Review of Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

Leah Courtney
 Born of Persuasion appears to be the first of a series of novels called Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta. The novel is described as a Gothic, Victorian novel. I loved it.

When I was in high school and later in college, I read all of the works by the author Victoria Holt. They were descriptive novels where a young and innocent girl met up with a more worldly and dashing gentlemen and was caught up in a swirl of danger and intrigue. I greatly enjoyed them.

Born of Persuasion was reminiscent of those novels to me. It was a pleasingly thick book with pages of description written in the first person of the young and (mostly) innocent Julia who was in particular straights upon the death of her mother. In those Victorian days- when girls and women were considered the property of their husbands or fathers- things were hard for a woman left alone, especially a young woman.

Another element of style in this novel that I really liked was that Julia was telling the story from some time in the future. Occasionally she would make remarks such as "...if I had known what would have come..." It provided just the right measure of suspense.

As a word of caution: This is Christian fiction and there is definitely a spiritual theme that runs throughout the book. But there was more of a hint of intimate acts than I normally read in a Christian novel. It was definitely not enough to hinder me even from allowing my daughter to read it. But I know some of my blog readers prefer a different kind of Christian fiction. So there it is.

I can't say it enough. I loved this one. It was difficult to see it finished, and I look forward with anticipation to the next one. I give it 5 stars and a PG for content.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Born of Persuasion
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)
Jessica Dotta


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.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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