Spotlight & Giveaway: The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

Posted May 4th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Jude Deveraux to HJ!


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. 


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

The Girl from Summer Hill1The Girl from Summer Hill is a modern version of Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is Tate Landers, a well-known actor who, as a favor for his cousin, is performing in a play in a small town in Virginia. By accident, he meets a young chef who deeply and sincerely does NOT like him. It’s never happened to him before and he’s intrigued.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

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.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The book is based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The play of Pride and Prejudice is ALSO included in the story! Double exposure.
  • This is the first book set in the new fictional town of Summer Hill. More stories to come!
  • Uncle Kit from the Nantucket series once again makes an appearance


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

My characters always surprise me. Tate was sexier than I thought he was going
to be and Casey was stronger. Tate’s sense of humor was a treat to discover. I
deeply enjoyed getting inside Wickham’s mind. It gave me great pleasure to put
that on paper!


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

  • I would have Casey do the opening scene as her audition just to see her sitting on a stool
    in awe. (This scene is below.)
  • If you want a “couples” scene — where Casey chews Tate out for the pie eating would be
    great. Shows her spunk and he backs down from being a celebrity. It’s the first time you
    really see him raw. Typically these are the type of scenes you would audition for to be in a play.

My personal favorite line from the book:

Tate reached into his pocket and withdrew a fat bar in a wrapper that proclaimed it was
all protein and gave a person limitless energy.

Casey took it, tore off the paper, and bit into it. “I hope you know that these things are
mainly sugar and very bad for you. They’re downright lethal.”

“Sounds like what my publicist says about me.”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

That good stories are timeless. It may seem like what happened in Jane
Austen’s time couldn’t happen now — why would she believe a liar like Wickham
when we have the internet? — but it can happen.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I wrote a Summer House book, meaning that 3 women go back in time and
change their lives. Olivia, from Girl from Summer Hill, was one of them. I
couldn’t bear for her to live her whole life without Kit so I changed it. Right now I
am 2/3 the way through a book about Nate Taggert, who is mentioned in Girl.
Next I’m going to write 3 novels about young women who live in an old house
that’s been converted into apartments. The first novel has a strong historical
element to it.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from The Girl from Summer Hill:

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.

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Book Info:

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?

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Meet the Author:

Jude DeverauxJude 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.
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41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux”

  1. rachael constant

    the original p+p he seemed to get off lightly, but then he is stuck with kitty as a wife. I doubt he would have enjoyed married life with her

  2. Angela Covarrubias

    I was extremely happy that he had to pay for all of the mean things he’d done. I would have liked to have gave him a smack or two. I enjoyed this book, and will be patiently waiting for the next in tje series.

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