A Dangerous Legacy

A Dangerous Legacy

by Elizabeth Camden


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780764218811
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 198,609
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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A Dangerous Legacy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
History plus romance set in New York City in the early 1900's. This novel has interesting characters and a challenging plot. I liked it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Not only was the book interesting, characters were funny and caring just a good read!!!
Anonymous 17 days ago
I loved this historical novel. It has some mystery, history, and romance and is great if you like cheering for the underdog!
Anonymous 3 months ago
A delightful book you just won't be able to put down! Will Lucy and Nick be able to put aside family problems and find love? The twists and turns as you read this will keep you glued to the pages,
Anonymous 3 months ago
Truly a gifted author, really a good read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the story and the action.
Anonymous 27 days ago
luvtoreadRD 4 months ago
This book was very suspenseful, kept you on your toes and guessing! On the other hand there were times I wanted to hit the hero over the head but he did finally get his act together@
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
If this is the beginning of the Empire State series by Elizabeth Camden, I can't wait to read the next book. This one is full of intrigue, romance and history. Lucy Drake, a telegrapher for the AP news Affiliate is fighting a battle with her Uncle Thomas for the rights to a water valve invented by her grandfather, Thomas's brother, and being stolen by Thomas himself. With Lucy's brother's help, they fight for what is right and decent. Colin Beckwith, that's Sir Colin Beckwith, comes into Lucy's life when she goes to speak to the head of another news Affiliate, Reuters, about the delay in stories from her companies reporters that were coming through Reuters' telegraph lines from other countries, at a great cost. She remembers meeting Colin on New Years Eve and being attracted to him. Colin has to marry a rich heiress to be able to afford repairs on his home in England, but he can't get Lucy out of his mind. They strike up a friendship and things seem to progress from there. Meanwhile, Lucy and her brother are having trouble in the courts with the lawsuit against their Uncle Thomas. Their uncle has done everything he can to discredit them and even scaring Lucy's suitors away. Then a strange man is seen lurking around their apartment building and Lucy smells cigarette smoke in the apartment when her and her brother have been gone all day and neither of them smokes. Who is this mystery man and what does he want? Was he sent by Uncle Thomas to harm them? What about Lucy's friendship with Colin and Colin's search for a rich heiress? If you like clean, historical romance with some intrigue, you should read A Dangerous Legacy. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy! I borrowed this from my local library and choose to leave this review voluntarily.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from Elizabeth Camden, though my friend has suggested her for years. Since my library had the audiobook, I listened to it during the driving portions of a writing conference road trip.  Let me say it was everything I expected and more. Elizabeth's Camden's attention to historical detail is phenomenal and makes me want to go back and better enrich my own writing with that sort of details. I learned so much just through reading the story.  The plotline was believable, exciting, and kept twisting and turning. I can't tell you how many times I squealed aloud in my car. Drivers around me were probably wondering what had gotten into me.  The spiritual elements in A Dangerous Legacy were quieter than you find in a lot of Christian fiction, but they were still profound.  Overall, I am looking forward to exploring more of her books. Genre: Christian Historical Romance, New York City, 1903 Overview of Plot: Lucy Drake is the third generation of Manhattan Drakes to fight a legal battle with the Saratoga Drakes over a plumbing valve that allowed tall buildings to have pressurized water all the way to the top of the buildings. But the Saratoga Drakes don't play fair. Lucy is a top telegrapher for the Associated Press and in a dangerous game to stay on top of the lawsuit, plots and schemes unfold that have a national importance. Sir Collin Beckwith works for the AP's rival and reluctant partner, Reuters. He and Lucy are brought together through circumstances and form a partnership that puts them both in danger of losing their lives and their hearts. Favorite Character and Why: Lucy was a determined woman who doesn't give up no matter the odds and the heart behind her actions makes all that she does so much more important. She makes hard decisions and grows so much. My favorite part about Lucy is her spunk.  What I liked: I love complex stories and this plot definitely had multi-layers of complexity. The rich historical details were above and beyond amazing.  Who would like this: Anyone who loves stories with great historical detail, suspense, love, and complexity.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Equal parts fascinating, intruiging, and entertaining. Plenty of rich history for my taste. There were so many twists and turns, I was kept guessing until the last chapter, which resolved everything perfectly. The characters were fully-developed and completely loveable (except the ones you love to hate). I will read everything Camden writes forever.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
A DANGEROUS LEGACY is the first book of Ms. Camden's newest series. I am seriously behind in reading her books so I have several in my to-be-read as-soon-as-possible pile beside me. I was glad this is the first book of the series so I didn't have to figure out what order to read them in. I liked Colin, a British hero, with an accent and a sense of humor. What's not to like? Plus, he used homing pigeons which was a unique twist. Lucy is somewhat prickly, but understandable since she is being stalked, her job is at risk, her uncle is suing her and her brother, and more. There are several suspense threads going in this story. I learned something new about morse-code operators. I didn't know (but probably should've) that they were used to dictate news stories as they came across the lines. I also didn't know that the two rival news agencies were in the same building in NYC. The romance does take third place in this story and there is no faith message to speak of. The suspense is second in storyline, but the main focus is the history. At times it almost felt like an information dump as if the author put in everything she researched regarding a subject (which I'm sure she didn't, it just felt that way.) This was not my favorite Elizabeth Camden book, but don't take my word for it. There are plenty of five star reviews. If you love historical novels with a touch of romance and a suspense, you will likely love A DANGEROUS LEGACY. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
I’ve heard about Elizabeth Camden’s books for a while now, and have even started reading a couple, but this was the first book that I ever read from beginning to end, and I really enjoyed it!! The characters were absolutely precious, and there was suspense and awesome historical background. Lucy Drake is the farthest thing from a sappy, swoony young lady—she has a lawsuit that she is fighting for with her brother Nick and is a master Morse code operator as well. Colin Beckwith is the manager of the rival news agency, and there shouldn’t be any correlation between them . . . right? Well, wrong. Both Lucy and Colin are master telegraph operators, so right off the bat they have something that ties them together. Add that to the fact that their witty banter and their ability to divulge secrets to each other, and you have THE perfect couple. The romance in this book was so well paced: there weren’t any SPARKS RAN RINGLING UP AND DOWN HER ARM; DID HE FEEL IT TOO?? type moments. (Although, they do kiss as friends a couple of times, which was odd??). The redemption storyline was so good, and I did not expect it at all! There were so many cool historical things thrown in too, like carrier pigeons, telegraphs, and society parties. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! A sweet sweet romance with a dash of suspense and amazing history: what’s not to love! My Ranking- 8/10 Things liked- The characters are so perfect for each other yet so different! Anything with a telegraph gets a point, honestly Slow, more realistic romance Suspense!!! Redemption storyline Awesome history Such grEAT villians!! Lucy’s relationship with her brother!!! Things disliked- They kissed before they were a thing? And for no real apparent reason? The entire story was really good, but the conclusion felt a little too perfect?? Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/book-review-a-dangerous-legacy-by-elizabeth-camden/
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Dangerous Legacy tells the story of Colin, an English baronet who heads up Reuters news agency in New York. His Legacy is his home, Whitefriars, which is desperate need of repair and renewal. He needs to marry money for its survival along with the livelihood of its 90 tenants. He meets Lucy, a telegrapher for the AP news agency, who also has a Legacy. Her legacy is a 40 year lawsuit and feud between her family and her uncle’s family. Supplying water to the lower classes hinges on a favorable outcome of this lawsuit. The collaboration and competition between the two news agencies along with the route of the Central American canal during the early days of the 1900’s provides the author with interesting historical details to weave her story around. The interaction between Colin and Lucy was lively although they both knew nothing could come of their relationship. Lucy’s brother, Nick, was a solid contribution as a supporting character. I’m looking forward to reading his story in the next book of the series. I’ll be keeping Elizabeth Camden on my list of authors to follow.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Summary: A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden takes place in America during the early 1900s. It follows the story of Lucy Drake-an employee for the Associated Press news agency. Lucy is an expert in Morse code, and takes great pride in her work. But, outside of her job, she is also waging a dangerous legal war over a rightful inheritance that threatens to take every penny she owns, and destroy every relationship she has ever had. Sir Colin Beckwith is a new arrival in America-working at the rival Reuters news agency. He loves the challenge of leading the Reuters office, but has a secret burden that threatens his family’s legacy. Will both agencies survive the competitive rivalry between them? Can Colin and Lucy work together when it matters most? My Take: I loved this book. The characters are interesting, the story is well-written, and I loved learning the history behind the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies. All of the interesting details surrounding the time period, how Morse code worked, and the engaging story line kept me riveted to this book. I can’t recommend it enough-especially if you love romantic historical novels. This one is definitely a keeper, and will be going on my shelf! As always, a big thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Talent is a gift from God," he would say, "It's a sin to hoard our talent. There is nothing special about me except I can build things to make life better for the people around me. And when I do that, I feel God smiling on me." (excerpt from A Dangerous Legacy). When the Drake family remains divided over the rights of the invention of a pressure valve, Lucy and her older brother Nick, believe they are following God's purpose in insuring that every single home or apartment building has the available to provide clean water, through the installation of the valves her Uncle Eustace, had invented. He was only swindled out of his legal rights when he was called to serve his country, and left a partially signed contract with his brother. What he failed to understand is that it limited where he could sell those valves, while his brother was free to sell them outside Manhattan for whatever he wanted and whenever he wanted. Now that Uncle Thomas Drake is on the move to prohibit Lucy and Nick from utilizing their valves that Eustace's taught Nick to make due to the legalities of the contract. He has even stooped to spying on them in whatever means he can utilize. Although Lucy, as a telegraph operator for the Associated Press has developed her own way of spying on them through the use of the telegraph wire Nick has subtly hooked up that no one can see. Until the one time, he rival at the Reuter's press, located in the same building as Lucy, hears the coded message and realize it has nothing news worthy to provide to the AP. So Lucy and Colin Beckwith come to an agreement, that she will not pass along rumors of Colin's dinner behavior that would humiliate him in the public's eye, if he will remain quiet about the secret wire she is using to enable her to stay apprised about the legal status of their lawsuit with her Uncle. I received A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden compliments of NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. The thing about Elizabeth's novels is that the reader doesn't realize they are learning about a piece of historical fact that she has woven in to keep them unaware, while providing just the right blend of fiction to keep them glued to the outcome of the story. Now I completely understand how water reaches the tops of those high rise apartments and businesses. I also didn't know that two rival newspapers really did work in the same building but on different floors and how the AP had to lease out using Reuter's Telegraph wires to gain news from the Eastern countries until they were able to lay their own Pacific cable. Also of historical note is the reason and construction details for the Panama Canal which readers will find at the conclusion of this novel. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is the first novel in the Empire State series.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, December 9, 2017 A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden, © 2017 My Review: New York City 1903 Complications from generations back become forefront in the lives of Lucy Drake and her brother Nick. Competing with her Uncle Thomas and her cousin Tom Jr. becomes a full-time job, besides her actual decoding employment with the Associated Press. Will she and Nick be able to stay afloat, securing their rightful inheritance with Drake water valves? Seasoned and applicable knowledge handed down enables Nick to continue building the valves, but to what advantage when they are continually sucked into court to dispute their rights? As if that isn't enough, Lucy becomes enwrapped with the London correspondent at Reuters, the British equivalent of AP. Both news agencies are housed in the Manhattan Western Union Telegraph Building a few floors apart. One advantage ~ or possibly disadvantage ~ is that they both are fluent in the signals of the short and long 'dots' and 'dashes' of Morris code. A homing pigeon becomes an ally between them delivering top-secret messages beyond the wire services. Sir Colin Bethwith, whom she honors with the title "Mr." Bethwith, will be at an advantage to form a friendship with her. Both uncertain which news agency will come out on top, they are dedicated to their positions and arrive early ~ early enough that they join together in investigating slow ups and snags beyond their usual messages. The international news agencies may discover their top sources. This story will wrap you in as you are eager to discover the wiretaps and outcomes of good versus evil. ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
From the beauty of the front cover to the very last page, this book had me in love. Elizabeth Camden has done it again with her imaginative writing. Her spunky heroines and charming (most of the time) heroes will win your heart over to their cause. In this book's case, justice for an old wrong and restoring the family name. The vivid settings and conversations played in my head like a movie, keeping me entranced through every scene. Of course I kept the intermissions down to the absolute minimum. Because once you start there's no stopping.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting the character of Lucy to be what she was in this book- I think the pearls on the cover threw me off. (While there are pearls in the story, I don't believe she ever wears them). Lucy is one determined woman, holding tightly to her values but willing to get a little down and dirty when battling unscrupulous people. Her strength is admirable, and I loved how the author also portrayed her flaws, exhaustion, and yearnings for a different life. She is complex in that way since she loves her work for the Associated Press and the glimpse it gives her of the world that she will never explore, as long as she is fighting the lawsuit with her uncle. Colin is quite charming and also has a realistic balance of traits which made him come to life. He brings joy and love into Lucy's life, however temporary, and supports her in the war she is waging even when they struggle through their own rough patches. The insights into the events and politics of the time was fascinating, especially the workings of the telegraph office and the underground plumbing of Manhattan. I would have enjoyed more emotion in the romance between Colin and Lucy, but the plot and historical details made this a standout book. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to a book by one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Camden. She writes her characters with such authenticity with their differences, personalities, and life circumstances that I know that I am in for an adventure. In her latest, A Dangerous Legacy, we get to step into the world during 1903 and learn about the intricacies of Morse code and about the fierce competition and collaboration of the American Associated Press and the British Reuters news agencies. The political fight and intrigue for the Panama Canal versus the Nicaraguan Canal, and throw in a bit of mystery and gothic feel about an insane asylum and the frightening procedures that went on there. Have I wet your curiosity yet? Not to mention the love/competition relationship between Sir Colin Beckwith and feisty telegraph operator Lucy Drake who both carry a legacy left by their ancestors that is enough to choke the life out of both of them. It was an interesting tug of war to watch between these two as following their heritage sometimes ruled them to the point that nothing else mattered, not even happiness in their own lives. Except for the strong connection and the matters of heart that both have with each other, this story may not have had a pleasant ending and I enjoyed the questions each needed to ask themselves. This story was not only full of fascinating historical facts and details but also showed the real life burdens we can carry due to our own pasts and of those of our forefathers as well. A really intriguing read and I am glad the next book will be about Lucy’s brother Nick who we had gotten to know briefly in this book. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author. Now I have to go and read her others. I loved the originality of using Morse code as such a pivotal part of this storyline. And also the use of carrier pigeons. I enjoyed everything about this book.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
A Dangerous Legacy is the latest novel from Elizabeth Camden. As of now it is a stand-alone, but a sequel is on its way. One thing I love about Camden’s novels is the unique perspective on historical details that she centers on in each novel. For instance, in A Dangerous Legacy Camden weaves in details about the race to string a telegraph wire across the Pacific, a Panama Canal versus a Nicaraguan canal, and getting running water in the upper floors of buildings. These are the kinds of technological advancements that I don’t often think of or take time to appreciate, but that I enjoy when Camden brings to light in her novels. As for characters and plot, this book includes the angsty romance typical of Camden’s works, where the characters don’t like each other but end up having to work together, then end up falling in love, the male character deciding that it just won’t work out, and then the heroine saving the day and the man falling head over heels for her all over again. So, all in all, I’m a little disappointed that it’s just the same ol’, same ol’ with a new historical focus. I do like the cover, however, and it was cool that it released on my birthday. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
This story had a fair amount of intrigue, lots of angst, and a happily-ever-after. I enjoyed it immensely. It's also a story of overcoming obstacles and forgiveness. I received this book free from the author/publisher. The above is my honest review.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
A Dangerous Legacy was quite refreshing as Camden offers a twist on the familiar tale of forlorn love. Lucy’s 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. Lucy and Colin realize that they do not have to be controlled by past circumstances. The sweet conclusion to their relationship will delight readers. Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself an 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. Camden weaves together a delightful story of intrigue and love against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York City. 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. A story you cannot put down. Fear, grief, caring, love. Evil at its worst fill the pages of this book. Mystery readers will love to try figuring out what is next. A great read and a great gift idea for the reader in your life. I received a copy of the book from Bethany Publishers for my review.