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Charlotte Gray couldn't believe that anyone in high society would care to introduce her to potential suitors. After all, a cruel accident left her blind at the age of eight. However, Lady and Lord Rochester, her aristocratic neighbors, have taken a peculiar interest in her welfare and offer to hold a debutante ball in her honor.Inexperienced in the ways of men and vulnerabCharlotte Gray couldn't believe that anyone in high society would care to introduce her to potential suitors. After all, a cruel accident left her blind at the age of eight. However, Lady and Lord Rochester, her aristocratic neighbors, have taken a peculiar interest in her welfare and offer to hold a debutante ball in her honor.Inexperienced in the ways of men and vulnerable to a fault, Charlotte begins to traverse the unfamiliar world of courtship. To her surprise, two brothers become rivals for her affections. One she favors because of his gregarious and flattering ways. The other she spurns due to his unappealing demeanor and desperate attempt to win her heart.Pressured by her family and brokenhearted over the risqué conduct of her first choice, Charlotte is persuaded to accept Patrick Rochester's proposal of marriage instead. Her surrender introduces her into the world of passion at the artful hands of a mysterious man. When the dark and alluring husband finally conquers her heart, a shocking secret about his true identity unfolds. As a result, Charlotte learns that love can be blind for everyone-even her....

Title : Dark Persuasion
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ISBN : 9780983295976
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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Dark Persuasion Reviews

  • Caz
    2019-03-07 10:28

    I've given this a C for both content and narration at AudioGals.While Dark Persuasion has an interesting premise and the potential to explore some of the darker emotions – guilt, jealousy, obsession – the book never overcomes a number of failures in its execution. It’s not a very “romantic” romance, and there is practically no chemistry between the leads. The characterisation of the hero lacks depth, and I found the heroine difficult to like, largely due to her treatment of the hero.Charlotte Grey was blinded at the age of eight as the result of an unthinking, cruel act by a boy four years her senior. Ten years later, she meets two brothers at her come-out ball, Patrick and Rupert Rochester, who are as different from each other as chalk from cheese. Patrick is a quiet and rather serious young man, while Rupert is a cruel, conscienceless rake who wants nothing more than to irritate and best his brother in whatever he does.So when Rupert sees Patrick taking an interest in Charlotte, he determines to seduce her. Never having been the subject of male attention before, Charlotte is easily taken in by Rupert’s gregarious and flirtatious manner, and instantly prefers him to his brother. In spite of her sister’s urge to be cautious, Charlotte is in the grip of her first infatuation, and dismisses Patrick as dull and humourless.When Rupert shows his true colours, it’s left to Patrick to pick up the pieces. He loves Charlotte and wants to marry her so he can take care of her, but he shrinks from telling her the truth about the cause of her blindness. Instead, he confesses to her father, who afterwards gives Patrick his permission to ask Charlotte for her hand. She accepts his proposal, telling him bluntly that she does not love him and that she is only giving him her assent because she knows she is unlikely to receive another such offer.I had a hard time determining just what Patrick saw in Charlotte other than her pretty face, and the fact of his desire to atone for his childhood brutality. One minute, he is seeing her for the first time in ten years, and the next, he is desperately in love with her, and there is no sense of an evolution of feeling. Patrick is very underwritten; we see him as a boy and then as a young man, but there is no real explanation as to how or why he changed from that irresponsible boy to the honourable man he is now.I also didn’t care much for Charlotte as a heroine. While she certainly deserves admiration for the way she overcomes many of the difficulties facing her as a blind person, there are other aspects of her personality that make her a less than sympathetic character, not least of which is her poor treatment of Patrick. She never lets him forget he is not her first choice, and, because she never really talks to him about the help she will need to help her to acclimatise herself to new surroundings, blames him when he fails to take her blindness into account.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

  • Tiffiny
    2019-02-27 06:10

    The story was very well written along with the story line. Definitely captivated my mind. Couldn't stop reading. Loved the ending especially with the unexpected twist towards the end where we found out about Peter and his brother's secret. I truly loved the ending. Lessons throughout the story along with forgiveness. One of the greatest stories I have ever read. Would love to read a second book to follow the ending. I applaud the writer who supported visual perception of the characters, details of the era, along with relating the story to life obstacles along with emotional aspects the obstacles bring and how we can learn from them. Truly a well written story!

  • M.K.
    2019-02-26 12:26

    They didn't know who each other was but one day in the forest, a 12-year-old bully pushed a 8-year-old tomboy off a tree. He fled to discover later that the impact of her fall blinded her. Move forward ten years, and we have a story of love and atonement. I really felt Patrick Rochester's remorse and admired Charlotte's desire to seek happiness. But. But, I think the author was seeking the reader's happiness a little too much. As a result, Rupert was just not a convincing character for me.Still, a writer to keep an eye on.

  • Cathy Geha
    2019-02-20 07:13

    Charlotte Gray was blinded in childhood by two boys in a tree. Many years later those same two boys, now men, start courting her. All three have changed. Which of the young men will win her heart? Will she find a true love with either of the men? Can one forgive the person who has changed your life forever?

  • Michael
    2019-03-12 12:12

    Purchased this morning and I haven't moved all day (skipping breakfast and lunch) until I finished the last page. Very well worth it! I didn't even realize there was a trailer until I finished the book. Now that I've seen it too I'm even more in love with Patrick.

  • Sonia Lowry
    2019-03-10 10:23

    Dark PersuasionThis story is about a women name Charlotte Grey who was blinded at the age of eight in a cruel accident that was the fault of an unknown cruel boy. The accident left Charlotte bitter at heart towards the unknown boy as she learns to adjust to the limitations of blindness while trying to be as independent as possible. The story commence ten years later when Lord and Lady Rochester took an interest in Charlotte's welfare by throwing her a coming out party. This was partially due to the fact that the accident occurred on their property. Two brothers bid for attention of Ms Grey affections. Each have secrets and an agenda of his own as to why they would seek the attention of a blind woman. Would love occur with one of them especially when those secrets are exposed?I really had mix feelings about this book. While I love Vicki Hopkins as a writer. I really hate her heroines. This book at a fantastic story behind it but the delivery of this story was so flawed that it left me nothing but frustration as a reader. The three main characters had serious issues that prevents them from having a love relationship. The heroine was too naive to be believe even though she was blind. She expected everyone around her to revolve around her while she remain the center of her universe. I could understand that if she never had the capacity to see but that was not the case with her. She was not only unable to see, she was blind towards how independent she really was, and blind towards her ability to determine one's true character. She refused to listen to family members around her who she had to rely on for years. Yet too many times she ask for them to be her eyes. Patrick felt extreme guilt around causing the heroine to become blind. That guilt was the reason he pursued her into becoming his wife. So little was told about his background as to how he transform from the boy who pushed her causing blindness to the man who accepted responsibility for his actions no matter the price to his self happiness. I did not doubt that he wanted to love her and at the same time was not sure if he really did love her. I know he did not trust her or he would have came out with his secret. It was extremely frustrating. Rupert was the Patrick's brother who grew from the concern little boy who cared about his brother to a man without remorse or love for anyone after his brother left him to go to military school. Rupert had struggles and issue of his own that he had to deal with. His intentions towards the heroine was more than clear. To use her sexually without taking responsibility for his actions. I felt in the beginning his character wasn't believable in that his intent to hurt those around him was all too clear. Usually people who live that way live in a partial state of denial over their actions at least to oneself. They still perform the act but they either deny that the act was really that bad or that they were that devious. He made no apologies for his actions. Yet at the same time he is hurt. His character has always felt as though he was abandoned. I was over half way towards completion in reading this book when I really wanted to throw this book up against the wall. The book didn't start to redeem itself until the secret was out. The secret came out in a way that I didn't predict coming and it is one of the best scenes in the book. After that point book more than made up for all the frustration that I felt in the beginning. If the plot was not so intriguing I would have given it lower grade. All in all I gave it 4 stars.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-28 10:15

    I’m not a big fan of authors who are upfront and state the history of central characters and how they are connected. This approach can be either hit or miss, but in the case of Dark Persuasion, Vicki Hopkins does an amazing job setting up the plot and it defiantly is needed to understand the particular actions of certain characters.Charlotte Grey was a child when an accident left her blind and she’s surprised her aristocratic neighbors are interested in being her sponsors and hold a ball in her honor. At the ball she meets two brothers, Patrick and Rupert, who are different as night and day. Both will battle for her hand, but which brother will win her heart and can a wrong be rectified?Hopkins does an excellent job with historical research. She introduces Braille to the point of having Rupert translate a letter he wrote to Charlotte. There’s also the mention of guide dogs and although the time period is 1890 (the first official use of guide dogs from my own personal research indicates they were first used during World War I in Germany), I can let it go because in literature prior to the 19th century, in a few texts, they mention the blind being guided by a dog. I’m not sure of the extent of actual guide dogs as we know it prior to the First World War and I’m not nitpicking on the historical aspects because as I stated Hopkins does a superb job. She also keeps to social etiquette of the time and the language used doesn’t sound too modern.Characters are well developed and you can easily see how two brothers become rivals. At the heart of the novel is Charlotte’s blindness and although she can’t see the world around her, she believes she can trust her own instinct. She tries to be independent and her family allows her the freedom she wants, but also cautions her. Like most young women she truly believes she can read people and their intentions. Rupert talks to her and she likes that he’s interested in getting to know her, whereas Patrick doesn’t say anything to her, but he has a reason for keeping quiet and keeping her at a distance. She believes someone opening themselves is how to truly communicate with one another. Your heart breaks for her and all she lost. In one poignant scene, she wishes she could see the face of the man she married. And in another scene her husband doesn’t quite realize what it would be like to be married to a blind woman until Charlotte’s sister is sitting next to them at the wedding breakfast and she’s helping Charlotte eat. He looks down at her place setting and he sees pieces of food all over as she attempts to eat. What I really liked about Dark Persuasion is that Hopkins gives us a villain, who in the end repents for his actions. Sure it’s not the way we would like him to do it, but he realizes his follies and tries to atone for the way he acted towards Charlotte. There’s a twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting, but overall it’s a satisfying read. There is some history of abuse and if you are sensitive to particular situations you might not be comfortable reading this book. It’s not detailed, but it is mentioned and explained.If you’re in a historical romance rut I highly recommend Dark Persuasion.Please note: I received this book as a complimentary book won at LibraryThing and review appears on my blog, Literary, etc.

  • S.R. Roddy
    2019-02-21 09:30

    I have to admit I really didn’t like this book at first. The beginning seemed to drag out and I had a hard time liking Charlotte. Her behavior and cruelty to the hero seemed off to me. While my opinion of the heroine didn’t change much, I really enjoyed getting to know the hero. Patrick was sweet and sexy which, unfortunately, made me dislike Charlotte even more.The author did an excellent job with character development and description. I could even get a sense of the fear Charlotte felt living in the world of darkness. The author’s ability to portray the three main characters from multiple angles left me enthralled.Charlotte’s constant bitterness bothered me. Instead of enjoying what life gave her and the beauty that surrounded her, she constantly placed herself in the dark world she so morosely complained about.In the end, Charlotte redeemed herself in my eyes by opening her own a bit to the horrifying world that others lived in. While I didn’t care for the heroine, the story was well written. Though, it held a lot of dark undertones, in the end I enjoyed this tale. I would not mind reading other stories by this author

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2019-03-07 06:23

    Two boys are playing in the woods when they see a girl coming towards them. Before Patrick knows it he's pushed her off the tree which has left her blind. Years later, war weary he's still haunted by what he's done and determined to make it right. But when he falls in love with her everything changes. He'll need to win her from his rake brother, get her to marry him and all whilst hiding what he did.This novel is a really twisted version of Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession. There were sections that left me shocked, others cold and yet others made me smile. There was one big issue for me though: Patrick wasn't catering to her needs. Also Charlotte wasn't being open about her needs. I actually struggled to like her though some of the novel.

  • Mackenzie
    2019-03-03 09:31

    A decent story, although a little dry at times. Charlotte Gray, as a child climbs a tree to prove herself to two boys. When one pushes her off, her injuries include complete blindness. Later, Patrick Rochester, a grown man changed from his angry, troubled ways as a child learns the consequences of his actions. He decides the best thing he can do is to marry her and take care of her. His brother, Rupert, remains in that hurt, dark childlish place and does everything he can to cause trouble for Patrick. With time, Patrick and Charlotte grow happy in their marriage, even though Patrick keeps the secret of their first meeting from her. When Rupert lets it slip, they separate. Rupert, however, learning from his mistakes is an instrument in pulling them back together.

  • Emily
    2019-03-10 10:31

    Somehow I didn't realize this was a young adult novel. Regardless, I found it interesting and engaging. I preferred the Phantom of Valetta to this, but still enjoyed it. The characters felt real until the last three chapters. The whole reconciliation was glossed over. I don't know if that's because of the Victorian time period and intentional or not.

  • ShoSho
    2019-03-05 12:16

    I got this a while ago as a freebie. It happens in 1890 , I don't think I've ever read a HR that is historically exact but this seems to be just that.It's not flowery and takes into account the life style of those years. It's a bit angsty and harsh and the hero does a lot of groveling which I really like. I enjoyed reading it a lot.

  • Beckie Treble
    2019-02-25 08:35

    I finished this last night, and it is probably my favourite book at the moment. Just lovely, the writing was fantastic and I love the story.I wish I could give it more than 5*!

  • WildAboutBones
    2019-03-07 08:26

    I listened to the audio version and enjoyed the story quite a bit.

  • Nvlovestoread
    2019-03-05 05:40

    Storyline was very imaginative although a bit expected. Charachters were believable. Social etiquettes well researched. Annoyed by too many typos.

  • Purdy Gertie
    2019-03-15 08:22

    This was a pretty good book. Surprising twist at the end.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-24 07:31

    characters were kind of annoying and wishy-washy