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A Daring Venture

(Empire State #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  599 ratings  ·  176 reviews
As a biochemist in early 1900s New York City, 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 Ni
Paperback, 340 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2018)
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Shirley Revill
Dr Rosalind Werner biochemist studies water borne diseases. She desperately wants a safe water supply for the town to halt the spread of cholera. Rosalind lost her parents and sibling to this awful disease and her research is a cause that is very close to Rosalind's heart. In a time when women where expected to stay at home it's not always easy for Rosalind to be taken seriously. With just ninety days to convince the court and the townsfolk that she can halt the spread of cholera she certainly h ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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 in
Cathy Daniel
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of insta lust/love / kissing early on in books. I didn't care for this hero's temper and how nastily he lashed out and I definitely don't plan to read the next book because the heroine in that book is a character in this one who I didn't care for. Don't like her.
It's really a shame because this had the typical brilliant Camden heroine and the historic story alone was interesting by itself without the other added stuff. Disappointed.
Rachel McMillan
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a lovely companion piece to A Dangerous Legacy and takes us back to gilded age New York.
As per always, Camden's ongoing fictional intention is the promotion of women in interesting occupations usually dominated by the men of their period.

Rosalind Warner is a doctor and biochemist in New York is at the forefront of sanitary research that will work to provide safe water to New Yorkers. Nicholas Drake ( familiar to readers of A Dangerous Legacy) is newly appointed as Commissioner of
A Daring Venture is the second book in the Empire State series. I haven't read the first one yet and I'm wondering if that is part of the reason I didn't love this as much as I was hoping. I enjoyed the history and how the story line was so unique...I've never read a book like this.

I did think the romance was a little to "insta-love" and I wasn't a fan of it. The writing style was great, though, and made it so easy to read.

All in all, I enjoyed A Daring Venture but it isn't my favorite of Camde
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I didn’t particularly care for how it started. An instant attraction and kiss within such a short amount of time just doesn’t ring real for me. I didn’t really connect with any characters in this one. I also wish it had some sort of faith theme

However, I loved the story and plot. I’m a huge fan of Historical Fiction so I enjoyed the science, beginning of public water systems, and all the complications that went along with it. The fact that it was based on real characters and facts made
Diane Estrella
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner! I've never read an Elizabeth Camden book I didn't like... just sayin'...

The overall story was good and I liked getting to know both Rosalind and Nicholas. I felt a kinship with Nick and his desire to be connected with his family and always want to see the good in everyone. The romance was realistic and shows the dangers of falling too hard, too quickly.

This book actually made me say to my husband that we need to have our well water tested to make sure it is safe to drink. The aut
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 4.5 rating for me.
At the heart of this story is the question when is it alright to use individuals for experimentation without their consent?
Rosalind and Drake both want the same thing for their city. Clean and safe water. But their methods are so different and clash so that the budding romance is quickly squashed before it can blossom.
Rosalind is a strong woman who fights against the odds at that time to build a career in science at a time when it was not generally accepted for women
Jun 07, 2018 added it
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I wanted to love this book, I did. Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite Inspy fiction authors and one reason being, she writes about such unique pieces of history. An early 1900s female Doctor and biochemist? Count me in!

But y’all, there were just bits I couldn’t get past. One, is that I’m not a fan of the instant attraction/in love. You might be a fan, but it sometimes felt a little over the top for me.

One of my biggest hang ups was a decision Rosalind made I struggled with. Vague? Yes, but t
Libby May
It was good. 100% cliche. 100% insta-love. But I actually enjoyed the story. I learned a whole bunch about water filtration and chlorination. And I loved that Rosalind wasn't like all attracted to Nick's muscles, but his grease covered hands.

If y'all want a content review let me know. Otherwise recommended for people 14 and up who don't mind cliches or instant-love.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden
Time Frame: 1890 childhood, 1908 adult
Location: Prologue in Connecticut but mostly Jersey City, NJ
Main Characters:
Dr. Rosalind Werner: Doctor of biochemistry
Nick Drake: Commissioner of New York City’s water board
Margaret Drake: Aunt by marriage to Drake, someone who hated him
Ellie Drake: Drake’s cousin he hasn’t seen since childhood
Gus and Ingrid: Rosalind’s brother and sister-in-law
Lucy and Colin: Nick’s sister and brother-in-law

I’m going to be honest here a
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
History has always intrigued me. Maybe because I have an inquisitive mind?. I want to know how things were built, why they were built, when they were built, who built them.
I was THAT student in school who would have a notebook of random facts about random things. My family actually calls me "Ms. Google" because of my crazy little brain cells. 🤷

We're water-a-holics in my house, so to learn a bit about the history of clean drinking water was SO COOL to me.
There were a few times when the science we
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading book 2 in this series! Reading and learning about the beginning of treating water with chlorine in the US to help prevent cholera was fascinating! As was the subplot relating to the male lead. I was happy to read this continuation of the first book and look forward to the next book in the series!
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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To review a Elizabeth Camden book is nearly impossible. There is so much that gets me excited.
The density, carefulness and style with which she writes is full of flavor and creativity.
She always leaves me astounded by smart, witty and a bit unpredictable characters.

A Daring Venture was no different <3
Once I finished A Dangerous Legacy, I couldn't have been happier to learn it was actually the first in the series. I would definitely start there just because it's worth it.

Nick will have your he
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Camden's books so I have been eager to get my hands on this new story! I really enjoy how her books get creative in their settings and careers of main characters. This series really dives into out of the box careers and I LOVE it! There is a lot of science/chemistry in this book (my least favorite subject) and yet I thought Camden did a splendid job in explaining things. I loved the setting, I loved the history and I liked how she tied this book to the first one. The two main char ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
As I opened this book the story just kept getting better and better, and right to the last page I was captivated.
What a world the author gives us, and yes, we learn that there is some fact here, and what a gift of saving lives, even if most is fictional. We are shown a very different world for woman here, to be accused of a crime and feel shamed for it, today it would be laughed off, but for this talented and educated woman it was a curse.
I wanted to smack her sister in law, but I had to remind
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first one but this was even better! And the theme. It's one thing I love about EC's books: each one features an historic case that had a true bearing in the world.

Loved Nick and Rosalind!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dr. Rosalind Werner is a biochemist, with a passion for improving the welfare of communities so that they will not have to fear the diseases brought on by unclean drinking water. Rosalind fled scandal in Germany, and is fighting to prove herself in the experimental chlorination of public water. One of their fiercest opponents is Nick Drake, the plumber turned wealthy businessman.

Nick is just as passionate about the welfare of the community, but is skeptical of putting chemicals into public drink
Denise Hershberger
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this latest book from Camden. My favorite part of her books is how well researched they are and how she uses actual historical events and happenings to create her stories. It is so intriguing to see how things came about even set in a fictional world of one of her novels because I know that it is all based on real life.

I always enjoy strong females in my books so I was thrilled with a female biochemist! I'm not a science person, but I can still appreciate that she was breaking i
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Poised on the brink of a watershed moment for delivering clean water to the masses, “A Daring Venture” adroitly combines science with the human element. Hindsight is usually 20/20, and it is easy to look back and forget that what we now take for granted was once contentious and groundbreaking. As such, it is informative to see both sides of the controversy and to get a glimpse into the techniques, sacrifices, and struggles of each. Elizabeth Camden achieves this without overwhelming the reader w ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a story with a very interesting and unusual premise. I enjoyed learning about the scientific aspects of cleaning the public’s water and making sure it’s safe for consumption. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Nick Drake, he was a hoot! Rosalind was charming and their banter was witty and entertaining. Definitely was surprised at a few of the twists later in the book and I very much enjoyed the ending. Looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy, “ A Desperate Hope,” which is m ...more
Vera Godley
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the history behind the introduction of the chlorination process into the water treatment to eliminate water-borne diseases quite interesting as woven into the story. The book is interesting from a historical standpoint - though it is, of course, a work of fiction. The author does great research.

The two main characters, Rosalind Werner and Nick Drake, have strong character traits and some very weak ones. With Rosalind we see a young lady whose past haunts her though she is innocent of cul
The Books and Biscuits Blog
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Venture – Elizabeth Camden (5 Stars)

In the second entry in the Empire State series, A Daring Venture introduces Doctor Rosalind Werner, a biochemist with a passion for clean, disease-free water. Having lost her parents to cholera, Rosalind will risk everything to ensure that her family, friends, and neighbors are protected. A high-stakes court case places Rosalind on the opposing side of Nickolas Drake, the up-and-coming Commissioner of Water for New York. Nick is instantly attracted to
I just really enjoy the way Ms. Camden writes historical fiction. The science aspect of this story was so interesting. The storytelling was also very engaging. That prologue! However, I felt like the focus of the story was a bit muddled. All the different aspects of this story definitely helped to create well rounded characters, which ultimately made me invested in the outcome of this story, but they also made for a less cohesive feel while reading. There were some secrets kept, some lies told, ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 stars. Elizabeth Camden can even make water treatment interesting. I was worried that this read would have “second book syndrome” when the second book in a series doesn’t measure up to the first, but not so in this case. I completely enjoyed this book and getting to know Nick Drake better. Rosalind, a scientist in a male dominated field in 1908 was a wonderful and complex character. The romance was sweet and believable. Nick delivers a swoon-worthy speech to Rosalind that was just perfec ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Kelly Bridgewater
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is a fascinating tale of science. I have read all of Camden's novels, and every new addition captures my attention. I'm impressed every time she composes a new novel that includes how science shaped our country. Camden again does a good job at allowing her science to tell the story.

Her research is amazing. As a budding writer, I'm learning how to incorporate my research into my historical fiction novels, but Camden does a wonderful job at incorporating the r
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is the second novel in An Empire State Novel series. It is June 1908 in Jersey City, New Jersey when Dr. John Lael and Dr. Rosalind Werner, a biochemist, get the verdict on a two-year court case for which they were consultants. They have ninety days to prove their case that chlorine can prevent waterborne diseases in the water supply. It is a controversial idea and people are against a toxic chemical being added to their drinking water. How can they prove chl ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Camden has taken an intriguing actual historical event, added in some interesting characters and drama of the best kind, and served up an absolute winner with her second novel in the "Empire State" series. I have never once stopped to consider how it came about that chlorine was added to our water and the amazing change this brought about to society as this wiped out rates of cholera and other life-threatening illnesses. I haven't thought about the fear people would have had of being p ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. One thing I can always count on in opening up a book by Elizabeth Camden, it will be so much more than I expect; there will be twists and turns such that the plot will end up in a totally different place than the book blurb implies, and I love it. (Not to call the blurb inaccurate--it isn't. The story is just so much more than the blurb.) While this is far from the most faith-filled of her novels, it is a fascinating story, full of controversy that's not unlike what we go through toda ...more
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