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
In the second book of the Price of Privilege series, Dotta has brought forth the complicated world of high society England and makes it understandable to readers. Her characters are charming, but she throws in a few scoundrels to even things out.
SUMMARY: Julia Elliston looks at London as the city of shadows. Her life is slowly coming apart due to scandals, most of which are not by her hand. She learns she is the daughter of Lord Roy Pierson, an influential man in England, and he uses her as his pawn to bring down Chance Macy, who appears to have married Julia some time ago. Julia suddenly finds herself thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress. There is one man she hopes she can trust to help her outwit both Lord Pierson and Macy, so she can be in control of her own life.