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May 26, 2014

MARK OF DISTINCTION by Jessica Dotta


IN VICTORIAN SOCIETY, WHERE EVEN A WHISPER OF SCANDAL CAN RUIN A LIFE, JULIA ELLISTON MUST WATCH HER STEP.
(FROM BACK COVER)

MARK OF DISTINCTION
Price of Privilege Trilogy
Book Two
 by
Jessica Dotta
  • Series: Price of Privilege (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  •  (April 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414375565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375564
OVERVIEW
(from Amazon)
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.

Jessica DottaAUTHOR
Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by England during the Regency and Victorian eras.  Her passion for British Literature fueled her desire to write in a style that blends the humor of Jan Austen and the dark drama of a Bronte sister.  She lives in the Nashville area with her family and works in a freelance media consultant and publicist.
Jessica is always happy to accept tea invitations from book clubs especially wen they serve Earl Grey and scones.


REVIEW
This is the second book of the Price of Privilege Trilogy.  The setting is Victorian England.  I got a look at living in that time period.  This is a right/wrong story.  As the reader goes down the streets of London, they will see the richness of the aristocrats and on the other side, the filth and crime of the poor.  The author puts forth the question for you to answer, would you follow everyone or would you pick what is right?
Julia Elliston Pierson, the main character takes us with her during the recollection of her 8 months of life in this book.  She was only 18 when her mother dies, or is murdered?  She is faced with a marriage to Mr. Macy, a dashing man.  Julia isn't about to marry into a marriage that isn't right for her.  Julia finds herself with her father, Lord Pierson.  She didn't know he was her father. Her step-father was an atheist and Julia was raised that way.   She doesn't know it yet, but she is about to become society's Emerald Heiress.  The problem is,  she has to marry the Lord's adopted son, Lord Dalry.  The author brings up  a question that the reader must find an answer to.  Is she actually married to Mr. Macy? Mr. Chance Macy is a powerful man.  He could, at anytime, take all Julia has been fighting her entire life for, down into the shadows.
 Now the author introduces a pastor, Edward. Julia finds Edward's Bible and his notes.  Will this book give her some of the answers she has been seeking about her life?  I loved the way the author wrote in the staircase scene with Lord Dalry.  Julia doesn't know if she should marry Lord Dalry. She is kept in seclusion and doesn't understand why  Is she discovering her own father is a controlling tyrant?
I would suggest that you read the first book.  It gives you some background info which helps a lot.  The author gives you a lot to think abut.  Things that have to do with her father and why he keeps her secluded, Why is her father so anxious for her to marry Lord Dalry?  Should she marry Mr. Marcy instead?  What kind of information is in Edward's Bible and why is it in his bible?  I found the book interesting, a little humorous and  loving the Victorian lifestyle. I also liked the fact of it not having an overly amount of violence or racy scenes. The one thing I disliked and it's not just this book but others, is the cover.  Cutting off the heads of these beautiful women in their lovely gowns just doesn't set well with me.  Why not show all of the woman?  Will her mother's murderer be caught?

I was given a complimentary copy of MARK OF DISTINCTION by Jessica Dotta from Tyndale Publishers for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
I would give the book 4 scrolls.
LINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
www.tyndalefiction.com
www,jessicadotta.com
http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Distinction-2-Price-Privilege-ebook/product-reviews/B00GWT8WTY/ref=pr_all_summary_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending



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