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From This Moment, by Elizabeth Camden
For years, Romulus White has tried to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. But she abruptly quits the art world to solve her sister's mysterious death. When they meet, sparks fly when Romulus realizes the strong-willed Stella may disrupt his plans. Will their "partnership" endanger everything they've both worked for?
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they've worked for at risk?
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great read.February 1, 2018JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Romulus White has been pursuing Stella West for years. Her artistic talent has made her famous, and Romulus wants her work in his science magazine. Stella, however, has no desire to leave London, where she's made a name for herself.
Only the mysterious death of her sister, Gwendolyn, gets her to leave. She travels to Boston to gets answers. Instead, she finds a tight-knit group of police and city officials who see her as a nuisance.
When Romulus finds Stella in Boston, she realizes that he may have the connections she needs to finally get to the truth, but an instant attraction soon becomes a distraction for both of them, and the more they uncover about Gwendolyn's death, the closer they both get to losing everything they value.
This historical novel has a great blend of suspense and romance. I was a little unsure in the beginning when I figured out one aspect of the mystery, but as the truth unfolded, I was honestly surprised. The characters are flawed in such a way that they could have been unlikable, but Camden did a great job of fleshing them out and making you want to see them succeed.
The descriptions and scene-setting are also well done. It's just enough to allow you to visualize without becoming too much.
This was my first Camden novel, and I will definitely read more of her work. If you're looking for a clean romance, with an intriguing mystery, this is for you.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Mixed FeelingsJanuary 2, 2018alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3From this moment
London artist Stella West has come back to home to Boston to investigate her sister's death. After months of being stonewalled by the Boston police, Stella now may have a way to finally prove that her sister was murdered.
Romulus White has spent the last several years building his magazine empire. He has for years tried to lure Stella away from her art world but with no results. But when he spots Stella on the streets of Boston, he is determined to that she will come work for him, no matter what he has to do to get her on board.
I have to admit, I am conflicted about this book. On the one hand I really didn't care for the two main characters. They always seemed to be fighting and throwing insults at each other, is not in my opinion, humorous, and by the middle of the book I was skipping a lot of their interaction with each other. They were both extremely self centered, only looking out for their best interest. Even at the end of the story, there was very little change in their attitudes. I honestly could not see a lasting relationship for them.
Now Clyde and Evelyn's story on the other hand was simply amazing. Theirs was a story of grace and forgiveness,loving and passionate . Even though they had their troubles, at the end of the day they put aside the petty differences and worked together for a common goal.
The story itself was great. I kept turning the page because I needed to know who killed Stella's sister Gwendolyn and why. This is what, for me, drove the story. The ending was something that I didn't even had on my radar, caught me way off guard.
Part of the story was about the construction of the first Boston subway and that the author wove this history into the story was simply amazing.
Last thing, there was no mention of God or Christianity in any form until the end of the book, then the author seems to pop it into the story for a few pages.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Is Boston big enough for them both?October 4, 2017TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Elizabeth Camden has quickly become one of my absolute favorite historical fiction authors and I eagerly await each new release. From the moment I first saw that gorgeous cover I wanted to read From This Moment, and when I found out that there was a suspense thread running through the story I was even more excited.
From This Moment is about some very flawed characters, not the ones we usually call flawed, but genuinely flawed people who make some real and pretty big mistakes. They jump to conclusions, push their way through things like a battering ram, are totally hardheaded, lash out at each other, and just generally make all of the relationship mistakes that real people actually do. There were times I really didn't like any of them, but that just proved to me how talented Elizabeth Camden is in her craft. I was totally involved in the characters lives, riding the emotional rollercoasters, and just immersed in the setting. That's one of the things that I love about this author, her ability to completely immerse the reader into, not only the story, but also into the very time period itself.
From This Moment is a wonderful historical romance with a dash of mystery, a tense showdown with the villain, and one that will make readers delve down into our own often poor reactions to those closest to us.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
CozyWriter'sDen4 Stars Out Of 5Good :)November 17, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I was really excited to get my hands on a new book by Elizabeth Camden. I really enjoy her historical romances. From This Moment tells an interesting tale of a slightly eccentric young artist named Stella West who is ferociously determined to find out what happened to her sister. Tact is not Stella's talent and she blows into Boston like a hurricane, stomping and running rough shod over every lead she can dig up trying to trample the truth out of those she's convinced are shielding her sister's murderer. On the other hand, we have Romulus. Romulus has risen in Boston society by is sheer ability to cleverly maneuver his way around high society with his impeccable manners, good looks, and silver tongue. When Stella, a woman he's been trying to hire for years, agrees to work with him in exchange for access to his contacts, Romulus believes he has made a fantastic bargain until her rough mannered ways rapidly begin disgracing him in-front of the very people he needs to keep his business thriving.
Furious, Romulus would like nothing better than to be rid of Stella West - but her talent for art and her uncanny ability to see through his exterior and into his soul makes her very hard to expunge from his life. For her part, Stella finds Romulus' two-faced personality to be beyond aggravating and his smooth talking ways too slow for her liking. When these two fiercely different personalities collide some rather interesting fireworks begin to explode - duck and cover!
Curled up with From This Moment and a nice cup of tea is an entertaining and enjoyable way to spend a fall afternoon. I really enjoyed the hours I spent in this book. From a writing perspective, I would like to mention Elizabeth Camden's ability to write clever, witty, and believable dialogue. There is nothing that looses me faster than dialogue that is awkward or completely removed from anything you would actually hear in a real conversation. I really liked her ability to write genuinely good dialogue :)
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for the complimentary copy of From This Moment in exchange for my honest review.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From this MomentOctober 22, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had read the novella, Summer of Dreams, so was looking forward to this novel to reconnect with the characters, Clyde Brixton and his wife Evelyn, and her cousin Romulus White. Ten years have passed since the novella ended. Romulus is the publisher of the magazine, Scientific World, which he co-owns with Clyde and Evelyn. Though still married, Clyde and Evelyn separated several years earlier and have little contact until Clyde comes to Boston to work as an engineer to build the new subway system. Romulus has been corresponding for three years with Stella West, a renowned artist who he wants to create illustrations for his magazine, but she has no interest in leaving London. When Stella learns of her sister Gwendolyn's death, she comes to Boston to learn how she died. The official cause was drowning, which Stella dismissed because Gwendolyn was an excellent swimmer. Letters from her sister indicated there was corruption at City Hall, where she worked, so Stella gets a job there too and tries to find out who the mysterious AG is who was helping Gwendolyn. After Stella and Romulus meet, she enlists his help to solve the mystery. There are many twists and turns before they learn the truth. This was a very satisfying historical mystery/romance.