Born of Persuasion - Book Review

She never imagined securing her future would require delving into the past.

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.
Then a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, opening a realm of possibilities.
Treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum,
however, 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.
- From the back cover -

My Thoughts
It is hard to believe that this is Jessica Dotta's debut novel
because she writes with the talent, skill, and knowledge of a lifetime writer.
I am not lying when I say I could not put this book down and finished it in record time!
Jessica weaves together an astounding story that is utterly captivating
and full of mystery, love, and faith.
The story is very well-written with every twist, turn, and surprise in Julia's life
and will leave you eagerly, and might I add, impatiently waiting for the second book.
Not is all as it seems with each character -
the one's you think are good might actually be on the wrong side
and the good may just be the bad.
This book only scratches at the surface
of the deception and love taking place in Julia's life.
The choices Julia makes and the consequences of her actions reminded me to be careful
of the choices I make in life and how certain actions will effect the people I love.
The story was not just words upon paper, but also lessons that can be applied to the heart.

Born of Persuasion is phenomenal
and each character is completely believable and truly amazing.
There is great depth in this book - depth that grabs your attention and won't let go.
Jessica Dotta did a fabulous job writing a story that will have you thinking about it
weeks after reading the last page.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

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 Bronte 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


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

This sounds like a wonderful book and one I would love to read.
Have a blessed weekend, sweet friend. xo

Debbie Harris said...

well, you have me wanting to read the book! May I borrow it? :)
I'm beginning to enjoy taking the time to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy a good novel. I bet you're surprised???

Have a wonderful day in this beautiful snow.

Blessings! Mom

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

When you say phenomenal...I know I will like it! And another book with a pretty feminine cover! Happy reading my friend!

Suz said...

You write such interesting reviews makes me want to pick up the book and read it.

Anne Payne said...

Excellent and enthusiastic review, Stephanie. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! I figured it would be good but now I know it will :)

Jessica Dotta said...

Thank you SO much for such a lovely review! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

Mary said...

Another one I'll have to read!!

Merlesworld said...

I must say I'm interested.
Merle........ ........... ........

Denise said...

Nice review.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh this is my kind of book, I love this era and type of book, will have to check it out :)

Lady Linda said...

Hi Stephanie, this is just lovely! It sounds like a book I really would enjoy reading. Great job.
Oh, I want to try that chowder recipe!!!
Love ya,

Think Loveliness said...

You definitely make me want to go get this book this week and read it! I absolutely love a good romantic book to snuggle with in the fall! And I have a surprise for you... I've nominated you for a blog award! Congrats! Please come over and receive it at www.thinkloveliness.blogspot.ca God bless~

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, your review is great. The book sounds intriguing! I'd love to review books from Tyndale. How does that work?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. Another one to look forward to this winter! Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Nina said...

Hi Stephanie,
I like books that does get you in to the storu, in a way that it's not easy to let go off them ... I'll write this title Down for the NeXT vacation ;)
Blessings to your weekend,

Buttercup said...

This sounds terrific. I think I would enjoy it very much.

Unknown said...

This one is going on my "to read" list. I love to read debut novels. Thanks for sharing your review. ~Pamelyn

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