A Modest Independenceby Mimi Matthews
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon,
Setting: England, India
Published on April 23, 2019
Format: eARC Source: Book Tour, From author/publisher
He Needed Peaceâ€¦
Solicitor Tom Finchley has spent his life using his devious intellect to solve the problems of others. As for his own problems, theyâ€™re nothing that a bit of calculated vengeance canâ€™t remedy. But thatâ€™s all over now. Heâ€™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 Adventureâ€¦
Former ladyâ€™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 sheâ€™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 questâ€”and an equally epic romance. But even at the farthest edges of the British Empire, the past has a way of catching up with youâ€¦
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I loved the first book in this series that is centered around four men who lived in the same brutal orphanage as children.Â One went into the Army.Â One became a lawyer.Â One is living with the effects of a debilitating head injury.Â The last one disappeared.Â Book one was about the soldier.Â This book is about the lawyer.
The book heavily references events in book one.Â I am horrible at remembering what happened in romance novels but it started to come back to me.Â I think if you read this book without reading the first one you could understand this story but would be lost at some of the events in the larger story.
Jenny was the distant relative-companion to the heroine in book 1.Â She is given a sum of money to live on.Â Control of it is held by Thomas Finchley the lawyer because of course it is.Â Can’t have ladies running around with their own money.Â She plans to go to India for an adventure and to see if she can find out what really happened to her cousin in a battle there.Â She and Thomas had met before and had a bit of flirting.Â Now he decides that he really likes her and so he is going to accompany her to India.Â Yeah, he decides this and doesn’t tell her.Â
This is a bit of a pattern in this book. She clearly expresses her wishes and then he runs right over them because he feels that he knows better and he wants to help her.Â She calls him out on it.Â The book is about him trying to learn how to deal with a woman who wants adventure and romance but doesn’t want marriage because of the restrictions that it will place on her in that time and place.Â Â
I thought this was a believable conflict between the protagonists.Â They fall in love with each other but want very different lives.Â How much should each person give up?Â Will it lead to resentment over time?
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.Â
About the Author
USA TodayÂ bestselling author Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Ladyâ€™s Guide to Fashion and Beauty,Â The Matrimonial Advertisement) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including theÂ Victorian WebÂ and theÂ Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly atÂ BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.
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