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.
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 water from the main floor up several stories to their apartment. Imaging cooking, washing, everything you need for water. Now imagine you have worked 10 hours, on your feet, heavy labor, you have walk 5 or more blocks to get home. Now to cook dinner and get clean you must walk down 4 plus flights of stairs, fill up gallon jugs of water and then be lugging them back upstairs. You may have to do that several times.
Lucy and her brother Nick Drake have been embroiled in a legal battle that is older than they are. Their Grandfather invented the valves that would make getting water to upper floors possible. However, his brother swindled him out of the patent and is now selling the valves for an exorbitant fee that only the very rich can afford. The legal fight goes beyond just the money for Lucy & Nick, it is also helping to ensure that everyone can afford to have running water in their homes. Nick is a plumber and works for the city. Lucy is a telegraph operator working for the Associated Press news. Lucy enjoys working as a telegraph operator, she is very good at her job and has been able to use her knowledge of telegraphy to her advantage.
Sir Colin Beckwith works at the rival British News agency Reuters and is intrigued by Lucy from the moment they meet. However, they are from two different walks of life, and Colin needs a heiress to help save his crumbling family estate in England.
Can Lucy & Nick win the legal war and help the less fortunate by making running water accessible to all? Will Colin be able to find a way to save his family estate and win the woman his heart longs for?
I give this engaging book 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to any and all who enjoy reading stories with dynamic characters and rich history.
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About the Author:
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.