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Born of Persuasion

(Price of Privilege Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,893 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
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 ch
Paperback, 435 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc (first published January 1st 2013)
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Michelle Griep
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All right. I’ll admit it. I LOVE the villain in Born of Persuasion. Mr. Macy is the most suave and endearing creepy character I’ve ever met…hence my honorary title of President of the Macy Fan Club. No, really. When you’ve finished reading the book, check the acknowledgements.

Author Jessica Dotta has penned quite a memorable novel debut—not a light and fluffy read. The writing is exquisite, with danger and intrigue shadowing every scene. A strong undercurrent of who to believe and what to believ
Natalie Vellacott
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this one. I don't really enjoy romance but sometimes make an exception for historical romance provided there is an interesting plot.

The book starts off well with interesting characters. I especially liked the character Mrs Windham although I noted that a fair number of the things that she says and does seem to have been borrowed from the character Mrs Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Having watched that movie more times than I can count and read the book recently, the
Silver Petticoat
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review by Autumn Topping

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
"I think I've made some progress with her. The last time I spoke to her about God she neither pitched an apple at me,shoved me in a creek, nor made a most unladylike display of herself by screaming and running away."

I'm of the apple-pitching variety, so it's safe to say that I wouldn't have read this book had I realized it was Christian fiction. I guess I thought Christian fiction would be less entertaining and more informative; i.e., getting served the message. But what a surprise this book wa
I picked this up at the library knowing nothing about it but what the back cover said. It sat on my shelf till almost the due date and then I thought heck I'm bored I'll give it a try. I am so glad I did! This was great, it was much more than a Christian read or a mystery or a romance. The writing at first was a little shaky until I caught on to how the author was writing this book. A lot of looking back and a little confusion over some scenes, if I read it over again it would all make sense. On ...more
Gina Holmes
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely Bronte meets Austin. The descriptions are amazing. The characters are absolutely wonderful and the storyline romantic, suspenseful and delightfully twisted.

It's one of my favorite books of all times I can't recommend it enough!
S. Wideman
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Where to begin? How about, you can literally take Julia (the FMC) out of the story and 80% wouldn't change? I couldn't even find a character I liked. Julia, through whom we see the world through, is a lump on a log. No, hold on, that's an insult to lumps and logs. I'd call her a doormat, but even those have spines. A jellyfish can move. She's a bit of spit on the floor, a weed in the ocean. No movement of her own, but buffeted about on the plans and winds of others with not a single thought in h ...more
Naomi Rawlings
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that the author, Jessica Dotta, has a truly amazing talent for writing. I was absolutely in awe of the way she brought some of the historical period details to light and described some of the heroine's emotions. Furthermore some of the intrigue and mystery surrounding the heroine's mother's death is really well done and kept me waiting to see what would happen.

However, my enjoyment of the novel ended with the excellent writing and intrigue. The story starts rather slowly,
Amber Stokes
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I'm tragically late to reviewing this first book in the Price of Privilege series, I can tell you that it was worth finally reading and savoring! I love that the author's bio claims her blending of Austen and Bronte, because she does such an excellent job of it. The witty observations of humanity and sometimes outlandish characters and dialogue point to Jane Austen's style...but there are heavy echoes of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester throughout the story and setting.

Not to fear, though, as B
Loved it! So eager to get my hands on the next book! It's been about a month since I read it, so this isn't as proper of a review as I would like, but I thought I'd share some thoughts anyway.

Born of Persuasion begins with a mystery, but just how layered that mystery turns out to be was quite a surprise for this reader. The twists just kept on coming. At times I didn't quite understand what was going on, but the way it all comes to light was so compelling. A lot of books get compared to Austen a
Rambling Readers
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unpredictable, rich, and dramatic, "Born of Persuasion" is a captivating debut novel. Jessica Dotta's style is described as reminiscent of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, and the influence is clear from the beginning. A few of Dotta's characters called to mind some personalities from Jane Austen's works. The English countryside with its quaint cottages and imposing estates sets a familiar scene, perfectly complimenting the story that it frames.

"Born of Persuasion" is vastly different from a
Oct 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Like the old nursery rhyme, when Born of Persuasion was good, it was very very good. But when it was bad, it was horrid.

Julia Elliston is seventeen, recently orphaned, and about to be sent to Scotland against her will to become a lady’s companion. In order to escape this fate dictated by her unknown guardian, she goes to visit her old friends in Am Meer, in the hopes of reconnecting with Edward, son of Lord Auburn, to whom she is secretly engaged. But Julia is the daughter of England’s most famo
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Ten minutes early to work? I read. Lunch break? I read. Brushing my teeth before bed? I read. I was captivated by this novel.

This is Jessica Dotta’s debut novel, and if it is any indication of what her writing career will bring, I am very much excited. She is a skilled writer who kept me glued to the pages the entire length of the novel. I was completely wrapped up in it.

Julia Elliston narrates the troublesome time in her life following the death of her parents. She has an unknown gu
Born of Persuasion
What a mix!! Jassica Dotta has quite a talent to spin a tale full of enchanted history, heart wrenching love and a mystery that will curl your toes with worry.
I devoured each chapter being even more captivated then I was by Jane Austen’s heartfelt humorous stories.
I personally liked Julia and the decision she made to ditch Eduard and marry Mr. Macy. I would love to see them back together. She is one person who can heal him and redeem his dark past if she gave him the chance. Ed
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
If you like Gothic-type melodramatic RegencyVictorian novels (I didn't see much difference here), this isn't a bad one, but be warned that it totally ends on a cliffhanger. I wasn't hooked enough to go for the sequel. But the writing is decent for a Kindle freebie, and I can't complain about the editing, which you know I am always ready to do if the proofing (or lack thereof) gets under my skin.

The heroine, Julia, is of the helpless variety, which is always a little maddening, and Edward, her ch
Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Worst. Book. Ever. I am absolutely astounded by the complete and utter worthlessness of the character of Julia. I have never before met a heroine who not only lacked any semblance of spine, but also common sense, curiosity, self-respect, discernment, restraint, and basic cognitive skills. The only reason I kept reading was to see to what degree Julia would let other people determine the course of her life without summoning the nerve and attention span to actually finish an important conversation ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, now that's a gothic novel! My feelings are all jumbled up and I feel more lost than Julia. A great mysterious story. I never knew what direction this was going to take and couldn't put it down. I'm so torn about Chance and Edward. I don't know how to FEEL! This is my first book by Ms Dotta and I loved it. Great writing and I'm in love with her writing style. I've already secured book two and will be reading it directly.
Well, this was a very disappointing read... I ended up speed-reading most of it just to get to the end and see how things turned out. I didn't like the writing style or the storyline or the characters... Unfortunately, this was a very unsatisfying book. I'll have to think a while before deciding if I'll try this author again.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Unfortunately at this time I will not be able to finish reading this book. I read about half of it and was not getting into it and it wasn't holding my interest and due to the large amount of review books I have, I just don't have the time to waste on a book I don't even like.
Sep 07, 2013 marked it as to-read-next
Shelves: owned
Another awesome freebie, you guys! :D
Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in England 1838, Victorian society demands the utmost propriety. Julia Elliston has just lost her mother, making her an orphan. Her mysterious guardian has withheld his identity from her—all she knows is that he plans for her to move to Scotland to become an older lady’s companion, seriously lowering her status. Abandoned and hurting, she goes to stay with her friends Mrs. Windham and her daughter Elizabeth with the hope that she will see her childhood love, Edward, and he will save her. Whe ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This is a library copy.

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
Wanda Wright
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have now read the advanced copy of Born of Persuasion five times and love it every time I read anxiously awaiting book two. Jessica's attention to details and the research she puts into her work is amazing. This is a MUST read for historical fiction buffs and for mystery and romance readers. I am an avid reader, always have been, always will be, and this is by far one of my favorite books of all times.
Shannah Mauney
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewd-on-blog
Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book. There are so many twists and turns and surprises. I don't know what to do with myself until the next one comes out! You can see my full review here.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Later, when I allowed myself to confront the memories, to dwell on the particulars, I realized my arrival at Am Meer marked the beginning.

Not the mysterious letters that drained the life from Mama.

Not her suicide.

And not the two men arriving at dusk, stomping mud from their boots in the foyer, bearing ill tidings.

Nay-not even the disconcerting news that I had a guardian, one who intended to keep me sequestered.

For those happenings were not my story. I was sinless there. They were the end r
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Let's start with a confession. As a girl who hasn’t read “Gothic” fiction – or had very little exposure to it, the most prominent name in the genre that comes to mind when calling to mind its singular style are the Bronte sisters. Between the three of them, the genre was proudly represented – albeit often with a tragic outcome. Debuting in the fiction market – and her first novel, this year, Jessica Dotta is bringing a fresh voice to the genre lending a unique perspective and narrative to the yo ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A well-written Gothic novel with some touching emotions and deep internal conflict of the heroine, Julia. The idiosyncrasies of the early Victorian era and society’s restrictions are well detailed, and the needle sharp dialogue of the two older ladies in the cast is masterful as well as cringe-making in its acerbity.

Julia’s unspeakable hostess, Mrs Windham, showers her with insults while professing to care for her, then tries to ‘sell’ her to a matchmaker. Julia herself finally strikes a deal w
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This may be Jessica Dotta's formal debut in the world of publishing but make no mistake, she is not a novice at the art of storytelling. Comparisons are bound to arise with elements resembling Austen humour and the Bronte penchant for Gothic mood and intrigue, but the similarities are flattering and by no means facsimiles of the great authors. The hilarity of the mercurial Mrs Windham is distinctly calling on the essence of the
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Dotta arrives on the scene as an incredibly gifted and masterful author of historical fiction with her debut novel, ‘Born of Persuasion’ (the first instalment of The Price of Privilege Trilogy). This impressive book will no doubt launch a very successful career and garner a dedicated group of followers who eagerly await her next work of art.

‘Born of Persuasion’ reminded me, initially, of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with quirky characters and the twittering’s of a matronly lady de
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Born of Persuasion' is remarkable work of art! It keeps the reader"on edge" the whole book! As I read, I kept waiting for the sleazy scenes to enfold - it is published by Tyndale, so of course it can't be that bad! It wasn't! In fact, it was a remarkable historical tale of a "foursome" who were close childhood friends and were now Young Adults.
This was a story of monstrous challenges they had to deal with. It was a tale of hard lessons learned, difficult decisions made, and enormous fears to o
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Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by the intricacies of society that existed in England from the Regency through the Edwardian era. She writes in a manner that blends past and modern fiction techniques. She lives in the Nashville area and works as a free lance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel Born of Persuasion releases in September of 2013.

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