Saturday, May 7, 2016
ARC REVIEW The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the same manner that Kiss Me Kate is a retelling of Taming of the Shrew. If you haven't seen it or heard of it. It's a stage production of the original story but with a case of Life Imitating Art. A small town stage production of Pride and Prejudice, but the actors are put through situations and the events and their attitudes reflect that of the the original story. This is in Deveraux's Montgomery/Taggert universe but can be read apart from the other series and is the start of a new series Summer Hill. I love Jude Deveraux writing style, her writing is always humorous, sweet, romantic, and a bit of heartache. One little thing about the book I enjoyed was that instead of chapters it's Act and Scene, I thought that was neat. There is a lot going on in the book, if you know Pride and Prejudice this is very similar just updated and it's very well done.
Kit Montgomery has written a stage version of Pride and Prejudice. His idea is to get his newly discovered relative to Tate Landers to play Darcy, he just has to trick him into it. Tate's family home is in Summer Hill, his Mother had to sell the place before he was born and for his sister and his adorable niece he bought the place and fixed it up he never planned on staying there. But for his sister he will even if it means getting roped into playing Darcy. Casey Reddick was the head chef at a prestigious D.C. restaurant, but when her boyfriend left her she felt she needed to reevaluate her life, her mother suggested finally meeting her father and all eleven of her half siblings. (funny story that)
When Casey and Tate first meet it is hysterical. Casey, like Elizabeth, has an immediate dislike to the man. Tate is a famous actor and has been typecast as the brooding male role, he is use to woman falling at his feet and is intrigued with Casey who has nothing but disdain for him. Doesn't help matters that Tate's ex-brother-in-law has also been cast in the play as the part of Wickham, who in real like is the embodiment of Wickham and tries to sway Casey from Tate. You also have the side story of Jack and Gizzy aka Jane and Bingley and also that of Kit and Olivia and little Lydia.
Overall, I loved this book it was such a fun and sweet story with naked men and crazy peacocks.