This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Born of Persuasion
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
MY THOUGHTS-After reading Born of Persuasion, this new author is one I will be keeping on my watch list:) We have a novel that delves into the life of women back in the early 1800's and how different it was back then. Think about how it is today. If a woman is left alone, she doesn't have to go marry someone or worry about if she might be turned out of her home, etc. Jessica writes a novel that pulls you into the story and has you rooting for the characters. I was somewhat surprised at the ending but that helps make a good story. There are some things that are a little bit more adult in theme but I think it was handled very well. We are talking mistresses and such. I am very much waiting for the next advancement in the series!
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