Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Review - Born of Persuasion

Born of Persuasion
Prince of Privilege Trilogy
By Jessica Dotta
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pub. Date: August 16, 2013
ISBN: 978-1414375557
Pages: 448


In the style of Jane Austen and Emily Bronte comes book one in the Price of Privilege series. Set in 1838, Born in Persuasion centers on seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston, who parents are both deceased, therefore she has nowhere to live in a era where women are legal property of men (fathers, husbands or guardians). Out of nowhere, she learns she has a guardian that she has never heard of before living in Scotland, where she would be accepted into the home, but only as a servant.

The guardian has given her an alternative solution by finding a husband within a two-month span. Julia's first choice would be to marry her childhood sweetheart, Edward Auburn, but he is no longer an option, as he has entered into the ministry.

Despite the fact that she only wanted to marry Edward, she is desperate to get engaged to just about anyone. Fate brings her to Lady Foxmore, who wants to help find a suitable husband. She introduces Julia to a handsome and rich man named Mr. Darcy, but he is almost twice her age.

Fascinated by her, Mr. Darcy wants to introduce Julia into society, aka - the world of the rich.

Gothic historical romance seems to be a dying genre, so it is nice to have an author step into the Victoria Holt world with book one of a new series. In my opinion, the book would have flowed better if it was written from a third-person narrative instead of the eyes of the main character, Julia. She reminded too much of Bella from the Twilight books, as the two characters are constantly going back and forth about the two men they love, which can be annoying. The overall plot premise is wonderful, but I feel the author missed her target readers, as for one moment it plays like a Gothic romance for adults, but then other times it feels an average young adult novel. Interesting as the plot may be, I thought Born of Persuasion was quite boring.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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