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.
Romulus has been pursuing Stella for years to create art for his magazine. Her luminous illustrations are the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry, and he will stop at nothing to get her on board.
Sparks fly the instant they join forces, but Romulus is unsettled by the unwelcome attraction he feels toward Stella, fearing she might be the one woman who could disrupt his hard-won independence. He may have finally met his match in Stella, but is helping her solve the mystery of her sister’s death worth the risk to his publishing empire?
Elizabeth Camden takes her readers back to Boston in a tale of magazine publishing and murder set at the end of the 19th century. With assistance from his best friend and his cousin, Romulus has built his science publication from a simple newsletter to a hugely subscribed magazine. All he needs now is the best artist in the lithograph business, but Stella’s reluctant to commit until she realizes that he has connections she can use. If she must produce a fertilizer advertisement to get a meeting with the city’s medical examiner, so be it. But her reluctance to leave things alone and her impatience to get at the truth could put both her life and his livelihood in danger.
As with her previous book, Camden has written an e-prequel for her new novel. Summer of Dreams focuses on the relationship between Romulus’s cousin, Evelyn, and his friend, Clyde. It’s set in the summer of 1886, when Clyde entered the lives of the White family. I read it before reading From This Moment, which meant Evelyn and Clyde were more important to me than Romulus and Stella. I also thought Romulus was too stubborn and Stella too single-minded. He wouldn’t consider adjusting his life for the new developments in it, and she could’ve benefited from taking a breath and realizing that others around her had their own problems.
The storyline regarding Evelyn’s sister’s death is good. There are predictable moments and surprises. I was on the right track with the main villain, but didn’t know what exactly he was up to. I didn’t work out who had been helping Evelyn’s sister, but felt that a plot line regarding his relationship to the villain came out of left field. The historical detail is wonderful as always, from attitudes to events. Reading an Elizabeth Camden novel is never a waste of time and I’d recommend any of them to a new reader.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of From This Moment, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 07 June 2016
Page Count: 352