My last Elizabeth Camden book pulled me in thoroughly, so I was quick to get a hold of this one as well. A Dangerous Legacy is first in a series Camden has named “Empire State.” The characters drew me in right away. I finished the book in two days. I actually had even planned to spend New Year’s Eve reading it, but…. that would have been anti-social so I opted to be a decent human being instead 🙂
Like I said, I loved the characters. Siblings Lucy and Nick Drake are endearing, hard-working, and brave. I loved that about them! Sir Colin Beckwith appears to be arrogant, but he’ll grow on you so quickly! There are sinister characters at play too, though, and Lucy and Nick have to fight hard against a dangerous family fight waged before they were even born.
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.
I loved seeing the inner workings of Reuters and the Associated Press agencies in their earlier years, and the part of me that always wanted to be a writer/journalist growing up wistfully imagined a life where I got to send transmissions into one of the agencies that I’d picked up from somewhere around the world. I love the life I have, so I quickly put the thoughts to bed, however, it didn’t stop my love of this plot line in any way. I also loved the historical details put into the early years of indoor plumbing. I found it fascinating, especially having just finished another book set in Chicago in the 1890s (ten years prior to this one) where tenement housing was a reality for a couple of the characters. Tenement housing (I had to look it up) was housing complexes built where multiple families shared tiny spaces, and there was no running water. Families often had to walk good distances and up or down many flights of stairs for access to pumps to get water, and it was often unclean and the source of sickness and death. This story involves pressurized valves that allow hot and cold water alike to flow up multiple stories in a building, and it was fascinating.
If you have a love of historical fiction as I do, please check out this book. It’ll be a quick, short read if you give it a go. I love love loved it! Stay tuned in 2018 for Empire State # 2, which switches its focus to be more about Nick than Lucy.
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.