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.
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A contested inheritance, a failing family legacy, a nefarious asylum, an assassination plot, and a company rivalry all vie for attention in Elizabeth Camden’s A Dangerous Legacy. These interwoven plot elements sustain the forward momentum of this novel without comprising each’s intricacy and purpose to the grand scheme. Camden pays due diligence to the many moving pieces, infusing them with historical rigour and high emotional stakes.
All Camden heroines have distinctive traits: they are independent, self-sufficient, intelligent, and uncompromising. Lucy Drake embodies all of these with grace and personality. She is a champion of the downtrodden and stands for justice even when the odds are against her. This tenacious protagonist will not be won with cajoling or grand gestures; her heart longs for loyalty and nurturing.
Sir Colin Beckwith is proud and determined and when he and Lucy cross paths, they spark like flint and steel. Lucy challenges Colin to throw off the confining social conventions that keep him anchored to his legacy and rob him of freedom of choice. He is equally infuriating and charming, winning readers over as he exposes his vulnerabilities to Lucy. As the story progresses, his nobility can no longer be attributed to his title, but his fierce commitment to Lucy’s cause and his valiant actions.
A Dangerous Legacy was an intriguing and multi-faceted read that for historical and suspense readers alike. The sequel is highly anticipated.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by Graf-Martin Communications. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**