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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: Romance, Historical
4.3 out of 5 stars (10 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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So beautiful

I read a lot of bad reviews about this book, mainly about it being too slow. I’m so glad I didn’t let that put me off. This was such a beautiful story, so gentle and calming. Tom Finchley is one of my now all time favourite Heroes, what a beautiful, intelligent unassuming character, I really enjoyed the make narration in this too. There were times Jenny’s character annoyed me a little, Tom didn’t deserve it, but I guess that’s all part of the story. I wish Giles character had been elaborated on a little more. I so enjoyed the history in book, I think that’s one of the things I enjoyed the most, and the travel plus the description of it all. What a beautiful beautiful romance, highly recommend, looking forward to next in the series.

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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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  • Clean Read Fan
  • 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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  • Marissa
  • 29-05-2020

worst voice

so so bad. loved the first book in the series but couldn't even finish chapter 1 with this reader.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-05-2020

Gets Redundant

I like Matthews' books, but this one droned on for too long. The story became tedious and repetitive. Narration was fine, but I was ready for the story to end about 50 pages before it finally did.

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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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  • 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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  • Patrice M Pennington
  • 06-07-2019

I typically enjoy Mimi M's books, but this one !

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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  • Caroline
  • 11-06-2020

Wonderful story, well performed

Where has Mimi been?! My new favorite author :-) She’s very consistent so far, I can count on a good read now that I’ve read a few. I can’t wait to read everything she’s written. Alex Windham has a wonderful voice. Good storyteller, easy characters. Looking forward to listening to more of his storytelling.

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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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  • Morgan Window
  • 10-08-2020

This was brilliant

I don’t know why I put off listening to this book in the series for so long. I had read early on many complaints about Jenny and Tom’s story.... which I heeded. Now though, I have to say those reviews are all silly. Jenny is such a well built character in that she is progressive and ‘modern’ while still being true to the time Matthews writes in. Tom is her perfect counterpart and probably my favorite of the Parish Orphan men now (I’ve listened to the rest of the series through). I loved how long it was and how emotionally fraught Matthews made it too. And the ending was perfection. I highly recommend the the series and this book in particular.

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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!!

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  • A Mac Cready
  • 12-07-2020

Optional heading?

Awful narration, other than that I loved it. Why is there a minimum word requirement?