Monday, September 16, 2013

Born of Persuasion CFBA Book Review


The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

My Review
Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta is the first book in the Price of Privilege Trilogy.
This is one of my favorite books of the year, possibly ranking number one. 
Having never read this author before I did not know what to expect. Typically this time period of Lords and Lady's and such is not my favorite time period so this author really had to draw me in. 
This story is fantastic! It's a larger book, a little over 400 pages, and does not cover a long amount of time. This means there is a TON of detail! I love the characters, Julia, the daughter of a famous athiest, Edward the man who became a vicar, and Mr. Macy, the mysterious gentleman who harbors secrets. This is no love triangle, this is a young girl fighting for her life while being lost and confused. 
There are so many twists and turns and people and secrets that it took me a long time to understand what was fully going on, which was actually fun with this book. I couldn't put it down and the ending left me hanging and wanting to read the next book! There is no fairy tale ending (yet) and aside from a few mysteries solved, it ends abruptly. While there are some dark scenes, and Julia's strong stance against the Lord, the author really throws in a great Christian message. Julia has her opinions based off of what a previous vicar did to the family, and while Edward helps her see Christ she is still unsure. 
Five star rating, if you like historical fiction you should read Born of Persuasion!

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Born of Persuasion
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)
Jessica Dotta


Born in the wrong century–except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines–Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area—where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write and work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler–but the dog insists it’s a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won’t cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can’t win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

1 comment:

Jessica Dotta said...

Thank you so much, Michelle, for such an awesome review! I soo appreciate it!