Monday, June 13, 2016

"From This Moment" by Elizabeth Camden - corruption and conspiracies

Cover ArtIn From This Moment, Elizabeth Camden takes history and romance and entwines it with a nice dose of suspense. Romulus White wants only one woman as illustrator for his illustrious scientific magazine: Stella White. And she's just arrived in Boston from London. Stella, on the other hand, has no interest in working for Romulus. All her thoughts are centered on her sister's murder, though no one but she believes it was murder. When she discovers Romulus has the connections she needs to further her investigation, she bargains with him for his help, little anticipating the trouble she is bringing down on his head.

Dealing with corruption in the government always adds suspense to a tale; you never know who is in on a plot or how they can pull strings to attack just about any aspect of one's life in an effort to dissuade one from investigation. Corruption and conspiracy play beautifully together in this historical romance. It was excellently done.

Stella tends to have a tactlessly one-track mind, which in some ways is helpful for dealing with Romulus (who gets distracted by anything and everything), but it verges on callus and selfish, such as when Romulus has genuine concerns that require immediate attention--concerns that will affect more than just himself--and Stella, one thing on her mind, goes straight to demanding his aid and attention. I've known some people just like her, and frustrating though they can be, other aspects of their personality balance it out and I can't help liking them anyway. Same goes for Stella.

There is less of a spiritual aspect to this story than in some of the author's other books, but as always, Camden delivers in well-developed characters and romance. The prequel novella "Summer of Dreams" has a greater part to play in this novel than I expected, adding extra depth to the subplot about Romulus's cousin Evelyn.

Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing an e-copy to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

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