Review: Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer


Title: Matters of the Heart

Author: Fiona Palmer

Published: August 27th 2019, Hachette Australia

Status: Read August 2019 courtesy Hachette/Netgalley


My Thoughts:

Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has been the subject of numerous retellings, especially of late, and to be honest, I was a little hesitant about selecting this for review. As it happens, my doubts were unfounded, Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer is a charming, delightful and thoroughly enjoyable adaption of the classic romance novel.

The story of Matters of the Heart doesn’t stray far from the original plot of ‘Pride and Prejudice, but it is effectively translated into a modern tale, exploring the themes of love, family, class prejudice, gender and of course, pride, in an Australian rural setting.

Palmer deftly reimagines the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice, with the story focusing on Lizzy, the second oldest daughter of the Bennet family. Spirited, smart and passionate about working on the land, she is determined to ensure the success of their sheep farm, Longbourn.

The author introduces Will Darcy as the best friend of new neighbouring property owner, Charles Bingley. While Charlie and Lizzy’s older sister, Jane, hit it off immediately, Lizzy is less impressed with the wealthy Will, especially when she inadvertently overhears him make unflattering remarks about Longbourn’s viability under a woman’s (her) management.

Their relationship is beset by obstacles, not the least their poor first impressions of one another. Lizzy pegs Will as a snob, and he fails to give her the respect she is due.

Present also in the story are versions of Charlotte, as Lizzy’s best friend, Lizzy’s awkward suitor (Ken) Collins, and (Luke) Wickham, a charming rodeo rider who stirs up trouble, among others, including all of the Bennet sisters.

Crafted with wit, warmth and heart, even if you have never read, or watched, Pride and Prejudice, Matters of the Heart is an entertaining rural romance novel in its own right. I loved it.


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Also by Fiona Palmer reviewed at Book’d Out 



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1girl2manybooks
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 12:19:10

    I am always intrigued by an Austen rework so I am keen to get to this at some stage.

    Liked by 2 people


  2. Theresa Smith Writes
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 21:05:17

    I loved this one too! Just finished it.



  3. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 22:00:37

    Aw! An Aussie P&P retelling? How cool is that?!

    Liked by 1 person


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