Mark of Distinction 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 review:

I read the first book in this series, Born of Persuasion, and wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement.  When I saw this one on the Tyndale summer reading list, I thought I should give Julia’s story another go.

There is a lot of intrigue throughout the book and readers get an inside peek at life in Victorian society, which I found interesting.  However, there are so many different characters to read about and keep track of that I found myself flipping back and forth to remind myself of when a character first made an appearance or what they had said previously.  It might have been better on a print copy of the book, but on an ereader, it was very frustrating!

I think the bottom line is that I haven’t made a strong connection to Julia to care about her happiness.  I was mildly curious about how it would end up, but found my focus drifting off while reading and had to force myself to keep reading at times.

Despite my negative sounding review, I do think there is an audience for Dotta’s books.  I think fans of Jane Austen would go crazy for this book, but it just isn’t for me.

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