THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux

THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kicking off a new series set in Summer Hill, Virginia, the New York Times bestselling author brings Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the theater—and into the 21st century.

Acacia “Casey” Reddick doesn’t know she's renting her guesthouse from movie star Tate Landers until he shows up naked in her outdoor shower. Casey, who hasn’t seen any of his movies, thinks Tate is trespassing; Tate, who's usually “cast as a shirtless guy who throws women across his shoulder,” mistakes Casey for a peeping, star-struck fan. When they're both cast in a stage production of Pride and Prejudice, they continue their feud as Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The chapters are divided into acts and scenes that follow the arc of the original story without necessarily sticking to the script—a device that offers a bounty of ways for Casey and Tate to spar onstage while wearing period costumes and offstage while wearing nothing at all. With all the modern updates—Casey and her half siblings were fathered by the same sperm donor—there are also tongue-in-cheek laments about dating “metrosexuals” while fantasizing about a hero who “throws women over the saddle of a horse and tells them to shut up.” The highlight is Tate’s conniving ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who fully embodies his role as Mr. Wickham when he lies to Casey about Tate and seduces a young cast member. Thankfully, advancements in women’s rights have made 21st-century America a better setting than Regency England for comeuppance—and redemption—when all is revealed.

A steamy and delightfully outlandish retelling of a literary classic.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-101-88326-6
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Ballantine
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016




Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >

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