Review: A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon #2) by Mimi Matthews

Ahhh Mimi Matthews, where have you been my whole life?! Matthews writes such wonderful historical romance of the drawing room variety and she does such a fantastic job. I only recently started reading her books and now I simply can’t stop!

As soon as I finished The Work of Art, I started this series and polished it off in a matter of days. Now I am on to her other stand alone books and I absolutely love every single one of them.

I don’t know what I am going to read once I am done with her books! I need more authors like her to pick from! Her books are well written, romantic, and I find they read incredibly fast! I instantly cracked this one open as soon as I was done with the first book in the series as I couldn’t wait to read Tom and Jenny’s story.


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 (summary from Goodreads)


While I may not have read this book in one sitting like I did the first book in this series, but it was wonderful all the same but in a different way. It took me a couple of days to read it, not because it was slow, just life got in the way!

This is a series that each book works as a standalone and I would have been perfectly fine reading this one without having read the first book. I just happened to have the first book and picked it up first. Then within a couple of chapters I went and bought all of Matthew’s books because her writing is outstanding.

This book was more about adventure and romance and I loved the exotic locations and globe trotting that Tom and Jenny did. I also loved that Tom and Jenny both made their feelings for one another known early on in the book. They were clearly attracted to each other but neither wanted strings attached. It was an absolute pleasure watching their feelings take on a life of their own and bloom into something more than pure attraction. The journey itself made the slow burn of their love inevitable and I loved it.

While their romance could at times be fierce and fiery, it could also be tender and sweet. They were a well match pair and I couldn’t wait to see how their happy ending turned out. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Matthews is a superb storyteller and if you love historical romances this is an author to watch. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and to finish all her other ones. She’s a gifted writer with loads of stories and romance to impart to her readers!

Book Info and Rating

ebook, 400 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press
ISBN 0999036483 (ISBN13: 9780999036488)
Review copy provided by, personal collection, all opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: historical fiction, romance


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