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The Girl from Summer Hill
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The Girl from Summer Hill
A Summer Hill Novel
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?
Praise for The Girl from Summer Hill

"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 twenty-first century. . . . A steamy and delightfully outlandish retelling of a literary classic."Kirkus Reviews

"[An] enjoyable start to a new trilogy . . . This book will delight fans of Austen and Deveraux alike."Publishers Weekly

"Deveraux kicks off her new small-town Summer Hill romance trilogy and treats readers to an irresistibly delicious tale of love, passion, and the unknown."Booklist

"This brand-new series from Deveraux is off to a fantastic start! Set as a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, the formulaic story is a classic for a reason. Casey is a lovable Elizabeth Bennet and Tate is a quintessential Mr. Darcy, naturally making them a couple with chemistry readers will enjoy until the very end."RT Book Reviews

"Will The Girl from Summer Hill knock Pride and Prejudice off its throne? Of course not—that's a classic for a reason. But conscripting Austen's plot doesn't take away from the clever and well-executed hook on which Deveraux hangs an engaging, page-turning story."BookPage
Praise for Jude Deveraux

"A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
From the Hardcover...
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?
Praise for The Girl from Summer Hill

"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 twenty-first century. . . . A steamy and delightfully outlandish retelling of a literary classic."Kirkus Reviews

"[An] enjoyable start to a new trilogy . . . This book will delight fans of Austen and Deveraux alike."Publishers Weekly

"Deveraux kicks off her new small-town Summer Hill romance trilogy and treats readers to an irresistibly delicious tale of love, passion, and the unknown."Booklist

"This brand-new series from Deveraux is off to a fantastic start! Set as a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, the formulaic story is a classic for a reason. Casey is a lovable Elizabeth Bennet and Tate is a quintessential Mr. Darcy, naturally making them a couple with chemistry readers will enjoy until the very end."RT Book Reviews

"Will The Girl from Summer Hill knock Pride and Prejudice off its throne? Of course not—that's a classic for a reason. But conscripting Austen's plot doesn't take away from the clever and well-executed hook on which Deveraux hangs an engaging, page-turning story."BookPage
Praise for Jude Deveraux

"A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***

    Copyright © 2016

    ACT ONE, SCENE ONE

    Mr. Darcy is revealed

    There was a naked man on Casey's back porch. She would have called the police or, at the very least, screamed if he hadn't been so damned beautiful.

    Instead, without so much as a blink, she fumbled for the electric kettle and poured boiling water over the loose tea leaves in the silver strainer. Quite a bit of water missed the mug, went onto the granite countertop, and ran down to the tile floor, but she didn't notice.

    It was so early that it wasn't yet daylight, and she hadn't bothered to turn on the kitchen lights. But then he'd turned on the porch lights, and in the misty morning, as she looked through the screen door, it was almost as though he were on a stage.

    He'd dropped his T-shirt and sweatpants on the stone path, then, totally nude and facing Casey, he walked up the three steps, his full male glory in view. He came straight toward her, as though he meant to enter the house.

    Casey had just woken up, and when she first saw him, she thought she was still asleep and having the best dream of her life. Not only was his body beautiful, but so was his face. Hair, eyes, beard stubble, truly luscious lips. His skin was a dark golden color all over, and he had long, sleek muscles. His hair was long, down his neck, and in the overhead light it was so black that it seemed to glisten almost blue.

    When he got to the porch, he didn't open the screen door and come inside. Instead, he turned so she had a glorious view of his side.

    Lord! Pecs. Abs. The curve of his backside, thighs like an Olympic skater's.

    Casey managed to blink a few times. Surely she was asleep. Surely he couldn't be real.

    He seemed to be doing something to the wall, and seconds later it started raining. That made sense. The deity who controlled the heavens should look like this man.

    But, no, it was an outdoor shower that seemed to be attached to her little guesthouse. She hadn't noticed that it was there—for the few months she'd been in town, it had been winter. But yesterday had been so warm that she'd opened every door and window to let out the heat of her cooking. When she at last went to bed, the kitchen had been so hot that she'd just hooked the screen door and left the room open to the breezes.

    She picked up her mug of tea and sipped it while she watched him lather himself with soap.

    There was a tall stool near her, and without taking her eyes off him, she felt for it and sat down. As he ran his hands over his body, she was even more sure that she was dreaming. And she was just as sure that if she took her eyes off him she'd wake up.

    She watched him soap his legs, and between them, then he moved upward. He had such trouble reaching the entire width of his back that Casey had thoughts of slipping out of her pajamas and joining him.

    "Could I help?" she'd ask. He wouldn't say a word. He'd just hand her the soap and she'd get busy.

    Of course, she could use some cleaning too, so he would do her back. Or front. Or wherever he wanted to.

    Maybe it was the way it was dark where she was sitting and so very light where he was that made it all seem like a movie. She sipped her tea and watched him, dreamily smiling at the scene.

    She'd been working in the kitchen until midnight and it was very early now. Kit said he wanted the food at the playhouse by eight, and she took that to mean he wanted it set up and ready to serve. Last night she'd called her brother Josh to ask if he'd please, please find some tables for her. "Use sawhorses or tree...

About the Author-
  • Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-three New York Times bestsellers, including Ever After, 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.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 28, 2016
    In this enjoyable start to a new trilogy set in the small town of Summer Hill, Va., Deveraux (True Love) playfully riffs off Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Casey Reddick leaves her demanding job as chef of a high-end Washington, D.C., restaurant and retreats to the Tattwell Plantation guesthouse, unaware that its owner is movie star Tate Landers, who’s famous for playing romantic leads. She’s hired to cook for the cast and crew of a theatrical production of Austen’s novel and unexpectedly finds herself cast as Lizzie to Tate’s Darcy under the direction of the mysterious Kit Montgomery. Deveraux’s characters are modern counterparts to Austen’s, and their casting in the film is telling: for example, 15-year-old Lori plays Lydia, the youngest Bennet sister, and is also wooed and used by Tate’s devious ex-brother-in-law, Devlin, who plays Wickham. Chapter titles (“Act One, Scene Two: Elizabeth Doesn’t Tempt Darcy”) ensure that readers familiar with Austen’s work will catch and enjoy the reinterpretation. From the steamy opening scene to Tate’s audacious theatrical proposal, with numerous other love affairs thrown in for good measure, this book will delight fans of Austen and Deveraux alike.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2016
    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.

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2015
    In the first of a new trilogy, set in a fictional Virginia mountain town, Casey Reddick is playing Elizabeth Bennet opposite gorgeous but seemingly arrogant Hollywood actor Tate Landers's Darcy in a local production of "Pride and Prejudice". We "know" how this will play out. Limning a new generation of the Montgomery and Taggert families.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips True Love Praise for Jude Deveraux "A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For All Time "Evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special--the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic."--Susan Wiggs "Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . will haunt you long after you read it."
  • RT Book Reviews Ever After "Captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page."--Fresh Fiction "A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Thoroughly enjoyable."
  • BookPage "Filled with family, friends, ghosts and the magic of love."
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