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A Modest Independence

(Parish Orphans of Devon #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  114 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 uncomplica

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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
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 tried to laugh, bu
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
(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
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
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
Courtney Clark
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Mimi Matthews balances charm, adventure, and romance amidst vividly painted exotic locales in this Victorian novel. It matches a spunky and daring heroine to her perfect complement of a hero whose thoughtful nature and intelligence make their story one of friendship and familiarity not often plumbed within such an era– and their romance all the more meaningful for its resilience and selfless nature.

There are so many things I love about this novel that make it one of my favorites in its Victorian
Joanna Loves Reading
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, hr-geographical, arc
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
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
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
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.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, stars-4-0
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely historical romance about two people who’ve had difficult pasts and struggle with trust and control issues because of it. I like how the author doesn’t make the appearance of her characters into having movie star looks and gives them flaws. It makes them not only more likable but believable.
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
Rose Blue
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

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
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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as well written as the first book in the series. I just wish there would have been a bit more heat to it. A good book for someone looking for something with just kissing in it. It looks like we are headed to France next? But some of these side characters are trying to take over the series. A certain dress maker and his pretty cousin comes to mind. I kept wanting to read more about their backstory and how they came to be where they were in more detail.
Dana Michael
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Modest Independence is the second book in the Parish Orphans of Devon. This book features Tom Finchley and Jenny Holloway. This book took the reader from London to India. The author did an amazing job with the descriptions. I felt as if I was on the adventure with them. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The romance is a slow build up. The kisses are swoon worthy. The ending is a very happily ever after. Which I love. This is a clean book and I enjoyed it. Did I like it as well as the Mat ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
I’m not sure I can properly put into words how much I loved this book. (I feel like I say that about every Mimi Matthews book). The premise is actually rather simple: two friends go on an adventure and fall in love. But make it a male/female couple set in Victorian England, Egypt, and India, with strict societal morality, and attempting to discover what happened to a friend declared dead - and all of Tom and Jenny’s emotional baggage! - and the story takes on a life of its own.

There is sooooo m
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. A Modest Independence is the second book in the new Parish Orphans of Devon series by Mimi Matthews. In this book we follow Jenny and Tom as they travel in varying degrees of comfort by ship, train, cart, and carriage from England to India.

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
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! I don't usually say that about a historical, but this one was such a beautiful slow burn! I didn't want to finish it so it took me long to read the book. It was a joy to see two lovely but lonely people fall in love in the most natural way.

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
Lori D
England, 1859 I felt as if I had tumbled back into one of the great classic novels with such amazing prose that I felt transported to that time and place. The descriptions of the characters and their dialogue came off the page opened up my mind. After reading the first book in this series, I could not wait to read this one and it pulled me in quickly.
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
Melissa Dee
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a series, and foreshadows at least one follow-up story!

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
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical non-fiction and proper historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resi ...more

Other books in the series

Parish Orphans of Devon (3 books)
  • The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon #1)
  • A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, #3)