The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

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Girl from summer hillThe Girl From Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux
Series: Blue Spring Lake
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 384 • Format: eARC
Published By: Ballantine Books
Purchase Links:
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The first book of a new contemporary romance series set in the mountains of Virginia in a town with full of family legends, romance, and secrets from New York Times bestselling author of the Nantucket Brides trilogy.

Sparks fly as fiery Casey Reddick and brooding Hollywood actor Tate Landers clash in the Virginia summer heat. A chef who puts her career first and her love life second, Casey doesn’t see what every girl in town is swooning over. She made up her mind the moment she met Tate—he’s gorgeous, but stuck-up, nothing like his ex-brother-in-law, Devlin who’s playing the Wickham to Tate’s Darcy in local production of Pride & Prejudice. Casey makes the perfect Elizabeth Bennett—how could she be star-struck when she’s heard Devlin’s damning stories about Tate? As they rehearse together, however, Casey finds herself attracted to Tate—he’s much more down-to-earth than she expected and any physical contact between the two of them literally gives her a tingling, electric shock. As opening night draws near, Casey has some difficult decisions to make. Whom should she believe? The seemingly sincere, slighted Devlin or Tate, whose rough, arrogant exterior may only be skin deep. She’s come to love that jolt she gets when they touch—but will she get burned?

five-stars

Jude Deveraux is my favorite romance author. Hands down. She was the first historical romance author I read in the 6th grade with Wishes and fell in love with her writing. I still have all my original paperback or hardback books of hers and will never let them go, they are like gold to me, completely and honestly treasured.

When I saw that she was writing a contemporary romance based on one of my favorite books ever, Pride and Prejudice, I jumped at the chance to read it.

This is a must for the die-hard Jude Deveraux fans. She blends the best of her historical families into this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. When two very familiar surnames names show up in the story – Montgomery and Taggert… I was floored, excited and fell in love with the author once again.

This book starts off with a band. We meet Casey as she stumble about her place, a guest house in Summer Hill, one early morning and sees what she thinks is possibly a dream as a sexy man walks straight to her porch, stripping of every piece of clothing. Said sexy man, turns on what is now the outdoor shower Casey never knew she had and proceeds to bathe. What else is Casey to do but take the tea she just made and sit on the bar stool and admire the show? I mean, hell I would have but it’s the thought process of Casey that really steals the scene… she is witty and I couldn’t stop laughing when she gets caught and the sexy man confronts her. I am a fan of the meet cute and this was adorable. When Casey learns who the man was… well, the story gets even better. You see, sexy shower stud is an actor, one that Casey has watched before and he, Tate Landers, thinks Casey is taking his picture (I WISH) and writing something on him.

Ugh.

I love that each chapter is named after scenes from Pride and Prejudice, if you love the story or have even seen the movie  you will get all the references to Casey being Elizabeth, Tate being Darcy, his best friend Jack being Bingley and Gizzy as Jane. The multiple POV’s lent well the blend of Austen with Deveraux and fueled the story line as well as the romance of Tate and Casey. I mean, you can’t have a romance based on P&P from the queen of large extended families without them.

But this story, this is the Jude Deveraux I feel in love with some 20+ years ago as a young girl falling in love with romance and becoming the hopeless romantic that I am today.

The addition of Christopher “Kit” Montgomery was such a wonderful surprise. I will gush over the fact that Montgomery’s AND Taggerts show up in this book because it’s like seeing old friends again. Friends whose lives I know was well as mine and I can’t help but wonder if “Kit” is named after Gavin or for Dougless’ um… brother in law? I wonder and I ponder and oh boy after Nate Taggert I will still agree with Samantha Taggert that I would marry a Taggert but have an affair with a Montgomery.

Anyway… back to the story.

Casey my fellow fiery redhead with a temper and stubborn streak to match. I not only love how you meet Tate but I love how you stand up to him, how you challenge him and how you see passed the celebrity to the man who lies underneath. Yet, just like my beloved Darcy, it takes a while for him to show you an even deeper layer to the truth of his heart.

Tate… good lord my man. You are the type of hero that I adore in a story. You are selfless though perceived selfish. You want to take care of those you love and hold dear and while you don’t make the best first impression beyond the impressive *wink* you are amazing when you let your walls down and stop acting.

The romance of Tate and Casey was spot on for Pride and Prejudice. It was modern yet with the inclusion of the production being performed in the small Virginia town, it played out so well seeing our wonderful cast in Summer Hill become Austen-esque.  We even have Devlin who will play the role of Wickham down to the deceit of the original and attempt to keep Casey and Tate apart but like with a true romance, you can’t force nor deny the power of love.

The Girl From Summer Hill is a truly wonderful blend of Deveraux’s classic style of romance with the timeless tale of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a story of peeling back the layers of misjudgment while tearing down your own walls to let love in. It’s a fast, witty and truly romantic tale that has quickly become a favorite of mine.

About Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude’s first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude’s exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, and work in her garden. In boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

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