A Modest Independence
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 uncomplica...more
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 ...more
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 tried to laugh, bu...more
There are so many things I love about this novel that make it one of my favorites in its Victorian ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jenny Holloway is the daughter of a vicar who is also an alcoholic. When she was presented the opportunity to be a companion to Helena, a distant cousin, she jumped at the chance. Now that Helena has married and has been left a large fortune, she generously settles a small endowment on Jenny, who has never before had the ability to pursue any of her dreams. At twenty-eight years old, she doesn’t dream of marriage and a family – quite the oppo ...more
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 ...more
There is sooooo m ...more
A Modest Independence proves to be quite different from A Matrimonial Advertisement, but no less enjoyable. This book has less a sense of high risk and urgency because there really is no time contraint pressing on our main characters like i ...more
The book had almost no angst and was something of a road trip, but I enjoyed every minute of it. There were no misunderstandings unlike the first book, which didn't let me enjoy it as I should have.
This was just like the first shorty stor ...more
Fortuitously, Jenny Holloway, a former ladies maid now had some funds to become independent. She had dreamed of seeing the world and having an adv ...more
I particularly liked the setting of this novel. It was fun to follow Tom and Jenny on their travels to and from India. Mimi Matthews clearly did her research on the transport of the time, and she included a lot of details that make their voyage interesting. I found the love story between the two a little anomalous, in that they were both clearly concerned about propriety, but Tom dropped everything to follow Jenny acro ...more