Can a Female Scientist in 1900’s New York Change the World?

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden
Genre: historical, romance, inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House
Date: June 5, 2018
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B

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.*

When I read my first Elizabeth Camden book, I had no idea what to expect. Now (five books later) I can say that the stories on these pages are honestly like nothing you have read before. Unique characters, settings, and plot blend together into a book that you will want to spend all day reading. In fact, with A Daring Venture, that’s exactly what I did. I listened to the audiobook while cleaning my house for 2 days straight and I didn’t stop until I finished it. At the end, I was only sad that I didn’t get to spend more time with Rosalind and Nick.

When the story begins, tensions are running high. Water purification is a highly debated topic, even today. I love, love, LOVE, all the sciency (yes, I made up a word!) things that are talked about throughout the course of this story. As with any historical novel, it is packed with tons of history. I loved that even a few real people that show up on the page.  This really helped anchor the story for me. Rosalind is a woman ahead of her time as a biochemist in the early 1900s. To tell the truth, I read a lot of historical fiction, but this is the kind of history that draws me in and really grabs my attention.

A sidenote to this is that I adore watching the romance unfold. These two have a bumpy road, but it wouldn’t be realistic if it was all sunshine and roses for Rosalind and Nick. (Or for any of us, really!) Family drama, unforgiveness, revenge, fear, scandal, secrets…Oh yes. It’s all here. And this is definitely a book you must get into your hands with all urgency!

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