A Modest Independence

A Modest Independence

Book 2: Parish Orphans of Devon

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 uncomplicated woman.

She Wanted Adventure…

Former lady’s companion Jenny Holloway has just been given a modest independence. Now, all she wants is a bit of adventure. A chance to see the world and experience life far outside the restrictive limits of Victorian England. If she can discover the fate of the missing Earl of Castleton while she’s at it, so much the better.

From the gaslit streets of London to the lush tea gardens of colonial India, Jenny and Tom embark on an epic quest—and an equally epic romance. But even at the farthest edges of the British Empire, the past has a way of catching up with you…

Advance Praise

“A romance that is wrapped in a soft philosophy: encouraging the reader to go to places—figuratively and emotionally—and mull on the nature of love while gorgeous settings unfurl in a perfectly worded canvas…This is a book to be savoured.” -Rachel McMillan, author of the Herringford and Watts mysteries

“For fans of sweeping romances with exotic vistas…Jenny Holloway is a powerful female heroine that Jane Austen would be proud of, setting off with an inquisitive mind and a superb sense of exploration…highly recommended for fans of optimistic and adventurous historical romances. A very excellent and entertaining read.” -Readers’ Favorite

“The romance between Jenny and Tom is tender, thoughtful and sweetly endearing…The details are perfect with the author using a thorough knowledge and understanding of the period to create each scene, so that its almost like looking through a stereoscope viewer to follow the story…Their journey is not only physical, but one of personal growth too and it leaves the reader feeling fulfilled, warm and ready for the next parish orphan’s story!” -Jayne Fresina, bestselling author of Once Upon a Kiss

“Mimi Matthews has the ability to reveal her characters inner most thoughts even when they are deeply confused…This accurate picture of society’s expectations helps the reader to feel Jenny’s frustration at the entrapment of women within marriage, paralleled by the tight rigidity of her corseted costume. And the addition of passion and love, results in an irresistible tale I did not want to stop reading.” -Lost in a Good Book

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