A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1) by Elizabeth Camden

A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1)

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...

Details A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1)

TitleA Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1)
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Romance, Fiction

Reviews A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1)

  • Hannah
    I definitely enjoyed this tale of New York, reporters, Morse Code, and danger. It came in the mail today, and I was glad to dive right in. I intended to read a single chapter and get back to the other book I'm reading, but the story grabbed me from the beginning. Lucy is likable from the start, and it's easy to identify with her longing to find justice and to shake off her uncle's stalkers, who are content to spy on her life and keep her and her ...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    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 dif...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Honestly, Elizabeth Camden's books are just all the ingredients I love. I truly think she is writing for me! She has a masters in history, so her research is unparalleled, she has an easy, accessible writing style, characters and dialogue that leap off the page and a keen sense of time and verisimilitude. But, I think what I find most impressive, is the ease in which she excavates snippets of history not usually explored onto which she shines the...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“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 o...
  • Aerykah
    What an adventure this was! From apartments to mansions, from the sewers to an asylum, and more!  There were, secrets, intrigue, suspicions, spying, encrypted messages, a psycho doctor..... *deep breath* ...and of course, there was romance too. ;)This isn't a very fast-paced book at first.  I kinda wish it was, but it's not.  While I was very much enjoying the story, it was still pretty easy to put down and set aside for a while... which is ex...
  • Jamie
    Another book by Elizabeth Camden means another excellent read! What makes her such a strong writer, is her ability to remain fitting and true to the time period she chooses, but also makes the plot intriguing and gives you a heroine you can root for.I enjoyed the relationship between Colin and Lucy. There were some frustrations (which again, were very fitting for the time period), but I thought Camden did an excellent job with that part of the st...
  • Cassie
    Truth: the last few books I've read of Elizabeth Camden's have been slightly disappointing. Nothing has lived up to Against the Tide, which I adore.I am so happy to say this is my second favorite Camden book, coming second only to Against the Tide.I loved it. It was exciting and there was danger involved, but not too much. And the characters were delightful.So glad I read this one!
  • Diane Estrella
    There were several times while reading this book, that I had to put it down.... NOT due to poor writing or storytelling, but because I was getting nervous for these characters. I was actually worried that this story would not have a happily-ever-after ending! I have read almost all of Elizabeth Camden's books and she is most definitely a "go-to" author for me. Her stories are always solid and she takes her own personal passions throughout history...
  • Charity Andrews
    One thing that you can always know you'll get when you pick up an Elizabeth Camden novel is history. I'm not talking about a time period, necessarily, but a lifestyle. You will learn so much about the era she chooses to write in. You will learn how they lived, worked and loved.This time she takes us to the Turn of the Century. In a time of booming industry, factories, wires, and even plumbing, she intertwines a beautiful story. Of course, there i...
  • Cathy Daniel
    I want to give this book 5+++++ stars! Who knew Morse code could be so intriguing and romantic! ;)
  • Clara
    Elizabeth Camden's books are so quirky that they fill your heart with fuzzy feelings and make a silly smile impossible to be hidden.Plus, she has the talent to pick "simple" historical facts/inventions (many things we might actually take for granted today) and spin a fascinating story that grows very strongly in your heart. And the way she ties all these little details to support the main plot is truly astonishing. Maybe you've heard that her nov...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is a unique historical novel that takes place during the early twentieth century. One thing I really enjoy about Camden's novels is her ability to bring the technology we use every day to the forefront of my imagination in a fictionalized story. I'm always drawn into the trouble the characters find themselves in while learning something about the great inventions that have made life easier for modern day lif...
  • Rebekah Gyger
    I have read plenty of novels in my life in which Morse code played a part in the narrative, however this is the first time I have seen it played out in the setting of a newspaper industry. The history between AP and Reuters was something that I enjoyed learning about, along with how new stories were dispersed in that day. Sometimes it is difficult to wrap my mind around the realization the internet is not as old as it seems to those of us who can...
  • Kav
    There is something so decadent about an edge-of-you-seat suspense paired with historical romance! And this one is riveting. Deeply intricate story threads woven into a complex pattern of loss and greed and vengeance. A villian who has "...no soul and that let him fight with the single-minded zeal of a jackal." (p 12) and a heroine determined to stand up for what is right and just though it alters the course of her life in devastating ways. A fami...
  • Rebecca
    "Colin remained motionless for a full minute after the door slammed. Lucy Drake was as attractive as he remembered. He wished she wasn't." Battling decades of law suits regarding the rights to a family invention, Lucy Drake and her brother Nicholas, are exhausted with their attempts for full disclosure and justifiable inheritance. As a telegraph operator with the Associated Press, Lucy discovers an unlikely ally within the rival British news agen...
  • Emily
    Easily one of the best of this genre that I've read in 2017. I'm not going to go into an incredible amount of detail here, since it's been over a month since I read it, but I felt like I should give this book at least a sliver of what it deserves.The history. SO rich. So seamlessly inviting. It's not EVERY day that you get to travel the sewer systems of New York. The characters. Beautifully flawed, yet redeemed. I actually was a bit wary of the F...
  • Amy
    Every Elizabeth Camden novel -- and I've read them all -- is the exact same experience for me: a brilliant, unique premise hooks me in, historical details keep me interested, then a wild plot twist skews the story into another tangent that, more often than not, completely overshadows the original plot of the book and leaves me scratching my head. Fortunately, this was one of the "not's." While A Dangerous Legacy still veered in a completely diffe...
  • Lucinda
    Every time I read one of Elizabeth Camden's books, it's my new favorite. I love all her stories—how can I possibly choose? I have all her ebooks. Now I need to start getting the paperbacks. I loved Lucy and Colin. Such depth to these characters. Their relationship was a delight to read, sweet, funny, tense at times, and so romantic. As usual, the historical part of the book was fascinating. The author's profession is really put to good use. Hig...
  • Taylor
    Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books “Theirs was a case of David versus Goliath, and in battles like that, the honorable people were supposed to persevere until they finally won.” I think I’ve said this before but it can’t be stated enough, books with unrealized potential are the ones that frustrate me the most. The books that start out on a path where you can really see great plots, well developed characters and awesome stories but as t...
  • Jill
    I really loved this new release from Elizabeth Camden. The story is well told, and the characters have great chemistry. There is lots of intrigue and excitement. The history and faith elements are woven into the story beautifully. I love to learn about lesser know historical facts when I'm reading, and this book had a lot of interesting information about the Panama Canal and AP News. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.I ...
  • Faye
    Lucy and her brother, Nicholas Drake, have followed in their family’s footsteps and taken up the fight in a lawsuit that has lasted forty long years and torn their family apart. While Lucy and Nicholas labor in New York City to scrape together enough money to keep fighting, the Saratoga Drakes live in lavish luxury holding the patent to wondrous valve that could change tenement living forever. Lucy works for the Associated Press as a telegraph ...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Calling all History lovers! If you enjoy reading Historical fiction, then this is the book for you! From the very first pages to the very last I found myself immersed in 1903 New York City. It’s a different NY than you are used to visiting today, so prepare yourself! Running water in the tenement building is a rare luxury. Only the very rich can afford the special valve that will allow water to reach the upper floors. Most have to lug jugs of w...
  • Hayden
    This book had a lot of what I love about Elizabeth Camden's novels. Her historical settings are always absolutely fabulous, because she actually delves into what was going on politically and culturally in ways that relates to the characters. This book tackled telegraph system, mental asylums, the Panama Canal, early 20th century plumbing... I mean, it was great. And I did really like the mystery. As far as plot goes, it was an A.However, I didn't...
  • Rachael
    One thing that has always impressed me is Camden's use of unusual professions, and when a character has a profession, it is important. It isn't just something she assigns to round them out as a character, it's integral to the plot, and it's integral to their person. Lucy is a telegrapher? Her skills are vital. Her brother Nick is a plumber, working in the city's underground? There's way more a plumber can do than you'd expect. Colin is a penniles...
  • Charissa
    I always love this author’s stories. They are so rich with historic details, deliciously deep characters, and great romantic tension. Yet they’re clean. The characters in this one are Colin, an English noble who runs Reuters news agency, and Lucy, a telegrapher at AP, that is in the same building. The story is set in the early 1900’s. They meet and feel instant attraction, but Colin knows nothing can come of it. He must marry for money to f...
  • Martha
    Sometimes you read a book that you finish and you go, "Good book." Other times you don't enjoy the book as much and move on easily. This was neither of those. This was a book that I finished and thought, "Wow. I wish I had not just read that book as I would like to read it again!" Elizabeth Camden is an exceptional author, but I love her unique characters. They have quirks, fun personalities, and flaws, yet you can love getting to know them whi...
  • Amy
    Elizabeth Camden masterfully weaves consistent tales, full of rich history and details. Her work is always in the details. I am impressed with the efforts she puts into her writing, to retell true events from the past, entwined with her appealing fictional characters. They are not quick easy reads, and I enjoy being able to fully loose myself within the pages. 'A Dangerous Legacy' is the first in a brand new series, set in New York, appropriately...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: A Dangerous LegacyAuthor: Elizabeth CamdenPages: 339Year: 2017Publisher: Bethany HouseMy rating is 3 out of 5 stars.Sir Colin Beckwith has come to the United States from Britain to improve Reuters subscriptions and hopefully marry a rich heiress to infuse his crumbling estates, Whitefriars, with much need cash to make repairs. He also supports 90 tenant workers on his estate. He knows he is marrying for money and not for love, but he is de...
  • Sally
    Do you like pertinent information in a novel being given to you gradually, or do you want to know it immediately? While I find it can be intriguing to put the pieces together, especially in a mystery novel, there are also times when I want to know NOW! I was in one of the latter moods during the opening pages of A Dangerous Legacy. I wanted to know what the legal issue was and I wanted it yesterday! Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long to dis...