Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege Series #1)

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
In 1838 England, 17-year-old Julia Elliston has lost everything: her home, her mother, and her future. An anonymous guardian plans to send her to Scotland to serve as a widow's companion unless Julia can find a husband quickly and secretly. Her plan to marry her childhood sweetheart backfires when she discovers Edward has joined the same ministry that had vilified her family on account of her father's atheism. Heartbroken, Julia accepts an offer from Lady Foxmore to find a husband, not realizing she has been drawn into a game with dire consequences, going back many years. But to survive, Julia must participate, even while everyone around her harbors secrets worth killing for. VERDICT This Victorian historical evokes a gothic atmosphere with its dark plots, brooding hero, and innocent heroine (Jane Eyre, anyone?). With crossover appeal for mainstream historical romance fans of Victoria Holt, Dotta's debut novel will have readers demanding book two immediately.
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“Rich with period detail and full of intrigue and deception. . . .Fans of Philippa Gregory and Sarah Dunant will fall in love with this arresting story.”
—Tasha Alexander, best-selling author of And Only to Deceive
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414388441
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/16/2013
  • Series: Price of Privilege Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,424
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by England during the Regency and Victorian eras. Her passion for British literature fueled her desire to write in a style that blends the humor of Jane Austen and the dark drama of a Brontë sister. She lives in the Nashville area with her family and works as a freelance media consultant and publicist. Visit her online at www.jessicadotta.com.
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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    I had such high hopes for this book knowing that it was written

    I had such high hopes for this book knowing that it was written from the first person perspective of the heroine during the Regency Era. However, it didn't take me long to realize that Born of Persuasion was a very different kind of book than I had hoped it would be. I never ended up liking the seventeen-year-old heroine for a multitude of reasons... two major ones being that she hardly ever said anything to anyone [she was constantly opening her mouth without finding the courage to find her words] and that she allowed the creepiest character in the entire book to convince her to become his fiance and then resumed to allow him to kiss her constantly [which is all he seemed to want from her] and practically try to seduce her in a number of very inappropriate situations. In my personal opinion--and don't get me wrong, I adore a book filled with "good" passionate tension--but what was in this book was all wrong. None of the kissing of lips, necks and collarbones (and there was A LOT) had anything to do with love.

    Another thing I didn't like about this book were the characters. Yes, pretty much all of them. None of them were deeply portrayed--not even the heroine. It was more like Julia Elliston was simply narrating a sad story more than anything else. Most of the other characters were nonsensical women who couldn't hear a word outside their own heads, even if they would have stopped a moment to listen--which they didn't--or dismal characters like the heroine's cousin Elizabeth who was constantly sitting away from everyone hissing words under her breath about the covert insults flying about the room.

    And then there was the ending. I already knew this was the first book in a series... but I really didn't expect this book to just end in the middle of a scene while the heroine waited in a parlor. There was nothing to give any kind of closure to anything. Really, what I was left feeling at the end was that this book wasn't actually about anything. It just rambled on and on from kissing scene to kissing scene without anything actually making sense.

    I received an eBook version of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I give Born of Persuasion 2 Stars. While I must admit that the author can write with an engaging voice, as well as construct proper sentences using the right words and grammar, the execution of this "story"--if one could call it that--was lacking in too many areas for me to actually enjoy.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Twisted!

    Wow what an exciting read, it takes you on all kinds of twist ,mystery ,love . Then leaves you craving for more . Nicely done looking forward to the next book! Hurry up

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    I enjoyed this book alot!

    It had a wonderful sense of time and place, with well developed characters. I couldn't put it down and am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Book won't load and it's after Sept. 1, 1013!!!

    Why won't this book load????

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    'Born of Persuasion' is remarkable work of art! It keeps the rea

    'Born of Persuasion' is remarkable work of art! It keeps the reader"on edge" the whole book! As I read,
    I kept waiting for the sleazy scenes to enfold - it is published by Tyndale, so of course it can't be that bad!
     It wasn't ! In fact, it was a remarkable historical tale of a "foursome" who were close childhood friends
    and were now Young Adults. 
      This was a story of monstrous challenges they had to deal with. It was a tale of hard lessons learned,
    difficult decisions made, and enormous fears to overcome. there were moments of pridefulness, daring,
     adventure, danger, humility, spitefulness, mischief, tenderness, romance, self-discovery, deceit, and
    much more. What is there not to like?
      The storyline brings to one's attention, how perception is often one-sided and incorrect. It proclaims
    desires and attractions can be masked in cunning evil. An important point is made that, although we
    differ greatly in opinions, we can still maintain friendship and love. 
    Born of Persuasion is definitely a "page turner". It never ceases to amaze with its twits and turns even to
    the very end! Even then, you are eager to learn if there is more to the story...There is! It is the first of a
    trilogy. I can't hardly bear the thought of having to wait to read the continuing story!
      This book was years in the making but so well worth it. It is a masterpiece in writing. I questioned the
    title as being a good choice when I began the story but once reading the whole book I deemed it very
    worthy and a perfect lead into the next title of the trilogy.  
    Many may feel the title page was a careless mishap..it wasn't. If one considers the tale and
    circumstances it fits well. It can be disconcerting at first.
    I am sure YA and Adults alike will really enjoy this novel.

    My review of this book offers a solid Five Stars rating.
    *I was generously sent this book for an honest review, of which I have given. 







     
     

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A book for Historical Fiction Lovers

    17 year-old Julia Elliston is orphaned and unmarried in the year 1838. A year where women are the properties of their husbands, fathers, or guardians. Julia finds herself at the mercy of a unknown guardian, who plans to send her to Scotland. With two months to find a way out of it, Julia wants to marry her childhood sweetheart, but those plans are crushed. A titled dowager gives her another option. An option where she becomes part of Victorian Society. She's becomes tangled with a mysterious past of her mother's. Julia finds herself to be a pawn in a game between two very powerful men. Can she put a stop to it before its too late? Can she find the truth?



    I didn't really care for this book very much. It was hard for me to get into. But I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical books.





    *I got this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my review of the product.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    If you love Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights you are in for a tre

    If you love Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights you are in for a treat with Jessica Dotta's 2013 release, Born Of Persuasion.

    This book has all the elements of an 1840's Gothic Romance. A damsel in distress with secrets about her mother's death, an unknown guardian, a childhood love, a dark and mysterious man, an ancient house, and a group of people all with hidden motives and secrets of their own.
    Everything is over-the-top in that truly Gothic way that readers over the last 2 centuries have come to love. The ladies are beautiful, the men are mysterious and handsome, the classes are distinct and life is about position, mist shrouded manors with winding hallways and cobwebby rooms, scrumptious food and even more scrumptious dresses, and everyone tries to further their own ends.

    It isn't very often these days that I find a historical novel written in the style of the time in which it is set. So often modern thinking and writing styles interfere with the atmosphere of the story. Somehow Jessica Dotta has managed to avoid that pitfall. At times the only thing that reminded me that the publish date was 2013 and not 1843, or as in the story 1838, was the very modern paper cover. Don't get me wrong, this book isn't a trite or heavy antiquated tome. Instead the author successfully blends our modern love of historical fiction with the era-style in which the book is set.

    One of the lessons that stood out to me is just how much our choices affect those around us, even those we don't think could possibly do so. Julia starts to get an inkling of how far-reaching her choices are, from her maid, Nancy, her best friend, Elizabeth, to her childhood beau, Edward.
    Our heroine is mostly concerned for herself but gradually she starts on the road to true love and faith. I will be very interested in reading the next book, Mark Of Distinction, and not only finding out what befalls our heroine next but also how her character develops and matures.

    A well written historical novel that thoroughly engrosses the reader and elicits great emotion whether you agree with the character's actions or no.

    (I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    This book definitely held a Pride and Prejudice flavor for me. I

    This book definitely held a Pride and Prejudice flavor for me. I can't even tell you why but that was that feeling I had the whole time reading it. And I loved Pride and Prejudice. Now, I wouldn't say I loved this book but I did enjoy it very much.

    This book was very different from what I expected. It was full of mystery and tense love scenes. Women worried about impressing a higher class and catching a husband. It really has all the elements a great book should have.

    Julia is a strong heroine who thinks it's up to her to secure her future. She's not a Christian, in fact her father was an atheists. This makes for some interesting thoughts as she processes her life.

    The dashing Mr. Macy is very charming, but I couldn't help but wonder if Julia could really trust him. You will have to read the book to see if she can.

    There is also her first love, Edward, who seems to have gotten confused along the way, yet he seems to truly understand what it means to help those in need now the is he a vicar. But does he see his own need? Hmmm....

    Overall a very intriguing book and I would say Jessica Dotta is an author to watch. This is the beginning of a new series and I can't wait to see what happens next in Julia's life.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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