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Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. The sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British new agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin has talent, is 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. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they is far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218816
ISBN-13: 9780764218811

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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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  1. Reenie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great characters and an excellent story!
    October 17, 2017
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed this book! Lucy is such an interesting woman. She's been caught up in a lawsuit with her uncle for years. She's willing to do whatever it takes to win so her father's invention can help people who really need it. She's a strong woman. She's not squeaky clean like a lot of heroines; she bends legalities to get what she wants. And when she confronts Colin, the sparks fly between them.

    Colin and Lucy are like two magnets...sometimes attracted and sometimes repulsed but inevitably drawn together again. They have a playful British vs. American banter. Colin states, "What really steams me is that I bought a very fine box of Cadbury chocolate for you, but I left it behind. Now your wretched family will feast on it, and you will still not appreciate the difference between British and American chocolate" (location 2792). I appreciated that Colin and Lucy knew they could trust each other no matter what else hindered their relationship.

    The characterization is amazing. The villains are multi-faceted and truly despicable. The change in Lucy is incredible. She learns from an incredibly difficult situation and is ready to change things in her life.

    I would highly recommend this book. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  2. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not often I give a five star rating!
    October 17, 2017
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    When I saw that Elizabeth Camden had a new book coming out, I knew that I wanted to read it. Upon previous books, I often compare her style of writing to one similar to Tamera Alexander. The history and the writing style is similar, in which both authors draw me in.

    This particular story was no different. I enjoyed the plot line and discovered all sorts of little things that I didn't realize before. Such as the AP and Reuters sharing the same building, the underwater cable for telegraphing, and a new word. "Wangling". Thought for sure that was incorrect, but it sent me to the dictionary to look up the word and the one that I thought it should have been. She used it correctly and in turn, I have a new word (corrected word) for my vocabulary.

    The synopsis on the back of the book has a very accurate description of what the story contains. Not very often a synopsis is capable of summing it down to a paragraph or two and be accurate.

    "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."

    My take on the story is that I loved it. I started reading it in the morning, and by afternoon I was finished. Yes, I read fast, but was able to transport myself back into the early 1900's. I was there with Lucy and she experienced the trials she faced, I was with Colin and he sought out a invitation to the Saratoga Drakes. All in all, I loved the book, and the author did not let me down.

    I truly appreciate that while there is another book, one based on her brother, that this book neatly tied the ends and completed the story. This is a pleased reader.

    I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House. This review contains my own thoughts and opinions.
  3. Grams
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rooting for the Underdog in This Story
    October 3, 2017
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lucy Drake and her brother, Nick, had spent their entire adult lives fighting a legal battle begun forty years ago, a legal battle that pitted family against family. Yet the injustice reached far beyond family, into the heart of New York City along with other cities whose skylines were growing taller. Lucy and Nick's winning this battle would improve the quality of life for so many poor people living in tenements across the globe. Sir Colin Beckwith had problems of his own, being heir to a dilapidated castle on a failing estate with a sister and 90 tenants depending on him weighed heavily on Colin's shoulders. His position in the Reuters Manhattan office couldn't cover the estate's upkeep, so the only solution appeared to be to marry one of the many heiresses longing to add a title to their name. Once Colin met Lucy, that solution seemed less and less palatable. Both Lucy and Colin were prisoners to their own sense of responsibility, and both longed for a freedom that seemed elusive.

    While this story did not initially capture my interest, I was rewarded for sticking with it, because several chapters into the book I was completely hooked. I would recommend to other readers to allow the author time to lay some framework, and then get ready to be engrossed in the story. While reading one may be motivated to look at one's own responsibilities that may be self-imposed, and may be interfering with the reception or awareness of the best God has to offer.

    I thank NetGalley and Baker Publishing for providing me with a copy of A Dangerous Legacy in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation. I do recommend this book to those who like to root for the underdog, and for lovers of historical fiction.
  4. Ashley S.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Historical Romance!
    October 2, 2017
    Ashley S.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Dangerous Legacy was another spectacular historical romance from Elizabeth Camden. I loved 'Until the Dawn' and didn't think it could be topped. But then came 'From This Moment' (and Romulus). Now, after reading 'A Dangerous Legacy'... oh my!... Camden has outdone herself!

    I was instantly sucked into this story and the characters lives and sent back in time to 1903 in New York City. There was mystery, intrigue, danger, twists and turns, but also charming and humorous moments, as well. The banter between Lucy and Colin was so much fun.

    One thing I absolutely love about Camden's books are the interesting and often little known historical facts. This book is full of them! I felt like I learned a lot of things I didn't know before. I loved getting an inside look at the early days of the AP and Reuters. I didn't know any of the history of either news agency, so that was fascinating.

    'A Dangerous Legacy' is one of the best historical romances I've read this year! I highly recommend it! And I'm so excited there's going to be a sequel!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
  5. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forlorn Romance at Its Best!
    September 26, 2017
    Crystal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    About the Book

    From the first time they met, the attraction between Lucy Drake- a telegrapher for the American-owned AP news agency- and Sir Colin Beckwith- director of the British-owned Reuters news agency- was undeniable. Besides their professions and attraction, however, Lucy and Colin share an unusual connection- both are wrangling with long-standing family battles that have proven to consume their lives. Lucy and her brother have been fighting a 40-year legal battle with their extended family to regain part of their inheritance from a business deal gone bad pre-Civil War, and Colin is seeking to marry an American heiress who can subsidize his familys centuries-old estate in England from ruin. Since Lucy is not wealthy and his situation is dire, Colin immediately dissuades any type of romance from forming between them. Interestingly, both also have secrets that the other discovers, and in an attempt to find a truce, they agree to help each other so that their secrets remain so. As a friendship forms, Colin becomes more deeply involved with the legal battle Lucy is pursuing and uses his influence to launch covert information-gathering visits with her extended family. Together, their efforts not only draw them closer strengthening the romantic tension building between them, but they also uncover a political scandal that is greater than either of them could have imagined. Danger escalates as they work with local officials to neutralize the threat. When the scandal is finally resolved, Lucy and Colin reluctantly return to their routine lives and part ways. It is only when both of them face the entrapments of their family legacies and understand the freedom of making their own choices that Lucy and Colin begin to forge a new future.



    My Thoughts

    A Dangerous Legacy was quite refreshing as Camden offers a twist on the familiar tale of forlorn love. Lucys battle with her family provides enough suspense and danger to not only draw the reader into the crime plot, but also amplifies the desperate and futile romantic hopes of a relationship forming between her and Colin. Lucys (and eventually Colins) realization that they do not have to be controlled by past circumstances provides a good reflection opportunity for the reader, as well. The sweet conclusion to their relationship will delight readers!



    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. However, this review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book.
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