Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: The Girl From Summer Hill by Jude Devereaux

A new one from Jude Deveraux!

What it's about:
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?



My thoughts:
Jude Deveraux gives us a fun read with a modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice. There’s a lot of entertainment to be had in this read, especially if you’re a P&P fan. We’ve seen a lot of stories that modernize an Austen story. That makes this a huge challenge to be different. I do think the author succeeds and kudos for her for attempting such a feat. The book follows the same basic story line as the classic, but there are a few twists along the way.

The opening scene really grabs the reader and carries us through the necessary slow down areas. Great characterizations, although there felt to be some strain in connecting the two main characters at points. There’s a troupe of secondary characters as there is in the P&P classic which are utterly enjoyable. I’m sure we’ll see some of them in squels.

If you’re in need of a fun, light and often entertaining (aka funny) romance, then you should pick this up.

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