A Daring Venture (Empire State, #2)
As a biochemist in early 1900s New York City, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city—but only if she can get people to believe in her work. Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team's techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.

A Daring Venture (Empire State, #2) Details

TitleA Daring Venture (Empire State, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764218828
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction

A Daring Venture (Empire State, #2) Review

  • Shirley Revill
    January 1, 1970
    Dr Rosalind Werner biochemist studies water borne diseases. She desperately wants a safe water supply for the town to halt the spread of cholera. Rosalind lost her parents and sibling to this awful disease and her research is a cause that is very close to Rosalind's heart. In a time when women where expected to stay at home it's not always easy for Rosalind to be taken seriously. With just ninety days to convince the court and the townsfolk that she can halt the spread of cholera she certainly h Dr Rosalind Werner biochemist studies water borne diseases. She desperately wants a safe water supply for the town to halt the spread of cholera. Rosalind lost her parents and sibling to this awful disease and her research is a cause that is very close to Rosalind's heart. In a time when women where expected to stay at home it's not always easy for Rosalind to be taken seriously. With just ninety days to convince the court and the townsfolk that she can halt the spread of cholera she certainly has a battle on her hands.On the opposite side of the fence is Nicholas Drake. Although Nicholas wants the same outcome as Rosalind he along with the townsfolk are convinced that adding Chlorine to the water is not the right thing to do. Nicholas and the townsfolk are convinced that adding Chlorine to the water will make the water unsafe to drink.Although Rosalind and Nicholas have their differences they become good friends but alas this does not last. Rosalind does something that Nicholas cannot forgive and the friendship ends.This is a story about fighting for what you believe in no matter what the consequences are. Will the price that Rosalind has to pay for her actions be too high even for Rosalind.I really enjoy historical fiction and i enjoyed every second of this audiobook. The narration was really good as was the storyline. This was the first time I have listened to an audiobook by this author and it won't be the last. Although this book is part of a series it is perfectly fine as a standalone.
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  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city--but only if she can get people to believe in her work. Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nickolas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team's techniques. When a brewing court case throws him in About this book:“As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city--but only if she can get people to believe in her work. Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nickolas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team's techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist. While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.”Series: Book #2 in the “Empire State” series. Review of Book #1 Here! Spiritual Content- Thanking God & A blessing over food; A few talks about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches & church going; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of thanking God; A mention of a Bible; A mention of a place in the Bible; A mention of godsend; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a sinner; *Note: A couple mentions of a damning newspaper caption; A mention of hearing something damning; A mention of the devil; A mention of demons. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘fig’, a ‘heck’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘son of a gun’, two forms of ‘darn’, two forms of ‘dumb’s, five ‘stupid’s, and seventeen forms of ‘idiot’s; Some eye rolling; Being punched, attacked, & blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, bodies, illnesses/diseases, & the affects (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a murder (suicide) & how it happened (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of wars & deaths; Mentions of being punched, attacked, injuries, & bruises; Mentions of blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of poison & side-effects (semi-detailed); Mentions of threats; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of a break-in & intruder; Mentions of prisons/jails & arrests; Mentions of a plan to embezzle; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, social drinking, taverns, & drunks; Mentions of divorces; A few mentions of a woman poisoning people on purpose; A few mentions of pickpockets; A few mentions of tobacco; A few mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of a plan to assassinate a president; A couple mentions of blackmail; A couple mentions of cigars & smoking; A mention of a suicide in a play; A mention of where the sun doesn’t shine.Sexual Content- four hand kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss, touch, & embrace; Touches, Hand holding, & Nearness (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Lots of Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; a form of ‘wanton’; Mentions of a married man’s attraction & touches to Rosalind (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of reputations, scandals, & a fallen woman; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of blushes & winks; A few mentions of an affair & a child born out of it; A few mentions of inappropriate suggestions; A couple mentions of crushes; A mention of making love to someone; A mention of chaperones; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A few mentions of a mother who died after child labor; A few mentions of miscarriages.-Rosalind Werner, age 28-Nicholas “Nick” Drake, age 36 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1908 (Prologue in 1890) 341 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Three StarsSet five years after “A Daring Legacy”, this sequel picks up with Lucy’s young brother’s story and female doctor, Rosalind. While I liked Rosalind, the romance was very instant, and they were kissing at page fifty-six (chapter four). That’s pretty quick in my opinion. Nick had some good moments, but he lashed out and caused problems more than I care to explain, and I ended up feeling ‘meh’ about him. This author always adds a unique historical plot to her books and this one was no different with the topics of chlorine in water and the fights that had to happen for clean water. This novel sets-up for the next book well, and while I’m slightly interested in it, I’m not so sure about the main girl. We’ll have to see. Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.
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  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a fan of insta lust/love / kissing early on in books. I didn't care for this hero's temper and how nastily he lashed out and I definitely don't plan to read the next book because the heroine in that book is a character in this one who I didn't care for. Don't like her. It's really a shame because this had the typical brilliant Camden heroine and the historic story alone was interesting by itself without the other added stuff. Disappointed.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a lovely companion piece to A Dangerous Legacy and takes us back to gilded age New York. As per always, Camden's ongoing fictional intention is the promotion of women in interesting occupations usually dominated by the men of their period. Rosalind Warner is a doctor and biochemist in New York is at the forefront of sanitary research that will work to provide safe water to New Yorkers. Nicholas Drake ( familiar to readers of A Dangerous Legacy) is newly appointed as Commissioner of This book is a lovely companion piece to A Dangerous Legacy and takes us back to gilded age New York. As per always, Camden's ongoing fictional intention is the promotion of women in interesting occupations usually dominated by the men of their period. Rosalind Warner is a doctor and biochemist in New York is at the forefront of sanitary research that will work to provide safe water to New Yorkers. Nicholas Drake ( familiar to readers of A Dangerous Legacy) is newly appointed as Commissioner of Water for New York. Nicholas is no stranger to hardwork or conditions, having spent several years familiar with helping tenement inhabiting families. This is a romance that will easily appeal to those who love a little (un)friendly competition to add to the flint and sparks. But what sets Camden apart is the sheer intelligence and vibrant research that ripples through each of her expertly plotted tales. The research! I mean, you read a Camden book and you feel like you're getting an honourary degree in a subject you never knew was so fascinating. I love her intelligence, her articulate prose, her penchant for mature characters meeting over their mindful strengths and her advocacy for women choosing professions alongside their passions for eventual hearths and homes.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    A Daring Venture is the second book in the Empire State series. I haven't read the first one yet and I'm wondering if that is part of the reason I didn't love this as much as I was hoping. I enjoyed the history and how the story line was so unique...I've never read a book like this.I did think the romance was a little to "insta-love" and I wasn't a fan of it. The writing style was great, though, and made it so easy to read. All in all, I enjoyed A Daring Venture but it isn't my favorite of Camde A Daring Venture is the second book in the Empire State series. I haven't read the first one yet and I'm wondering if that is part of the reason I didn't love this as much as I was hoping. I enjoyed the history and how the story line was so unique...I've never read a book like this.I did think the romance was a little to "insta-love" and I wasn't a fan of it. The writing style was great, though, and made it so easy to read. All in all, I enjoyed A Daring Venture but it isn't my favorite of Camden's. I'm not sure if I will be continuing the series or not.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI didn’t particularly care for how it started. An instant attraction and kiss within such a short amount of time just doesn’t ring real for me. I didn’t really connect with any characters in this one. I also wish it had some sort of faith themeHowever, I loved the story and plot. I’m a huge fan of Historical Fiction so I enjoyed the science, beginning of public water systems, and all the complications that went along with it. The fact that it was based on real characters and facts made 3.5 StarsI didn’t particularly care for how it started. An instant attraction and kiss within such a short amount of time just doesn’t ring real for me. I didn’t really connect with any characters in this one. I also wish it had some sort of faith themeHowever, I loved the story and plot. I’m a huge fan of Historical Fiction so I enjoyed the science, beginning of public water systems, and all the complications that went along with it. The fact that it was based on real characters and facts made this book interesting to me.I always enjoy Camden’s reads. This one wasn’t as good as some, but I did enjoy the rich research and history on bringing in clean water to cities.
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  • Diane Estrella
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner! I've never read an Elizabeth Camden book I didn't like... just sayin'...The overall story was good and I liked getting to know both Rosalind and Nicholas. I felt a kinship with Nick and his desire to be connected with his family and always want to see the good in everyone. The romance was realistic and shows the dangers of falling too hard, too quickly.This book actually made me say to my husband that we need to have our well water tested to make sure it is safe to drink. The aut Another winner! I've never read an Elizabeth Camden book I didn't like... just sayin'...The overall story was good and I liked getting to know both Rosalind and Nicholas. I felt a kinship with Nick and his desire to be connected with his family and always want to see the good in everyone. The romance was realistic and shows the dangers of falling too hard, too quickly.This book actually made me say to my husband that we need to have our well water tested to make sure it is safe to drink. The author did immense research into this topic and impressed me with the importance of being informed and taking action when needed... so, thank you. This story based on true events was amazing and incredulous, but thankfully, someone was brave enough to act and save lives.I believe in book one of this series, Nick had wanted to save some family jewels for his future bride but this was not addressed in this story. (Sad face.) I do like how book three is set up with an introduction to the characters here, in A Daring Venture.I received this book from the author/publisher but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a 4.5 rating for me.At the heart of this story is the question when is it alright to use individuals for experimentation without their consent?Rosalind and Drake both want the same thing for their city. Clean and safe water. But their methods are so different and clash so that the budding romance is quickly squashed before it can blossom. Rosalind is a strong woman who fights against the odds at that time to build a career in science at a time when it was not generally accepted for women This is a 4.5 rating for me.At the heart of this story is the question when is it alright to use individuals for experimentation without their consent?Rosalind and Drake both want the same thing for their city. Clean and safe water. But their methods are so different and clash so that the budding romance is quickly squashed before it can blossom. Rosalind is a strong woman who fights against the odds at that time to build a career in science at a time when it was not generally accepted for women to be in that field. Her parent's bout with cholera is a motivation. She also has a scandal from Germany hanging around her neck.Drake has to struggle with his background. Luckily, he has money on his side even if it is new money. But I love that he is a go getter with the interest of the poor at heart.These were just two good people pitted against each other by circumstances.While I understood Rosalind's position I did not agree with it. And even though a lot of good came from it but her action was dangerous and ethically wrong on all levels. Bad things are sometimes done with the best intentions. Was surprised to learn that the research part was loosely based on real life events.There were a lot of twists and unexpected turns. But as always in a romance story, love always winsThanks to netgalley and Bethany house publishers for an e-copy in return for my honest review
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book, I did. Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite Inspy fiction authors and one reason being, she writes about such unique pieces of history. An early 1900s female Doctor and biochemist? Count me in!But y’all, there were just bits I couldn’t get past. One, is that I’m not a fan of the instant attraction/in love. You might be a fan, but it sometimes felt a little over the top for me.One of my biggest hang ups was a decision Rosalind made I struggled with. Vague? Yes, but t I wanted to love this book, I did. Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite Inspy fiction authors and one reason being, she writes about such unique pieces of history. An early 1900s female Doctor and biochemist? Count me in!But y’all, there were just bits I couldn’t get past. One, is that I’m not a fan of the instant attraction/in love. You might be a fan, but it sometimes felt a little over the top for me.One of my biggest hang ups was a decision Rosalind made I struggled with. Vague? Yes, but to say any more would be too much of a spoiler. Not only that, but there weren’t any real consequences to her choices. Instead, things ended up nicely tied up with a bow. For what they each dealt with, I felt the resolution needed more depth.While not my favorite from Camden, I look forward to future reads.
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  • Libby May
    January 1, 1970
    It was good. 100% cliche. 100% insta-love. But I actually enjoyed the story. I learned a whole bunch about water filtration and chlorination. And I loved that Rosalind wasn't like all attracted to Nick's muscles, but his grease covered hands. If y'all want a content review let me know. Otherwise recommended for people 14 and up who don't mind cliches or instant-love.
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  • Joleen
    January 1, 1970
    Daring Venture by Elizabeth CamdenTime Frame: 1890 childhood, 1908 adultLocation: Prologue in Connecticut but mostly Jersey City, NJ Main Characters:Dr. Rosalind Werner: Doctor of biochemistryNick Drake: Commissioner of New York City’s water boardMargaret Drake: Aunt by marriage to Drake, someone who hated himEllie Drake: Drake’s cousin he hasn’t seen since childhoodGus and Ingrid: Rosalind’s brother and sister-in-lawLucy and Colin: Nick’s sister and brother-in-law I’m going to be honest here a Daring Venture by Elizabeth CamdenTime Frame: 1890 childhood, 1908 adultLocation: Prologue in Connecticut but mostly Jersey City, NJ Main Characters:Dr. Rosalind Werner: Doctor of biochemistryNick Drake: Commissioner of New York City’s water boardMargaret Drake: Aunt by marriage to Drake, someone who hated himEllie Drake: Drake’s cousin he hasn’t seen since childhoodGus and Ingrid: Rosalind’s brother and sister-in-lawLucy and Colin: Nick’s sister and brother-in-law I’m going to be honest here and just say I will have to rate this as a secular book. Ms. Camden has veered away from her previous Christian historical fiction genre into simply historical fiction. There wasn’t much about this that could be considered Christian. No mention of Christ, and only superficial mentions of God. Was it clean? Meh, pretty much – except for drinking and references to foul language used by the male lead, plus dishonesty. One kissing scene in a back alley from the two main characters (who had only known each other a matter of days and was out of character for a primly brought up female lead), but the rest is what I could call “clean”.So, that being said, as a secular historical fiction book, it was very good! Some may think it was slow, but I didn’t particularly think so. As usual, Ms. Camden did an amazing amount of research and brought in the history of New York City at the turn of the century remarkably. Never would I have considered a book focusing on a water district or water purification an interesting topic, but it flowed nicely with storyline of the main characters. Although there was a lot of water research detail, it wasn’t so detailed that it bogged the book down.Characters were well introduced and we got to know them fairly well. I wasn’t fond of Nick’s brash nature half of the time, but that was his personality and Ms. Camden portrayed him well. A surprising villain came into the picture which added much depth to the book. Loved it.Quick read, good book. 4.5 stars.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    History has always intrigued me. Maybe because I have an inquisitive mind?. I want to know how things were built, why they were built, when they were built, who built them.I was THAT student in school who would have a notebook of random facts about random things. My family actually calls me "Ms. Google" because of my crazy little brain cells. 🤷We're water-a-holics in my house, so to learn a bit about the history of clean drinking water was SO COOL to me.There were a few times when the science we History has always intrigued me. Maybe because I have an inquisitive mind?. I want to know how things were built, why they were built, when they were built, who built them.I was THAT student in school who would have a notebook of random facts about random things. My family actually calls me "Ms. Google" because of my crazy little brain cells. 🤷We're water-a-holics in my house, so to learn a bit about the history of clean drinking water was SO COOL to me.There were a few times when the science went a little over my head. (I'm a history nerd, not a science geek remember) I got the general idea though.This time period was rough for women who wanted to do anything other than get married and have babies. Our leading lady was not one of those girls. She wanted to change the world...and she had a good reason why. She lost her family because of tainted drinking water. If that doesn't make you want to change to the world I don't know what will.My only problem with her...she had NO backbone!!! For such a smart, strong, courageous woman she was a stinkin' doormat. I wanted to crawl into the book and stand up for her.Nicholas was quite an interesting character to say the least. He was progressive in his ideas of women being in "men's positions", but he also had moments where he didn't think they should. It was like a endless internal war. He also had QUITE the temper...like SUPER short fuse. He was never violent and he cooled down quickly, but he was ready to blow up at any time. At the end of the day he was a sweet guy though, very thoughtful and kind.The romance in this book was INSTANT. He saw her in a diner and was smitten *snaps* like that. There isn't much else to say on it...it was instant and that was that. They did stand behind each other even though they had opposing opinions. (well they almost always stood behind each other)Camden caught me few times with some surprises thrown into the pages. It was fun to keep up with.There were also a few scenes that introduce you to the cast of book 3. So that one should be...fun.I enjoyed the writing style, and the history of this book. I was longing for a snapback scene between Rosalind and her sister-in-law, but sadly never got it.Overall I rated this book a 3.5/5 stars.*I received this book in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive rating**All opinions are my own*
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  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading book 2 in this series! Reading and learning about the beginning of treating water with chlorine in the US to help prevent cholera was fascinating! As was the subplot relating to the male lead. I was happy to read this continuation of the first book and look forward to the next book in the series!
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    To review a Elizabeth Camden book is nearly impossible. There is so much that gets me excited.The density, carefulness and style with which she writes is full of flavor and creativity.She always leaves me astounded by smart, witty and a bit unpredictable characters.A Daring Venture was no different <3Once I finished A Dangerous Legacy, I couldn't have been happier to learn it was actually the first in the series. I would definitely start there just because it's worth it.Nick will have your he To review a Elizabeth Camden book is nearly impossible. There is so much that gets me excited.The density, carefulness and style with which she writes is full of flavor and creativity.She always leaves me astounded by smart, witty and a bit unpredictable characters.A Daring Venture was no different <3Once I finished A Dangerous Legacy, I couldn't have been happier to learn it was actually the first in the series. I would definitely start there just because it's worth it.Nick will have your heart from the first page with his intensity and determination.There's something ferocious and unsettling about him, but there's also a very kind and intuitive side of him that definitely catches Dr Rosalind Werner by surprise.There is nothing calm about their relationship, and you couldn't expect nothing different from two driven people. However, this drive might as well tear them apart as they fight on opposite sides for the well-being of New York's population. With neither one wanting to bend, will their strong pursuits towards their work be enough to fight the attraction that hits them like lightening when they are on the same space?*many thanks to Bethany House for a review copy. This is my honest opinon.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Camden's books so I have been eager to get my hands on this new story! I really enjoy how her books get creative in their settings and careers of main characters. This series really dives into out of the box careers and I LOVE it! There is a lot of science/chemistry in this book (my least favorite subject) and yet I thought Camden did a splendid job in explaining things. I loved the setting, I loved the history and I liked how she tied this book to the first one. The two main char I really enjoy Camden's books so I have been eager to get my hands on this new story! I really enjoy how her books get creative in their settings and careers of main characters. This series really dives into out of the box careers and I LOVE it! There is a lot of science/chemistry in this book (my least favorite subject) and yet I thought Camden did a splendid job in explaining things. I loved the setting, I loved the history and I liked how she tied this book to the first one. The two main characters are difficult for me to love. I like them but the romance side I didn't like. While I don't think this is Camden's best book, I still couldn't put it down and I am excited to read the next one! Four stars. "I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own."
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    As I opened this book the story just kept getting better and better, and right to the last page I was captivated.What a world the author gives us, and yes, we learn that there is some fact here, and what a gift of saving lives, even if most is fictional. We are shown a very different world for woman here, to be accused of a crime and feel shamed for it, today it would be laughed off, but for this talented and educated woman it was a curse.I wanted to smack her sister in law, but I had to remind As I opened this book the story just kept getting better and better, and right to the last page I was captivated.What a world the author gives us, and yes, we learn that there is some fact here, and what a gift of saving lives, even if most is fictional. We are shown a very different world for woman here, to be accused of a crime and feel shamed for it, today it would be laughed off, but for this talented and educated woman it was a curse.I wanted to smack her sister in law, but I had to remind myself that she had lost a lot, but so ungrateful.If you enjoy a great story, with a bit of sweet romance this one has it all, and you sure won’t be disappointed.I received this book through Bethany House and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first one but this was even better! And the theme. It's one thing I love about EC's books: each one features an historic case that had a true bearing in the world. Loved Nick and Rosalind!
  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    Dr. Rosalind Werner is a biochemist, with a passion for improving the welfare of communities so that they will not have to fear the diseases brought on by unclean drinking water. Rosalind fled scandal in Germany, and is fighting to prove herself in the experimental chlorination of public water. One of their fiercest opponents is Nick Drake, the plumber turned wealthy businessman.Nick is just as passionate about the welfare of the community, but is skeptical of putting chemicals into public drink Dr. Rosalind Werner is a biochemist, with a passion for improving the welfare of communities so that they will not have to fear the diseases brought on by unclean drinking water. Rosalind fled scandal in Germany, and is fighting to prove herself in the experimental chlorination of public water. One of their fiercest opponents is Nick Drake, the plumber turned wealthy businessman.Nick is just as passionate about the welfare of the community, but is skeptical of putting chemicals into public drinking water, with unknown long-term effects. He has fought to earn his place among the wealthy, but his knowledge of the inner workings of the water systems prove valuable assets as he fights to improve the lives of the poor. Nick and Rosalind fight their attraction to each other, while fighting for clean water on opposing sides, does their love have a chance?Who would have guessed that a novel about water purification would be this riveting? Elizabeth Camden has done it again, written a completely engrossing novel that I couldn't put down, well researched and full of historical details that enriched this romantic and suspenseful read. Probably one of my favorites by Ms. Camden so far, I picked this book up on my day off and couldn't put it down. I read it through in one day! Rosalind is brilliant, a strong woman, clever, and well educated, she has a passion for preventing water-borne illnesses that took her parents and nearly took her brother, Gus. She fled from a scandal in Germany, does her best to avoid all appearances of impropriety while working in a field dominated by men. Nick is back in the long awaited sequel to A Dangerous Legacy, where we are first introduced to the feud between the Drake families. Time has passed, and he has grown into his position of privilege, and is determined to use his wealth to improve the lives of others. He is widowed, and the father of a daughter, Sadie. As a newly monied man he finds it hard to be accepted in the higher reaches of society where much of the moving and shaking is done. He is an intelligent man who learned by experience, as he didn't have the opportunities for a higher education like the men that are now his peers. He is a man who burns hot, because he deeply cares, and wants to make a difference, though far too often it land him in trouble. This is a fantastic read from beginning to end it was engaging, well-paced, with strong passionate protagonists that gripped my heart, and their flaws only made me love them more. There is conspiracy and intrigue, with high stakes legal cases, alongside romance, family drama, and hints of healing rifts. I liked how Rosalind and Nick, though often dealt a raw hand, still chose to be optimists and think well of others. A thrilling climax, and well done characters. An absolutely thrilling read, that I highly recommend! P.S. I'm hoping that Eloise's story is in the making, as she is an intriguing young woman who definitely has a story to tell!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this latest book from Camden. My favorite part of her books is how well researched they are and how she uses actual historical events and happenings to create her stories. It is so intriguing to see how things came about even set in a fictional world of one of her novels because I know that it is all based on real life.I always enjoy strong females in my books so I was thrilled with a female biochemist! I'm not a science person, but I can still appreciate that she was breaking i I really enjoyed this latest book from Camden. My favorite part of her books is how well researched they are and how she uses actual historical events and happenings to create her stories. It is so intriguing to see how things came about even set in a fictional world of one of her novels because I know that it is all based on real life.I always enjoy strong females in my books so I was thrilled with a female biochemist! I'm not a science person, but I can still appreciate that she was breaking into a field dominated by men. It was also fun to see some characters from the first book again.In today's day and age, we take so much for granted. It was good to read this book and be reminded of the battles that used to be fought in the US to get clean drinking water and avoid common contaminants that killed many people. Of course, this book also reminded me that there are people all over the world that still don't have clean drinking water and that saddened me more than I can say. But I digress!I liked Nick in the first book but I really fell in love with him in this one. I love how down to earth he is and I also love how fiercely protective he can be. Rosalind impressed me with her intelligence, but at times I found her quite annoying. Of course, this didn't surprise me because I know that was how she was supposed to come across. I'm really looking forward to book three in this series. In the past, I've read a lot of standalones from Camden and I'm enjoying having a series with repeating characters!I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Poised on the brink of a watershed moment for delivering clean water to the masses, “A Daring Venture” adroitly combines science with the human element. Hindsight is usually 20/20, and it is easy to look back and forget that what we now take for granted was once contentious and groundbreaking. As such, it is informative to see both sides of the controversy and to get a glimpse into the techniques, sacrifices, and struggles of each. Elizabeth Camden achieves this without overwhelming the reader w Poised on the brink of a watershed moment for delivering clean water to the masses, “A Daring Venture” adroitly combines science with the human element. Hindsight is usually 20/20, and it is easy to look back and forget that what we now take for granted was once contentious and groundbreaking. As such, it is informative to see both sides of the controversy and to get a glimpse into the techniques, sacrifices, and struggles of each. Elizabeth Camden achieves this without overwhelming the reader with scientific detail, composing a novel that keeps readers engaged and intrigued. My grandmother was born in 1908, and I know little about her life or the early twentieth century in America, so it was a treat to read a story set during that time period. Another aspect of this novel that distinguished it from other historical fiction was the occupation and background of the main character, Rosalind Werner. Her childhood brush with cholera paves the way for her professional aspirations and also makes her more sympathetic to readers, and having achieved her doctorate in biochemistry from a German university makes her completely unique in this genre. Nicholas Drake is similarly distinctive, a suitable complement and adversary. The moral and ethical considerations woven into the narrative cause Rosalind and Nick’s professional and personal lives to intersect while infusing the story with a subtle faith element. Elizabeth Camden truly pens a tour de force with “A Daring Venture”, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an intelligent, absorbing read.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    Should I give it two or three stars...? This book was okay. There were a couple of good spots, but I also noticed a lot of spots where the writing was just patchy and seemed a bit... carelessly put together? Specifically, there were phrases that people would have said in our generation, not in that time era--and I'm not a history whiz or researcher at all, but they still jumped out to me. There was also a hugeeeee piece of backstory that the author didn't even resolve...?Overall... meh. I don't Should I give it two or three stars...? This book was okay. There were a couple of good spots, but I also noticed a lot of spots where the writing was just patchy and seemed a bit... carelessly put together? Specifically, there were phrases that people would have said in our generation, not in that time era--and I'm not a history whiz or researcher at all, but they still jumped out to me. There was also a hugeeeee piece of backstory that the author didn't even resolve...?Overall... meh. I don't know if I'd recommend this book to anyone, but I did like the writing style in general and would take another chance at Camden's books. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a story with a very interesting and unusual premise. I enjoyed learning about the scientific aspects of cleaning the public’s water and making sure it’s safe for consumption. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Nick Drake, he was a hoot! Rosalind was charming and their banter was witty and entertaining. Definitely was surprised at a few of the twists later in the book and I very much enjoyed the ending. Looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy, “ A Desperate Hope,” which is m This was a story with a very interesting and unusual premise. I enjoyed learning about the scientific aspects of cleaning the public’s water and making sure it’s safe for consumption. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Nick Drake, he was a hoot! Rosalind was charming and their banter was witty and entertaining. Definitely was surprised at a few of the twists later in the book and I very much enjoyed the ending. Looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy, “ A Desperate Hope,” which is my next read!
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: A Daring Venture (An Empire State Novel #2)Author: Elizabeth CamdenPages: 347Year: 2018Publisher: Bethany HouseMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Rosalind Werner is a biochemist in the early 1900s. She was born in the U.S., but at the age of 10 a cholera epidemic killed her parents and grandfather. She and her brother were sent to Germany to live with relatives. Recently, Rosalind and her brother have returned to the U.S. due to Rosalind having a less than stellar reputation in the city where Title: A Daring Venture (An Empire State Novel #2)Author: Elizabeth CamdenPages: 347Year: 2018Publisher: Bethany HouseMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Rosalind Werner is a biochemist in the early 1900s. She was born in the U.S., but at the age of 10 a cholera epidemic killed her parents and grandfather. She and her brother were sent to Germany to live with relatives. Recently, Rosalind and her brother have returned to the U.S. due to Rosalind having a less than stellar reputation in the city where they were living in Germany, causing job losses and a forced move back to the U.S. The accusations were unfounded, and Rosalind was completely innocent, but the rumors wouldn’t stop. Now Rosalind, having dedicated her life’s work to stopping the spread of cholera, has been working diligently to study the use of chlorine added to water as a safe way to kill cholera while still allowing the water to be consumed. She faces an uphill battle with one of her major opponents, Nick Drake, thinking that chlorine is poisoning the water and not a safe option.Nick Drake is one of three commissioners whose jobs are to ensure the water supply to New York is safe and abundant. He has agreed to a new filtration plant and a reservoir to supply the growing city but refuses to consider another cheaper but untested method…chlorine. He is captivated by Dr. Werner as a woman, and he admires her intelligence. He thinks they might have a future together. She seems to reciprocate his feelings. Rosalind finds herself the target of an enemy who brings her past troubles from Germany to the attention of the news media. Someone is out to ruin her, but who?What an interesting story! That is one reason this is one of my “must read” authors as she draws from history such interesting and entertaining information and presents them in a delightful novel. I always learn something new from her books. The lead characters in this story are ones that I could connect to and care about. Betrayal, deception, and romance are just a few of the angles presented. The prose is easy to read and flows quickly from page to page to keep readers interested. Enjoy an afternoon or two reading about New York near the turn of the century!
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    I found the history behind the introduction of the chlorination process into the water treatment to eliminate water-borne diseases quite interesting as woven into the story. The book is interesting from a historical standpoint - though it is, of course, a work of fiction. The author does great research.The two main characters, Rosalind Werner and Nick Drake, have strong character traits and some very weak ones. With Rosalind we see a young lady whose past haunts her though she is innocent of cul I found the history behind the introduction of the chlorination process into the water treatment to eliminate water-borne diseases quite interesting as woven into the story. The book is interesting from a historical standpoint - though it is, of course, a work of fiction. The author does great research.The two main characters, Rosalind Werner and Nick Drake, have strong character traits and some very weak ones. With Rosalind we see a young lady whose past haunts her though she is innocent of culpability. She is a scientist in a time when women who achieved such a high level of education and expertise were not readily accepted. With Nick we have a young man of wealth who is newly wealthy and lacks some of the social graces that would normally accompany such. However, his main flaw is his impulsiveness. He is quick to act on attraction and romantic inclinations. And sadly, he is very quick to become angry and lash out.The legal struggle to chlorinate the water system is deftly woven into the attraction of these two main characters who are, seemingly, on opposite sides of the battle. Their blossoming romance further complicates their professional lives and this historical battle of wits, legalese, and subterfuge.I find it disturbing that Nick's quick-to-be-angry and quick-to-make-up and be accepted by Rosalind too quickly. Relationships where such is the behavior of the man quite often lead to violence toward the woman in later times. It will be interesting in the sequel where a minor character in this book is the focus if we see Nick still exhibiting his angry/sweet behavior. I do look forward to reading the next book in this series by Elizabeth Camden.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
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  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    January 1, 1970
    A Daring Venture – Elizabeth Camden (5 Stars)In the second entry in the Empire State series, A Daring Venture introduces Doctor Rosalind Werner, a biochemist with a passion for clean, disease-free water. Having lost her parents to cholera, Rosalind will risk everything to ensure that her family, friends, and neighbors are protected. A high-stakes court case places Rosalind on the opposing side of Nickolas Drake, the up-and-coming Commissioner of Water for New York. Nick is instantly attracted to A Daring Venture – Elizabeth Camden (5 Stars)In the second entry in the Empire State series, A Daring Venture introduces Doctor Rosalind Werner, a biochemist with a passion for clean, disease-free water. Having lost her parents to cholera, Rosalind will risk everything to ensure that her family, friends, and neighbors are protected. A high-stakes court case places Rosalind on the opposing side of Nickolas Drake, the up-and-coming Commissioner of Water for New York. Nick is instantly attracted to Rosalind, as she seems to understand both his mechanical background and the society world he finds himself thrust into with his new-found wealth. While Rosalind hopes to change his mind about the new technology that can solve New York City’s water crisis, Nick faces his own battles ensuring enough water reaches the population. With controversy and unknown enemies at every turn, Rosalind and Nick are in the battle of their lives, all before the judge makes his final ruling.Ms. Camden builds on characters first introduced in A Dangerous Legacy, while bringing more high-stakes romance to the storyline of A Daring Venture. Fans of the Empire State series will be thrilled with this new novel!Overall, I am absolutely thrilled with A Daring Venture! If someone had told me that it was possible to stay up late reading a historical romance involving a real-life court case about chlorination technology, I would have probably laughed at the possibility. Sure enough, Ms. Camden again achieves the impossible, as she includes this type of incredible historical detail within her riveting storytelling style. Nick and Rosalind seem like a perfect fit within the book’s setting and storyline, even as they offer a cutting-edge perspective on the technology of the early 1900s. To make it even better, Ms. Camden hints at a third novel in the series, again based on characters already introduced that find themselves in a nearly unbelievable situation of historic proportions. With such a talent for making history utterly fascinating for her readers, it is little wonder that I find myself pre-ordering every book that Ms. Camden releases. Special thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of A Daring Venture! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks!Brittany at the Books and Biscuits BlogPS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2018.... Thanks!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I just really enjoy the way Ms. Camden writes historical fiction. The science aspect of this story was so interesting. The storytelling was also very engaging. That prologue! However, I felt like the focus of the story was a bit muddled. All the different aspects of this story definitely helped to create well rounded characters, which ultimately made me invested in the outcome of this story, but they also made for a less cohesive feel while reading. There were some secrets kept, some lies told, I just really enjoy the way Ms. Camden writes historical fiction. The science aspect of this story was so interesting. The storytelling was also very engaging. That prologue! However, I felt like the focus of the story was a bit muddled. All the different aspects of this story definitely helped to create well rounded characters, which ultimately made me invested in the outcome of this story, but they also made for a less cohesive feel while reading. There were some secrets kept, some lies told, some mystery to be solved, some underhanded villainy, and finally some revelations. See? Like I said, muddled. That being said, I still would have enjoyed this more had it not been for the H. He was brash, but that wasn't what bothered me. What bothered me was that he lost his temper a lot and would direct it at people who didn't deserve it. He would always apologize afterwards, but it kept on happening with literally everyone except for his daughter. And the h suffered the most because of it. His actions to show that his remorse was sincere were great, but his apology for what he did to her should have been epic and it wasn't nearly enough. Overall, I'm conflicted about my recommendation for this book. It's very readable, but the story itself was a little scattered and the H wasn't very likable. The spiritual content also wasn't there. When I start a book labeled "inspirational fiction", I'm hoping to be encouraged in my Christian life, and that didn't happen with this book. One star for the history, one star for women pioneers in fields traditionally populated by men, and one star for storytelling.
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  • Rebekah Brown
    January 1, 1970
    A Daring Adventure is the 2nd installment to Camden's Empire State series. My rating and assessment of both novels are very similar. I was very interested in the historical information and it was clear that Camden did a lot of research for this novel. There were several twists and turns in the plot that kept the novel interesting! However, I had a hard time relating to any of the characters...and the romance was well...not romantic! As in most romances, we have a conflict and resolution and thi A Daring Adventure is the 2nd installment to Camden's Empire State series. My rating and assessment of both novels are very similar. I was very interested in the historical information and it was clear that Camden did a lot of research for this novel. There were several twists and turns in the plot that kept the novel interesting! However, I had a hard time relating to any of the characters...and the romance was well...not romantic! As in most romances, we have a conflict and resolution and this novel was no different. However, I felt that it was never explained how the characters were able to forgive each other...especially Rosalind. If a man ever spoke to me the way Nick did to Rosalind, I would move on. I felt that Nick needed help to gain a better understanding of his anger problems and to learn how to control his temper before he and Rosalind could reunite. Lastly, for him to peruse and Kiss her within such a short time and in a public place...let's just say that should have had her running from the beginning! I do not plan on reading the next novel in Empire state, but maybe from Camden.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 stars. Elizabeth Camden can even make water treatment interesting. I was worried that this read would have “second book syndrome” when the second book in a series doesn’t measure up to the first, but not so in this case. I completely enjoyed this book and getting to know Nick Drake better. Rosalind, a scientist in a male dominated field in 1908 was a wonderful and complex character. The romance was sweet and believable. Nick delivers a swoon-worthy speech to Rosalind that was just perfec ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars. Elizabeth Camden can even make water treatment interesting. I was worried that this read would have “second book syndrome” when the second book in a series doesn’t measure up to the first, but not so in this case. I completely enjoyed this book and getting to know Nick Drake better. Rosalind, a scientist in a male dominated field in 1908 was a wonderful and complex character. The romance was sweet and believable. Nick delivers a swoon-worthy speech to Rosalind that was just perfect. My only tiny complaint is that some of the legal issues were resolved too quickly, not the main legal battle but some of the other ones that arise toward the end. I’m eager to dive into book three.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is a fascinating tale of science. I have read all of Camden's novels, and every new addition captures my attention. I'm impressed every time she composes a new novel that includes how science shaped our country. Camden again does a good job at allowing her science to tell the story.Her research is amazing. As a budding writer, I'm learning how to incorporate my research into my historical fiction novels, but Camden does a wonderful job at incorporating the r A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is a fascinating tale of science. I have read all of Camden's novels, and every new addition captures my attention. I'm impressed every time she composes a new novel that includes how science shaped our country. Camden again does a good job at allowing her science to tell the story.Her research is amazing. As a budding writer, I'm learning how to incorporate my research into my historical fiction novels, but Camden does a wonderful job at incorporating the research without taking away from the story. She weaves it in and allows the story to take over. Camden does a great job at inviting me into the story and allowing me to see the setting of New York and New Jersey. I have never been to those places, but with Camden's writing, I feel like I have been there.I really enjoyed this second installment occurring in New York around the turn of the century. The idea of chlorine in public water is a common thing now, but I never knew all the struggles that the scientist had to actually go through in order to make our public water healthier. I'm glad they did. Camden does a great job at creating a story that kept me riveted with the story as I listened and watched the drama happened around Rosalind, Gus, and Nick. There are many twists and turns and a hint of mystery. I couldn't read the story fast enough.The romance occurred naturally for a couple of people who are pushed into a difficult situation and tossed into a daily encounter. I watched Nick and Rosalind as they fell in love. I enjoy Camden's ability to create a historical romance that shines off the pages.Overall, A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is a wonderful tale to show the struggle of science in early America. The characters are fascinating, and the plot captures my imagination. I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the third installment in this book coming 2019.I received a complimentary copy of A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This definitely redeemed itself by the end, but this is definitely not my favorite by this author. For one, the romance was total instalove, and somewhat cringeworthy for most of the book. Nick says she’s “as pretty as a moonbeam” (whatever that means) in chapter 3, they’re kissing by chapter 4, and later in the book, he mentions that he fell in love with Rosalind within five minutes of meeting her. I was not a fan of any of these instalove interactions, so that really detracted for me. He also This definitely redeemed itself by the end, but this is definitely not my favorite by this author. For one, the romance was total instalove, and somewhat cringeworthy for most of the book. Nick says she’s “as pretty as a moonbeam” (whatever that means) in chapter 3, they’re kissing by chapter 4, and later in the book, he mentions that he fell in love with Rosalind within five minutes of meeting her. I was not a fan of any of these instalove interactions, so that really detracted for me. He also made some pretty suggestive comments for something set in 1908. I liked Nick as a character when he featured in his sister’s story, but I wasn’t a fan of him in this one. I really didn’t like the way he treated Rosalind, especially when he sold her out to the newspaper after knowing she’s sensitive to media attention. That was really immature and childish of him, especially for a woman he claimed to be in love with. The safe drinking water aspect of the plot was interesting, especially after reading the author’s note and learning that Dr Leal and George Fuller were real people. That was really interesting, and Elizabeth Camden does a great job making the historical time period come to life. The mending family ties aspect of the plot (connecting to the first book) was interesting as well. I couldn’t blame Nick for wanting to improve the relationship with his family, even though it seemed doomed to fail going into it. I liked the excitement that angle added to the plot, especially when Rosalind was thrown into jail. I will say that both characters grew by the end of the book, and I liked their relationship a lot more. When I read the beginning with all the instalove, I thought this would be a 2 star book, but it redeemed itself by the end, so it’s a solid 3 star book, but definitely not as good as the first in the series, and definitely not Camden’s best in my opinion.
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