I anxiously waited for this new book to arrive, and once again, wasn't disappointed. Another 'best read' of Fiona Palmer's and again, I didn't want to put the light out before finishing reading for the night. The way it is written, the knowledge the author shows of the subject, and the description of characters is SO well done, it takes you to each scene, and the twists and turns keeps you wanting to keep reading until late in to the night. I now just have to try and be patient until the author's next book. Please keep them coming - I have every one of your books so far and intend to keep buying them as soon as they're published. "Matters of the Heart" just confirms everything about why I love the author.
A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice on an Australian farm - let me at it! Who needs McLeod's Daughter when you have Aussie Darcy?
Fitzwilliam Darcy was my first ever book boyfriend, before I even knew what BBFs were. For 30 years he has been my boo, and now I can love him just a little bit more.
Yes, we still get the story of love, family and friendship - with Instagram and Facebook thrown in for good measure.
We have all lour favourite characters - I particularly adored Charlotte in this version, she is not the the meek and mild Charlotte from other versions, she's a bit of a wild one in this version!
The one thing that did irk me a little in the story was, to me, the overuse of the word "bloke" when Lizzy was talking about Charlie and Will. It made Lizzy sound ockerish - however this is probably just a me thing.
Wonderful characters, beautiful writing, I read this book in a couple of days and enjoyed every second of it.
I look forward to seeing what Ms Palmer brings us next.
I must admit that I have never read Pride and Prejudice, have only seen the movies, but after reading Matters of the Heart it makes me want to read the original!
What a lovely story this was, it was perfectly adapted to Australian rural life and told the story of the Bennet family who are struggling farmers with 5 daughters. The only daughter that loves the country life is Lizzy who has virtually taken over the running of the family farm. They have already sold off a portion of their land because of the lack of funds and are surprised to hear that a large neighbouring property that has been on the market for ages has been sold to the Bingley family of which Charles Bingley will be running it. They all meet and Lizzy’s sister Jane is immediately attracted to Charles and begins a romance with him. Meanwhile Charles’ best friend Will Darcy has also appeared and Lizzy is immediately turned off by his seemingly offhanded manner.
Although the story was a little predictable I did like the slow burn of the romance between Will and Lizzy and the descriptions of farming life were very good including the local show and the community activities therein.
A very nice book to read – a very nice ending and warm and fuzzy feeling within.