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The Girl From Summer Hill

April 8, 2016
The Girl From Summer Hill
Summer Hill #1
Jude Deveraux
Ballantine Books
May 3, 2016
Net Galley


Description of the book:

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?

My review of  The Girl From Summer Hill

Wow! I was curious how Jude Deveraux would do a modern day version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. That was the reason I wanted to read the book. The answer is she wrote it from three different points of view.

How can there be three different points of view?

1. From Jane’s (Casey’s) perspective
2. From Darcy’s (Tate’s) point of view
3. From the narrator’s point of view
How effective was her retelling of a classic?

I loved it! I loved the opening scene. Something that would never have happened in Jane Austen’s time period because of social decorum.

Making Lizzy a chef and an over achiever was a stroke of genius. We get to know the character better. We can see where she is coming from. See why she feels so vehemently that he is an aristocratic snob.

In this story, we get more of a feel for Darcy. Jude gives insight into him that we don’t get in the original. We see his desire for Lizzy grow at a steady pace through the course of the  story. It is not so shocking at the end that he declares his love for Lizzy and asks for her hand in marriage.


Girl From Summer Hill is the first book in the Summer Hill series. I loved this story and can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend you pre-ordering this book so you don’t miss it. Release date is May 3, 2016.

Let me know what you think of it.



About the author:

61jyWq-0peL._SY200_ Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-three New York Times bestsellers, including For All Time, Moonlight in the Morning,and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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