From This Moment


From This Moment
Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House

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?

     I love how distinct and unusual Elizabeth Camden can make her characters and their situations; it's always a highlight of her books for me. Plot-wise, I did enjoy this one a lot, and more so than Camden's last book, Until the Dawn. I really was curious about Gwendolyn's murder, and I loved the setting of a scientific magazine publishing company. That being said, it was a little harder for me to get into the characters. Although I liked the idea of who the characters were quite a bit, the execution of their personalities wasn't always what I preferred (although they did have some great, snappy dialogue at points).

     There's was also a bit of a side story with Romulus's cousin Evelyn and her husband, although some of the story caused me quite a bit of consternation (partly because I read its prequel e-novella). I wasn't the biggest fan of the novella, but ended up being pretty satisfied with how their story concluded in this book. My main complaint with the novella was its veering into the cliched territory of the feminstic historical-fiction heroine who wants to succeed in a man's world while being thoroughly "suppressed"; thankfully, although I thought From This Moment did go a little more into that territory than I generally prefer, it wasn't laid on so thickly in this novel.

     Overall, From This Moment was definitely entertaining. I enjoyed it, and it was a pleasant, much-needed break from all of the non-fiction research I've been doing lately.

Rating: 8

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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