Book Review,  Historical Fiction

A Dangerous Legacy by Elisabeth Camden


I first fell in love with Elisabeth’s books when I read Against the Tide (2012) What I really love about Elisabeth Camden’s books, besides the complex characters, is her incorporation of interesting history into her books. A Dangerous Legacy is another stellar historical fiction novel from Elisabeth, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Telegraph operator, Lucy Drake and her brother Nick are the main characters and we get to hear more about Nick’s story in the next book coming out in 2018 (A Daring Venture).

The arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith on the scene causes all sorts of …complications, shall we say, and as annoying as he can be at times, in the end, he wiggles his way into your heart. His struggle to shoulder the responsibility he holds and Lucy’s struggle with her lot in life is not dissimilar, but they both find their own way to hope and freedom. Along the way, however, it is a roller-coaster ride of intrigue, adventure, homing pigeons, and much more.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


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.



Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.


Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.

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