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 pursuing Stella for years to create art for his magazine. Her luminous illustrations are the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry, and he will stop at nothing to get her on board.
Sparks fly the instant they join forces, but Romulus is unsettled by the unwelcome attraction he feels toward Stella, fearing she might be the one woman who could disrupt his hard-won independence. He may have finally met his match in Stella, but is helping her solve the mystery of her sister’s death worth the risk to his publishing empire?
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I learned something from this book, and that is that I must enjoy characters who have big egos. Because that can describe both Stella West and Romulus White in this book, and I loved every moment of getting to know these two.
But beyond fantastic characters, this novel also contains an engaging plot. Stella is out to figure out what really happened to her sister and caused her death. And Stella receives threats that also begins to impact Romulus. All along, I loved watching this mystery unravel. And there were certainly some surprises and unexpected moments along the way.
If you haven’t read the companion novella to this book, I’d highly reccommend it. Summer of Dreams (free kindle copy on Amazon) tells the story of how Clyde Brixton became friends with Romulus and also how Clyde and Evelyn fall in love. The novella is also sweet and well-written. Clyde and Evelyn’s story is continued in this book, and I think I appreciated it so much more for having read it.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.
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