Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

Oh! I am enthralled! Jessica Dotta - you got a new fan who can't wait for your next book(s)!
Here is a book written more like Jane Eyre that anything else I have read, maybe ever?!

Julia Elliston is 17, a getting a bit older for a woman in her day and age to not be wed. She is young, innocent, smart but yet often a bit shy or quite, and she is being swept away by events far past her current understanding. Between issues of dresses and estates, being close to destitute, Julia is just trying to find out why her betrothal fell apart. She would like to get to sort out how she really feels about it long term. However, she isn't really afforded the luxury of sorting that out as things are moving far to fast!

Since Julia's mother died, she is at the mercy of her very mysterious guardian, who apparently doesn't have her best interest at heart. Julia is staying with her childhood friend, Elizabeth, and her Mother, Mrs. Windham. Mrs. Windham feels that Julia is under her care, and she is desperate to get her married off, in memory of her mother. Thus, Julia finds herself swept into the upper crust of Victorian society, with only her fraying wits and broken dreams to support her. Now she is caught in a web that is so tangled it will take her relying on God, who she was raised to disdain, if she is going to survive.

Again, I am so thrilled to have "met" this new Author, and I can't wait for the next books! I certainly don't want to miss a single one!

Carol :)

This week, the

is introducing

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)



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.

Jessica can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

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Jessica Dotta said...

Carol, thank you so very much for your review! My favorite line was this:

"Here is a book written more like Jane Eyre that anything else I have read, maybe ever?!"

Jane Eyre is my all time favorite book!

Carol E. Keen said...

You are *so* welcome! I loved Jane Eyre, and I meant what I said. You captured that feel and wove a story that is just captivating! I can't wait until your next book comes out, and I am SO glad that you followed through with writing it to share with all of us! :D

Jessica Dotta said...

With any luck, I'm handing in the final round of edits on Book Two today. I'm so excited about it.

Again, I really appreciate it!

Carol E. Keen said...

How exciting! I will be waiting to read your next book, and praying all goes smoothly for you!
Carol :)