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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Dangerous Legacy - Empire State Book 1 - Elizabeth Camden

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Page-Turning Romance and Intrigue in Award-Winning Author's Next Historical Novel
Lucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. 

Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin's connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them. (From Amazon)


My Thoughts 
Sir Colin Beckwith
Sir Colin Beckwith
WOW! So.Much.History is crammed into this incredible story! The first thing that stood out to me...Is that Nick (Lucy Drake's brother) is a plumber...My dad is a plumber. I remember going with him to jobs all growing up. He taught me how to solder, and I did better than the average apprentice. Mostly I organized the fittings...And swept the job site. BUT, learning about how things were run in the early 1900s was FASCINATING! I LOVED it! I can't wait to read more about Nick. Lucy being a telegraph operator, the taxidermy, the hostilities between "old" and "new" money, and mental health beliefs...There is more, but I want you to go read the book for yourself haha! 
Lucy Drake
Lucy Drake

As Lucy and Colin discover what really matters in life, their eyes are opened to not only the unnecessary burdens of life they piled upon themselves, but the freedom they have once they let go and trust God to care for them. 

I love Colin's determination and loyalty to his family. He is a brooding, swoon worthy hero to be sure. Lucy, well...the best way to describe her, is that she is a force to be reckoned with. Determination, stubbornness, compassion, and a free spirit. She will crawl into your heart and become your best friend. 
This is an 1889 drawing of what the Western Union office on Broadway looked like....note the pneumatic tubes arching through the office!
Western Union Office

In addition to the fabulous leading cast and the history, this story is brimming intrigue, romance, scandal, heartache, and faith. 

Trust me, you won't want to miss out on Elizabeth Camden's newest release! And while you're at it, check out From This Moment, which is a finalist for the 2017 Christy Award for Historical Romance! 


I received a complimentary copy of A Dangerous Legacy. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.





More Books by Elizabeth Camden on Bookworm Mama
 
Nominated for 2017 Christy Award! Winners announced November 8th.

Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise. 



2 comments:

Caryl Kane said...

Awesome review, Rachel!

Becky Smith said...

I love that there's so much history in this book! It sounds like a wonderful read! Elizabeth's book covers are really fun!