Monday, April 18, 2016

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

I had the opportunity to review an advanced copy of Elizabeth Camden's new book From This Moment. This was my first book to read by Ms. Camden and I was impressed with her writing and research!

Summary from Goodreads:
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?

My Review:
I wasn't quite sure when I first started the book. It dragged a little and honestly, when I "met" Stella and Romulus I wasn't impressed. However, throughout the book their characters grew on me. Stella was pretty hardcore! She wanted to find what happened to her sister, and she wasn't afraid to keep trying. Her bravery was inspiring. And I liked how even in the toughest situations, she kept her wits about her and figured a way out.  Romulus, besides having a really weird name that kind of annoyed me, just seemed overly concerned about appearances. But he turned out to be very witty and likeable. I also really liked his sister, Evelyn, and her husband Clyde. They were an nice side-story in the novel.
The mystery surrounding Gwendolyn's, Stella's sister, death was really captivating. Even when I thought I had it solved, I didn't know WHY or who all was involved. I liked that. It kept me intrigued and had me guessing until all was revealed. 
Overall, I thought it was well written. It may have been a little longer than necessary, dragging at some parts, but for the most part it was enjoyable. 3.5 stars