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A Modest Independence

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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

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....

©2019 Mimi Matthews (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Very slow

Not as good as the first in the series. This one was frustratingly slow and seemed to drag on and on.
Quite a disappointment as I enjoyed the first book quite a lot

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  • Jenny
  • 06-07-2019

Train travel heaven & such beautiful narration

I'm a sucker for stories set on epic train journeys in exotic climes. And such wonderful, subtle character building too. Perfect. Plus the narration is some of the best I've heard. Alex Wyndham gives so much to the story. Looooove!

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  • Angelia S
  • 03-07-2019

Beautifully written and narrated!

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The second book was even better than the first! Alex Wyndham does a wonderful job with the narration making it all the more enjoyable. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2019

Wonderful journey for my journey! Thank you!

Listened to this non stop on a cross country trip and arrived when it finished. Great atmosphere and narrator.

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  • BJO
  • 14-01-2020

Not as good as first in the series

Story plot okay but the angst and longing between Tom and Jenny was too much, like a filler to make the book longer. It was repetitious to the point of being annoying. I hope the third in the series is more like the first, which was very enjoyable.

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  • Bel
  • 01-08-2019

Modest indeed

Even the amazing Alex Wyndham couldn’t turn this plot and these characters around. Book was way too long -unless you like endless travelogues- and Jenny Holloway is one of the least engaging characters I’ve ever encountered. By the end, was rooting for the charming hero to drop her and move on. Very disappointing sequel to the lovely first book.

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  • dean rode
  • 08-02-2020

slow

a good story but very repetitive with all the whispered conversations between these two sounding remarkably the same after 12 hours. happy ending, but I'm even happier to move on from them.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 01-12-2019

Parish Orphans Series is one of my new faves

Tom and Jenny’s story was lovely! I might have been slightly more emotionally invested Helena and Justin’s story but I like how each of the books in this series so far, fills in pieces of the orphan boy’s lives and their sad past and you can’t help but cheer for them to find love and happiness after so much hardship. Very sweet
Alex Wyndham has a wonderful voice, although there are times where his intonation at the end of his sentences gets slightly repetitive, but it doesn’t detract from the overall performance or Mimi Matthews’ beautiful writing.

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  • Patrice M Pennington
  • 06-07-2019

I typically enjoy Mimi M's books, but this one !<br />

This book dragged on needlessly (in my humble opinion). I enjoyed the first in the series very much, but in this book I found the characters and angst between them tiresome and repetitive. I am keeping the first in my library but I'll not be listening to this again and so out it goes!
Alex W was, as always , very good.

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  • rachel carter
  • 26-03-2020

so sweet innocent and romantic

I don't usually like male narrators while listening to romance books but his voices are perfect and this story was so unbelievably beautiful.

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  • Annette
  • 23-03-2020

Not enough to keep my interest

I love period novels and especially those I’ve read from Mimi Matthews however I feel this was way to long and down right boring. I even fell asleep during it. I quit after chapter 10 but that was investing 4-5 hours. Alex Wyndham did a fantastic job.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-03-2020

Brilliant story and characters

I loved this book! The characters are introduced in the first of the series and I was looking forward to reading their story. They complement each other’s characters so well and their relationship has time to develop. I wasn’t sure how well the journey to India would work but in fact it really makes the story. Mimi Matthews is an auto-buy for me.

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  • sammie
  • 27-01-2020

Nice Book...........😀

You really need to listen to this series in order as I got this one straight after I had finished the first book of this series!!