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Matters of the Heart

Narrated by: Anna Steen
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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A classic love story about manners, men and modern romance retold by best-selling Australian author Fiona Palmer.

Western Australia, 2019: The Bennets are a farming family struggling to make ends meet. Lizzy, passionate about working the land, is determined to save the farm. Spirited and independent, she has little patience for her mother's focus on finding a suitable man for each of her five daughters.  

When the dashing Charles Bingley, looking to expand his farm holdings, buys the neighbouring property of Netherfield Park, Mrs Bennet and the entire district of Coodardy are atwitter with gossip and speculation. 

Will he attend the local dance, and is he single? These questions are soon answered when he and Lizzy's sister Jane form an instant connection on the night. But it is Charlie's best friend, farming magnate Will Darcy, who leaves a lasting impression when he slights Lizzy, setting her against him.  

Can Lizzy and Will put judgments and pride aside to each see the other for who they really are? Or in an age where appearance and social media rule, will prejudice prevail?  

Australia's best-selling story teller Fiona Palmer reimagines Jane Austen's beloved classic tale of manners and marriage, transporting an enduring love story in this very 21st century novel about family, female empowerment and matters of the heart.

©2019 Fiona Palmer (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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Brilliant contemporary adaptation of a classic

I loved this story. It’s a brilliant contemporary adaptation of a classic tale. Fiona has taken the classic Pride and Prejudice tale and transported it to the Australian outback. She takes the details of romantic dramas and includes modern-day issues, including gender roles and career expectations, communication and connection in the age of mobile phones and so on.
A great read... just goes to show that while so many things change, in other respects, nothing changes!

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