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  • Series: Price of Privilege (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414375557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Julia Elliston doesn’t find Edward Auburn quickly, her mysterious new guardian will send her to Scotland to become a lady’s companion. Julia hopes to convince Edward to honor the pledge to marry they made years earlier. Upon arriving for a visit at her friend Elizabeth Windham’s home, Julia is thrilled to discover that Edward still lives in the neighborhood. But she is shocked to discover that he has become an ordained minister. Given her family’s history with organized religion, Julia is sure that there’s absolutely no way she could ever wed Edward. So when Lady Adelia Foxmore offers her services as a matchmaker, Julia has no choice but to accept, and both are stunned when reclusive nobleman Chance Marcy begins wooing Julia. An intrepid heroine falling for two different men; a plot brimming with secrets, scandal, and suspense; and a richly atmospheric setting are the key ingredients in the first novel in Dotta’s Price of Privilege trilogy. Readers who miss Victoria Holt will swoon with delight upon discovering this retro-gothic winner. --John Charles


". . . Born of Persuasion is the epitome of addictive accessibility."  -USA TODAY

With crossover appeal for mainstream historical romance fans of Victoria Holt, Dotta's debut novel will have readers demanding book two immediately.--Library Journal

"Dotta's style is clearly influenced by the Brontës . . ."--BookPage

4 Stars Romantic Times

More About the Author

Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by England during the Regency and Victorian era. 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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on August 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Title: Born of Persuasion
Author: Jessica Dotta
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7555-7

"Only weeks away from servanthood, I stood amidst unimaginable wealth, envisioning a new life for myself. I hungered to belong in this sphere - not just for the sake of belonging, but for the sake of my future security. Too long had I stood on the threshold of uncertainty, never quite sure how matters would work out," Julia ponders in Jessica Dotta's novel, "Born of Persuasion."

In this four hundred and twenty-seven page paperback book, the early nineteenth century obligation that women were physical and financial objects, chosen by parents or others for marriage purposes is the backdrop in this historical, romantic fiction. With no profanity, light physical romantic interludes and some violence, the book is targeted toward mature Christian women who like a lengthy, developed plot line. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

Miss Julia Elliston, a timid, shy seventeen year old has nowhere to go. With her abusive, atheistic father dead and her mother recently passed away, she learns she is now the custody of an anonymous guardian who has plans to send her to Scotland in two months to be a bedridden woman's companion.

As per the guardian's directive, Miss Elliston has the opportunity to be married instead of being forced into service, yet the young man she promised her heart to is no longer a viable candidate. Under the guise of a supposedly generous but dominating and harsh ladyship, she agrees to her terms allowing a husband to be sought out for her.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Topping on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Who doesn't love a good, old-fashioned Jane Austen like historical romance? Or an entertaining, Gothic and Bronte `esque' suspense filled mystery? Well I know I eat these stories up faster than I can a piece of chocolate cake. Unfortunately, finding these types of stories (or at least good ones) outside the classics are sadly few and far between. In Jessica Dotta's debut novel, however, I finally found one I could devour; each page hypnotizing me with its power to uncover what happens next.Born of Persuasion, the first in the Price of Privilege Trilogy is a brilliant introduction for Dotta, its magic emanating not only from its classic "sense," but also from its very modern "sensibility."

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.

Part Jane Austen (Mrs. Windham strongly echoes Mrs. Bennet) and part Charlotte Bronte, Jessica Dotta weaves a Gothic story effortlessly into the world of petticoats, scandals, secret engagements, and marriage proposals. Dotta is so good at suspense that she had me questioning the characters' motives and feelings at every corner. Does Julia love Edward despite his religious beliefs or does she love the handsome Mr. Macy who claims he can protect her from danger? And who can she truly trust when no one is exactly as they seem?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Renae on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers to 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.

Let me first start off by saying that the idea behind this book was very interesting. Despite some of the areas I felt were very problematic for me, I still wanted to finish the book and find out how it ended. Here were my initial problems with the book.

First, it was written in first person. While I can see the logic behind doing this with the twists and turns the main character, Julia, is going to take and the surprises at the end, I felt this was annoying at the beginning because the reader is confused. It's not until around pages 160 that for some reason things start to fall into place and things become clearer for the reader. I, personally, found it annoying to be that confused for that long into the book.
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