Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Report: Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

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Jessica's debut release is: 
~~Clever & Convoluted
~~Classic Good vs. Evil
~~Authentic Gothic English Lit

By habit, first person is not my first choice. But I stepped out of my zone and was rewarded beyond imagining. Dotta's voice is decidedly reminiscent of Jane Austen. I was also reminded of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Princess and Secret Garden, though her heroine is a young woman instead of a child, and Dotta explores a much deeper point of view that is fresh and page-turning.

True confession: I bought the book because I loved the cover.
I pressed past the first person because I believe reading outside your comfort zone is a worthy endeavor. I kept reading because Jessica Dotta manages to keep you on your toes, guessing at every turn. This is a wonderful book to read by the fire, on a damp, dark night.

Set in 1835 England, Julia Elliston is a seventeen-year-old unmarried orphan set on securing her future in a time when women were considered by law to be legal property of their father's, husband's, and guardians. With little more than grief-ridden half-truths and fanciful memories, she has less than two months to work herself out her anonymous guardian's plan to secret her away to Scotland as a servant. When her dream to marry her childhood sweetheart is crushed, she aligns herself with a powerful dowager to secure a husband. Unknown to her, Miss Elliston's life has beeb entwined in treachery and deception that only the two most powerful men in England have the knowledge and truth to untangle. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel their secrets.

But evil masquerades as righteous truth and knowledge can be wielded as a deadly weapon. How will Miss Elliston know the difference?

A few favorite lines display Dotta's ability to take the reader deep into the heroine's experience:
"We are not meant to take gnawing pain and cocoon it inside, for the ache only grows. That first sob rent its silk envelope, releasing the reservoir of tears. Rare are the moments when we purge the anguish of our souls. There is nothing dainty or feminine about it. Harsh, bestial sobs wracked my body as I sank to the ground, finally acknowledging my loss."


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 freelance media consultant and publicist. Her work is said to have the humor of Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.







Give Away Questions:
Are you a Jane Austen lover like Jessica and me? 
If so, what's your favorite?
Did you read Secret Garden, Little Princess, or Bronte when you were young?
Have you ever been to England?



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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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33 comments:

  1. This sounds absolutely riveting! I am a huge Jane Austen fan. I am one of three sisters so Sense and Sensibility was always a favorite around our home but Pride and Prejudice will always have the top place in my heart. As for Gothic Literature Jane Eyre has long been my favorite. As a child I loved The Secret Garden as well. Despite all of this love for Brit Lit I have never been to England. I look forward to getting there someday:)

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    1. Great KD, I think you will love this story. Thanks for stopping by today. P&P is my all time fav. I'd love to visit England some day too!

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    2. Kd, thank you SO much! I'm with you in wanting to go visit England!

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  2. YES PLEASE!!! I loved The Secret Garden!

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    1. Well, you should really read Little Princess too if you haven't, but you'll love this story Linsey!

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    2. Thanks, Linsey! Wishing you luck!

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  3. I do like to read Jane Austen
    Secret Garden
    I live in England :)

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    1. Hold the plane, I'm coming to visit you!! :)

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    2. LOL- Sylvia, I'm with Anne! Right now, I know on Amazon UK that Born of Persuasion is less than a £ on Kindle.

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  4. Yay, I'm last weeks winner! What do I need to do?

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  5. I love the Jane A. Movies but have not actually read the books - a crime I know! I think Persuasion is my favorite.
    Anne I sent you a friend request on Goodreads. The FB link didn't work. Will try to look you up again later. I love seeing what other people are reading and what they think of them.

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    1. Great Patty. I'll check the link, thanks for the feedback.

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    2. Patty, I'm curious to see Persuasion again. My favorite JA movie is BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

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  6. Oh yes! I love The Secret Garden but have not read A Little Princess. After reading your post, I headed to Amazon to order A Little Princess and found a DVD which included both movies. I ordered it as well! I love reading books with my kiddos and then watching the movies and discussing how they are different.

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    1. Oh Britney--you will LOVE the Little Princess DVD, I hope you got a good version of it. My daughter and I still love to watch it together, and she's a sophomore in college. It's timeless. It's also called "The Sarah Crewe Story"--my mom got it for me when I was young. Enjoy! I'd love to hear about it after you watch it! Hop over to my FB page and tell me later.

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    2. Anne and Britney, if you both love the Little Princess movie . . which IS fabulous, you'll also love the Peter Pan movie with Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood. Amazing, too!

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  7. I saw movies but have not read books.
    Would love to read something wonderful as this book sounds.
    I will be reading both those books to my girls.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Yes Linda, they are oldies but goodies--true classics! :) Have a wonderful time. You are making me want to get them out and dust them off again!

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  8. I am a follower of your blog and we have most of the classics in the church library. I would love to win this book to add to our collection.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janet. I love it that you have the classics in the church library. I think church libraries can be an amazing ministry.

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  9. Wow...I agree, the cover drew me in...but the story sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Right Melissa, the cover is to die for....love it.

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  10. This story sounds great! I LOVE Little Princess. It is a family favorite here. When my oldest daughter saw it for the first time (she was 3) she started sobbing at the part where Sara cries "It's ME!" to her daddy. I have never seen a movie emotionally touch a child more than this one and my kids!

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  11. Hi Anne,

    I absolutely love Jane Autsin I have been too England, I was there with my family for 2 wk in 04 for my sister and I 's senior trip. I absolutely loved being out there and seeing the castles and tasting the different kinds of foods.
    I also have read the Secret Garden book, when I was a young girl. I loved it. I would absolutely love to read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

    Thanks for doing the free giveaway.

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    1. Hello Danie! You've been blessed to have traveled to England! It's on my bucket list. I hope you enjoy this book....

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  12. I love Jane Austen--on the big screen. Hey, that's gotta count for something. I definitely read Secret Garden, Little Princess and some Bronte (which I absolutely loved).
    And Jessica Dotta spoke at our ACFW chapter meeting this month. Delightful all the way through! As historicals go, this book is on my bucket list!

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    1. Waving at cjoy! :) I wish I'd been required to read Bronte at some point in my education, I think I'd have liked it. I should endeavor to read it now, but my TBR list is so long.

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