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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?
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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?
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.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Conflict in 1897 BostonOctober 1, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another historical intrigue from Elizabeth Camden. This story places Stella West, a renowned artist, and Romulus White, a scientific magazine producer, in a sort of loose partnership. Although often at odds, the two do assist each other. Stella is determined to learn the circumstances surrounding her sisters death, which she believes is murder. All the two go through makes for a wild read in set late 19th century Boston. The many well-crafted characters as well as the plot kindle an interest that wont let up. Although at times nearly unbelievable in their actions and reactions, the tale works well. Set your own crises aside and get lost in theirs as you immerse yourself in this realistic fictional world. I received the book in exchange for an honest review.
Just Commonly3 Stars Out Of 5Strong plot but lackluster characters.September 29, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Sometimes art captures the human spirit in a way no words can ever hope to do."
From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden captures what readers enjoy in a historical suspense. With great historical details, strong characters and a mystery filled with twists and turns, one would not get lost, but rather quite engrossed in it. Yet, it is the characters themselves that have turned down the heat for me. No, I still enjoyed this novel, but the main characters, Stella and Romulus just rubs me the wrong way. I like strong female characters, but I also believe there's a fine line between being witty and pompous. Both characters are self-centered and somewhat selfish. Their romance doesn't excite me. The other romance in the novel, Clyde and Evelyn intrigues me more, yet, that too, I find underwhelming. Despite so, I do see character strength in each of them. The story does in fact move along, and for any historical mystery fan, the suspense played out will satisfy your appetite, though it does seem to wrap up rather quickly. A quick read for me that definitely gives quite the impression with a strong plot that does carry through.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thrilling Adventure and RomanceSeptember 11, 2016FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Famed lithographer Stella Westergaard arrives in Boston with one goal, getting to the bottom of the foul play behind her sister Gwen's death. So she moves to Boston taking a job as a stenographer at city hall, leaning on her sister's mysterious letters to help her find her sister's killer. Stella finds an unlikely ally in Romulus White the owner of the prominent Science World Magazine, a man with connections in high places, with a love of knowledge, who matches her for stubbornness in every category.
Sparks fly as the danger draws near, will Stella and Romulus be able to expose the corruption in city hall and bring Gwendolyn's murderer to justice?
Stella and Romulus are more alike than they would like to admit, passionate about their work and stubborn to a fault. They are both utterly devoted to their families, and Romulus has always been like a brother to his dear cousin Evelyn.
I loved the fast moving setting of the bustling Boston, perfect for this fast paced adventure. I admired Stella's determination on her quest for truth, not giving up despite the dead ends she keeps coming up against time and time again.
Romulus is a charming man who does not go unnoticed with his flamboyant mode of dress, which covers in his inward insecurities of not living up to his father's expectations. He is a self made man who has worked hard alongside his cousin for everything that he now calls his own, making prominent connections in Boston.
I liked Stella and her deep appreciation for her craft, and her passion to find the truth, though at times it blinded her to societies polite expectations.
Overall, a sweeping historical novel filled with passionate characters, snappy dialogue, intrigue, and mystery. Skillful storytelling brings Boston to life, in this quick moving read from Ms. Camden that lived up to my high expectations!
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