A Modest Independence

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A Modest Independence book cover

A Novel
by Mimi Matthews

On Sale: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Paperback: 476 Pages


Publisher Description

He Needed Peace…

Attorney 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…

About the author

Mimi Matthews writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.


For more about Mimi, check her website HERE!

Praise

“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
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“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
 
“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

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