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Price of Privilege

(Price of Privilege Trilogy #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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, dr
Paperback, 451 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published December 18th 2014)
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Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well. I think I need about 97 more days to recover from this book. Actually, let’s go ahead and make that about 532.



I don’t even know where to start.

“I swallowed, wondering if all dreams turned to dust the moment they were realized.”

I’ll start by saying I loved the characters Dotta created. Some were funny, some quirky, some even yet mysterious and even if I didn’t like certain people, I loved how Dotta created them. I especially adored Jameson and Nancy in this book. Yo
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
While I liked Isaac, Evelyn and Jamison, I never developed a fondness for Julia in the entire series. It's tough for me to enjoy a novel/series when the "heroine" is not likable. I know many have raved about the series, but I found it to be just ok.
Rachel Brand
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having managed to escape the clutches of Chance Macy and wed her childhood love, Edward Auburn, Julia hopes that she may finally have the simple country life that she always longed for. But her wedded bliss is cut short when her husband’s family and congregation shun him for his alliance with Julia, whose reputation and association with Macy has now spread far and wide. Soon Julia and Edward are forced back to London to seek the assistance of Julia’s father. In spite of their desire to keep out ...more
Jocelyn Green
I have a serious book hangover from finishing this trilogy. The prose is some of the best I've encountered. There are some exquisite spiritual arcs, too. If you enjoy gothic, or really strong character development, or a tone that blends Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, give this series a try. One thing that I really appreciated about the series is that books 2 and 3 don't waste time rehashing what happened in the previous books. Some sequels dump that information in in a way that is tedious and ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I finally finished this book series. The final book was significantly more interesting than the middle one. However, I don't know quite what to make of the message of the trilogy. I noted that the small print makes it clear that these are not stand alone books--I didn't really pick up on that until after I had finished the first one. That makes for a very long book.....

From a secular period fiction perspective I would have rated this with 3.5 stars. If Christian principles are not in play then t
Kate (The Shelf Life)
I have to start off by saying...I don't know where to begin with this review. This book took me every where and I don't think all of it will ever truly sink in. I think I need to go into mourning after finishing this book. I hated to see it end. This book emotionally gutted me...especially the ending...Oh, that ending. I will not say more on it, just good heavens, I didn't see it coming! Y'all need to read it!!!!

It's been a full 24 hours since I finished this book. I still haven't moved past it.
Rachel McMillan
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, favorites
Exceptional conclusion to historical fiction which is shattering the metrics of CBA romance. An unreliable narrator, a Dickensian propensity for twisting, winding interwoven storylines, a winning and wonderful narration, heartbreak and drama.

Dotta has a winning way of cunningly revisiting the Victorian Gothic and lovers of Bleak House and Jane Eyre (whether coming from a background of faith or not ) will sink into this highly literary endeavour. The sheer verisimilitude, pitch-perfect dialect a
Jan 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh my goodness! I am so sick and tired of books where I really like every other character besides the main character. Edward, Jamison, and Isaac are fantastic lovable characters. I even liked Macy better than Juls because at least he was smart and cunning and successful at what he did. Juls was such a weak character! I thought I would pull my eyelashes out if she said she just couldn't communicate her words one more time! What a cheap way out. She did not deserve the love and loyalty given to he ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Take this series off your "to read" list now. Spare yourself. Not only did this series get worse as it went on so did the characters (except Isaac). I started to dislike most of the characters more and more and couldn't believe I was still reading about them.

The ending?! So sad.

This story was too drawn out for me. I feel as though I wasted my time reading. I did like the first book but it's not worth reading if you have to read 2 & 3 to know what happens. It's a shame.
May 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Long-winded and dull. With the most irritatingly passive character ever.
Bookish Ally
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Michelle Griep
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a rare book that pulls me out of reality and immerses me in a story world so much that I'll willingly park my heinie on a chair and allow the world to go by. It's an even rarer author who writes so beautifully that my eyes get all watery and I want to throw away my laptop because I know I'll never be able to pen such haunting prose. Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta is just such a book.

Here is a taste of some of the word pictures taken from the story . . .

Thus we were caught up in our dai
Brooke Barenfanger
I have been looking forward to the conclusion of the Price of Privilege Trilogy for some time. The series has an extremely unique feel to it. The whole series is not a light read. It can be very dark and at times quite depressing. I’m glad that the author added a character with enough humor that released at least some of the depression from entirely overtaking the plot of The Price of Privilege. I really enjoyed this series in that I never knew what was going to happen next, or what the protagon ...more
Karen Collier
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Jessica Dotta’s first two novels set the bar high for this series, with mysterious characters, vivid settings, and plots full of unexpected twists and turns. This final installment wraps up the series in a breathtaking and unexpected conclusion worthy of its predecessors. Taken together, Born of Persuasion , Mark of Distinction , and Price of Privilege tell a fascinating and intricately woven literary tale.

Having lived in Julia’s head for three books now, I feel like I’ve come to know her
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Absolutely loved it. Having a book hangover here. When two of my favorite authors recommended this series, I jumped in with both feet and got all three books in the series. At first, I wasn't keen on the fact that one story took three long books to tell. I am used to trilogies being at the same time stand-alone, and yet continuing the story focusing on another person, but I ended up loving this rich, multi-layered story. The story came full circle, and as all the best stories have, th ...more
Jennifer Pickwell
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I often group books into three categories: shallow, still touching the bottom, and deep. A shallow book is enjoyable for its effortless readability. I can pick it up whenever and read it even in the most chaotic situations like a pediatricians office in flu season. If a book is “still touching the bottom” I am reading something that requires a little more investment and concentration. Lastly, a deep book requires more of me. I need to read it in a quiet room and focus on the unfolding plot. In P ...more
Laura Carter
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read this year!

When I read the first book in this series I didn't like Julia, she was just so foolish and headstrong. But after I finished I gave it high marks because I realized the extent of the author's talent. Jessica Dotta had written a heroine that I couldn't be indifferent about, she completely engaged my emotions on every page. In the second book I gained sympathy with Julia as learned more about her and as she gradually changed. As I read Price Of Privileg
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am still trying to come down emotionally from this book. It did not turn out how I thought it would after book #2, but partway through the third, I realized what would ultimately happen and hoped against all odds that it wouldn't. It did. And I cannot honestly remember when I have been so emotionally devastated by a book. Usually, I am able to compartmentalize my feelings so that I don't get too heavily involved in the characters because I know they're not real, but there was just no way of do ...more
Reet Champion
Julia Elliston returns in the action-packed finale that will put an end to her trouble one way or another. The plot thickens as Julia is shamed on different fronts and pushed away by her new in-laws. But that's the least of her problems. Chance Macy is still on her trail and will stop at nothing to stop her from airing out all of his dirty secrets that he cannot afford to be made known. It's Julia and her race against the clock to preserve everything and everyone that she holds dear.

Jessica Dott
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Price of Privilege is engaging, thrilling, and endlessly intriguing. I had to fight the urge to devour this book in one sitting because I wanted to make it last a little longer. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen next because I could never figure it out. I mean, there were twists in nearly every chapter, so it’s impossible to put it down.

Jessica Dotta is a brilliant story teller. She has a magnificent writing talent that has blown me away. This book explores the consequences of
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book left me emotionally exhausted. The characters, good & bad, become apart of you throughout the long journey of this book. My review will not be long because the only review that can do this book justice is a individual personal review from each person that is interested in this author.
Isaac was hands down my favorite. Like I seriously wanted to marry him myself!
Prepare to hold your breath in suspense throughout every chapter. You will simultaneously love, cherish, & regret reading this
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not often does a book move me as much as this one did. So many sentences that I thought I must write down. I still do not know exactly what I think - so much to consider. A truly great work. Dotta is an talented artist - I will read everything she writes.
"With such dreadful truths ruling the universe, it is no wonder that grace and mercy are all that is left us."

This series has riven me through and there are no words to express the daze I am left in upon reading the final page. Dotta's writing is powerful. I was left stunned and heartbroken, and I could not order my thoughts well enough to produce the review I attempt to write now. How can I review such a book?

I love these characters. Love them all. They are masterfully constructed, that they c
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nora St Laurent
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m thrilled to receive a review copy from an author I adore. It’s the third book in the Price of Privilege series; that just blew me away! After reading the last book in the series, Mark of Distinction I couldn't imagine where this author would take me next. Things seemed to have ended. But in this third and final book in the series, this author shows how maddening things can get when Chancy Macy stirs things up and is set on getting Julia back as his wife. This author created a realistic and b ...more
Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I tell you what this book is about, I have to say- I have never been so emotionally traumatized by a fictional story in my life. Right now, I am sitting here with a pint of ice cream, cookies, and chocolate trying to eat my feelings away. Though hands down one of the best series I’ve ever read, I don’t even know if I can recommend them to anyone lest they feel as bad I do at this very moment. I’m also not sure I can properly explain/review this book, but I will do my absolute best to avoi ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The writing was strong and active. What I mean is that as the reader I could understand all the dilemma, fears, and uncertainties Julia was having as she tried to fit into the world she didn’t feel like she belonged it. The scenes moved well together, moving from one scene into another. The entire story was from Julia’s perspective. Dotta did a good job at keeping the reader focused on what she saw. We were never told what her father or Edward felt unless it came through the lens of Julia. The p ...more
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 an
Waheed Rabbani
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ulia Elliston, having finally married Edward Auburn, her childhood sweetheart and the vicar of their small English village, is ecstatic. Her elation upon believing that her earlier woes are behind her is short lived, however. Upon learning of her past, Edward’s landed gentry parents don’t even wish to see her, and while Edward receives odd looks from the servants, his parishioners pelt him. Fearing that Julia might be abducted by her intimidator, Chance Macy, the newlyweds flee to London. Nevert ...more
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Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by the intricacies of society that existed in England from the Regency through the Edwardian era. She writes in a manner that blends past and modern fiction techniques. She lives in the Nashville area and works as a free lance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel Born of Persuasion releases in September of 2013.

Other books in the series

Price of Privilege Trilogy (3 books)
  • Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege, #1)
  • Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege, #2)

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