Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code, but the presence of Sir Colin Beckwith at a rival news agency puts her livelihood at risk. When Colin’s reputation is jeopardized, Lucy agrees to help in exchange for his assistance in recovering her family’s stolen fortune. However, the web of treachery they’re diving into is more dangerous than they know.
I always look forward to a book by one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Camden. She writes her characters with such authenticity with their differences, personalities, and life circumstances that I know that I am in for an adventure. In her latest, A Dangerous Legacy, we get to step into the world during 1903 and learn about the intricacies of Morse code and about the fierce competition and collaboration of the American Associated Press and the British Reuters news agencies. The political fight and intrigue for the Panama Canal versus the Nicaraguan Canal, and throw in a bit of mystery and gothic feel about an insane asylum and the frightening procedures that went on there. Have I wet your curiosity yet?
Not to mention the love/competition relationship between Sir Colin Beckwith and feisty telegraph operator Lucy Drake who both carry a legacy left by their ancestors that is enough to choke the life out of both of them. It was an interesting tug of war to watch between these two as following their heritage sometimes ruled them to the point that nothing else mattered, not even happiness in their own lives. Except for the strong connection and the matters of heart that both have with each other, this story may not have had a pleasant ending and I enjoyed the questions each needed to ask themselves. This story was not only full of fascinating historical facts and details but also showed the real life burdens we can carry due to our own pasts and of those of our forefathers as well. A really intriguing read and I am glad the next book will be about Lucy’s brother Nick who we had gotten to know briefly in this book.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.