Not Her Best Work, Unfortunately

Elizabeth Camden’s unique writing style, combined with fascinating and factual historical elements of scientific discoveries, always makes for can’t-put-it-down reading material. Her newest novel from Bethany House is “A Daring Venture”, and is the sequel to “A Dangerous Legacy” which released last year.

The historical setting and a large portion of the plot for “A Daring Venture” are steeped in factual events of a very unique topic – the controversy surrounding the first chlorine feed system implemented into the water supply of a city. This makes for interesting reading, to be sure!

In addition to an intriguing historical foundation, the characters are also realistic and relatable. Unfortunately, however, a few aspects about their stories bothered me for two primary reasons… First, Rosalind and Nick did not experience the kind of character growth that I expect to see in Christian Historical Fiction; in fact the opposite was true in a couple of important instances. Second, there was very little mention of anything distinctly Christian-based in the novel, which again I expect to see in this genre. Sadly, these two missing elements made the entire novel feel rather shallow and unfinished.

Without significant character growth and central Christian themes, “A Daring Venture” just didn’t meet my expectations. This is not to say that the story wasn’t still extremely well-written and engrossing, but in the end I have to say that it continuously felt like something was missing. I will continue to anticipate Elizabeth Camden’s future novels (in fact, her next release is a sequel to this one), but I do hope that she returns to the faith-based themes that characterize what I consider to be an extremely important element of the Christian Historical Fiction genre.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

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