This book. THIS book. It was amazing.
Ten minutes early to work? I read. Lunch break? I read. Brushing my teeth before bed? I read. I was captivated by this novel.
Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta
Price of Privilege, Book 1
Tyndale House Publishers, 2013
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 guardian sending her away, but in the two months she has before her departure, she seeks to attain her future. From there, things get crazy. Crazy awesome.
The eerie atmosphere of this book coupled with the mystery and intrigue that fills each page creates an exciting read. Because this book is written from Julia’s point of view, we only see and feel what she feels. Thus, her confusion and uncertainty make the reader feel her emotions and fear in the midst of all that is going on around her. As Julia tries to navigate her rapidly changing life, she makes misguided decisions that further entangle and complicate her predicament.
And the characters! Edward. Mr. Macy. These two men couldn’t be more different. Edward is kind, honorable, and self-sacrificing. Mr. Macy is all charm, yet there is a sinister, dangerous man lurking beneath his well-constructed exterior. Will Julia fall for this untouchable man, or be led back to the safety of her childhood love? Does she even know her own heart? And how will the things Julia does not know affect her life?
So many shocking moments are in this book. I was continually surprised by unexpected twists and turns that I had not anticipated, which made this read very enjoyable.
Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger. And I have SO MANY QUESTIONS. Mainly, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? I must find out!
Summary (from the publisher’s website):
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.