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A Modest Independence

(Parish Orphans of Devon #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,368 ratings  ·  255 reviews

He Needed Peace…

Solicitor Tom Finchley has spent his life using his devious intellect to solve the problems of others. As for his own problems, they’re nothing that a bit of calculated vengeance can’t remedy. But that’s all over now. He’s finally ready to put the past behind him and settle down to a quiet, uncomplicated life. If only he could find an equally un

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Published April 23rd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Mimi Matthews There are two more books in the series (four in total). Alex Archer's book should be out in the fall, and Neville's will be out in the winter.

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Rachel McMillan
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh hi everyone! have you always wanted to read what goes through my mind 24 hours a day?

Welcome to this book: aka the Heart of Rachel's lifelong issues reconciling her desire for independence and not conforming to anything and not being caged as well as being a hopeless romantic.

I mean hello thing I might have said myself:
"I don't want to spend the rest of my life wondering who I might have been if only I'd had a little time on my own. A chance to exert myself in a manner of my own choosing wit
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(2.5 stars) Well, darn. I hate writing this review because, quite frankly, Mimi Matthews, Jayne Fresina and less than a handful of other HR authors are the only reason for me to read newly-published romances. The first book in Matthews' Parish Orphans series, A MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT, was so lovely that I gave it 5 stars. Her holiday novella was also superb. But this second entry in the Orphans series fell flat for me. I was actually bored as I read what seemed to be a how-to-travel-to-India- ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

That I'd give it all up to have you back with me. For one moment longer in your arms.

The inadequacy of words... indeed. I am truly loving these books. What an adventure this book was. And such a sweet love story. The research alone in putting this together blows me away. Mimi Mathews has really come into her own. This book was like a virtual trip back in time. A truly authentic victorian romance.

He pressed a kiss to her hair. “What’s all this about?” “I don’t know.” She trie
Let me first say that I hadn’t read The Matrimonial Advertisement when I requested an arc for A Modest Independence. I was sold on the book editorials for both stories and my GR friends’ high ratings for Ms. Matthews’ other romances. I assumed I would like Thomas Finchley and Jenny Holloway when they were first introduced in The Matrimonial Advertisement. Tom oozed a quiet strength and sensibility. Jenny was opinionated and somewhat sharp. Unfortunately, whereas I enjoyed Justin Thornhill’s and ...more
Jayne Fresina
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading and very much enjoying The Matrimonial Advertisement, I had been eagerly awaiting the next book in Mimi Matthews' Parish Orphans of Devon series. Then I was lucky enough to be offered an arc of the book and snatched it up immediately! (Although it is part of a series, I don't believe its necessary to have read the first book.) I loved it. The romance between Jenny and Tom is tender, thoughtful and sweetly endearing. As with all Ms. Matthews' books, I felt transported to another tim ...more
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
A Modest Independence is the second book in Mimi Matthews’ Parish Orphans of Devon series. Both the hero, Thomas (Tom) Finchley, and the heroine, Jenny Holloway, had important roles in The Matrimonial Advertisement. Tom was Justin’s solicitor and Jenny, Helena’s distant cousin and companion.

I found it refreshing that Tom is not your stereotypical hero. He is neither titled nor is there is anything exceptional about his appearance. However, with hard work and determination, he has risen above
Courtney Clark
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Audiobook reread update: **The audio and narration is FANTASTIC! Alex Wyndham does an amazing job with all the characters and accents. Upon rereading, I love this book even more. The narration brings out the brilliant construction and the layers of nuance/ emotion in the story. This book has one of the best conversations of resolution in the last chapter. And the epilogue is just downright (tastefully) sexy. I ❤ Tom & Jenny!**

Mimi Matthews balances charm, adventure, and romance amidst vividly pa
Joanna Loves Reading
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr-geographical, arc, hr
This was my second book by Mimi Matthews, and for me, this one really worked. When I saw this book traveled outside England, I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try. Matthews is a strong writer and her historical research is evident in the pages. It was fun journeying halfway across the world to India, taking an overland route, through the pages of this novel. I enjoyed the amount of details included as it balanced with story progression. The journey took them through France, Italy, Egypt an ...more
The adventure was grand, the romance was sweet *if maddening* and the ending was wonderful enough to almost make me forget my irritation. 😏

And the cherry on top of this particular ice cream sundae was that all of it was delivered in the delicious, meltingly sexy voice of Alex Wyndham! 🥰
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a wonderful story and I loved it! *SIGH* I started reading this book this week because book 3 was just released and I can’t bare the fact that I wont have something from this author to look forward to. If you’ve never read a book by Mimi Matthews then you must give her a try. You won’t be sorry. She is my favorite romance author hands down.
This one made me super nervous because I didn’t know how it was going to work out. The writing was excellent.
What I loved:
• The Romance
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this story! Mimi is a wonderful writer. The slow building romance, with such great dialogue and interaction between the characters! Lots of authors fill pages with settings and places and history and miss building a good romance and characters. This author does a great job of giving me the kind of romance I want to read. This is a proper romance and it's keep chaste but some awesome stolen kisses are involved:) I have enjoyed this series and have already bought the next book.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This author has become an auto buy for me. I really enjoy her work, but I have to say this was a disappointing read. I just could not warm up to the story. The relationships felt stale and the plot didn't go anywhere. This had such potential. But, everytime time I thought things were going to take off, the momentum slipped away.
Sarah Monzon
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What?!? A romance book where the characters actually talk about their feelings? *gasp* Seriously though, it was really refreshing. There was no high drama internal dialogue where the characters wondered what the other one was thinking or feeling because they straight up told each other, hey, I like you and I want to be with you. Did that mean there wasn't any romantic tension? No. Because while they both had feelings for each other, they both also had some personal things they needed to work thr ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Matthews has done it again. She managed to transport me to victorian England and India and make me care for character that were secondary in the previous one.

Jenny wants to be independant and live her own life without being controlled by any man. At a time when marriage was basically a prison for women, her desire for freedom strucks as realistic.
Tom, unlike the hero of the previous book, is more quiet and less broody. He wants love and tenderness.

These two fall for each other while travelling t
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so deliciously splendid & totally different from any other historical romance I’ve read before- for one, the romance hit the ground running from the beginning of the book, & for two, I’ve never read a romance story with an exotic setting like this one. I’ve definitely never read a Victorian romance with adventure like this book has.

Jenny is a very endearing character who values independence over all else. While this is vital to her character & is understandable considering her past
Carole (in Canada)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance/Victorian
Two people wanting to be in control of their own lives embark on an adventure that will have them learning how to let go. One of the hardest things to do in life.

"One grows tired of waiting for knights in shining armor. Sometimes nothing will do but to rescue oneself." (quote from the book)

"A Modest Independence" is book 2 in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. We learn more about Miss Jenny Holloway, cousin and former companion to Lady Helena from "A Matrimonial Advertisement" as well as Tom Fi
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Well, what can I say? This is such a beautiful story, which is full of so much hope and it leaves the reader with a real sense of that there is love in the world for everyone no matter what your station in life. It is a book that I felt right down inside, I spoke to me. It is a truly beautiful book!

What I love about this, is that Jenny and Tom are very normal people, they aren’t aristocrats whose only problems in life is whether their morning kippers are hot or cold – no these two are brilliant
I can't say I enjoyed this much. I love a slow burn romance as much as the next romance reader, but I found that I had little patience for this heroine. While I understand why she had her particular opinion of men and marriage, it seemed unhealthy and immature to imagine that all men would be like her father or brothers, or even the villain of the previous story, the earl's uncle. Even the heroine herself agreed, that her previous employer had a wonderfully special marriage, allowing for the fac ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book! This story! I was swept away by Mimi Matthews’ elegant and descriptive prose. I’ve spent the last few days living and breathing in the Victorian era.

I felt the discomfort and indignities of foreign travel, the discomfort of Western clothing in an arid southeastern climate, the microagressions perpetrated upon indigenous peoples in their own homeland by thoughtless and ignorant interlopers and the burgeoning stirrings of an unexpected romance between two prickly individuals who had li
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wish I had more time to write a proper review because this book deserves it. But real life won’t cut me a break. 😟

I so enjoyed this adventure with Tom and Jenny. There was never a dull moment for sure. And the ending was perfect.

Looking forward to reading on with this series.
I’ve come to equate Mimi Matthews’s historical romances with quality, and here again the author offers us a compelling and interesting story, this time in the shape of a journey to India. The amount of details truly paint a vivid and sensory image of what this type of trip would have involved. Fascinating, really. Add to this relatable leads, each determined not to jeopardise their own sense of self, and you have a winner.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two things first:

1 – Yes, this is the second in Parish Orphans of Devon series, but it follows two supporting characters from the first book so apart from a few mentions, you could read it as a standalone.

2 – I’m convinced Mimi Matthews writes the best historical romance around. The chemistry between the characters is spot on and the historical details are used perfectly to add texture and depth to the story.

A Modest Independence follows Jenny and Tom on a journey from England to India via railw
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“A Modest Independence” is the second book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series and a proof of why Mimi Matthews is an emerging talent in historical fiction that you don’t want to miss. Our heroine is Jenny Holloway, a 28-year-old spinster who’s been gifted her own money from her cousin Lady Helena. Jenny decides to use her new modest independence to travel to India and see if she can find her missing, handsome cousin, the earl of Castledon. Our unlikely hero is Thomas Finchley, solicitor, who ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Victorian romance. DNF @39%.

Sorry to say this was a lackluster couple. The heroine
Jenny admitted her preoccupation w/ independence.
Hero Tom had an 'edge' to him based on his mentor's
training (which appealed less to Tom over time). The
travel aspect was tedious, not exciting. I liked this
couple much better in a supporting role in book #3 of
this series.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
So I don't know why I'm not relating to this story as I really liked the rest of the series. I admit I haven't been able to finish this title in my normal timely manner. I don't like Jenny and maybe that's the reason why.
Fiction Aficionado
"In order to have Tom, she’d have to give up her freedom. The very independence she’d dreamed of for so many years. It was a price she wasn’t willing to pay. Not for him. Not for anyone. But she was tempted. So very, dreadfully tempted.”

This story is everything! *cue all the happy sighs* My heart feels exquisitely satisfied after reading this book, and now I face the somewhat daunting task of trying to put into words all the reasons why.

First the easy part—the fact that this story takes the read
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in this awesome series! Can't wait for the next one.
The second book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series is a historical romance road trip novel with an intriguing premise.

Starting in Victorian-era London, England we meet spirited heroine Jenny Holloway who has recently come into a small fortune. Determined to remain independent and never marry, she wishes to travel to India to find the Earl of Castleton, the missing brother of the woman who gave her a modest independence. Her attorney Tom Finchley, who holds her purse strings, is concerned for
Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This unusual Victorian romance tells the story of two people who do not plan marriage with anyone. At 28, Jenny Holloway is a spinster “past her prime” and after life as a drudge caring for her ungrateful father, her ambition is for independence and the opportunity to travel. Tom Finchley is a successful, London attorney whose lonely childhood has given him the drive to work long hours, with little time for pleasure. But as Jenny sets out to travel to British India with her legacy and two trustw ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this so much I the chemistry was great and the romance was swoon worthy. Mimi Matthews is one of my favorite authors and I hope she never stops writing. ♥️♥️♥️
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in ...more

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Parish Orphans of Devon (4 books)
  • The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon, #1)
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