A Dangerous Legacy, by Elizabeth Camden

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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.

First Thoughts:

Elizabeth Camden is one of the Christian fiction authors to whom I tend to gravitate.

My Take:

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 discover why Lucy and her brother didn’t have much of a life outside of their jobs and the courtroom. I was also charmed by the cricket reference in those early pages and the accuracy of the detail in it. Yes, Britain, my home country, known for tea (which I can’t stand) and cricket (which I adore).

Fans of shows such as Downton Abbey will enjoy this tale of those who have, those who don’t, and those who fall somewhere in between. Colin is one of those members of the British aristocracy who is land rich and cash poor. He’s looking to marry a wealthy American heiress so he can repair his ancestral home and provide not only for his family but also for those who live and work on the estate. The pretensions of the Gilded Age are fully displayed, with the newly wealthy flocking to him because of his title. Lucy and Nick show concern for the have-nots, while they themselves are in the in between crowd. Readers will also get an insight into the news wire rivalries, sewers, and insane asylums of the early twentieth century although, personally, I could’ve done without the sewer knowledge!

A Dangerous Legacy was a book I really enjoyed. I liked Colin and Lucy: they were down to earth, practical people who were honest with each other, although they did show their emotions. There were no contrived misunderstandings between them either. There were plenty of dramatic moments and some equally beautiful ones too. And, the nice things is, I didn’t have to say a complete goodbye to these characters as this is the first in a new series! The second book, featuring Lucy’s brother, is coming out in early 2018. Sounds like you’ll want to have read this one first though.

Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of A Dangerous Legacy, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.

Have you read A Dangerous Legacy? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 03 October 2017

Page Count: 352

Read more on:   Bethany House’s Website   Elizabeth Camden’s Website   The Gilded Age’s real-life “Dollar Princesses”

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To the Farthest Shores, by Elizabeth Camden

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The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her. 

Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas–an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny’s help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan’s past puts everything at risk–including his life–can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?

First Thoughts:

Give me an Elizabeth Camden novel and I’ll read it. I’ve enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read.

My Take:

To the Farthest Shores is a novel about cultivating pearls, Japanese social graces, and a woman trying to compete with a ghost. Ryan Gallagher returns from an extended mission in Asia with a young daughter and a mountain of mystery surrounding him. Other soldiers call him a coward and vandalize his home but, even though he abandoned her, Jenny stands up for him without knowing where he was or what he was doing. When he asks for her nursing skills to assist a colleague, she agrees but is canny enough to add a few conditions to the assignment. Her adoptive father joins the small group in a remote coastal town, where Ryan is attempting to perfect the art of cultivating pearls.

Although I’m a fan of Elizabeth Camden, this won’t go down as one of my favorite novels by her. I didn’t care much for the two main characters. I’d have been okay if it hadn’t had the required happy ending. The supporting characters were more interesting: Ryan’s daughter was a sweetie, Jenny’s father was intriguing, and I wouldn’t mind another story about Ryan’s colleague, Finn. I also had a problem with so much of the back story being told in block paragraphs. Flashback scenes might’ve appealed to me more. I did, however, learn what a cultured pearl is after having heard the term for so long. I also doubt this’ll be the last Elizabeth Camden book I’ll read. I’m sure I’ll read A Dangerous Legacy when it comes out in October.

Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of To the Farthest Shores, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read To the Farthest Shores? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 04 April 2017

Page Count: 336

Read more on:   Elizabeth Camden’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

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Best Books of the Month: February

Enjoy this look at some of the best books from Februarys past. Maybe you’ll find something new to read 🙂

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The Accidental Bride – Denise Hunter

Promise Me This – Cathy Gohlke

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Rebekah – Jill Eileen Smith

To Honor and Trust – Tracie Peterson

Moonlight Masquerade – Ruth Axtell

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Rachel – Jill Eileen Smith

The Sinners’ Garden – William Sirls

Princess Ever After – Rachel Hauck

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Beyond All Dreams – Elizabeth Camden

Where Rivers Part – Kellie Coates Gilbert

The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story – Jill Eileen Smith

How to Catch a Prince – Rachel Hauck

Mercy’s Rain – Cindy K. Sproles

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The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story – Jill Eileen Smith

Room for Hope – Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Confessions of X – Suzanne M. Wolfe