Born of Persuasion - eBook
A book that keeps you reading though....
Born Of Persuasion is a tale weaved with mysterious characters, a twisted plot, and an ending you probably didn't expect.
I have to say I'm not a big fan of the book "Pride And Prejudice" and this book have some similar points like it, though it held a story line all of its own. It had some things that confused me and sometimes I was a little lost with what was going on. It also sometimes dragged, though the exciting scenes paid off.
Also to note - Christian content was barely mentioned. Tis was annoying because I was looking forward to reading a good Christian book... :(
Overall I give it a three out of five stars
Note: I got this free from Tydnale but all my thoughts on this review were my own
November 2, 2013
When it was good ...
Like the old nursery rhyme, when Born of Persuasion was good, it was very very good. But when it was bad, it was horrid.
Julia Elliston is seventeen, recently orphaned, and about to be sent to Scotland against her will to become a ladyÃ¢ÂÂs companion. In order to escape this fate dictated by her unknown guardian, she goes to visit her old friends in Am Meer, in the hopes of reconnecting with Edward, son of Lord Auburn, to whom she is secretly engaged. But Julia is the daughter of EnglandÃ¢ÂÂs most famous atheist, and Edward is now an ordained Anglican minister. Compelled (for no known reason) to resist her guardianÃ¢ÂÂs plan, she enlists the help of Lady Foxmore in finding her a husband, and they are soon en route to Bedfordshire, to the estate of Mr Chance Macy.
Born of Persuasion is written in the first person, and it took a long time before we actually found out the name of the narrator (which annoyed me) or where she is (beyond being somewhere in England). ItÃ¢ÂÂs clear from JuliaÃ¢ÂÂs personal interjections that sheÃ¢ÂÂs telling the story from the future, and she assumes knowledge the reader doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have (such as Ã¢ÂÂI scarce have need to describe Mr Forrester, as his notoriety continues to this dayÃ¢ÂÂ. It is several more chapters before we find out why Mr Forrester is notorious). I had the continual feeling of only having part of the story, as though there was a first book IÃ¢ÂÂd missed (there isnÃ¢ÂÂt).
I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt impressed by the lack of Christian content. Edward, the only Christian character in the book, spends the first part of the book being totally unpleasant. He improves, but only because his character has an inexplicable personality transplant. Julia loathes the very concept of God because of the way her family was treated by the village priest. Apparently Born of Persuasion is allegorical. If so, I hope Edward isnÃ¢ÂÂt supposed to be the Jesus figure.
Another problem was the moral ambiguity. I like books where the hero and heroine are good, and the villain is bad. In Born of Persuasion, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt tell. This is ambiguous to the point that I'm not convinced, even at the end, that Julia is close to the truth.
This leads into the final problem: the ending. While itÃ¢ÂÂs not a cliffhanger ending, itÃ¢ÂÂs clear the story isnÃ¢ÂÂt yet complete. This is the first book in a trilogy, so I guess itÃ¢ÂÂs going to take all three books before all the questions about Julia, Edward and Macy are answered, not to mention the fate of minor characters such as Elizabeth and Henry. Will I be reading the sequel? I doubt it. And I certainly wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt buy it.
Thanks to Tyndale and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
October 17, 2013
Dark, gothic tale full of mysterious characters.
Born of Persuasion is a well written, interesting story, however it is also a very dark one. I felt very frustrated throughout most of the book.
The heroine, Julia, is so easily deceived and lead astray throughout the entire story. As a reader, I could only sit back and bemoan the choices she was making. Many of these decisions were made based on partial facts or lies that had been told to her.
This gothic novel contains many characters, some very mysterious. Trying to discern who is good and who is evil in this novel is extremely hard.
I was unsure of exactly where this book was leading throughout most of the story. I can't remember a time that I have not been able to foresee at least something of where a story was heading. The author weaves an intriguing tale and part of the way she does this is to add so much mystery into the novel.
I was hoping for a resolution at the end of the book, only to be left with a huge cliffhanger. I will be reading more books in this series, simply because I cannot bear to not have this situation between Julia, Edward and Mr. Macy resolved.
I received a copy of Born of Persuasion for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
October 14, 2013
It is hard to believe that this is Jessica Dotta's debut novel
because she writes with the talent, skill, and knowledge of a lifetime writer. I am not lying when I say I could not put this book down and finished it in record time! Jessica weaves together an astounding story that is utterly captivating and full of mystery, love, and faith. The story is very well-written with every twist, turn, and surprise in Julia's life and will leave you eagerly, and might I add, impatiently waiting for the second book. Not is all as it seems with each character - the one's you think are good might actually be on the wrong side and the good may just be the bad. This book only scratches at the surface of the deception and love taking place in Julia's life. The choices Julia makes and the consequences of her actions reminded me to be careful of the choices I make in life and how certain actions will effect the people I love. The story was not just words upon paper, but also lessons that can be applied to the heart.
Born of Persuasion is phenomenal and each character is completely believable and truly amazing. There is great depth in this book - depth that grabs your attention and won't let go. Jessica Dotta did a fabulous job writing a story that will have you thinking about it weeks after reading the last page.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **
October 9, 2013