Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege, Book 2) by Jessica Dotta

Book Description:  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.

My Thoughts:  I wasn't sure if this book, Mark of Distinction, was going to be a slow read since it more in the style of Jane Austen or Emily Bronte and it's more of a historical.regency.type of mystery.
But as I began reading I was caught up in the life of Julia Elliston who lives during the Victorian Age.  Victorian Society could be quite vindictive and scandal could be brought upon a young man or woman at just the mere touch of a hand or lip.  Rather dire!
Reading about an age gone by and how young ladies were taught to be ladies but men were not always gentlemen brings quite a twist to this story!  The dresses, the gossip, the great walls of mansions, the romance! Only the beginning!
I like Julia,even though she seems, at times a little to doe eyed.  However, as the story progresses Julia seems to come into her own.
The men might be influential but it seems as if it is the woman who actually has the last word and must make her place in society.
Julia is the Emerald Heiress.  Wow!  Interesting! And this title makes her a great target.
Who can be trusted and will Julia trust herself to make the "right" decisions?!?!
If you love a good mystery mixed with historical romance of, then this is the book for you!
As for me?  I loved this story!  
*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*
  • Series: Price of Privilege (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414375565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375564

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