Are love and affection enough to overcome the pain of grief and anger?
In the spring of 1812, Elizabeth Bennet and Lydia are the only Bennet daughters still unmarried after the death of their father. Elizabeth’s health and spirits worsen as she moves among relations as an unwanted, dependent sister. She returns to Mary and Mr Collins at Longbourn to learn that the neighbourhood gossip centres on the reclusive Mr Darcy.
Darcy and his sister live an isolated life in a small rented lodge near Netherfield after the events at Ramsgate. As Georgiana’s health is failing, Darcy has his own regrets to bear. He tries to keep them secluded, but a young woman arrives who is determined to befriend his lonely, ill sister.
When Elizabeth receives disastrous news, she makes a daring plan to find happiness for herself while she still can. Misunderstandings and secrets abound for them both but in the end, Darcy and Elizabeth will find greater strength together than they ever had apart.
This variation blends Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with elements of Montgomery’s The Blue Castle.
Content note: discussion of a secondary character’s miscarriage, secondary character death
Available by Excessively Diverted Press
Heather Moll wrote engaging characters that were easy to connect with [...] The suspense in the story was intense, and the romance element added to my need to keep reading. I recommend anyone that enjoys a realistic romance story that is filled with drama to read An Affectionate Heart. I know this book will be one of my favorites to read multiple times.
Stephanie Chapman for Readers’ Favorite 5 stars
An Affectionate Heart is a powerful, intense, and well written book that is not easily forgotten. The reader is transported into the story and cannot help to feel the raw emotions that the characters are feeling. It has character development, depth, and it is a tale that approaches the many different shapes of love, grief, hope and respect. I highly recommend this book to all readers and consider it a must read for austenesque fans.
Rita Deodato From Pemberley to Milton 5 stars
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How can Darcy and Elizabeth overcome 200 years of differences in this era-spanning love story?
The Darcy family has grudgingly kept the secret about the power contained within a nearby stone circle called Nine Ladies. Fitzwilliam Darcy is forced to contend with this secret when a young woman from the future appears at Pemberley. Until the opinionated stranger can return to when she belongs, Darcy is responsible not only for her safety, but also for ensuring that nothing she does threatens Pemberley’s well-being.
Elizabeth Bennet has returned to England to take care of her estranged father, and her life was off track long before she walked into that stone circle at sunset. She quickly discovers that, as a poor and single woman, she’ll have to rely on the arrogant Mr. Darcy. She tries her best to survive in the nineteenth-century until she can return home but, as she and Darcy grow closer, the truth she knows about his and Pemberley’s bleak future becomes harder to keep.
Will their love prove timeless as centuries and cultures collide in this time travel Pride and Prejudice variation?
"Nine Ladies is the ultimate wish-fulfillment for Jane Austen fans and one of the best Austenesque novels I have read in quite some time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 5 out of 5 Stars"
"Ingenious, astute, and intentional - Nine Ladies by Heather Moll is simply a brilliant and beautifully-crafted work of Austenesque fiction! I highly recommend this story to any reader who wants to have their share of a romantic time-travel adventure with Mr. Darcy!"
5 out of 5 stars Austenesque Reviews
"Nine Ladies is an epic adventure that readers will hardly forget. It is not the typical time travel story, and you will understand why once you've read it, but it is certainly one of the most compelling books of the genre I have read."
4.5/5 stars From Pemberley to Milton
An Austenesque Reviews favorite read of 2021!
"(The) execution of this romantic time travel adventure was brilliant."
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Is the holiday season a perfect setting for a second chance at love?
After secretly arranging Lydia and Wickham’s marriage, Mr Darcy encouraged Bingley to return to Jane. While his friend is now happily married, Darcy regrets not having the courage to pursue Elizabeth in the autumn. As 1812 draws to a close, Darcy rallies his spirits to spend the Christmas holiday with Lady Catherine.
Elizabeth Bennet wanted to show Darcy that her feelings for him had changed, but he never returned to Hertfordshire and she fears Darcy could never tolerate being brother-in-law to Wickham. For a change of scene and with the hope of lifting her spirits, Elizabeth accepts an invitation to visit Charlotte Collins and her new baby at Christmas.
Lady Catherine’s New Year’s Eve masquerade ball is the social event of the season and, amid the festivities and mistletoe, both Darcy and Elizabeth hope for a reason to make their affections known. But will her ladyship’s interference, the sudden appearance of her scheming nephew, and Elizabeth and Darcy’s insecurities prevent them from finding happiness during the holiday season?
This is a 31,000 word novella.
"All in all, it was a light, entertaining, holiday romance pleaser that caught the spirit of the season and the magic of a second chance romance. Sweet holiday historical Austen fans settle in and click this one onto your reader."
Sophia Rose Austenprose
"A Hopeful Holiday is a wonderful Austenesque Christmas story and great Pride and Prejudice variation. I highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading more from Heather Moll!"
Laura Gerold, Laura's Reviews
When a man’s honor is at stake, what is he willing to risk for the woman he loves?
After a disastrous marriage proposal and the delivery of an illuminating letter, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet hope never to lay eyes on one another again. When a chance meeting in Hunsford immediately throws them in each other’s way, Darcy realizes his behavior needs correcting, and Elizabeth starts to appreciate his redeeming qualities. But is it enough to forgive the past and overcome their prejudices?
Jane and Bingley’s possible reconciliation and Lydia’s ill-conceived trip to Brighton pose their own challenges for two people struggling to find their way to love. When scandalous news threatens their chance at happiness, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s new bond be shattered, or will their growing affection hold steadfast?
Available by Meryton Press
"His Choice of a Wife is an exquisitely-composed Pride and Prejudice variation filled with passion, tender scenes of devotion, perseverance, and satisfying character developments. Definitely one I recommend checking out! Congratulations, Heather Moll, on a marvelous debut!"
How would spending a few extra days in each other’s company affect the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy?
While her sister Jane is ill at Netherfield, Elizabeth overhears the proud Mr. Darcy express his admiration of her and her fine eyes. Not sure what to think of his praise after all of their previous disagreements (and more flattered than she wants to admit) Elizabeth responds by teasing him, forcing Darcy to reconsider his opinion of a woman who has truly bewitched him.
The ensuing day and weeks see confrontations and apologies, and the beginnings of a friendship, between Darcy and Elizabeth. But their warming acquaintance impacts the behaviour of those around them inciting jealousy, anger and malicious falsehoods.
Is the strength of their emotional connexion enough to reunite them and put them back on the path to love?
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"Tentative friendships, inventive twists, and reverent characterizations -Two More Days at Netherfield is another nuanced and well-crafted Pride and Prejudice variation from the pen of Heather Moll! If you love stories where the exchanges between Darcy and Elizabeth are playful and passionate, the stolen moments together are sincere and sweet, and the journey is enthralling and emotionally turbulent, I entreat you give this story a try!"
"Two More Days at Netherfield is well worth your time if you enjoy an unusual plotline, crackling dialogue, a bunch of angst, sizzling romance, and well-drawn characters."
"Will Elizabeth welcome the renewal of our acquaintance or will she draw back from me?"
This Pride and Prejudice short story imagines what could happen if Mrs. Bennet kept Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to supper after an evening party at Longbourn. Following the gentlemen's return to Hertfordshire after Lydia's marriage, both Elizabeth and Darcy wonder if they have reason to hope.
Elizabeth is eager to hint to Darcy that her feelings for him have changed, but how can they have a private conversation at a crowded party? Will Darcy learn if Elizabeth can ever love him or will he leave Meryton and return to London brokenhearted?
This is a 12,000 word short story