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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.

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One of my favorite historical fiction series in a long while! It had me hooked from the first page and I could hardly put it down. However, do read the first book in the series first! Otherwise, you will be completely confused. Like the first book, this one is filled with mystery--the perfect blend of Jane Austen's style with Charlotte Bronte's--and the storyline kept me guessing. I love a book that is unpredictable and this is certainly that! My only regret is that I have to wait months to read the final book in the trilogy. Why do you do this to me, Tyndale?!

“There was no gradual revelation. It was stark and plain before me. Nothing less than a full surrender would suffice. If that meant losing Edward, marrying Isaac, or even returning to Mr. Macy – the choice wouldn’t be mine,” Julia realizes her lack of power and control in Jessica Dotta’s novel, "Mark of Distinction." Second in the Price of Privilege Trilogy, this four hundred and thirty-eight page paperback targets those interested in a historic, romantic fiction set in England during the early nineteenth century. With no profanity but light physical romance with some violence, mature readers may enjoy its many characters, ample sub-plots, and a continuation of the series’ storyline. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence. A list of characters at the beginning would be helpful in recalling the previous story’s happenings. Acknowledgements, eight discussion questions, and the author’s biography complete the book. After Julia Elliston wedded the sly, conniving Mr. Macy in the prior tome of the series, her controlling father has informed the world she is the Empress Heiress, daughter and heir to his abundant wealth. Having rescued the young woman from Macy, the patriarch now vehemently protects and shelters her from the outside world, especially from the unscrupulous man who continues to vie for her attention. Without her consent or approval, her tyrannical father determines it would be best politically and materialistically to forge an alliance by marrying his daughter to Lord Isaac Dalry, an older refined gentleman who would be a kind and loving husband. However, the young woman who supposedly cannot make any decisions on what to wear, when to eat, and who to see has started to become more independent as she yearns for her past love, a humble preacher. From blackmailing with the help of a newspaper owner to realizing God is persistently watching over her, the woman must stand up to her father’s constant rules and demands and come to terms with what truly is important and worthwhile. Written in first person with more details of the periodic customs, regulations, and societal beliefs of the Victorian era in London and the surrounding area than its predecessor, Dotta continues to write a meticulous read that many readers expect from the period of male-domination involving minimal women’s rights. Thanks to The Book Club Network, Inc. for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta is the second book in the Price of Privilege series and I found it just as secular as the first. The story line is out of sync with dire hints at past & impending events. I found it to be confusing