Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege Series #1)

Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege Series #1)

by Jessica Dotta

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414388441
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2013
Series: Price of Privilege Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 193,891
File size: 3 MB

About 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

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Born of Persuasion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Apassion4pages More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very slow going.  And then it abruptly ends!  Disappointed that it appears that I need to read another two books to find out what happens.  Not gonna be big on my priority list.
Frost79 More than 1 year ago
347 pages on nook. Keep in mind this is the author's first book, and that this is a trilogy. I was disappointed in how the book ended, or should I say, left you hanging, so be prepared for that as you get to the last few pages.  The characters were perfect for the time period being portrayed. Women didn't have much say, and when Julia learns that her betrothed is no longer her betrothed, she is given choices that will secure her future. Given her limited knowledge of the events surrounding her, I think she does well in trying to choose a path that will not leave her penniless & a servant. I'd probably choose the same. Read it. Make your own opinions.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Born of Persuasion is reminiscent of Pride Prejudice, with its time period, myriad of personalities, and society. Yet, this book is certainly an original. I absolutely loved Born of Persuasion! There were so many plot twists, I could never predict the entirety of what would happen next. The sweet little story I thought it was at the beginning turned into a plot of intrigue and chicanery, but I loved it. Born of Persuasion comes from a Christian publishing company and has many Christian themes in it, but it is told from the point of view of an atheist who was shunned by her town and vicar because of her beliefs. I appreciated the new perspective it gave, especially since it came from a Christian author. One thing that irritated me a little is that the main character, Julia, is a bit naïve and foolish. She made many poor decisions, putting her in compromising situations resulting in scandalous rumors and bad reputations even if she had done nothing wrong within the situations. Hopefully, though, Julia will become wiser in the following novels. Overall, though, it was a masterfully written book and I can’t wait to begin the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I could not put it down. Fortunately I already purchased the second one in the series. I am currently reading it and it is just as engaging as the first one. I will definitely follow this author and read her future books.
m_duncan1 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I feel like this book should be classified as classic literature. This book often had me thinking I was reading Austen or Bronte, since the styles are so similar. The only thing I disliked about this book was its lack of an ending, but I also know there are more books, so I'm sure there will be more to the story. The book is beautifully written and I fell in love with the story and the characters. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself is good but i kept skipping pages to get back to it. Lots of unnecessary info. Not too fond of the heroine either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't make it to chapter 2 it was so bad
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
So, this was not what I expected...and I will admit I was slightly bored in the beginning because it was just SO slow. Nevertheless Born Of Persuasion was worth the read. A wonderful story of a historical romance, this book could have you devouring this faster then chocolate. Just get past the first chapter or 2 and you will love it! Great book to read, just be prepared to hold on tight as this book has more twists and turns then a roller coaster!
BookReaderLW More than 1 year ago
I found this book difficult to read. I couldn't make sense of the plot & characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really dissapointed in this book. It had a good story line, but so much time was wasted in the first part of the book. Julia couldn't say a word if her life depended on it - she drove me craazy letting everyone lead her around like a lost puppy. Then at the end there was no closure at all. Who did she end up marrying, what happened to Chance. I'm sorry I wasted my Saturday reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first and last book by this author. The female lead is so fickle going back and forth. She is stupid and a coward. No romance in this book! It is unrealistic and stupid. The book is about 900 pages.
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VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
In the year 1838, Julia Elliston finds herself orphaned under tragic circumstances and suddenly placed under the whims of an aloof guardian who plans to send her off to Scotland as a widow's companion. With immense pressure to live as a servant, Julia feels she has no choice but to catch a husband. When her first love Edward is unable to marry her, the reader is left wondering if the impetuous Julia will instead turn to the dark, yet mysterious Mr. Macy. Romantic and entertaining to its core with excellent mysteries thrown in for good measure. Solid characters, alluring romances, and a vivid picture of Victorian England that transports you back in time, all make for a compelling read. Written in first person, a reader gets caught up in the mannerisms, apparel, lifestyles, decorum and societal rules of the mid eighteen hundreds as Julia is tormented, used and shunned due to marital laws, legalities and lack of women's rights. If you love a good, old-fashioned Jane Austen like historical romance or an entertaining, Gothic and Bronte `esque' suspense filled mystery, you will enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book Tyndale House Publishers for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book so much I had to buy the next 2 and read them twice each in the past 4 months!  That is not like me to do so, either.   If you enjoy historical fiction, the Regency period , and Jane Austin, you will probably love these books too!  I felt like events kept moving up to a shocking climax in book 3, which I read and reread and  mulled over for weeks!  I highly recommend these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was different. I wanted to figure out what was going on but the plot took multiple twists. It kept me interested, and lacked the standard predictability of a romance novel. I was pretty frustrated with the ending but it is a series, so cliffhangers are inevitable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I liked about this series was the time period, as well as the sanctification journey for some of the characters. Well done!
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Our leading lady, Julia Elliston, is the daughter of the famed Atheist William Elliston. She is young and naïve, her mother tried to protect her and shield her from the world outside. She has much to learn about the world and is in a delicate emotional state. Her entire life has begun to crumble, starting with the death of her mother. She soon learns that everything she thought she knew is a lie. How did her mother die exactly? And who is this mysterious guardian who wishes to remain anonymous? Her childhood sweetheart has betrayed her, yet is there hope for reconciliation? As we follow Julia’s journey of discovery we encounter a few other key players. Edward and Henry Auburn, brothers who fell in love with Julia and her best friend Elizabeth Windham as children. They made plans of their future together and were secretly betrothed. But now, all their hopes and dreams are threatened. Elizabeth’s mother, Mrs. Windham has taken it upon herself to find a husband for “poor Julia”. Lady Foxworth is intent upon playing matchmaker as well. Little does Julia know the vast change in life that could take place if she concedes to marry Mr. Macy. A man with extraordinary wealth that has promised to care for and protect Julia. But can he be trusted? When laws cannot protect Julia, will her life come to ruin? And will she take a step of faith towards the only One who remains constant in an ever changing world? To be completely honest, I didn’t know what to think of this book most of the time I was reading it. Now that I have finished I will say that while I wasn’t 100% impressed with particulars of the content, it was a very well written book. I love the descriptive way Jessica Dotta drew me into the story. So much so, that I could imagine standing in the room with Julia. The language and style is one of my favorites for reading. The entire book is narrated by Julia who is looking back on her life much later, after the events have taken place. She hints at other mysteries in the story, but doesn’t give away too much. I was not impressed with the scenes between Mr. Macy and Julia where he was supposedly “courting” her. Although Julia remains a maiden by the end of the book, she allowed Macy’s advancements premature. It made me feel uncomfortable. Other than that, I really did enjoy Born of Persuasion. I am starting the second book Mark of Distinction, today.
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