By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is a loose retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. By the Book is set at Fairfax College, a small liberal college in California, were Anne is a literature professor who is working towards tenure. All seems well until Adam, her ex-fiance, is hired and is now her new boss. Hijinks ensue in this contemporary romance as Anne struggles with old feeling reamerging for Adam, starting a new relationship, and family drama.
An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.
Anne Corey is about to get schooled.
An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.
Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s 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 Austen’s 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.
In full disclosure, I haven’t read Persuasion so I can’t compare it to Jane Austen, but, after finishing By the Book, I’m adding it to my TBR list.
I’m a sucker for a beautiful book cover and By the Book’s cover won me over before I read the first page. Once I started, I finished By the Book in two sittings (could have finished it in one, but life.) I loved the story! It was entertaining with its lover’s triangle, second chance love, and family drama. The characters jumped off the page and I felt like I knew them or knew someone in my life who was just like them. Add in the fact that it’s a book about books and bookish people….I was hooked.
By the Book is a cozy, easy read. If you’re looking for something light to read that has a romance element without being too raunchy, this would be a great choice.
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