• An Affectionate Heart

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Heather Moll
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
An Affectionate Heart  By  cover art

An Affectionate Heart

By: Heather Moll
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Are love and affection enough to overcome the pain of grief and anger? 

In the spring of 1812, Elizabeth 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 neighborhood gossip centers 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: secondary character's miscarriage off-screen, secondary character death, mature romantic scenes.

©2022 Heather Moll (P)2022 Heather Moll
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

What listeners say about An Affectionate Heart

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    46
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    53
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    41
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So Emotional! 5+++++ Stars

Having first read this book when it was released on Kindle, I was very excited upon learning the audiobook was to become a reality and couldn’t wait to download it. A better narrator and performer could not have been chosen as, in my opinion, Stevie Zimmerman is the absolute Queen of narrators in the JAFF genre. She presents the very best and worst of the characters accordingly. In this book, which I felt was a very emotional story, she brings the characters Ms. Moll wrote even more to life and expresses the emotions of our beloved characters in a very real and outstanding way, as she always does. She delivers an exceptional performance and narration for an extraordinary and unforgettable book.

This novel has a very different beginning from most Pride and Prejudice variations. Mr. Bennet has died of a bad heart. At 21, Elizabeth has an occasional visit with the Gardiners but primarily splits her time living with Jane and her family in London and, Mr. and Mrs. Collins (Mary) at Longbourn. Mrs. Bennet and 16 year-old Lydia also live with them. Kitty is also married and lives away from Meryton. Bingley never leases Netherfield and has only minor mentions in this story.

The Collinses are horrible, especially Mary, who resents anyone who doesn’t acknowledge her elevated status as Mistress of Longbourn. Because Elizabeth is so dependent on them for shelter, she feels she must hold back from expressing her more impertinent opinions. Even though Mary is mean, Ms. Moll wrote a unique portrayal of her here. She’s a Mary you can love to hate in my opinion. Well done.

Darcy has come to Hertfordshire with a very ill Georgiana—and to protect a secret. He has leased the Netherfield gatehouse and hides his wealth and true identity. The reclusive Darcys are the subject of gossip in Meryton. Elizabeth will befriend them eventually, seeking company away from the misery of Longbourn and wishing to aid Georgiana.

Since Mr Bennet’s death, Elizabeth has issues with her heart. When she reads a letter from the apothecary not meant for her eyes, she comes to believe her condition is terminal. This will lead to actions that will change the circumstances of her expectedly short life.

In this very well-written and emotional novel, there are misunderstandings, secrets, grief, friendships and love, and while there is sadness in the story, there is a very happy ending. The tender moments of friendship between Georgiana and Elizabeth, and between ODC as they grieve touched my heart. They will both come to discover each has an affectionate heart.

I’ve loved all of Heather Moll’s books and this one, with a little inspiration from L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle, is no exception. I definitely recommend it.

Mature content.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story if you don't mind the voices!

I really enjoyed the story, I actually shed a tear. But I had to really ignore that bad voices for the men. It's too bad because I'm sure this book would do much better. Perhaps I'm spoiled from other actors storytelling with no voice distractions.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Heather Moll never disappoints!

A very touching story- my heart broke for Lizzy, Darcy, & Georgiana. Never fear, there is an HEA. Topped off by Stevie Zimmerman’s narration, this is one you will want in your library. I will return to listen again and again. Another wonderful story, Heather!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story meets perfect voice

I loved the written version of this story. There is a wonderful blend of poignancy angst and sweetness. The main characters are well developed and nuanced. The reader gives them each a unique voice that matches their personalities

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Slow

I found the book to be slow and ponderous. Also, I did not think there was much chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

it's much better without the explicit sex

please respect your readers. also it wouldn't hurt to do a little bit of homework. rolling the eyes in the way that it's used in this work did not come into use use until the 1950s

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good story with A LOT OF ANGST

A good story with A LOT OF Angst. It has a message that is worth the angst, but be prepared

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gill M
  • Gill M
  • 09-25-22

A great story, but it will make you cry

The Longbourn estate is entailed away from the female line. The Bennet family have five daughters and no sons. So when Mr Bennet dies, his cousin Mr Collins inherits.

The Bennet sisters were pushed out into Society at an early age. The eldest, Jane married at fifteen, with Mary and Kitty marrying at seventeen.

To her mother’s eternal relief, Mary became Mrs Collins, thereby ensuring the security of the family remaining at Longbourn.

Unfortunately, Mr Collins is an obnoxious fool and Mary delights in reminding her sisters of her superior status, as Mistress of Longbourn.

Elizabeth Bennet had been her father’s favourite. Now she was an unwanted, dependent sister. Treated as a poor relation, she is shuffled from one household to the next. Worse, she has been written off as a spinster despite being only twenty.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is living in obscurity to protect his younger sister Georgiana. The consequences of an almost elopement with a fortune hunting rake, have broken Georgiana’s already fragile health.

Darcy rarely joins local Society and Georgiana is too sick. Unfortunately, the local gossips fill the vacuum with malicious speculation. Mr and Mrs Collins, being judgemental and heartless, declare the Darcys sinful and notorious.

Elizabeth returns to Longbourn to face a claustrophobic life with her controlling and condescending family. She is downtrodden and disparaged.

Desperate for some distraction from her troubles, Elizabeth makes friends with Georgiana. Mr Darcy is intially suspicious of her motives, but begins to appreciate the comfort and care she brings to Georgiana.

Life-changing news prompts Elizabeth to escape Longbourn and devote herself to Georgiana’s care. However, overcoming the obstacles of propriety requires a daring plan. A plan to combine forces with Mr Darcy!

This is a great story, but there is serious angst. I recommend a full box of tissues.

It was really hard to see Elizabeth so downtrodden and disparaged. Just the description of her controlling relations made me feel claustrophobic.

Darcy is lovely to Georgiana, but the strain of coping without family or friends for support is visible.

Watching Elizabeth and Darcy learn to love each other but thinking it unrequited, made me cry.

A special bonus was having Darcy give a well deserved set down to the Collinses!

As ever, Stevie Zimmerman's narration is excellent!

I received a free copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving a review. All views expressed are my own.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mo Bass
  • Mo Bass
  • 11-29-22

A different view

Goodness! How many spiteful, unpleasant people can two families hold? The plot relies on their nastiness so allowances must be made.