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