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Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Dotta
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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  • Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2630 KB
    • Print Length: 448 pages
    • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (16 Aug. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CH7INR6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    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.

    ". . . the breathless twists and turns this story takes are anything but predictable." Liz Curtis Higgs, NYT best-selling author

    ". . .Dotta's Born of Persuasion is an alluring debut that will leave fans of Victorian fiction clamoring for more." Tosca Lee, NYT best-selling author

    "Jessica Dotta is this generation's Jane Austin but with a twenty-first century voice. . . " Novel Rocket

    "Jane Austen fans will love this instant classic, that dropped me into all the richness of the Regency/Victorian Era. This author is one to watch." The Book Club Network

    Born of Persuasion is a story of betrayal and perseverance, rich with unforgettable characters." --Cindy Woodsmall, NYT best-selling author

    You can visit her website at www.jessicadotta.com.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable first person tale 3 Dec. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Written entirely through the eyes of the heroine the story can be a little disconnected to start with, but through memories and conversations history is revealed in time. The storyline is a twisting tale of a woman whose is trying to take some control of her destiny while others use her as a pawn in a much larger game. A heady mix of Austin and Bronte comes through the pages of this unpredictale, yet well written story. Looking forward to book 2.
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    Unmarried and orphaned at the age of seventeen, Julia Elliston finds herself at the mercy of a mysterious, unnamed guardian who is determined to send her to Scotland to work as a companion for an elderly woman. Despite the limited resources available to her, Julia is hopeful that she will be able to get out of this arrangement, if she can only get in touch with the boy who betrothed himself to her several years earlier. Although her mother had forbidden them to communicate, Julia has still clung to the belief that Edward has remained true to his promise to her. But after spending her last few coins travelling to stay with her mother’s old friend, Mrs Windham, at Am Meer, Julia is shocked to learn that Edward has become a minister. Considering the way that the local clergy treated Julia’s family—out of anger at her father’s atheist writings—Julia cannot understand how Edward could betray her like this. But time is running out, and she must find a way to escape her guardian, with or without Edward.

    Fortunately, Julia is taken under the wing of the eccentric Lady Foxmore, who offers her matchmaking services. Faced with little alternative, Julia agrees, hoping that marriage to anyone will deter her guardian’s decision to send her to Scotland. But as she’s swept into Lady Foxmore’s world, Julia feels more uncertain about her choice. Julia soon finds herself introduced to the charismatic but reclusive Chase Macy, who seems to know far too much about her life, but offers her the safety and security she longs for. Julia is faced with a difficult decision—marry a man she barely knows, or wait for Edward to have a chance of heart and rescue her, despite his commitment to the church?
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 May 2014
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    This book starts off really well gets confusing towards the the middle and plot worked out by this point and then gets disappointing towards the end.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. 7 May 2014
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    I would recommend reading this story I will buy more books written by Jessica. The story was full of suspense.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars great read 7 May 2014
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    loved this book from the minute I started it until sadly I got to the last page, now wanting to read the next in the trilogy
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