Price of Privilege, by Jessica Dotta

book coverPublisher’s Summary:

Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.

Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.

Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.

My Take:

The Price of Privilege trilogy comes to an end with the publication of the third – and eponymous – title. Would all my questions from the previous two books be answered? Above all, would Julia’s marriage to Macy be declared valid? If it was, what would it mean for an event that took place at the end of Mark of Distinction?

In my review for Born of Persuasion, I noted that I didn’t think any of the characters were likable people. Sadly, my opinion didn’t change that much. The validity of Julia and Macy’s marriage was clearly a big question, but no one seemed to remember – or care – that Edward had performed the ceremony. Between what happened at the end of the previous book and a scene at the start of this one, I found myself actually disgusted by the actions of this supposed man of God. I had sympathy for one character, Isaac, who behaved selflessly throughout. Julia’s behavior took his life in a way he’d probably never thought possible. As for Julia, she does realize the damage caused by an initial disobedience but I felt it was a case of too little too late.

For me to have such strong feelings towards the characters means the writing has to be good and Dotta certainly succeeded in a well-written trilogy. Chance Macy was an excellent example of how evil can look so enticing that we don’t realize what trouble we’re in until it’s too late. However, it’s toward the end that we really see how powerful Dotta’s writing is. The possible fate of one character became such a major element of the novel, that the fate of another left me stunned. I never saw it coming. In conclusion, although I never knew where this series was going I’m glad I continued reading. The immense payout was worth the confusion and those questions I had.

One final note: there are a lot of characters in this series, and often the relationships were muddled. I’m thankful I could reference the previous books. If there should be future editions, I recommend including a list of characters and a ‘story so far’ recap in books two and three.

Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for my complimentary copy of Price of Privilege, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read Price of Privilege yet? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Read an excerpt from Price of Privilege

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: 01 January 2015

Page Count: 464

Read more on:   Jessica Dotta’s Website   Tyndale’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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