Author: Jessica Dotta
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7555-7

Only weeks away from servanthood, I stood amidst unimaginable wealth, envisioning a new life for myself. I hungered to belong in this sphere – not just for the sake of belonging, but for the sake of my future security. Too long had I stood on the threshold of uncertainty, never quite sure how matters would work out,” Julia ponders in Jessica Dotta’s novel, Born of Persuasion.

In this four hundred and twenty-seven page paperback book, the early nineteenth century obligation that women were physical and financial objects, chosen by parents or others for marriage purposes is the backdrop in this historical, romantic fiction. With no profanity, light physical romantic interludes and some violence, the book is targeted toward mature Christian women who like a lengthy, developed plot line. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

Miss Julia Elliston, a timid, shy seventeen year old has nowhere to go. With her abusive, atheistic father dead and her mother recently passed away, she learns she is now the custody of an anonymous guardian who has plans to send her to Scotland in two months to be a bedridden woman’s companion.

As per the guardian’s directive, Miss Elliston has the opportunity to be married instead of being forced into service, yet the young man she promised her heart to is no longer a viable candidate. Under the guise of a supposedly generous but dominating and harsh ladyship, she agrees to her terms allowing a husband to be sought out for her.

The self-aware, deceptive woman in charge of her introduces her to a man of wealth and means who has dark secrets and a dark past that connects with Julia’s mother and father. At the same time, the unknown guardian demands to prepare Julia for her new position while the vicar tries to lovingly protect her physically and spiritually.

Written in first person, a reader gets caught up in the mannerisms, apparel, lifestyles, decorum and societal rules of the mid eighteen hundreds as Julia is tormented, used and shunned due to marital laws, legalities and lack of women’s rights.

Meticulous in verbiage, descriptions of properties and regulations, Dotta forces the reader to slow down and relish the writing as twists, turns and trysts are made between lovers, players and pawns in a deadly game of love and revenge.

This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in lieu of an unbiased review.

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