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By the Book

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fianc has just become the president of her collegeand her new bossin this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austens classic Persuasion.Anne Corey is about to get schooled.An English professor in California, shes determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All shes got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! Shes in. But then Adam Martinezher first love and ex-fiancshows up as the colleges new president.Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, shes got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the colleges insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, theres Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austens classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past...and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all....

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ISBN : 9781501175183
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Number of Pages : 384 pages
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By the Book Reviews

  • Chris  Carroll

    What a refreshing story!


    I have to admit I have never been one to read many of the classics. I know that’s a horrible thing to say. Other than what has been assigned in school, which I probably wouldn’t remember anyway, I am not one to delve into the flowery romance and poetic writings from the Masters.

    So the fact that the story is based on a classic really didn’t matter to me. What does matter to me is what this author brings to the table. How the story makes me feel during t

  • Melanie

    This book. ❤ The acknowledgements say the book is a love letter to book lovers, and it’s absolutely correct. I loved everything about this book. The love story wasn’t cheesy and over the top, it was actually believable (until the end).

    I loved Anne. She didn’t hopelessly pine after the men in her life and was very real and down to earth. I saw a lot of myself in her. The friendship between her and Larry was also so real, from the wine drinking to the forwarding of emails and snarky comments. I l

  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us

    Maybe I am still in the swooning phase of Persuasion so I’m going to need just a few minutes to process my thoughts on this modern day retelling.

    Maybe because I haven’t read any before I’m having a little time finding my comfy space.

    By the Book’s main character Anne Corey is similar to beloved Anne Elliot (Persuasion) in that her first and only true love (Adam) is back in her life after 13 years, he’s the new President at the liberal arts college she’s currently a professor at in Fairfax. Anne

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

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    After a highly disappointing read (The Beloveds), I was THRILLED to read By the Book. It made me laugh out loud so much, and it was just generally a very feel-good, entertaining story. And of course, I am completely obsessed with the cover. It is so bloody gorgeous!

    A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persusión, By the

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Jane Austen's Persuasion is rather loosely translated into a light contemporary romance, set among the faculty of Fairfax, a small California liberal arts college. Anne Corey, a 32 year old English professor trying to get tenure, has to deal with Adam Martinez, her ex-fiancé from over ten years ago, becoming the president of the college. Rather than having one good heart-to-heart talk with him, (view spoiler)she avoids ...more

  • Lisa Wolf

    Hmm. I tore through By the Book, and definitely had a good time while I was reading it. At the same time, for a book being billed as a retelling of Persuasion, it's pretty loose when it comes to making the plot stick.

    Anne spends much of the book in a relationship with a smarmy writer who drops lines about being on the front lines in Fallujah and his battle-related PTSD, but it's just so clear from the get-go that he's a con artist and a fraud. When Adam makes a comment to Anne about Rick's shady

  • Kate Olson

    What a delightful read! I loved the college setting and the literary focus, and although I have never read Persuasion, I have heard that this is a solid retelling :-) I'm a major lover of books about books, and this one did NOT disappoint.

    Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this title - all opinions are my own.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Disclosure: This is a retelling of Persuasion, which I have never read. Therefore, I have no opinions about how well Sonneborn pulled off re-doing Jane Austen. I can tell you, that I found this book very delightful, and I shed my signature "happy tears" over the ending.

    When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought I was signing on for a second chance romance, but really, this was more women's lit to me, because the focus was so solidly on Anne coming to terms with her past decisions a

    "I suddenly felt faint. My former fiancé was my new boss."

    Anne, a 30-something college professor, was at a critical time in her fledgling career. Her contract was coming to an end, and she needed to get a book deal or lose her position. At the same time, she was dealing with an aging parent, never ending bills, and the return of her one-time epic love, Adam. Coming face to face with her past, has her reflecting on her current life circumstances and questioning her previous decisions.

    I really liked Anne. She was very down to earth and relatable. She also had a fantastic sense of humor. I really enjoyed her narration, commentary, and self-reflection. I absolutely adored Larry and thought him and Anne formed a perfect friendship. He definitely filled the role of quirky sidekick, and he did it well. Anne was funny, but Larry was hilarious. He side plot, was amusing, and a besotted Larry was a ton of fun too. There were also all those tangled webs of relationships that are ever-present in novels, such as Austen's. It was quite a web Sonneborn wove, and it did its job, leading me down certain paths of thought and making me laugh.

    I liked the way Sonneborn wove the flashbacks into the story. The placement was thoughtful, and fit nicely with the present-time events giving us a little insight into why Anne was making the decisions she was making. Some of these flashbacks really broke my heart. When I read about past Anne&Adam, I was totally shipping them, and I was eager to find out what led to the demise of their relationship. With each part of the past that is revealed, I understood Anne more and more.

    I loved the ending. I was wearing a big, stupid grin and had tears in my eyes, but I do wish it wasn't as rushed. It wasn't that it was not satisfying, I just wanted more, which is never a bad thing.

    Overall: A fun retelling, which I am filing under "makes-me-happy", because it did.

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.