Award-Winning Historical Romance from a Noteworthy Talent
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?
Mystery, romance, and a touch of faith are interwoven in Camden's (Into the Whirlwind) historical novel, set against the backdrop of the building of the first American subway in 1897 Boston. Romulus White is the well-dressed editor and publisher of Scientific World magazine. Ten years after a broken engagement, he enjoys women's company "far too much to settle down with just one." Stella West is a Cornell-educated artist working in London; White has been trying for three years to woo her to work as an illustrator for his magazine. When he learns that she is now living in Boston and working at City Hall as a stenographer, Romulus is thrilled. He can't pry her away from her new job, though; she has taken it in an effort to discover the true circumstances behind her sister Gwendolyn's unfortunate death. Stella soon realizes that Romulus is one of her only allies in the city and starts to lean on him for help and friendship, but when misfortune befalls both of them, he is eager to sever ties. Camden's mixing of romantic tension and the mystery of Gwendolyn's death will keep readers engaged until the last page, and the ending will bring a smile to the fans of historical romance.
From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is set in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897. Stella Westergaard is determined to find out what happened to her sister. She has been told that her sister drowned, but Stella knows that is impossible. Stella wants the truth and has moved from London to Boston to get it. Stella has given up her career as an illustrator while she searches for the truth. Stella is working as a stenographer at city hall (her sister, Gwendolyn did this as well). Stella is using West as her surname to avoid suspicion. Romulus White is the editor of Scientific World (and co-owner). He has been trying to hire Stella West for years. He is surprised when he finds out that she is in Boston (she said she never wanted to leave London). Stella originally tells him no, but then discovers that Romulus’ connections will help her get the answers she seeks. Stella slowly finds out what Gwendolyn was doing and how it led to her death. Will Stella be able to get justice for her sister?
From This Moment was a good story, but I had a few problems with Stella. Stella was a little too independent, stubborn, determined in her single-minded crusade (I like independent women in novels, but Stella was a little over-the-top). I found her a little overbearing and single-minded. Romulus seemed overly concerned with appearances. From This Moment is nicely written and easy to read (the novel has a good pace or flow). There are long-winded descriptions of everything (I am glad I learned to speed read). I give From This Moment 4 out of 5 (I liked it). I thought the book was a little too long (it could have easily been shortened a wee bit and it would have enhanced the book) and it really did not need the additional problem of Evelyn and Clyde (Evelyn is Romulus’s cousin and her husband). They were experiencing marriage problems and then an accident brought them back together (predictable). I understood why they were added after I finished the book (to tie in with the prequel). I enjoyed the mystery in the book. I liked the twists and turns as the pair tried to get at the truth. I hope Ms. Camden’s writes more books with a mystery in them (she does a good job with them). From This Moment has a light Christian theme, but I did not feel that either character was a Christian (it just did not come across). I will be reading the next book by Elizabeth Camden.
I received a complimentary copy of From This Moment in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book. The opinions and comments expressed are strictly my own.