Elizabeth Camden. From This Moment. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.
June has already been a landmark month here at the Books and Biscuits Blog. May had some extraordinary books and June just keeps getting better, with new releases by other award-winning Christian authors.
Elizabeth Camden’s newest release, From This Moment, builds on a group of characters first introduced in the “Summer of Dreams” novella. Romulus White and his cousin, Evelyn, rebuilt Scientific World from a floundering publication list to an internationally-acclaimed magazine. As close as brother and sister, these cousins are determined to succeed in their business, even if their idiosyncrasies have gotten in the way of their personal lives. In the hopes of further improving the magazine, Romulus has made it his mission to finally hire Stella West, an American artist living in London, to bring the best in color illustrations to his publication. However, Stella has left her art career behind and arrived in Boston to solve the mystery of her sister’s sudden death. After a chance encounter, these two forceful personalities come to an arrangement: Romulus’s political connections for Stella’s famed artistic talent. Together, they finally have a chance to solve a mystery and take a chance on trusting someone else with their greatest secrets.
Ms. Camden creates yet another historical masterpiece with From This Moment. The novel explores the riveting political battlegrounds of nineteenth-century Boston, even as it develops a riveting romantic plot that will leave readers sighing for more flawed, yet brilliant, characters.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with From This Moment. Ms. Camden continues to expand and improve her ability to develop a dynamic story, even while creating compelling and intelligent characters. This novel also involves a complex cast of powerful characters, with intriguing motivations and backstories of their own. Ms. Camden masterfully interweaves vital historical details into the novel’s plot, bringing the age of scientific discovery and engineering marvel to life, including the building of Boston’s subway system. Based on the storyline and character development of the “Summer of Dreams” novella and From This Moment, I would definitely recommend reading both stories. While most novels and novellas can stand independently, I thought that much of the context required to understand the backstories of From This Moment’s main characters originates in “Summer of Dreams.” Personally, I understand why Ms. Camden created a separate novella. However, readers will much better appreciate From This Moment after reading the novella, too.
Fans of Ms. Camden’s previous novels will definitely want to read From This Moment. Additionally, readers of 19th century-era historical fiction novels by Christian authors and publishers will find this book to be a fascinating read. Ms. Camden has a slightly denser style than some other authors in the genre and oftentimes utilizes far more historical detail. Additionally, she has made a name for herself in her development of highly intelligent characters, including actively-employed and brilliant women, who are oftentimes ahead of their time within the settings of her novels.
Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the advanced copy of From This Moment!
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