Excessively Diverted Press is the publishing imprint for author Heather Moll
"But, Lizzy, you look as if you did not enjoy it. You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?"
"Oh!" cried Elizabeth, "I am excessively diverted. But it is so strange!"
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 57
An Affectionate Heart
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
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
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