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    Too long a journey

    I have previously read at least 3 of Mimi Matthews books, loved all of them, giving each of them 5 star reviews. I'm sorry to say but that is not the case here. I really liked her 2 main characters in Tom and Jenny. I was immediately immersed in the book. Started reading it and couldn't put it down. But it seemed to be the journey that would never end. I know that Miss Matthews actually was trying to show the reality of what the journey to India entails. But it was too long, too wordy, too repetitive. I mean how many times are you going to say, I want you but won't ruin you. The story itself I liked. But as I said it took too long to get there. I look forward to Archer's story.
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    Historical Romance

    A Modest Independence by Mimi Matthews Parish Orphans of Devon #2 Okay...okay...not sure what to say...yes...that is what I am thinking as I write this review. I was eager to read this book because the first book in the series really made an impact...there was a woman in need and a man who had need(s) and they figured out how to meet those needs...and the story is so much more than that and left me eager to read this book because...I wanted to know…what a woman would do when given money that would change her life, give her independence and allow her to purchase more than she had ever thought possible. I liked the male and female leads in this book and REALLY wanted to see how they would find their HEA. They were both older and she was a spinster at 28 to his 33. And yet, many times they seemed so much younger than their true years...And… I kept wanting to be there and tell them that propriety and rigidity might better be left behind. In reading this book I also learned that: * What one lives and learns while growing up will impact your life * Sometimes it is easier to believe what you think is true rather than following what you believe/know is true * Sometimes...well...sometimes...the stuffy historical rigid confines of the past really screw up the characters I am reading about now. * Women were really without much say over their lives when this book took place and because of this they needed to be wise to the ways of men and laws and such BUT they also had to be wise enough to see that not all men are going to take advantage of the women in their lives. * Sometimes what one foresees as the best way to live may need some tweaking or be reevaluated. * A leap of faith and really listening to what your gut is telling you SHOULD be listened to. And after all of that…this is a book that left me believing it was more of a travelogue with a nuance of romance than a typical romance. It has a historical setting, a male and female lead, a journey, a quest and an eventual happy ending BUT...it could have been more. For me it was a journey more romance...a historical journey that focused on the author’s interest in the time period and locations rather than… a ROMANCE. That said...I DEFINITELY want to find out what happened to Archer (where is he) AND hope that the man, once a boy, who FELL and suffered head trauma will also find a HEA. I mean...four young boys left in a horrific situation now able to help one another ALL deserve a HEA of their own. Thank you to NetGally and Perfectly Proper Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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    Prepare to be amazed

    England, 1859 I felt as if I had tumbled back into one of the great classic novels with such amazing prose that I felt transported to that time and place. The descriptions of the characters and their dialogue came off the page opened up my mind. After reading the first book in this series, I could not wait to read this one and it pulled me in quickly. Fortuitously, Jenny Holloway, a former ladies maid now had some funds to become independent. She had dreamed of seeing the world and having an adventure outside of England. But she also wanted to find out what happened to her friend the Earl of Castleton by going to India. So she first had to go the her solicitor Tom Finchley to release the funds. Tom is taken with Jenny and sees her as a kindred spirit and friend and decides spontaneously to escort her on her journey! Thus starts the building of a wonderful friendship of two people who did not grow up in the best of circumstances but have found themselves enjoying each other and life. This book pulled me with the brilliant words of this author who has created a lovely romance that took it's time to build which was all the more sweet. I highly recommend and know that you wil thank me once you have turned the last page!
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    Enjoyed this book

    Liked the characters and plot. Story moved smoothly with no great surprises or disappointments
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    A new favorite!

    Well written, great story, well worth the read. Jenny longs for adventure and freedom to fulfill her own destiny. Unlikely as it seems in Victorian England, Jenny served as a companion to Lady Helena for many years helping her to escape an evil guardian and marry her love. To show her appreciation, Lady Helena settles a modest comptence on Jenny. Jenny takes the money and runs literally. The story follows her journey to India in search of her friends missing brother as she travels through India and Egypt finding her Independence and, of course, her true love, along the way.
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