Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Author JESSICA DOTTA: Inspiring historical romance with a fresh look at the "Gothic" genre
BORN OF PERSUASION by Jessica Dotta
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.
The "Price of Privilege" trilogy from author Jessica Dotta begins with an intriguing first entry, "Born of Persuasion". Young Julia Elliston suddenly finds herself without both her mother and her father, and a previously unknown guardian has plans to send her to Scotland as a elderly lady's companion. Just seventeen, and bound by the societal strictures of Victorian Era England, Julia is desperate to escape exile in Scotland. Raised by an atheist father, and a mother whose mysterious death was called a suicide, Julia has a complicated relationship with faith. When she turns to her childhood friend and sweetheart Edward, she discovers he has become an ordained minister. An unexpected offer of help from a titled older lady will lead Julia into the realm of the upper echelon and into the grasp of Mr. Macy, a man of calculating charm who is twice her age. The more Julia learns of her past, the more the mysteries of her life, including her mother's death, seem to deepen. What is real in her life, and what has been a cover up for the truth of her heritage? Richly atmospheric, with a touch of the great Gothic reads of my youth, "Born of Persuasion" is a fresh look at a beloved genre. Julia's adventures continue with the upcoming "Mark of Distinction" and "Price of Persuasion".
Review Copy Gratis Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
MARK OF DISTINCTION by Jessica Dotta (Book Two "Price of Privilege" Trilogy)
PRICE OF PRIVILIGE by Jessica Dotta (Book Three "Price of Privilege" Trilogy)
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 free lance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel Born of Persuasion released in September of 2013.