Book Review ~ Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

Price of Privilege Trilogy, Book 1
Historical Fiction

Back of the book:

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.

My thoughts:

In some information I've read about Jessica Dotta it said she loves the humor of Jane Austen and the dark drama of the Bronte sisters. I believe she's done a marvelous job of capturing both in Born of Persuasion. The character of Mrs. Windham rivals that of Mrs. Bennet in Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Her daughter Elizabeth could easily be compared to Emma Woodhouse when you take into consideration her matchmaking skills.

The overtones in this work are deliciously Gothic in nature. From the sinister old house to the eerie happenings, the feelings of doom pervade the story. Mr. Macy makes the perfect dashingly handsome yet dangerous beau. The romantic tension that plagues Julia's relationships with both Mr. Macy and Edward is tastefully written but it still leaves you a bit breathless. The added mystery of the unknown guardian just adds to the mystic that surrounds the whole tale. 

The ending has a nice wrap up that leaves you satisfied yet eagerly waiting for the rest of the story to unfold. I am looking forward to reading the next two installments in this Price of Privilege Trilogy.

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  1. Yay! Thank you so much for featuring Born of Persuasion!

  2. Yay! Thank you so much for featuring Born of Persuasion!


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