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?
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?
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 also played a role in why I didn’t feel the connection of Stella and Romulus as deeply. In many ways I wanted to see beyond the surface. We do catch glimpses of it though, but I wanted to see more of what drew them together. I will say, the unexpected role Evelyn and Clyde played in the book was absolutely delightful (they were from the pre novella – which you can get for free here – while not needed, I definitely recommend). Again, it wasn’t something I’ve seen in much, if at all, in this genre and I loved what Camden did with their story. Serious kudos for that.
The latter half definitely picked up with the mystery and the things I didn’t see coming, came, and I couldn’t turn those final pages fast enough.
While this wasn’t my favorite of Ms. Camden’s, I really appreciated the different approach she took and wasn’t sad I read it at all.
Which Elizabeth Camden novel is your favorite?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)