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.
In Born of Persuasion, Julia Elliston dealt with one blow after another. Starting right where it left off, Julia manages to escape from Macy by running to her birth father, Lord Pierson. He announces her as his legitimate daughter and she is thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress. As she loses a piece of herself every day, she quickly she realizes that she has only replaced one prison for another. In this stunning sequel, Julia must decide how far she is willing to go to fight for freedom.
I can’t even explain to you how much I love this series. I was slightly worried about the sequel not quite living up to the grandeur of the first, but there was no reason to be concerned. Mark of Distinction was pure perfection. The alluring characters, lyrical writing, magical setting, heart-pounding intrigue, and riveting plot are just a few of the things that made this book wonderful.
Though not as humorous as the first (probably because we didn’t see Mrs. Windham as much), Mark of Distinction still made me laugh and I can’t even tell you how many times I smiled while reading it. Even my sister mentioned that I looked so happy and content as I dived in chapter after chapter. There’s something so special about a book that has the ability to tug your heartstrings in so many ways that you feel everything from joy to pain. I felt Julia’s heartbreak…her despair …her guilt…her hope…her love.
I was especially pleased with the character growth. Julia goes from being bitter and angry to strong and determined. She comes to realize that in order to gain all, she must surrender all. The profound truths contained in this book astounded me. I know that a lot of the analogies will stay with me for a while yet. I also appreciated the fact that while I learned a lot about faith while reading, it wasn’t preachy at all.
Jessica Dotta is a literary genius. How is it possible for one to be so captivated with every single word in a 432-page book? As I read the end, I found myself wanting to pick it up and start all over again.
The Price of Privilege series is an absolute gem. Mark of Distinction is easily among the best books I’ve ever read. I don’t know how I am going to wait for book #3! Please, read this series! You won’t regret it.
**I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.