Title: The Girl From Summer Hill
Series: Summer Hill Book 1
Author: Jude Deveraux
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pub Date: 05/03/2016
The first novel of New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s breathtaking new series set in Summer Hill, a small town where love takes center stage against the backdrop of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.
Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Mistaking Casey for a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of her own house. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. Hollywood he may be, but he’s no sweetheart to Casey—and she lets him know it!
The plot thickens. Sparks fly—literally—when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just brushing past Tate makes Casey’s whole body hum. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. Tate is more down-to-earth than Casey expected, and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know: Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between them real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls?
I was excited when I saw Jude Deveraux wrote a modern retelling of the famous Pride and Prejudice but after I read it I was a little disappointed. I thought it would be an inspiration, not a complete retelling of the story. The main plot runs parallel with the classic, only the setting and time period changed.
The titles for each chapter were cute, Act # and Scene # match with the production in the book. However, the names are too descriptive, they told the readers what will happen in the chapters before reading them.
I like how Jude Deveraux includes a Montgomery or Taggert in all newer series. I have not have a chance to read the Montgomery/Taggert Family series yet but I really enjoyed the Nantucket brides Trilogy. Since this book is part of the Summer Hill series, I wonder what is the next book about. Is it going to be another retelling of another classic? If it is, which one? Jane Austen again?
I recommend this book to all the Pride and Prejudice fans and wants a easy summer read.
3 out of 5 stars
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