A Dangerous Legacy / by Elizabeth Camden. (Empire State, 1) 5.17.2019

Bethany House ISBN 9780764218811

Adult Rating: 5

Award-winning author Elizabeth Camden pens a new historical fiction series: The Empire State series, set in New York in the early 20th century.

In A Dangerous Legacy, hardworking Lucy Drake works as a telegraph operator at the AP news agency. When the charming Sir Colin Beckwith arrives to work at the British news agency in New York City, sparks fly as Lucy and Colin compete for business. Despite their initial attraction, each knows that nothing more can happen, for Colin must marry for money to fix his family estate back in England. That is his legacy.

Meanwhile, Lucy and her brother Nick are embroiled in a 40-year-old legal battle with their uncle, trying to recover a fortune their uncle cheated their father out of. Lucy and Nick spend their hard-earned money on the lawsuit, even as their uncle deals with them underhandedly. That is their legacy. Will they ever see justice for their inheritance?

Camden writes with vivid historical detail as she tells the story of two rival new agencies competing in this turn of the century world. The historical details are interesting but don’t slow down the book’s development.

While the faith element is extremely light, the values of the main characters are admirable and their relationship is wholesome and clean. The story moves along with its elements of mystery and intrigue weaving their way throughout the story. The intrigue will keep the reader’s attention until the final page and have them eagerly awaiting the next installment. Nick’s story will be told in A Daring Venture, the next book in the series. A Dangerous Legacy was nominated for the 2018 Christy Award (historical romance).

Recommended for historical fiction fans and public library collections.

Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ