Historically interesting, I was hooked in by the premise of Reuters versus the Associated Press as well as the idea of a well-reasoned legal drama. The news agency portion of the story is fascinating but the family lawsuit didn’t live up to the hope I had for it. Whilst being at the centre of the strife, in essence, it’s a simple fight and the reader spends little time in the courtroom. I enjoy both Lucy and Colin, our leading characters, as they are interesting people with complex histories. The book disappointed me in pace, I found the writing repetitive in several places, over and over Elizabeth Camden restated key facts about characters and it disrupted the story. The first 25% had me ready to set it aside, we just weren’t moving at all and then a twist occurred and curiosity carried me for the next 50%. The ending for me was lacklustre though, a huge build up to a resolution of a 40-year fight fizzled out as did the romance. The conclusion is unexpected, which I always enjoy, but all in all, not a fantastic read, 3 out of 5 on the enjoyment scale.

A word to the animal-loving sensitive reader: the birds die, it’s dramatic and sad!

From the back cover:

Page-Turning Romance and Intrigue in Award-Winning Author’s Next Historical Novel

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.

With thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the advance copy.

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