Review: A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city–but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York, Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the odds stacked against these two rivals swiftly grow more insurmountable with every passing day.

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.

She regularly posts about the joys of the book world at http://elizabethcamden.com/blog  (source: Amazon Author Page)

 

My Review

This was a surprisingly good book. I had never read this author and I wanted to check her out. I was more than impressed with the writing and the story.

Chlorination in our water supply is something we all expect and we think nothing about it. This story reminded me that it wasn’t always that way. I learned a great deal about the struggles scientist went through in an effort to provide safe drinking water for all.

As the relationship started between Rosalind and Nick I assumed it was going to be the “typical” boy meets girl love story. The author gave me a very pleasant surprise by adding some unexpected trials for both Rosalind and Nick. Those secondary story lines added a great deal to the overall story.

If you enjoy historical fiction that weaves actual events in a multifaceted love story this is a great choice. This is a book two and I did not read book one but I felt this story stood on its own.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Review: Justice Betrayed (Memphis Cold Case #3) By Patricia Bradley

About the Book

It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

About the Author

Meet Patricia Bradley. I had the opportunity to interview Pat and talk about her new book, the Memphis Cold Case series and her life as an author. We did have a weird issue with YouTube Live when we were recording it so I’m in the corner the entire interview. But I figure that’s okay, better to see Pat. (Next time I’m going to use Zoom!)  Enjoy!

 

My Review

Such a great book! I love this type of story where the author allows the reader solve the mystery alongside the protagonist. This one was of the best I’ve read in quite awhile. Bradley kept me guessing until the very end.

There was so much to like about the characters. Rachel Sloan is smart but has a quick wit about her that made the interaction between her and Boone a blast to watch. Boone has the gentle tough guy persona that makes him a great cop and leading man.

Although a book three in the series you can definitely read this one without reading the first two. (My guess once you’ve read this one you’ll want to read the other two!)

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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TBR Pile

This past week Ronie Kendig posted a Facebook contest asking people to post a picture of their TBR pile. 99% of my books are on my Kindle.  So I decided to bring my TBR list here… I am part of the Amazon affiliate program so if you click on any of the links and purchase it helps cover the cost of the site. Thank you if you do, but if you don’t that’s good too!  Feel free to share in the comments what’s on your TBR pile! (If you don’t see the list you may have a pop-up blocker turned on)

Blessings!