A Modest Independence

A Modest Independence

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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...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 27mm | 513g
  • English
  • 0999036491
  • 9780999036495
  • 1,382,689

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"Matthews immerses readers in the intricate descriptions of exotic locales and the difficulties of Victorian travel...Fans of the series will enjoy exploring secondary characters' lives and the truly heroic compromises Tom makes to be with the woman he loves." -Library Journal

"As always, Matthews' attention to historical accuracy is impeccable. From the rigid standards and expectations of Victorian courtship to the siege of Jhansi, she has clearly done her research. Her characters are a refreshing change from the typical genre protagonists; for example, there is 'nothing particularly remarkable about Thomas Finchley, ' the author writes. Yet his intellect and unabashed kindness are the stuff of true romance...Strong, smart characters and a daring quest result in a Victorian love story with a charmingly modern sensibility." -Kirkus Reviews

"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

"A masterpiece of historical research and writing, I was spellbound by every sight that our couple see...a gorgeous, heart-warming and brilliantly clever romance which will keep you tuning the pages...In one word, this is beautiful." -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

"The most satisfying romance involves so much more than physical attraction. It is care and tenderness; it's a meeting of minds and souls; it's mutual respect; in short, it's companionship on the deepest level possible, and I'm not sure I have ever come across a story that has portrayed that more captivatingly than this one. From the smallest gestures of thoughtfulness or tenderness right through to the soul-puddling kisses, this story had EVERYTHING I love most about romance." -Fiction Aficionado

"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...An absolute must-read for fans of romance, historicals or both." -Foxes and Fairy Tales

"Author Mimi Matthews has produced her best writing to date with A MODEST INDEPENDENCE, as it is beautifully written, vivid, emotional, honest, and totally captivating from beginning to the awesome conclusion." -Roses Are Blue

"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

"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
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149 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 36% (54)
4 40% (59)
3 21% (31)
2 3% (4)
1 1% (1)
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