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 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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"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
"Perceptive social insights enrich this Victorian romance: into law practices, class and racial prejudice, pressures on women to conform to social conventions, snobbery and the casual assumption of privilege by wealthy and aristocratic elites. The route, by ship, train, and dak cart, is traced in authentic detail. The behavior of the characters is justified by past experience. Jenny and Tom are admirable and their willingness to make sacrifices for each other's happiness wins our sympathy. Strongly recommended." -Historical Novel Society
"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." -The Romance Reviews, top pick
"A Modest Independence is not only adventurous, but it is also astounding...Matthews is a bright, shining star in historical romance and I look forward to the next installment in the series." -Austenprose
"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." -Readers' Favorite
"A masterpiece of historical research and writing, I was spellbound by every sight that our couple see...In one word, this is beautiful." -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
"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
"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