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Friday, December 19, 2014

Giveaway of Jessica Dotta’s latest book: Price of Privilege



By Kelly Bridgewater 

Would you like to win a copy of Price of Privilege before you can buy it on January 1, 2015? You’re in luck. I’m giving away a copy to one lucky person. All you have to do is answer the question at the bottom of this entry and leave your email address by midnight Monday, December 22, 2014. I will pick someone’s name on Tuesday, December 23 and mail the book. Hopefully, the book will be delivered to you around Christmas time. So let’s see those comments.

Backcover Copy:

Where will she turn when the truth becomes more dangerous than the lie?
Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding knowledge he’d kill to keep secret, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.

Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, the scandal of the century breaks loose. Drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter, Julia—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.

Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.

My Review:

The Victorian era of the Novel came around 1837- 1901. Books were thick and populated with many different characters usually protesting the economic status of the era. Plus, the story was so long that the reader could get lost in the pages of the story. Sometimes the authors were long-winded. Can you think of any authors who wrote during this time?

Give up?

I hope you can at least the main two ones who popped in my head. Charles Dickens. The Bronte Sisters. They wrote masterpieces that were long filled with tons of description. Honestly, when I read Great Expectations for the first time, I flipped through a lot of pages because the descriptions of everything went on and on.

But Jessica Dotta just completed her Price of Privilege series, which includes Born of Persuasion, Mark of Distinction, and Price of Privilege. Recently, Tyndale Publishing offered Born of Persuasion for free for the Kindle. I downloaded it but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. So when the opportunity arose for me to review the last book in the series, I jumped on it.

The writing was strong and active. What I mean is that as the reader I could understand all the dilemma, fears, and uncertainties Julia was having as she tried to fit into the world she didn’t feel like she belonged in. The scenes moved well together, moving from one scene into another. The entire story was from Julia’s perspective. Dotta did a good job at keeping the reader focused on what she saw. We were never told what her father or Edward felt unless it came through the lens of Julia. The plot was well thought out and sparked my interest. I couldn’t wait to see where the story would go.

As for the characters, Dotta created likeable characters. I enjoyed watching Julia struggle with the idea of being “the Emerald Heiress” as the second book referred to her. But in Price of Privilege, Julia wanted to be married to her soul mate, Edward, the vicar. I rooted for Edward and Julia to be together because when they were together, they were better people and their love was so worthy. Edward and Julia deserved to be together.

The setting was described well. I could see the mansions that Julia and Edward visited without being overwhelmed with pages and pages upon detail like the traditional Victorian novels. Dotta does a good job at inviting her readers into the setting without drowning them in detail. My only issue with the setting was the date of the book. As someone who came to the series in the third book before reading the first two, I had no idea when the story took place. I scanned the back of the book and discovered Dotta had been fascinated by England during the Regency and Victorian Eras, but I didn’t know what year to actually place the story. I had to read the blurb on the first book and understand that Born of Persuasion occurred in 1838. It would have been nice to know the actual date for the last book.

Being labeled as a historical novel, Dotta created a realistic world. I truly believed the story happened in the wealthy world of the Victorian Era. Dotta rounded out the story with keeping true to the language, clothes, and customs. Like Julia, who could not backtalk to the men in her life. Even though we heard her feelings because we were following Julia throughout the story, Dotta created Julia to respect and obey the men in her life.

I truly enjoyed Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta. Now I need to go back and read the first two books in the series, so some of the issues mentioned in the past come alive to my imagination.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale and the opinions stated are all my own.

Jessica DottaHow to connect with Jessica Dotta:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BornofPersuasion

Website: http://www.jessicadotta.com/

Where to buy her books:
Amazon
Christianbook.com
Barnes and Nobles
Wherever books are sold.

Would you like to win a copy of Price of Privilege before you can buy it on January 1, 2015? You’re in luck. I’m giving away a copy to one lucky person. All you have to do is answer the question at the bottom of this entry and leave your email address by midnight Monday, December 22, 2014. I will pick someone’s name on Tuesday, December 23 and mail the book. Hopefully, the book will be delivered to you around Christmas time.

Here is the question:

If you could pick one person from any book (the character, not the author), who would you pick to hang out with for a day? and Why?

Merry Christmas!

18 comments:

  1. Jo March. I always thought she would be a nice person to have as a friend.

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    2. Thank you, Becky. I love Little Women. I always saw a little bit of myself in Jo because we both love to write. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I would say Anne boyeln. I have always loved history and especially the reign of king Henry. Just to see what it was truly like back then and from such a prominent historical figure as herself.
    zoogrl04@yahoo.com

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    1. Ann Boleyn has a neat part of England's history. It would be neat to ask her what she was thinking. Thank you for participating, Shannon. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I would pick Elizabeth Bennett for her wit, mannerisms and I wouldn't mind joining her in one of her walks.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I own the first books and look forward to this one.

    Janella

    arieljo12 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, J. Grace. Elizabeth Bennett is still a huge part of our culture that I'm sure a lot of people would like to talk to her. Merry Christmas!

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  4. There are so many great characters, but nothing quite compares to Pride and Prejudice, so I would have to say Elizabeth Bennett. One of the reasons is I would love to hang out in that time period for a day, but her zest for life and humor would make for a very interesting day. And besides, I'd probably get to meet Mr. Darcy!

    Rebecca
    rdewey17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I know a lot of people who would agree with you. Me, I'm not a big fan of Jane Austen. Merry Christmas!

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  5. There are so many great characters hard to choose one. First one that popped in my head was Raleigh Harmon. I would choose to spend the day with her because she is a special agent and I used to want to be one

    Melissa
    momma2_03@msn.com

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    1. Thank you, Melissa. I'm curious but what book is Raleigh Harmon from? I can't place it. Knowing me, I probably read it or heard of it but can't place it. Merry Christmas!

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  6. I think I would like to spend a day with Bonnie Silver from the Oracles of Fire Series by Bring Davis. She has so much faith and wisdom and I would like to learn from her. She is also an awesome young woman and I would love to be her friend and hear her adventures from her lips instead of the author's. If only I could.

    Also, thank you for the giveaway. I am super excited to read Price of Privelege!

    Emily
    zerina147@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Emily. I have never read the Oracles of Fire series, but Bonnie has the characteristics of a person I could deem as a friend.

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  7. Jane Eyre . She was courageous, fair and true. She made her own choices.

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    1. Thanks, Kiffer. I like Jane Eyre too. What a great book! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I know it's later, but I like this discussion. I love the Jane Austen heroines, but my favorite, I believe, is Fanny Price of Mansfield Park. She's not as prejudiced as Elizabeth Bennet or Emma, but still has spirit and thought. And her circumstances are ones one can sympathize with. That said, I love the edge to this Price of Privilege series. Definitely get to reading the first two. Many may be head over heals for Edward, but I LOVE Isaac. I find him more incredible for having a secretly troubled and hard past as sometimes I actually find Edward to be the spoiled immature twit. hehe.

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    1. Amber, Wait until you read The Price of Privilege. Isaac will be swoon worthy again. Can't spoil it for you! Thank you for commenting.

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  9. We have a winner! BECKY!!!!! I sent you an email, so respond with your mail address, so I can get your package to you in the mail ASAP. Thank you everyone for responding!!! I greatly appreciate it!

    Merry Christmas!!! Happy New Year!!!

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