lucy and Nick, following in their father's footsteps, want the valve to be used to help everyone, not have the price so high only the rich can afford it, and they're in a legal battle with their uncle, aunt, and cousin, over the family legacy. Although it means sacrificing just about everything, Lucy is determined to see the battle through to the end.Sir Colin Beckwith, a British aristocrat who heads up a rival news agency, needs to find a wealthy wife in order to save his family's estate, Whitefriars--which means he has no business getting involved with Lucy, who doesn't have at the fortune necessary to save his crumbling home. But as he learns about Lucy's family battle--and the larger secrets her foes are hiding--he can't help but becoming involved.I've read all of Elizabeth Camden's books, and while I have enjoyed all of them, this one is my favorite. It was fascinating. The plot was so interesting, with twists and turns and historical tidbits that made me want to learn more (like the completion of the AP's Pacific Cable and the controversy over whether to build a canal through Panama or through Nicaragua); there was a fair bit of action and it kept me guessing about how things would play out. I loved the banter between Lucy and Colin; they made me laugh so many times. It's fast-paced and entirely gripping. I highly recommend this one.I received a free copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Caitlin Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing me with a free review copy of the novel. All opinions are my own. This book right away piqued my interest because the characters work for the AP and Reuters. It’s interesting how these companies rivaled each other, yet they shared the same building and news wires. The competition in the business transfers over to friendly competition between the characters.I love historical fiction, so I found this novel interesting. I have not read many novels Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing me with a free review copy of the novel. All opinions are my own. This book right away piqued my interest because the characters work for the AP and Reuters. It’s interesting how these companies rivaled each other, yet they shared the same building and news wires. The competition in the business transfers over to friendly competition between the characters.I love historical fiction, so I found this novel interesting. I have not read many novels set during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. I liked how Camden wove those ideas throughout the novel. It is what helped push the plot along. Her style was enjoyable – I liked getting a glimpse into both characters minds.The problem I had with the novel was how it seemed like there were a million things happening at once. One idea would be presented, then the novel would change direction, and it would never make it back to the original idea. I think had there been a little less action, it would’ve helped make the plot more tightly woven. With that said, the one aspect of the plot does directly influence the other, so there is connection.Overall, if you like historical fiction and want to read about a time in history that isn’t written about as much as other times, try this book out. There’s a little bit of everything inside: romance, mystery, action, and sibling struggles.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Another prime example of Elizabeth Camden’s amazing ability to draw readers into her excellent books, from the first word in the book to the last one, is A Dangerous Legacy. Plus it leaves readers giddy with the exciting news that another book is coming out! Well done, Elizabeth Camden.I could leave this review just like that but, don’t worry, I am going to keep talking about this book. If I had been allowed to, I would have read this book in one sitting but I did it in two. I was just glad it w Another prime example of Elizabeth Camden’s amazing ability to draw readers into her excellent books, from the first word in the book to the last one, is A Dangerous Legacy. Plus it leaves readers giddy with the exciting news that another book is coming out! Well done, Elizabeth Camden.I could leave this review just like that but, don’t worry, I am going to keep talking about this book. If I had been allowed to, I would have read this book in one sitting but I did it in two. I was just glad it was the weekend so I was able to. Lucy was a great main character and so was Colin (Just read his description on the back cover and you will understand why). Camden’s book (all of her books) is descriptive, has historical content, and is very well written.So they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but honestly, don’t you look at the front covers of books? Well I did that with this novel, and when Elizabeth Camden posted the cover, I knew I was going to read this book.This book is very good and I highly recommend A Dangerous Legacy.
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  • Gina Burgess
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the story and the characters. Camden does a wonderful job with historical details that really add so many dimensions to her stories. This one won't disappoint! I particularly enjoyed the inside look at news of the day in 1903, and the peek inside a sanitarium with the horrendous practices. (It isn't graphic, just horrifying).Character development is really good, but one thing that was a bit reader shocking is the abrupt turn around at the end of the story. I get it, but it's still very abr Loved the story and the characters. Camden does a wonderful job with historical details that really add so many dimensions to her stories. This one won't disappoint! I particularly enjoyed the inside look at news of the day in 1903, and the peek inside a sanitarium with the horrendous practices. (It isn't graphic, just horrifying).Character development is really good, but one thing that was a bit reader shocking is the abrupt turn around at the end of the story. I get it, but it's still very abrupt.Each character has a flaw that is even pertinent to today as well. Woven into the story these flaws take the characters out of the 2-D realm of paper and ink (or eReader) into full, lively color complete with smells and textures that you don't find in most stories these days. It's a keeper, and a great, satisfying read.Thank you NetGalley and publisher for giving me this copy to review.
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  • Christie
    January 1, 1970
    Camden's A Dangerous Legacy was a riveting read; there's plenty of intrigue, suspense, action and romance to keep you turning the pages. Lucy and Nick Drake are descendents of the inventors of a water valve that helps transport water to higher stories of a building. Their uncle has been commandeering all of the profits leaving them in a highly contested lawsuit for the last ten years.Lucy's career at the Associated Press translating the Morse code messages brings her into contact with Sir Colin Camden's A Dangerous Legacy was a riveting read; there's plenty of intrigue, suspense, action and romance to keep you turning the pages. Lucy and Nick Drake are descendents of the inventors of a water valve that helps transport water to higher stories of a building. Their uncle has been commandeering all of the profits leaving them in a highly contested lawsuit for the last ten years.Lucy's career at the Associated Press translating the Morse code messages brings her into contact with Sir Colin Beckwith, who works at the competitor, Reuters. Initially they butt heads but circumstances bring them together and feelings develop.Overall a quick read that is hard to put down. I am excited to see that a sequel is in the works for next year continuing with the Drake family. Thank you Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this eARC.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    A Dangerous Legacyby Elizabeth CamdenBethany House Bethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 03 Oct 2017  I am reviewing a copy of A Dangerous Legacy through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:This book transports us back to the early twentieth century, where we meet Lucy Drake who has a talent for reading Morse Codes which makes her an asset to the American news agencies where she works as a telegrapher. It does not take long for the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith a rival British Newspaper a A Dangerous Legacyby Elizabeth CamdenBethany House Bethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 03 Oct 2017  I am reviewing a copy of A Dangerous Legacy through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:This book transports us back to the early twentieth century, where we meet Lucy Drake who has a talent for reading Morse Codes which makes her an asset to the American news agencies where she works as a telegrapher. It does not take long for the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith a rival British Newspaper agent from Reuters to cause her very livelihood to be put at jeopardy.Despite the rivalry an alliance is soon formed between Lucy Drake and Colin Beckwith, an alliance that may help turn the tides of a legal battle from years prior. Could the alliance lead to something more?Find out in A Dangerous Legacy.Five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story and was actually a bit surprised at the amount of suspense built into the plot. It added intrigue and helped the story to move along without dragging. I did struggle with the ease of which the two main characters connected. Their "social classes" should have been problematic, but it didn't seem to be an issue, and that was odd to me. I understood the author's attempt to bridge the social gap, but it seemed too simple in this particular story. The historical aspects of the st I enjoyed this story and was actually a bit surprised at the amount of suspense built into the plot. It added intrigue and helped the story to move along without dragging. I did struggle with the ease of which the two main characters connected. Their "social classes" should have been problematic, but it didn't seem to be an issue, and that was odd to me. I understood the author's attempt to bridge the social gap, but it seemed too simple in this particular story. The historical aspects of the story were quite fascinating - from the telegraph to the newspapers to the debate over the Panama Canal. I enjoyed learning about these historical events from a new perspective.
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  • Dianne Sidebottom
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting romance story with Nick n Lucy Drake battling siblings against family who will do everything to make sure the siblings get nothing. Reuters (Colin) versus AP (Lucy), British (Colin) n American (Lucy) working telegraph for news to sell. The name "Ridgemoor" just as powerful as "Heathcoate" in my life. Look forward to Nick's.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful book. I started reading it and kept on until I finished the book. It has delightful characters and a great time period. I had not read about news agencies and how they worked before this book. The mystery was intriguing. A Dangerous Legacy is a fast-paced story that will captivate readers. I will post my full review soon!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    A Dangerous Legacy was another spectacular historical romance from Elizabeth Camden. I loved 'Until the Dawn' and didn't think it could be topped. But then came 'From This Moment' (and Romulus). Now, after reading 'A Dangerous Legacy'... oh my!... Camden has outdone herself!I was instantly sucked into this story and the characters lives and sent back in time to 1903 in New York City. There was mystery, intrigue, danger, twists and turns, but also charming and humorous moments, as well. The bante A Dangerous Legacy was another spectacular historical romance from Elizabeth Camden. I loved 'Until the Dawn' and didn't think it could be topped. But then came 'From This Moment' (and Romulus). Now, after reading 'A Dangerous Legacy'... oh my!... Camden has outdone herself!I was instantly sucked into this story and the characters lives and sent back in time to 1903 in New York City. There was mystery, intrigue, danger, twists and turns, but also charming and humorous moments, as well. The banter between Lucy and Colin was so much fun.One thing I absolutely love about Camden's books are the interesting and often little known historical facts. This book is full of them! I felt like I learned a lot of things I didn't know before. I loved getting an inside look at the early days of the AP and Reuters. I didn't know any of the history of either news agency, so that was fascinating.'A Dangerous Legacy' is one of the best historical romances I've read this year! I highly recommend it! And I'm so excited there's going to be a sequel!I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of Elizabeth Camden's books and love her writing style, she has a way of capturing my attention right from the beginning and drawing me in. This book is filled with suspense and I loved this historical novel. A book about relationships and trust and making your dream on your own. What a great book.
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  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it down....but more in depth to follow!
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