Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta is the second book in the Price of Privilege Trilogy. This is the first book of Jessica Dotta’s I have read. Having missed out on the first book, I quickly discovered I was missing pieces of the plot. I absolutely enjoyed Mark of Distinction, but I truly wish I had read Born of Persuasion first as I felt from the beginning that I was starting to watch a movie from the middle. Do not be deterred! This is a lovely book full of intrigue and interesting characters. I will absolutely go back and read book one and I eagerly await book three.
What I love about Mark of Distinction is how different it is from anything I have read recently. In this novel, we meet Julia Elliston who has sought out the protection of her father, the very wealthy and influential Lord Pierson. In order to protect her and her new title as the Emerald Heiress, Lord Pierson keeps Julia from the outside world. He also has hand-picked her betrothed Lord Dalry. As kind and protective as Lord Dalry is, Julia’s heart belongs to another, a vicar named Edward.
Because I never knew or understood the relationship between Julia and her beloved Edward, I couldn’t help but root for Lord Dalry. Jessica Dotta is definitely a gifted writer. I am excited to read the third book in the trilogy, Price of Privilege. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.