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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 c ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2016)
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Kathy No explicit sex scenes and some references to religious beliefs. Her books aren't as overtly Christian as others I've read and I like that about her.

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Hannah
FINALLY finished! It took me about five months to get through this book. At 2.75 stars, this was the biggest miss I've had in Camden's writing. The beginning was interesting, and the ending good, but the middle was just really flat and sloppy.

For example, at the beginning of chapter 8, it claimed that the finer restaurants didn't prohibit a woman from dining alone, but only cared if she could pay. That struck me as really funny, from the amount of ladies dining alone in older novels, and I resea
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This was an adventurous tale that focused on a turn-of-the-century trio of friends filled with a thirst for knowledge and a keen interest in innovations. This installment takes place years after the trio had met.

The daughter of a powerful army general, Evelyn White dreams of attending college and vows she will never marry a man in uniform. . . . which is why West Point cadet Clyde Brixton presents a problem. Clyde's brilliance in the new field of electrical power has him poised for a promisin
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Rachel McMillan
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Part of the reason I make an idiot of myself fan-girling over Elizabeth Camden is that she validates everything I love about fiction. In her heroines, I see proud and strong women who are very professionally-driven. Her romances always unfurl with the heroes falling for the heroines because of their confidence and strength. In short, she uses fascinating historical detail to champion in the working world. She makes me feel better about myself: my career, my choices, my strong nature and will.

Whi
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Diane Estrella
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has broken all records in my mind. It is my new ALL-TIME favorite read in this genre!

Wow! Full of surprises, twists and turns. Little did I realize how much I loved the hero and everything that made him ... him. It took me 2/3rd's of the way through the book to realize that the author was portraying him as having ADD/ADHD. It was done subtly and lovingly. Of course, in the 1800's this diagnosis didn't exist but the author made him perfect and wonderful to know as he was made.

I have ne
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Jocelyn Green
Once again, I'm thoroughly impressed with Elizabeth Camden. Her books are so SMART. By that I mean, the detail that goes into setting the historical context and the character's vocations are so fascinating. It's never overdone to the point that it's too dense to read. Instead, it's just really convincing and immersive. The main characters in this novel were both so intelligent and witty, the dialogue had me laughing out loud. Yet, they were both clearly flawed, as well, which was a very interest ...more
Kav
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Egads! How could I have fallen in love with a dandy?! But it is true and no one is more surprised than me. I fell hard for Romulus notwithstanding his flare for fashion, inflated ego and whimsical ways. He enthralled me right from the very first page. Unlike any other romance hero I've come across! And wouldn't he be pleased to bear that distinction? Because he's a tad prideful as well. Okay, maybe not prideful in the negative sense -- more like he recognizes his strengths and plays up to them. ...more
Staci
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Another solid historical romance from Elizabeth Camden. The strongest parts of the novel were the historical details about Boston and the building of the subway and the mystery of what happened to Stella's sister.

I didn't connect that well to the hero and heroine, Romulus and Stella, however, I did enjoy the humorous exchanges between them. The romance I enjoyed more was between Evelyn and Clyde.

Overall, it was an engaging novel and I recommend it to fans of historical fiction.
Paula Vince
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, it's a romance and murder mystery rolled in one, all with a cool Steampunk sort of feeling. The story takes place in late nineteenth century Boston while their underground subway system is being built, which adds to the impression of constant movement.

Having read Summer of Dreams, the prequel, I was pleased (and not surprised) to see that Romulus would be the hero. No longer the restless college student, he is now the publisher of a well-known science magazine. But he's still just as quirk
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Joleen
Well, I'll say one thing for Ms. Camden, she's either a highly intelligent woman, or she does a an amazing amount of research! I suspect both. There were so topics from botany, to electricity, to subways, to hummingbirds, even parquet flooring that were described in not just a little detail, but a lot of detail. All so eloquently worded I had to shake my head constantly and think how well she just worded that.. There was a beautiful conversation at the office as they were involved in a mundane t ...more
Jill
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads

I have read and enjoyed several books by Elizabeth Camden, and From This Moment is no different. It's rich in historical detail and character development. There is so much packed into this novel, but the story lines all stay straight and on track. I actually enjoyed the mystery a little more than the romance.

The main characters are very colorful, and the both have a bit of the drama queen thing going on. Romulus has a flair for fashion and is a bit of a play boy. Stella is artistic and headstron
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 pursui
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Alicia
I liked it, but I didn't think it was one of Camden's bests. The middle felt like a mix of random storylines that didn't connect BUT the end (last 100 pages or so) was great and where my interest really piqued. So I'm glad I read this one :)
Faith
This being my first book by Elizabeth Camden, I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, let me just say I will be reading more by her. A lot more I hope. Her writing style is SO BEAUTIFUL.

The murder mystery made my skin crawl and my heart pound. Though I hadn't read one in quite some time, I love a good mystery when I read one and this one was AHHMAZING.

The romance was sweet and fun for the most part. And then the side story with Evelyn and Clyde was utterly darling and I love them so much. *huggles
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Gwendolyn Gage
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story had some great wit battles between the hero and heroine! I found myself grinning over and over again as Romulus and Stella teased and insulted each other, and boy, did they have the personalities for such conversations, both of them very prideful, fashionably loud, and independent people. Romulus and Stella were a lot of fun, Stella charging full speed ahead, ready to trample anyone who dare lay in the path between her and the mysteries behind her sister's death. I wish I could have s ...more
Jennifer
2.5 stars. This was engagingly written with nice historical details. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of it as well. However, I didn’t really like either MC and that definitely put a damper on things. One star for the writing, one star for the mystery, and half a star for the clean content and light spiritual message.
Haley S
Elizabeth Camden is a great author. She can write a story with the perfect amount of mystery, romance, and adventure.

I was hoping to review this book for an actual publishing company, but I was not one of the people picked to review this book. That was probably because I was only just beginning this blog at the time of its publishing. But, I will be reviewing To the Farthest Shores very soon for Bethany House Publishing! I can’t wait!

I really enjoyed this book. But, at the same moment, there wer
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Rachel
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off, if you didn't read the novella, Summer of Dreams by Elizabeth Camden, do that before you read this book...or the characters, their backgrounds, and some of the storyline won't make much sense (in my opinion). I read the novella first and it set everything up very nicely for this book.

I could not put this book down! The plot was so engaging and the characters felt so unique. The plot was rather dark, being the character's sister has died...and in her searching for what happened to her
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Jerry
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great blend of mystery and romance.
Kristi
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 fi
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Kristina
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cynthia Marcano
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I Loved...
I love when I come across a book that offers everything I enjoy in a Christian Fiction (romance, comedic moments, swoon-worthy heroes, emotional tidbits and of course Jesus mixed all in) but also adds an element that I have rarely read. From This Moment not only adds intrigue but also a 19th-century touch of CSI.

What I Liked...
Elizabeth Camden isn't a series writer and usually writes stand alone books. She does however, write prequels. As expected the characters from the prequel a
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Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy reading Elizabeth Camden's historical novel. She always invites me into the story, and I learn something new about history that I didn't before. Too bad she doesn't write history textbooks for students. Maybe more students would enjoy history told as a story versus just memorizing facts all the time. Anyway, with From This Moment, I enjoyed learning more about the creation of subways. When I think of subways, I think of New York City. I never knew Boston had a subway system, so thi ...more
Jamie
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
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
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Amy
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Camden writes this genre well, historically accurate, drawing on real life events to base her fictional characters on, always adds to the sense that there is a little more than 'just a story' with her books. In 'From This Moment' she introduces us to Stella Westergaard, a talented illustrator, using lithographs for her work. She is back in Boston, after a flourishing start to her career in London, hidden in drab clothing and hiding under her 'pen name' in her deceased sisters job at Ci ...more
Sara Cardon
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Romulus and his cousin Evelyn own the magazine Scientific World, and it means so much them, for different reasons. I like how we follow multiple storylines:

Romulus wants to hire the artist Stella, while she singlemindedly wants to get to the bottom of her sister's suspicious death. Romulus offers his influence to help her, but their actions bring consequences.

Meanwhile Evelyn deals with the discomfort of her estranged husband close by in Boston, where he is an engineer in the building of the f
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

I adored the characters in this book. Romulus and Stella are independent, strong-willed people. The way the clash and get along is amusing. The best part is that they understand and accept each other as they are.

This story is a romance as well as a murder mystery. Stella has returned to Boston to figure out who murdered her sister. The death was classified as an accident, but Stella knows that it isn't true. She teams up with Romulus, who wants her to illustrate his magazine. They
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Michelle
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yep, this was another all-nighter for me! Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors and she has yet to disappoint. I loved this book and couldn't put it down even though I really needed to be asleep. I liked the setting in Boston and I never knew any history surrounding the city. Stella is just a great character, I liked her wit and charm. Romulus I had to warm up to. He was a good character for the part, Camden is brilliant at creating male characters that have unique personalities. There ...more
Sydney
Elizabeth Camden has written a historical, mystery-romance novel that readers will thoroughly enjoy from page one. With complex characters and an intriguing storyline, readers will not want to put this intense suspenseful novel down! I love how the story was written from the perspective of both Romulus White, owner of a scientific magazine, and Stella West, an illustrator, bringing to life a wonderful and exciting story and romance! I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy Elizabeth’s ...more
Clara
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Another winner from Elizabeth Camden.

I'm astounded by how thorough her plots are. They are well thought of, ridiculously researched and powerfully irresistible.
Stella and Romulus might not be your typical main characters. They are vain, proud, and have a humongous ego. But, also, they are committed to a fault and are very relatable characters with all their fears as well as their passions.

A side plot is Evelyn and Clyde's story. Their marriage has gone through shaky grounds and we find them sepa
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Yara
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by the premise of Elizabeth Camden’s book “From this Moment” as it takes place in Boston, a place I know well. The book begins with the construction of the first subway system in the US, the Boston T. The first half of the book was very entertaining, I liked the characters and enjoyed the mystery. However, halfway through the book, it began to lag, it also started to get preachy.

I’m not a religious person, though, I do enjoy Proper Romances. I think stories that have a universal
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