Monday, July 9, 2018

"A Daring Venture" by Elizabeth Camden

About this book:

  “As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne 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 Nickolas 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, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Empire State” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- Thanking God & A blessing over food; A few talks about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches & church going; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of thanking God; A mention of a Bible; A mention of a place in the Bible; A mention of godsend; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a sinner;
             *Note: A couple mentions of a damning newspaper caption; A mention of hearing something damning; A mention of the devil; A mention of demons.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘fig’, a ‘heck’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘son of a gun’, two forms of ‘darn’, two forms of ‘dumb’s, five ‘stupid’s, and seventeen forms of ‘idiot’s; Some eye rolling; Being punched, attacked, & blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, bodies, illnesses/diseases, & the affects (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a murder (suicide) & how it happened (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of wars & deaths; Mentions of being punched, attacked, injuries, & bruises; Mentions of blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of poison & side-effects (semi-detailed); Mentions of threats; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of a break-in & intruder; Mentions of prisons/jails & arrests; Mentions of a plan to embezzle; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, social drinking, taverns, & drunks; Mentions of divorces;
A few mentions of a woman poisoning people on purpose; A few mentions of pickpockets; A few mentions of tobacco; A few mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of a plan to assassinate a president; A couple mentions of blackmail; A couple mentions of cigars & smoking; A mention of a suicide in a play; A mention of where the sun doesn’t shine.

Sexual Content- four hand kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss, touch, & embrace; Touches, Hand holding, & Nearness (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Lots of Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; a form of ‘wanton’; Mentions of a married man’s attraction & touches to Rosalind (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of reputations, scandals, & a fallen woman; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of blushes & winks; A few mentions of an affair & a child born out of it; A few mentions of inappropriate suggestions; A couple mentions of crushes; A mention of making love to someone; A mention of chaperones; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of a mother who died after child labor; A few mentions of miscarriages.

-Rosalind Werner, age 28
-Nicholas “Nick” Drake, age 36
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                Set in 1908 (Prologue in 1890)
                                                        341 pages

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My personal Rating-
Set five years after “A Daring Legacy”, this sequel picks up with Lucy’s young brother’s story and female doctor, Rosalind. While I liked Rosalind, the romance was very instant, and they were kissing at page fifty-six (chapter four). That’s pretty quick in my opinion. Nick had some good moments, but he lashed out and caused problems more than I care to explain, and I ended up feeling ‘meh’ about him.
This author always adds a unique historical plot to her books and this one was no different with the topics of chlorine in water and the fights that had to happen for clean water.
This novel sets-up for the next book well, and while I’m slightly interested in it, I’m not so sure about the main girl. We’ll have to see.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

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