Title: A Daring Venture
Author: Elizabeth Camden
“It was going to be a challenge to get him to reconsider the filtration plant, but it had to be done,” Rosalind determines in Elizabeth Camden’s novel, A Daring Venture.
~ What ~
The second of three in the Empire State series, this three-hundred-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the early 1900s regarding chlorinating water for the first time in New Jersey. With some slang words, its topics of impropriety, physical abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. A historical note, ten discussion questions, sequel information, author’s biography, and advertisements are included.
Set in 1908, twenty-eight-year-old Doctor Rosalind Werner is one of the few women biochemists who has a passion to cure water-borne diseases in drinking water. Upon coming to America, she hides her tainted past and works with Doctor John Leal to secretly add chlorine to New Jersey’s water, despite how New York’s newly-appointed water commissioner, Nick Drake, is vehemently opposed to the groundbreaking idea.
Between the lies and hidden truths of the doctor’s past and the professional’s uneducated background and anger issues, they wonder if they can fall instantly in love without compromising their core beliefs in how to have clean, healthy water for the people.
~ Why ~
I enjoy historical romance stories where I learn something new, and this one offers details about underground water systems, chlorination, and filtration. How the judicial system got involved and maintained decorum between the opposite approaches to the state’s water problems was interesting.
~ Why Not ~
Like the first book in the series, this one also contains a family feud dragging decades long and includes dealing with greed and personal wealth to gain status or favors. Others may not like the limited use of slang words. Again, there is little Christian influence mentioned in the story.
~ Wish ~
To me, it seems this tale has the same cookie-cutter format as its predecessor with the beginning interesting, informative, and engaging while the abrupt ending is about restoring relationships, family dynamics, and resolution.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a historical fiction dealing with overcoming shame due to the past and questioning mistakes made, this second in the series may interest you more than the prior one.
Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-daring-venture-elizabeth-camden/1127179090