"A Dangerous Legacy" by Elizabeth Camden

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about the book....

Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming--and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

my review....

Camden has once again crafted a novel starring intriguing characters and a plot that will keep you glued to the pages from the opening scene to the final satisfying paragraph. I was immediately swept up in the plight of Lucy and her brother Nick, fighting a legal battle that has engulfed their entire lives. As someone who has a strong sense of justice myself, I can only imagine how difficult such a situation would be, particularly where members of an extended family are the ones who are causing the division and cheating Lucy and Nick from what really should be their share of the family inheritance.

The historical details in "A Dangerous Legacy" are rich and really add depth to the story, and I quite liked learning about the rival news agencies and the significance of the transatlantic cable, something I was not really familiar with before. The character's use of the telegraph and Morse code not only add interesting elements to their careers, but play quite a role in the overall plot as well (not to mention the delightful addition of the homing pigeons to the story)! Lucy and Colin's friendship and seemingly inevitable romance leads them into quite the capers indeed, and I enjoyed unravelling the intrigue and mystery along with these characters.  And, what I also appreciated is the way that the author uses the novel to really take a look at what matters in life, that the best dreams don't involve having all the money in the world (or even righting every wrong on this side of heaven). 

Readers who eagerly await each Elizabeth Camden novel that comes along will definitely find much to love in this story, and if they are anything like me they will be looking forward to what lies in store next for these characters. Camden's writing continues to be top-notch, and I award this novel a high 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden is the author of ten historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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