A true Aussie rural retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I have to admit to having never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I vaguely recall watching an adaptation years ago, but can’t honestly recall the story, though I have a vague gist of how it goes, along with the many Mr Darcy memes that are floating around.
I absolutely loved this novel, it was witty and fun, full of family and friendship and rural life. It’s been a long while since I picked up a book in the afternoon and refused to do anything other than read until I finished it, this book broke that drought.
The majority of characters in this book were so likeable and easy to relate to, it felt like I’d known them all for ages. I loved the Bennett family, especially Lizzie, our main character. She was headstrong and determined, she loved her family and her family farm and didn’t like being underestimated. Lizzie’s dad John was another favourite from the Bennett family, a wonderfully supportive dad, who had total faith in Lizzie and her ability as a farmer. I enjoyed the way he was portrayed and his reactions to his often overbearing wife brought a smile to my face.
Lizzie’s sisters and her friend Lottie were great support characters, especially Jane whose relationship with Charlie brings Will Darcy into Lizzie’s radar. These two clash completely, but maybe if they both keep an open mind, they might not have to be enemies. I really liked Will, a lot, I could just tell that underneath his snobbish exterior, there had to be more than met the eye.
There are of course the unlikeable characters, there were two of these, one very nasty female who thought she was all that when she really wasn’t and one slimy cowboy, who thought the same about himself. These two characters separately cause plenty of anxiety and issues between our characters.
This was a really heartwarming tale about being true to who you are and taking a risk on love.
Thanks to Hachette Australia and the author for providing me with a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
4 thoughts on “New Release Book Review: Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer”
I was sent a copy of this and I was going to do a giveaway because I don’t like rural fiction, but I do love Pride and Prejudice, so maybe I should give it a go?
I think you should at least try it. I loved it, but I do like rural fiction. I can’t compare it to Pride and prejudice, as that’s a classic. Let me know what you do.
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I enjoyed this much more than I expected to, especially since I’m not a fan of the ‘original ‘ I do love the movie starring Keira Knightly though.
That would be the version I have seen, I must watch it again. I’m glad you enjoyed it, its always good when a book surpasses your expectations.