So, let’s talk Elizabeth Camden’s A Dangerous Legacy. This is Camden’s latest novel, and she delves into a decades-old family feud. Lucy Drake and her brother Nick have been fighting a long, tense court battle against distant relatives over the rights to an ancestor’s invention. A very lucrative invention, at that. Sometimes, money is just more trouble than it’s worth.
Lucy is a telegrapher for the Associated Press in 1800s New York. When she needs help with family drama – as well as a political plot she overhears on the telegraph wire – feisty Lucy turns to obstinate fellow telegrapher Colin Beckwith, a British aristocrat who works for competing news agency Reuters. Between Colin, Lucy, and Nick, dangerous intrigue and drama soon ensue. There’s also romance for Lucy and Colin, much to their mutual chagrin, and quite a bit of suspense.
Elizabeth Camden layers her books into such intricate plots and dynamic characters that you can’t help but get drawn into. Her stories contain such depth and research that you can nearly walk down the streets of a book’s setting and visualize it all – the merchants, the architecture, the carriages and early automobiles, the characters passing you by on the sidewalk…. The glimpse into the history of telegraphy and the AP versus Reuters competition is fascinating, too.
If you enjoy books full of romance and mystery and history, you’ll like this one. Go check it out, y’all.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Elizabeth Camden, Sarah Sundin, Jennifer Delamere, etc.; readers who favor a high level of research evident in their historical fiction; those who enjoy a touch of historical skullduggery in their romance reading
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.