Title: A Dangerous Legacy
Author: Elizabeth Camden
“She had to believe she was doing God’s will. She and Nick were making the world a better place, even if it meant she had to fight dragons like her uncle along the way,” Lucy realizes in Elizabeth Camden’s novel, A Dangerous Legacy.
~ What ~
The first in the series, this three-hundred-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the early 1900s in New York City. Its topics of verbal abuse, mental institutions, and effects of war may not be appropriate for immature readers. A historical note, discussion questions, sequel information, author’s biography, and advertisements are included.
Set in 1903, twenty-eight-year-old Lucy Drake excels in being a telegraph operator for the Associated Press in New York. Involved in a forty-year-old family feud regarding ownership rights of a plumbing valve, she and her brother do all they can to stay one step ahead of their controlling uncle, even if it is illegal.
When she meets Sir Colin Beckwith who is the new administrator of rival Reuters, she makes a deal with him to protect her and her brother’s financial interests. Colin, a shell-shocked reporter who is looking for a wealthy heiress, must also learn what is the most important in life.
~ Why ~
I enjoy historical romance stories where I learn something new, and this one offers details about the telegraph, Morse code, insane asylums, homing pigeons, and plumbing devices. The bantering between the two main protagonists is entertaining and spirited. The majority of the writing is concise and the characters are well-developed.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not want to read about a family feud dragging decades long or tire of stories about greed and personal wealth to gain status in society. Others may not like the use of a slang word, but it is only used once. There is little Christian influence mentioned in the story.
~ Wish ~
While I found the Panama Canal and Morse Code fascinating to read about, I was disappointed in the last quarter of the book that felt rushed and a bit unbelievable regarding Colin and Lucy being able to access people and situations with ease. Having read another book by the author, I found this one to be less interesting and engaging.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a historical Christian fiction dealing with overcoming resentment and anger due to inherited burdens one is given, this first one in the series may interest you, but I was not overly impressed.
Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.