Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta {book review}

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta {book review}, #1 in the Price of Privilege trilogy.



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.

My Reaction:  

I chose the book because I was curious about the author, and because it was available in my local library. That means I did not choose it for the story or genre. I am not a fan of Jane Austen or Victorian literature.

I really wanted to like the book. I did not. The best thing I can say, which may not be in its favor, is that it is compelling reading which puts the reader in the midst of the action and keeps curiosity peaked. Which is the only reason I read to the end. That and the hope that the ending would make it worthwhile. As it turns out, it’s the first of a series, not a stand alone.

The characters were all flawed, hopelessly. Not one carried a strong personal relationship with God. Nothing was resolved in the book. The problems at the beginning were still in existence on the last page. The writing was not tight. Never, and I mean never, do I skip over whole lines and paragraphs just to see what’s coming next — I did, without missing anything. If the author intended layers to the story, they were not obvious. God was not present anywhere in this book.

I do not recommend this book. While the language is clean, it is an adult read with suggested promiscuity which is unnecessary to the story. I particularly think this book is not a good read for women who have been abused by anyone. I really don’t like giving negative reviews.

Goodreads Review:  Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta
My rating:  1 star

About the Author:  

Born in the wrong century–except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines–Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area—where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write and work on PR.

Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler–but the dog insists it’s a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won’t cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can’t win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.

Jessica’s website and Goodreads page. She has finished the Price of Privilege trilogy. Website and social media are rather quiet. Perhaps she is busy writing.

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