From This Moment

From This Moment

by Elizabeth Camden

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217210
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 462,940
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of eight historical novels and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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From This Moment 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden, © 2016 Released June 7, 2016 ~ new novel from Elizabeth Camden ~ Stella West's artistic talent made her the toast of London, but when her beloved sister dies under mysterious circumstances she abandons everything and heads for Boston. With single-minded determination she fights to pierce the ring of secrecy surrounding her sister's death. Upon meeting Romulus White, a publisher with connections into every important power circle in the city, she quickly realizes he could be a valuable ally in navigating Boston society. I absolutely loved this story of the early days of Boston and the engineering of the first U.S. subway system to alleviate traffic and pedestrian safety. Amazing how days went on "as usual" while construction reverted traffic flow. An accident begins to mend relationships between characters as physical and emotional need supersede a separation that has lost meaning from its onset, making it obsolete. I loved how they worked together being supportive through rough times to bring their lives to a better place, not giving up hope for a future; doing what was needed to bring their aims to a renewed day-by-day strength by bonding together and not giving up. Resiliency. Unhampered, construction continues. New beginnings. There is mystery in this story as a plot to uncover treachery is underway. I was surprised and unsuspecting. Great writing! Livid characters with depth and caring beyond themselves. I'd love to tell you more but do not want to take away from your discovery firsthand. Love Elizabeth Camden's works. Fascinating historical subjects and a storyline that takes off on its own while everything is going on around them. Rich in history, a very enjoyable read and "what happens next" whodunit. Thank you, author Elizabeth Camden! ***Thank you to Bethany House for sending me a copy of From This Moment for review and to author Elizabeth Camden for her tremendous writing! This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received except for a continuing memory of this story.***
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
FROM THIS MOMENT is an older book by Ms. Camden that I hadn't had time to read for ages. I finally moved all her books to my short stack because honestly she is a favorite historical romantic suspense author. Stella is needy, but strong, cocky, confident. Romulus is arrogant, but yet so insecure. These two both had their own mysteries to solve but they need each other to do so. I fell in love with Romulus's brother-in-law Clive and would've loved more of their story. I figured out who-dun-it when the "Bad guy" was introduced as a POV character. Until then one guess was as good as the other though I had suspicions and wondered about some of Romulus's friends. I found FROM THIS MOMENT totally engaging and I couldn't put the book down. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. There is a strong faith moment in Stella's story, but not so much in Romulus's. Fans of historical romantic suspense will want to read FROM THIS MOMENT. I greatly enjoyed it. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
Romulus 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.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Is Boston big enough for them both? Elizabeth 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.)
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Romulus White has his eyes set on a prize that will bring his magazine, Scientific World, to new heights. If only that prize would agree to his proposal. Stella West, world-renowned illustrator, travels to Boston for one reason only. To see her sister’s killers brought to justice, so when Romulus White’s continuous badgering to bring her on board resurfaces, she turns him down. Her covert investigation at City Hall, walking in her sister’s footsteps, remains her only focus. However, after a strange turn of events, she’s left with no other choice than to lean on the handsome Mr. White for help. His request? That she illustrate a series of advertisements for him. As they begin to work together, their attraction to each other grows even though Romulus is sworn to remain a bachelor until age forty. Can they solve the mysterious circumstances surrounding Stella’s sister death and the growing issues at Scientific World before everything comes crumbling down on them? This is the first novel I’ve read by Elizabeth Camden, and I must say, she has a new fan. I enjoyed From This Moment. I loved each of the characters. They were loveable but yet flawed. There were moments when I want to throttle both Romulus and Stella! Although there were times when I felt there was too much detail and I found myself skimming, the storyline kept my interest. I wanted to know who was behind Stella’s sister death and the misfortunes at the magazine. The twists kept me guessing. The Boston setting was spectacular! I could picture everything perfectly. Ms. Camden did a superb job of putting the reader in the cobblestone streets. The research put into this book was evident. I give From This Moment four sketchpads. It’s a masterpiece you’ll want to be drawn into! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Madi_Anastasia More than 1 year ago
After her sister's death, Stella West leaves London and travels to Boston. In Boston, Stella investigates her sisters death. While looking into the matter she is pursued by Romulus White, who has been begging her for work for his magazine. Stella and Romulus team up but instantly he is afraid of a new feeling he has for Stella, one that could leave him in a position he has never truly been in, love. This book has an 19th century feel like a Tolstoy novel. I recommend this book to people who love classic or mystery novels, or to those who love both!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I did not want to put this book down. I loved it. Stella and Romulus were wonderful characters. They were so much fun together. Learning about the subway systems was nice. I did not know that Boston had the first subway in the States. Loved the romance and the mystery in this book. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
When Stella West and Romulus White meet in Boston in 1897, sparks fly as they both meet their match. With one goal, Stella is determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her sister’s death. For years, Romulus has wanted Stella do art work for his magazine, but when he meets her, his bachelorhood is threatened by his attraction to her. Elizabeth Camden has written another superb historical novel with a worthy mystery that keeps the reader turning pages. Great characterizations.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Camden does a great job writing historical christian fiction romance novels and this one fits the bill. She keeps her characters interesting, quick witted, intelligent, and real. This novel is full of mystery, suspense, and romance. Stella West is a character in and of herself. She is quick witted, not afraid to share her opinion, determined and loyal. She sometimes storms into a situation without thinking about the consequences. While she is trying to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister she must keep her focus on her task and off the handsome Romulus White. Romulus White is a self proclaimed flirt and bachelor for at least another eight years. When the acclaimed artist Stella West is in his town could this be the answer he has been seeking. Will she finally agree to work for him? Romulus is not prepared for the help she is asking of him nor the consequences which follow. I was given a copy of this book from net galley for my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Have I mentioned how much I love reading historical fiction? I do, internet friends, I really do! So let’s chat about the latest release from Elizabeth Camden shall we? Alright y’all, let’s get right to it! So most of the book I wasn’t sure what to do with Romulus. I applaud Camden for creating a character I don’t normally see. He isn’t your run of the mill kind of hero I normally read in books and while it took a bit for me to warm up to him, I think it was much more true to life. I think this also played a role in why I didn’t feel the connection of Stella and Romulus as deeply. In many ways I wanted to see beyond the surface. We do catch glimpses of it though, but I wanted to see more of what drew them together. I will say, the unexpected role Evelyn and Clyde played in the book was absolutely delightful (they were from the pre novella – which you can get for free here – while not needed, I definitely recommend). Again, it wasn’t something I’ve seen in much, if at all, in this genre and I loved what Camden did with their story. Serious kudos for that. The latter half definitely picked up with the mystery and the things I didn’t see coming, came, and I couldn’t turn those final pages fast enough. While this wasn’t my favorite of Ms. Camden’s, I really appreciated the different approach she took and wasn’t sad I read it at all. Which Elizabeth Camden novel is your favorite? (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted: http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/06/28/moment-elizabeth-camden-book-review/
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to diving into Elizabeth Camden's latest historical novel, From This Moment, and it did not disappoint. Main characters Stella and Romulus are people that you want to root for, and I enjoyed watching their characters develop throughout the novel. The mystery of what happened to Stella's sister is intriguing, and her single-minded quest to find answers feels authentic. There are several twists in this story, and it was a solidly good read from start to finish. Like Camden's other books, the historical details in From This Moment are charming. I love how the author weaves the science of the times into her stories. I also liked how secondary characters Evelyn and Clyde were woven into the story. The insecurities, faults, and virtues of all of the main characters give the reader a treat; the characters flesh out as real people. I highly recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, but all opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Camden has done it again. This time she has written a murder mystery in her newest historical, From This Moment. We are also treated to not one, but two romance stories that will set your heart to racing. Stella West and Romulus White (what a lark to be named after Rome’s founder) have had a correspondence through letters for about three years. Romulus, part owner of a science magazine has wanted Stella’s artistic talent for some time and has been trying to get her on the staff. Stella, who didn’t have plans to leave London, now finds her way to Boston to do a personal investigation as to why her beloved sister who was an excellent swimmer has died by drowning. Stella knows that her sister has been secretly working with a mysterious “A.G” uncovering the city’s corruption in the government. However, Romulus is determined to seek her out when he has news she is now in his city. Together they wheel and deal to get their own needs met: Romulus to help Stella by introducing her to the cities officials and Stella to draw for the magazine. Unfortunately there are those who will stop at nothing to see that Stella does not uncover the truth to her sister’s mysterious death and they are not very appreciative that Romulus is helping. This causes not only Stella’s world to spin out of control, but also Romulus’s. With that add a heaping of attraction between these two very different individuals and watch the sparks fly. One of the things I really like about Elizabeth Camden’s books is that her characters are beyond the cookie cutter stereotypes. They are very different, and when she puts them together with all of their eccentricities it makes for very different story telling. My thanks go to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Stella West’s beloved sister dies mysteriously so Stella leaves her promising career in London and moves to Boston. She is determined to personally investigate the circumstances surrounding what she believes is her sister’s murder. No one seems to believe Stella’s convictions, which actually fuels her determination to unravel the mystery. Romulus White is the publisher of Scientific World and he has been pursuing Stella’s artistic talent from afar for years to use for his magazine. But when he learns of her presence in Boston he is even more determined to add her luminous illustrations to his publication. What he doesn’t plan on is being pulled into the murder investigation of Stella’s sister. As Romulus and Stella butt heads it creates an attraction neither anticipated. The characters in this novel are rich in personality. Both Stella and Romulus have an over abundance of confidence and pride, which the author portrays and uses as both a positive and negative aspect of their relationship and their character. The reader can’t help but love them because they are both endearing and real, displaying regular humans flaws. The supporting characters are equally rich in personality and I adored the close and loving relationship between Romulus, his cousin Evelyn and her estranged husband Clyde. For the time period, which is 1897, both Stella and Evelyn are very unconventional. They have careers and are tenacious, bold and pushy, sometimes to their determent. The plot was unexpected at moments and incorporated other seemingly insignificant facets of the story bringing it to a suspenseful climax at the end. The author also uses a particular historical event as the backdrop of her story, which I appreciate because it gives the story substance and adds a level of authenticity to the narrative. For this story, that setting was the building of the first subway in Boston. I would highly recommend reading this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Elizabeth Camden, and she always brings it. From This Moment takes place in Boston in 1897. It was such an exciting time for our country where new inventions were making the world a very different place. Camden transported me right in the middle of it, and I enjoyed every moment. This book follows Romulus and Stella as they try to figure out who killed her sister. Will they be able to work together? Or will their strong personalities clash? Stella had the job of her dreams, but when tragedy strikes she must make a decision. Finding out who killed her sister becomes her top priority. Demanding answers isn’t getting her anywhere, and she is frustrated. When she meets Romulus she hopes that maybe with his connections they can get answers. Romulus loves being a bachelor and doesn’t want anything to threaten that. If he can get Stella to agree to work for the magazine his dreams will come true. Little does he know what a handful she can be. Can they figure out who is behind her sisters’ death? Or will more lives be ruined in the process? I had a lot of fun reading this book. The characters were one of a kind, unlike any I’ve read about before. I could never guess what was going to happen next. I also loved getting to know the secondary characters. This is a great book of second chances, and learning that what you always thought was the best for you, might not be God’s plan for your life. And who wants better for us than our Heavenly Father? I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Camden is most definitely one of my favorite authors of Historical fiction. Her latest, From this Moment, is another winner. First of all, look at that cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? Renowned artist, Stella West, has left her life in London and traveled across the sea to Boston in search of the truth. There is more to her sister’s death than an accident and if the police aren’t willing to search out the truth, then she will. Romulus White has tried for years to hire Stella as an illustrator for his magazine to no avail. Yet, when he learns she is in Boston, he is going to seek her out and make her an offer she can’t refuse. When Stella learns of his connections to Boston high society, she knows she can use him to help her find out the truth of what happened to her sister. What I found most interesting about this book was that both characters walked the fine line of being unlikable. Both are sure of themselves, almost to the point of egotistical, and both are a little selfish. But Camden handles these characters well, making her readers root for them. The interaction between Stella and Romulus are often humorous, at the very least, they will put a smile on your face. And while both are fighting their unwanted attraction for the other, neither is exactly sure what it means for their future. Add in Romulus’s business partner and cousin with her strained marriage, and readers get a well-rounded story. In the end, every single character experiences growth and learns from the others around them. Each person has to come to terms with their faults, both in their personalities and in their relationships, and determine how to improve. Don’t miss another great story from Elizabeth Camden. ***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
A-maz-ing!!!!! There's no other words to describe the latest from Elizabeth Camden. Having read several of Camden's previous works and loving them my expectations were high for this book. I had nothing to worry about because this book is just as good, if not better, than her previous works. I was immediately pulled into this story and was hooked by the end of the first page. Camden has once again created a strong, independent female character that women today can relate to. Stella is driven to find out the truth about her sister's death. She is also a well-known artist who has captured the attention of Romulus White. Romulus is quite the character himself and the interactions between him and Stella made sparks fly off the pages. I loved the way the attraction between these two characters was written. There was an instant attraction instead of the often written "man meets woman and they dislike each other" and then there was a natural progression as the two built their relationship from that instant attraction. I have to say I may have developed a bit of a crush on Romulus when he said "I know a physician named Dr. Lentz who swears that root vegetables are the most nutritious things to eat, but I'm convinced the joy from a single ounce of chocolate does the body and spirit more good than a whole cartload of turnips." A man who knows the value of chocolate! *sigh* Both characters have flaws and it was interesting to see how they learned from each other and dealt with their issues. Clyde and Evelyn were also interesting characters and I enjoyed their story as well. Their story is intertwined with Romulus and his youth and as they are a big part of his life it only made sense that they were a major part of the story in present day. All four main characters are well developed and realistic. I really enjoyed the way the reader learned about Romulus, Evelyn, and Clyde through the retelling of their youth. It really added to the story and gave the characters more depth. The storytelling itself in this book is fabulous. The descriptions are so well written and detailed that I felt as if I were there. The historic details added a level of authenticity to the story that enriched the reading experience. I easily forgot I was sitting on the porch reading because I had been whisked away to the busy streets of Boston. The pace of the story throughout the entire book is perfect. Nothing is rushed and the reader is kept guessing throughout the book. Just when I thought I had the story figured out there was a twist or turn that kept me guessing page after page. The ending was perfect and fit well with the rest of the story. Elizabeth Camden is a go-to author for me. I know I will enjoy the story and fall in love with the characters. If you are a fan of hers, you will love this story. If you haven't read any of her books this would be the perfect one to start with. Definitely one for the keeper shelf! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
You find Romulus White on the opening pages of From This Moment, the latest novel written by Elizabeth White. Romulus is determined to convince Evelyn, his cousin and co-owner of the magazine, Scientific World, to add Stella West, a world-renowned illustrator, to their staff. Romulus knows that Stella is currently in Boston; but what he does not know is that she is not here to work, but to find the person who killed her sister! Stella has landed a job as a stenographer at City Hall, the last place where her sister, Gwendolyn, worked before her death. Stella is determined to follow Gwendolyn's last steps in hopes of finding some clues to who may have been involved with her sister's death. All Stella seems to be finding are closed doors everywhere she turns; that is, until she finally crosses paths with Romulus, who is definitely a man who knows people and knows how to get things done in Boston. Now Stella's problem is that Romulus is convinced, along with everyone else in town, that Gwendolyn's death was an accident! This is an interesting and fast-paced tale as you watch Stella and Romulus in their attempts to uncover the details of Gwendolyn's death. You wonder who is closer to the truth until the final pages of this tale. Will it be Stella or perhaps Romulus? http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First: I love the cover!!! It's so pretty, and it makes me want to make a dress like that. When I first started to read this book, it was slow progress because the first half of the book wasn't very interesting. But as I kept reading, not only did it get interesting, but it got to the point where I didn't want to stop reading to do other things. Which is really the best and worst thing a book can do to you. Around halfway through, the mystery of Stella's sister's death got super intense and interesting. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. **I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. Thank you!**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romulus is the perfect hero, beautiful and beautifully flawed. Stella is headstrong, talented, a force within herself. This was a well crafted mystery. It was also wonderful catching up with characters we have already met
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"She'd learned along ago that courage was not the absence of fear, but the willingness to confront it." Stella West learned quite a long time ago, the living in a man's world, she couldn't be afraid of those that would try to push her aside, from her father to the men who she would later work for in the art world. When she moved to London to become a well accomplished and much in demand artist, she had the world at her fingertips. She could go anywhere and demand most anything, but despite all her influence, she could save her beloved sister Gwendolyn and she had to watch her mother fall apart and sink into a deep depression that could very well consume the rest of her family. She left it all behind when she was told Gwendolyn had drowned and knowing that her sister was the strongest swimmer in her family, she knew something was amiss and she was bound and determined to figure out just what happened to her. Piecing together small clues was leaving her frustrated and discouraged. All she had to go on was what she knew and that her sister was working with someone with the initials A.G. to uncover the corruption plaguing the city of Boston and the men responsible for getting bribes to simply looking the other way. She needed help and it was about to come looking for her instead. Romulus White had been trying to figure out a way to persuade Stella West to come work for his magazine, Scientific World, as an illustrator. But after three years of failure, he must figure out a way to convince her to work for him. God was about to throw that opportunity right into his lap. Romulus was well known in the city and had lots of connections with high ranking people and that is what had garnered success for his magazine who he co-owned with his cousin, Evelyn. It seems now that Romulus and Stella had something on common and it would take working together to make the best of things. He used honey to attract friends, while Stella seemed to fling vinegar wherever she went. How will it all turn out in the end? I received From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from an eBook of this novel in exchange for my unbiased and personal review. I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden's novels partly because they always feature a strong and determined female character, who while she could use the help of the man in her life, she doesn't rely on it like a crutch. This is such a beautiful working relationship between the two because even though Romulus conveys his intentions to not marry until he is at least 40, Elizabeth believes she can work through that in her own mind. I think that rings true to most women when confronted with the same situation. We believe we can find a way to work through it and convince the man, he truly needs this person in his life and it doesn't apply to her after all. I love the authentic details that Ms Camden always uses as her setting and in this case readers get a glimpse historically at the challenges of magazine publishing, illustrations, photography and subway building in this historical romance novel. For me, well worth every single 5 out of 5 stars and inhaled this one in hours!
EdgeOfInsane More than 1 year ago
NOTE: I received a FREE copy. Before having the chance to read From This Moment, I have never read one of Elizabeth Camden's books, and now I wish I had known about her before! WOW! The cover is absolutely stunning and the description pulled me in. It was a stunning work of words, love, anguish, and plot twists. I really had no clue what was coming next, and I couldn't put it down! I LOVED this book. The only thing keep it from a perfect 10 is a few parts dragged on, which slowed down the reading in a chapter or two. But seriously, this is one to read!
SJantzi More than 1 year ago
"From This Moment" has all you could want in a story line: intrigue, love, conflict, and reconciliation. Elizabeth did a wonderful job developing Stella West's character, a strong-willed and independent woman attempting to find her sister's murderer. The story takes place during the late 1800's while Boston is in the middle of building their subway system. Despite Stella's independent nature, she finds herself needing the help of Romulus, editor of a prominent Boston magazine with connections to powerful people within the city's government, when she finds evidence of corruption connecting her sister's death with money funding the subway system. As a secondary story line we meet Romulus' cousin, Evelyn, and her estranged husband. As Evelyn and Clyde worked to heal past hurts we see them coming to the realization that they can't continue to blame each other, they each needed to own up to their own faults and failings in their relationship. For the most part I enjoyed the book. I found myself trying to solve the mystery along with Stella, but also found myself wanting to tune out a little with the overt flirtations between Stella and Romulus. Even though I understand that the flirtations were part of the romantic story between them, I found it distracting when I was working so hard in my mind to solve the mystery. I am excited to have discovered another author to add to my list. I will be reading more of Elizabeth Camden. Thank you Bethany House for allowing me to preview this book for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I found myself unable to put this one down, just one more chapter and I’ll turn off the lights, and then one more. Living in England and living a dream life Stella West is called home to Boston for the unthinkable, her sister has died. Now Stella does not believer her sister Gwendolyn drowned, she knows she was a strong swimmer, and her sister had been corresponding with her about helping A G to bring down the corruption rampant in the City. Romulus White runs a successful scientific magazine and for years has been trying to coach Stella Westergarrd, a brilliant illustrator, to come and work for him. When he finds out she is in town, he pursues her and ends up becoming involved in the evil that is being perpetrated in Boston. I didn’t see who or whom the perpetrators were, and was really surprised how the story unfolded, and who will survive the evil that abounds here, and in the form of greed and murder. There are historical elements here with the building of the subway under the streets of Boston, and I learned something that I had never heard before. This is one really great read, and one you won’t want to put down. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
EllieFaye More than 1 year ago
Talented and determined illustrator Stella West suddenly leaves her glittering London life and career when she learns of her beloved sister's death in Boston. Convinced of foul play, Stella quickly makes enemies in Boston's elite circles with her brash attitude and seemingly baseless accusations. That is, until she finds an ally in Romulus White. Successful magazine owner, ladies' man, and pillar of Boston society, Romulus offers to help Stella with her quest in an attempt to convince her to join the staff of his beloved Scientific World. Both Stella and Romulus feel an immediate attraction and camaraderie, but each also has priorities that seem to prevent any sort of relationship. When Stella's questions put her in physical danger and begin to threaten Romulus's business, will their troubles draw them together, or push them apart forever? In From This Moment, Elizabeth Camden takes her readers on a page-turning adventure through 1890s Boston. Rich in historical details from the worlds of publishing and engineering, Camden's latest work is truly a delight. As usual, her characters are complex, believable, and unique. Along with gifted story-telling, Camden always manages to create multi-layered characters who act in real and unpredictable ways. She expertly tackles issues of faith, forgiveness, and self-examination naturally, and without overt preaching. While Stella and Romulus are both well-developed, this reader still isn't sure if they are also likable. Romulus-- with his fashion obsession, ridiculous name, inability to commit, and pomposity-- is often difficult to accept as a romantic lead. Similarly, Stella's arrogance and lack of tact are less than endearing. The continuing story of Clyde and Evelyn Brixton from Camden's novella Summer of Dreams, however, is much more compelling, and beautifully concluded. While perhaps not the best of Camden's work thus far, From This Moment is definitely worth the time. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.