Review: Mark of Distinction, by Jessica Dotta

April 28, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Mark of Distinction, by Jessica Dotta. This fiction book was published on April 18, by Tyndale House.

About this book (from the back cover):

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.

Final Verdict:

Jessica Dotta’s author’s bio says she desires to write “to write in a style that blends the humor of Jane Austen and the dark drama of a Bronte sister,” and it’s something she does very well. Throughout my reading of this book I found myself comparing it with both Jane Eyre (a book I love) and Wuthering Heights (a book I love less now than I did in high school). As for Jane Austen, I saw more of Northanger Abbey in this book than any of Austen’s other novels – but that’s not a bad thing. My main problem with this book is that it’s second in a series, and Dotta makes it very hard for those of us who haven’t read book one to get immersed in the story. I still am not sure about major plot points, like the main character’s marriage status. I also found it hard to side with the main character’s love interest who was apparently featured heavily in the first novel but hardly appears in this one. So, if you’re interested in this novel, make sure you’ve read book one – Born of Persuasion – first, or you’re in for a world of confusion.

If you’d like to check out Mark of Distinction it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $10.79. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

The featured product for this review was provided to me at no cost by Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own. If you’d like to sign up to receive review copies from Tyndale House, visit the Tyndale Blog Network site.

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