A Daring Venture

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is the second book in the Empire State series, following A Dangerous Legacywhich you can find my review of here.

This book follows the story of Nicholas Drake, brother of the heroine of book one.  It picks up five years after the events of book one, as Nicholas Drake is aspiring to hold a prominent position in New York dealing with water filtration.  Meanwhile, Dr. Rosalind Warner is working to use chlorine in water to kill bacteria, and is petitioning that chlorine is more effective than filtration in reducing waterborne diseases.  These two butt heads but ultimately want what’s best for the water of the state.

One thing I really love and value about Elizabeth Camden’s novels is that in each one of them, she highlights a historical yet monumental thing that affects our society and how it works today.  Honestly, I never even think about chlorine versus filtration, but every time I read one of her books, I feel like I learn so much! It makes me laugh because all the topics her books focus on are so varied that I haven’t been able to discern any kind of a pattern, except that I know she is also a librarian, so perhaps it’s just something she comes across in her reading and learning that spills over into her books.  However it works, I’m also delighted because it’s so unique.  Camden is a long-standing favorite author of mine; I’ve been following her since book one.  This book made me smile and learn all while being wrapped up in the story.  There was one part where one character acted out of anger and really damaged another’s reputation, and that character basically decided “oh that wasn’t so bad, I could live with that,” etc and that rubbed me the wrong way because the character basically thought that they could cope with it rather than there being any kind of anger management thing. Other than that, this was a great book of twists and turns that was based off of an actual historical court case, and I loved it.

Thank you to the Bethany House and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book.  I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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