Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege Series #2)

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Overview

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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04/15/2014
Julia Elliston is caught between two powerful men: her husband and an aristocrat whose protection she is forced to accept. Thrust into Victorian London society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia realizes that she cannot escape the power of her estranged spouse, Chance Macy, nor can she forever live under the protection of Lord Roy Pierson. Not knowing whom she can trust, Julia finds every step she takes is a leap of faith. She falls in love with Edward Auburn, a childhood friend and now a vicar, and discovers that the path to true love is rife with danger, intrigue, and blackmail. But her faith, faltering at points, brings her through the many challenges she must overcome to have the life she was meant to live. VERDICT This dark, dramatic second series entry (after Born of Persuasion) is a brooding and atmospheric tale that may appeal to readers who enjoy Charlotte Brontë.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414395869
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/18/2014
  • Series: Price of Privilege Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 32,183
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Although I did like the regency historical aspects of this book

    Although I did like the regency historical aspects of this book, I read it without reading the first book in the series. Big mistake because it did not seem like it is written as a stand-alone book. It was very confusing and took me numerous chapters to figure out what was going on and even then I still felt lost at times. Basically Julia has just discovered that her father is a wealthy Lord, and he wants her married to his adoptive son. She would rather be married to a penniless vicar, but she must learn the difficult rules of society or cause a great scandal. Read the previous book before this one to enjoy this one to the fullest!

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Mark of Distinction picks up at the exact spot Born of Persuasio

    Mark of Distinction picks up at the exact spot Born of Persuasion left off.  Julia and Edward have decided she must turn to her father for safety.  There are so many twists and turns, that Julia has no idea if this is the right answer or not.  Has she traded one trapped life for another. Is Macy as bad as her father says?  Is the gruff man, who constantly appears angry with her, the man Macy said?  Now that they've set forth on a plan to present Julia as Lord Pierson's unknown daughter, denying Julia Ellison even existed, she wonders how she will ever be free.  Macy says her marriage is real.  Papa says it's not.  After all Julia Ellison is gone.  Julia Pierson is who she is.  But is she?  
    Julia longs for Edward, Henry and Elizabeth.  Those she knows love her and are trustworthy.  However, they could ruin all of her father's plans.  Julia has traded a life of fear with Macy for a life of seclusion by her father.  Everyone has a plan for her life and Julia is carried along by it all.  Once again she makes plans, trusting those she shouldn't.  Once again her life is in crisis.
    I wish she had more of a backbone.  Yet in the 1800's did any of the women have a say in their lives?  Julia does however begin to realize the need for a Savior.  She grew up being trained to deny there was a God.  Until landing with her father, she never questioned she could be wrong.  She has an awakening in her spirit.  She begins to dig into the Word and question all she thought she knew.  I eagerly await the conclusion of the story to know if she ever really surrenders her life to her Savior.  And of course, I need to know what happens to Macy, Lord Pierson, Isaac, Edward and Julia...

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Romance with Over-Dramatization: This is interesting, and more c

    Romance with Over-Dramatization: This is interesting, and more complete than Book 1, but reading the first book before this would make things clearer. The surprises in the plot were creative, and the writing was reasonably well done. However, for someone who thinks she contains her emotions well, the main character certainly panicked often, she was weak, and she was flaky. I realize strong women were rare then, but she seemed to get herself deeper into trouble at every turn, by not speaking or changing her mind. She daydreamed a lot, which did nothing to further the story line. I noticed mannerisms jumping from one character to another inexplicably; the two men were unrelated. I liked the creative use of antiquated vocabulary. If you like a clean, slow-moving romance, this is nice.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    One of my favorite historical fiction series in a long while! It

    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?!

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    Mark of Distinction was a great sequel to Born of Persuasion. I

    Mark of Distinction was a great sequel to Born of Persuasion. I cannot wait until the third book is released! After completing the first book, I immediately bought the second and read it in a few hours. I am a fast reader but I have to be really interested to keep reading until I am done....Loved it!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    A lovely story reminiscent of the classics!  Mark of Distinc

    A lovely story reminiscent of the classics! 




    Mark of Distinction is technically the second in a so-far marvelous series. I have not had the privilege of reading the first, but I will be remedying this. That being said, it did take extra effort to get into the story, but once I was sufficiently hooked there was little stopping me from turning the page. Dotta writes a marvelous story in a fresh, new perspective.




    At times, my like for Julia, the main character, swung back and forth like a pendulum. I couldn't figure her out! There were times I wanted to comfort her and times I wanted to shake her. This is probably the trait that makes her a good character, no matter how frustrating. She definitely is indecisive and I didn't like some of the choices she made. 




    Nonetheless, I have to gush about Isaac for a moment. Talk about the perfect gentleman! I think it's safe to say I much prefer Isaac as a suitor for Julia over Edward; although I haven't read the first book so maybe that will change my opinion. Isaac is pretty awesome though... Ahem, moving on. 




    I am truly impressed and in awe with Ms. Dotta's fantastic piece of art. I cannot believe we must wait until next year for the conclusion!! It seems an eternity to wait after such a ending. Before I close out this review, I will say the story had a dark/depressing atmosphere for the whole novel, adding to the Gothic feel. I highly and easily recommend this novel to readers familiar with Bronte and Gothic fiction at least fifteen or older. 




    I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    This book, much like the first, is a Victorian Gothic style that

    This book, much like the first, is a Victorian Gothic style that will be sure to entrance readers who enjoy the works of Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey. It is dark and menacing, with many twists and turns that keep you turning the pages and biting your nails until the very end. The author did a wonderful job of making the story flow. It could have been a very depressing book, because a lot of bad things happen in succession to Julia, but Ms. Dotta sprinkled just enough action and intrigue to keep the reader from being bogged down.

    I am SO happy with the way Julia progressed, as a character. The first half of the book, I pitied her and her situation. Her actions were selfish, but I understood them. Her very identity had been stripped from her and she was struggling to come to terms with who she was. Her faith in God was being formed and tested and she was beginning to lose herself until she finally surrendered. The supporting characters were different in this story than they were in the first book because she had been stripped from her familiar surroundings and thrust into another world. Lord Pierson is a powerful, but troubled, man. I wanted to dislike him, but Jessica Dotta wrote his character in a way that made me grudginly respect him instead. He is the typical man, not good with his emotions, but she gave him just enough to make him human. Isaac is Julia's saving grace. He is gentle, where her father is gruff. He is kind and accepting, when Julia is hard and distrusting. He helped shaped her character in more ways that she realizes throughout this book.

    As I have previously stated, Jessica Dotta is a master storyteller. The events and character development seem so natural. The story was nail biting, fast paced, and packed with intrigue and suspense. The ending was so unexpected, but I wanted to shout for joy! I absolutely enjoyed the story and cannot wait until the third, and final book comes out!

    **Thank you, Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    I am really loving this book. The mystery and gothic kind of fee

    I am really loving this book. The mystery and gothic kind of feel appeals to me. I am finding I do like books that are a bit out of the box and this one is, in a good way.

    I read the first book awhile ago. I think I like this one even more than the first because I understand Julia better now. She is pulled along by other people’s choices yet she has a mind of her own. I never see her as being weak, but is a woman who just doesn’t know her true identity because it’s being kept from her.

    Isn’t that what the enemy does to us in life? He steals our identity, whispers lies about who we are, makes us question what we know to be true and then we wonder who we really are, who did God create us to be? Yes, this book is a good picture of that.

    I will say I don’t know if I would have understood this book very well if I hadn’t read the first. I really think to fully appreciate this book you need to read the first. But don’t let that keep you from reading it. Grab a copy of the first and then pick this one up and then be on the look out for book number three :)

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    Beautiful writing pulls you into Jessica Dotta's sophomore novel

    Beautiful writing pulls you into Jessica Dotta's sophomore novel, Mark of Distinction. Even better than her debut
    novel, intrigue, danger, and hopelessness dog Julia's every move. I wondered how it would resolve, and a
    couple of the twists made me gasp with surprise. Don't miss this wonderful story. Novel Rocket and I give it
    our highest recommendation. It made my Top Ten of 2014 List.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Lovely

    I loved this book. Did not want it to end. Can not wait till third book

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