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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta March 19, 2015

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Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.

Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As 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—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 thoughts:

I don’t buy many books anymore since I get most of them free for reviewing them. However, there are times when I miss the opportunity to review and book and there are some books that I absolutely must buy because I either love the author, or love the series. Such is the case with the last book in Jessica Dotta’s series. I bought this one because I had to see how this would end and I LOVED the first two books.

Jessica did not disappoint. This book wraps things up for Julia.

We are immediately thrown into Julie’s life with Edward and her worried thoughts about what Macy might do next. She truly has no rest from this man.

She also suffers constant rejection from others and she’s never able to forget that she is different than other people.

We readers will be on the edge of seats the whole time wondering when everything will fall into place and finally work out for our heroine.

One thing that might be nice for any readers who haven’t read the books yet is that you can read them all in a row. I did have trouble remembering things from previous books, because there is so much that happens. So I recommend reading them consecutively if you can.

This is also not a stand-alone book. I don’t think you can understand this book without reading the first two. As stated above, there is just too much that takes place.

I can’t wait to see what Jessica will come out with next 🙂

Visit Jessica here.

Leave a comment by March 30th for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for replacing books lost in the mail.)

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.



Review and Giveaway: Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta April 29, 2014

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London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.

Now under the watchful eye of Lord Roy Pierson, one of most influential men in England, Julia begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well, and he is eager to assert his claim over her.

Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I am really loving this book. The mystery and gothic kind of feel appeals to me. I am finding I do like books that are a bit out of the box and this one is, in a good way.

I read the first book awhile ago. I think I like this one even more than the first because I understand Julia better now. She is pulled along by other people’s choices yet she has a mind of her own. I never see her as being weak, but is a woman who just doesn’t know her true identity because it’s being kept from her.

Isn’t that what the enemy does to us in life? He steals our identity, whispers lies about who we are, makes us question what we know to be true and then we wonder who we really are, who did God create us to be? Yes, this book is a good picture of that.

I will say I don’t know if I would have understood this book very well if I hadn’t read the first. I really think to fully appreciate this book you need to read the first. But don’t let that keep you from reading it. Grab a copy of the first and then pick this one up and then be on the look out for book number three 🙂

Leave a comment by May 5th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

Read my review of the first book here.

Visit Jessica’s website here.

Grab your own copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.










Born Of Persuasion only $1.99 October 29, 2013

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46d06-born_of_persuasionI just wanted to share that a book I reviewed a while back is only $1.99 for Kindle: Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta. I highly recommend this book if you like historical romance with a bit of gothic twist. I REALLY liked this book.

You can read my review here.

You can order the book here.


Review and Giveaway: Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta September 16, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Born of Persuasion
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)

Jessica Dotta


Born in the wrong century–except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines–Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area—where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write and work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler–but the dog insists it’s a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won’t cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can’t win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book definitely held a Pride and Prejudice flavor for me. I can’t even tell you why but that was that feeling I had the whole time reading it.  And I loved Pride and Prejudice.

This book was very different from what I expected. It was full of mystery and tense love scenes. Women worried about impressing a higher class and catching a husband. It really has all the elements a great book should have.

Julia is a strong heroine who thinks it’s up to her to secure her future. She’s not a Christian, in fact her father was an atheist. This makes for some interesting thoughts as she processes her life.

The dashing Mr. Macy is very charming, but I couldn’t help but wonder if Julia could really trust him. You will have to read the book to see if she can.

There is also her first love, Edward, who seems to have gotten confused along the way, yet he seems to truly understand what it means to help those in need now the is he a vicar. But does he see his own need? Hmmm….

Overall a very intriguing book and I would say Jessica Dotta is an author to watch. This is the beginning of a new series and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Julia’s life.

Grab your own copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by Sept. 22nd at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

Visit Jessica’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.