Born of Persuasion : Price of Privilege

  • by Jessica Dotta
  • Narrated by Amanda McKnight
  • Series: Price of Privilege
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She never imagined securing her future would require delving into the past. 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. Then, a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, opening a realm of possibilities. Treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, however, 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.

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Debut Book in Series

I don't care for first person POV stories. But the heroine was sympathetic and the narrator was stellar. I read a one star review on Amazon and almost requested a refund/return on this story. Many of her comments were legitimate but many were not. The heroine is an atheist in a Christian Book Association (Tyndale) book. The actual Christian thread is thin BUT this is part of a series. Which causes yet another problem because this is a long convoluted story with an ending that doesn't tie up the strings to all those threads. But it isn't a cliffhanger per se, there is a somewhat HEA to the book, which is why I gave it a 4. I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt that she has what "appears" to be the main love interest be a truly evil man. And I think only the most naive of readers will not realize that. Which makes those love scenes with him all the more creepy. And leaves me wondering why are they so prominent in this story? Doubt that I will buy the sequel. I will make up my own ending in my own mind for this story lol! I cannot spend that kind of time with a book these days--I need all the story parts wrapped up within one volume, not in a continuation. Still, Ms. Dotta creates a compelling story that had me listening to the end.
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- Carrie Fancett Pagels "Award-winning & Amazon bestselling author of Christian historical romance. Under contract with Pelican Book Group. Blogger, mom, & reader."

Wonderfully written

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the story was compelling.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Born of Persuasion?

I would say but don't want to spoil the story!


Which character – as performed by Amanda McKnight – was your favorite?

Julia Elliston'


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Julia finds out the truth and still can't admit it to anyone.


Any additional comments?

This novel was very well narrated by Amanda McKnight and written by the author. I truly enjoyed an visualized the events and characters. I can not wait to read her second novel and I hope it is also narrated by Amanda McKnight.

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- Debbie De "I totally enjoy a well written novel with a great narrator!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio