By the Book
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.

By the Book Details

TitleBy the Book
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501175183
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Retellings, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

By the Book Review

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    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)[which would have pretty much resolved everything immediately, (hide spoiler)]she avoids 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)[which would have pretty much resolved everything immediately, (hide spoiler)]she avoids him and quickly gets involved with a suave author who's at Fairfax for a year as a writer-in-residence. This main plotline shares time with a few interesting subplots: Anne's best friend Larry, a gay professor, falls for a handsome actor who's firmly in the closet; Anne and her sister deal with their aging father's health issues; and Anne is anxiously trying to get her literary criticism book published - if she fails, she'll probably be denied tenure.It was a decent read but never fully engaged me. The writing style, plot and characters are all straightforward, without a lot of depth, and the romance felt a little underbaked. Frankly I was hoping for more from this book, but it's fine for a quick, breezy romance read, if that's what you're in the mood for. The author (who is an English professor) has some telling insights into the travails of life as a non-tenured college professor. Anne's - and by extension Julia Sonneborn's - love for libraries and the classic authors like Austen shines through in many parts of the story.I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher and NetGalley for review. Thanks!Content notes: There are a handful of F-bombs; all sex scenes are behind closed doors.
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  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the reading and after I’m finished.I can completely say that this is a delightful, clean romance, full of the realities of life and the hope of a happy future. You will fall in love with the warm writing that wraps around you like a cozy blanket.With memories of a college love in the past intertwined with life as a college professor and as a child of an aging parent, the author weaves a story that is memorable, rich with detail, and a delicate balance of family, friendship, emotion, and romance.I have to say I was not expecting this type of depth and writing from a new author. The descriptive details and her character development makes you just want to get to know them and become a part of the story.I want to live in this town and work at this college. I want to experience the homes on the streets that remind me of classic traditional Ivy League school towns on the East Coast. Downtown Americana at it’s finest.By The Book by Julia Sonneborn is an experience in literature, life, and love and it’s not one to be missed if you are a true romance story lover.* copy received for review consideration* full review - http://amidlifewife.com/by-the-book-b...
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so torn on this book because 1. That cover is absolutely what made me download it and isn’t it adorable and 2. Second chance love stories are my jam… this one just fell kind of short for a couple of reasons. This is touted as a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion… which to be honest (and don’t yell at me, I’ve admitted this before) I have never read. Classics really aren’t my thing and I can’t pinpoint why, but I’ll read retellings for days. In By The Book, Anne Corey is an English I’m so torn on this book because 1. That cover is absolutely what made me download it and isn’t it adorable and 2. Second chance love stories are my jam… this one just fell kind of short for a couple of reasons. This is touted as a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion… which to be honest (and don’t yell at me, I’ve admitted this before) I have never read. Classics really aren’t my thing and I can’t pinpoint why, but I’ll read retellings for days. In By The Book, Anne Corey is an English professor looking for tenure and a permanent placement at a college she loves. All she has to do is write a book and get it sold. When the school year starts and she’s at a reception to meet the new President, she’s blindsided by the fact that it’s none other than her former fiancé and first love, Adam. I really enjoyed Anne as a character… struggling to make ends meet, struggling to build a meaningful relationship with her sister, struggling to wrangle her ailing father. She was relatable and I felt for her struggles.That said, this story was portrayed as a romance… and I guess it was, just not between the two characters I was expecting. Anne connects very early on in the story with the writer in residence, Rick, who doesn’t like Adam and vice-versa, so a lot of the interactions between Anne and Adam are tense and uncomfortable. Plus there’s the whole history of their relationship between them that neither have broached to clear the air. Additionally I felt that Rick’s character was a big cliché and ugh so predictable. I knew from the get go that he really wasn’t the person we’re supposed to believe him to be and I struggled to understand why Anne didn’t see it. There’s this whole side story between Anne’s best friend Larry and another character that I thought was weirdly included too… I don’t know, it just didn’t work for me. So here’s the kicker that really had me frustrated… and it might be considered a spoiler so read with caution. For the majority of the book we get brief interactions between Adam and Anne, but at no point was there enough of them talking, connecting, rebuilding enough to warrant the ending that this story threw at me. It was completely unbelievable to me and I feel like I needed a bit more of a reconnection in order to make it work for me. Overall, a cute read, but with some clichéd characters and a rushed ending this one just didn’t completely work for me. Thank you to the publisher for an early copy for my thoughts.
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  • Reading.Between.Wines
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________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 Book centers on Anne Corey who is an English professor trying to be granted tenure at the college she is working at. All of a sudden (!) her ex-fiance becomes president of the college. Throw in a very attractive writer as the college's new writer-in-residence and we have one drama filled book folks!I loved Anne as a character, and I though the book was HILARIOUS. Books that can make me laugh out loud are my favorite. Plus I loved the emojis! I hope they make it to the finished copy because it was something I have never seen before in a novel and it was very unique. Especially fitting for a contemporary book in a time where everyone is on their phone, and Apple is constantly coming out with new emojis. The end made me tear up, and even though it may seem a little "rushed" to some, I loved it. It was the perfect ending to this novel, and there were even a couple of surprises that I didn't see coming. When I actually had time to read it, I flew through this book. So I would definitely consider it a fast read as well. One small caveat I had was with the emails that are dotted throughout the book. I loved them in concept and they were enjoyable to read, but at times they were a little confusing. The characters they involved aren't all known ahead of time, then you find out who they are right after. I got used to it, but it would have been better for me if I had known all the players before they ended up showing up in emails. Because of nicknames and such, I also didn't always know who the email address was referring to. I still loved that they were in the book though; it added a little something different from other books besides just the emojis. Final Thought: Loved and adored this modern retelling of a classic, and I highly recommend it. I have never read the Austen version, but this book was fantastic and so funny. I will most definitely be buying my own copy once it is released! *This book is set to be published on 06 Feb 2018**HUGE thanks to Gallery Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. My review is completely honest and unbiased*
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Austen's PERSUASION retelling?SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.
  • J. W. Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    “…I have loved none but you.” –Jane Austen, PersuasionModern retelling of Austen’s classic Persuasion. Rating PG->18: mild language, sex scenes between consenting adults, discussion of adult themes and sexual orientation. This story is completely a stand-a-lone. It could easily be read without knowing anything about Austen’s Persuasion. In fact, there were times when I found it hard to follow because I was trying to make it fit my concept of the Persuasion time-line. I knew what needed to hap “…I have loved none but you.” –Jane Austen, PersuasionModern retelling of Austen’s classic Persuasion. Rating PG->18: mild language, sex scenes between consenting adults, discussion of adult themes and sexual orientation. This story is completely a stand-a-lone. It could easily be read without knowing anything about Austen’s Persuasion. In fact, there were times when I found it hard to follow because I was trying to make it fit my concept of the Persuasion time-line. I knew what needed to happen next and kept wondering how the author was going to bridge the two stories. It might have been better if I had just accepted the story for what it was… a love story. Because very few of the names were similar to canon, I found it hard to keep track of the Persuasion characters and the story. We have Anne Corey and we have Dr. Russell as her college advisor. When she fell in love with Adam Martinez, Dr. Russell advised her against having a relationship prior to entering grad school. Getting her doctorate was going to be hard enough… and for Anne to try and maintain a relationship would be doubly hard on her academic goals. Anne subsequently broke it off with Adam.“Persuasion is often more effectual than force.” AesopThose familiar with the Persuasion story know that Anne gave up Wentworth [in our case Adam] and lived to regret it years later. In our modern story the time difference is fifteen years rather than the eight canon years. Anne had not seen Adam in all that time and now he was president of her college, thus making him her boss. There were many new characters added to the story and several characters combined in order to lessen the traffic. In this version, Anne only had the one sister, a scary combination of the canon sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. Many JAFF [Jane Austen Fan Fiction] stories/books are located in or on a college campus. The characters are typically college-aged students and in keeping with the age Austen set forth in her stories. This is the first book I’ve read where Austen’s characters are much older and are actually the professors on campus. This was so cool. I really enjoyed the academic atmosphere and the day-to-day activities between the staff within the different branches of the college. From the chatty/nosy support staff, to the various professors [with tenure, on a tenure-track and the non-tenured hopeful], to the incoming president of the college… the interplay between our characters was entertaining. There was something for everyone. The descriptions of Anne as she researched for her book, the visits to the library archives [I could almost smell the ink, dust and paper], the various books and their authors discussed, poetry, opinions and the arguments supporting the stance on women writers in literature… was simply amazing. I hope I am not being crude when I say I drooled… yeah, I did.Unfortunately, there wasn’t an epilogue and several threads were left dangling. Not sure if there is another book… it left me wondering what happened to several of the characters and their story.I would like to thank the publisher, Galley, Threshold, Pocket Book, Gallery Books for this ARC [Advanced-Reader-Copy] via NetGalley. Expected publication date February 6, 2018. The views expressed are my own.
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  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    January 1, 1970
    I quite enjoyed this loose, modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. My main issue with it is that the romance was underdeveloped. Full review to come...An ARC was provided by the publisher
  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 needs to get a book deal offer to secure a tenured teaching position but time is running out. She’s 32 and seems to have it together until Adam (aka Captain Wenworth) shows back up. The book was a quick read on a snowy day. I even stayed up reading it late (or is that early) into the morning. The author does a good job in keeping you turning the pages, but I wonder was it a smidge over the top in that it deviates from the true essence of the characters portrayed in Austen’s Persuasion? The author of By the Book had some nuisance to the story, her Anne had one sister (successful and married with 3kids) and her father who might have dementia, seems to be aloof and distant, especially since neither (her dad and sister) have been pleased with Anne’s choice in career and other life decisions. There’s a scene when I laughed at Anne being stuck with one of her nephews who proceeds to treat Anne’s shoulders, head and hair like a ride on a pony. To the rescue Adam. When Anne’s father ends up in the hospital and Adam quickly comes to her aide, I thought, Anne is going to get it, she’s going to realize Rick (Mr Eliot is a fraud) and see Adam for who’s she’s always known him to be. At this point, I expected Anne (BTB) to be Anne (Persuasion) and come to her senses. This is when I expected my Persuasion experience to pick up. Of course I realize I don’t have much experience with reading retellings so I think I need just a little bit more time to compare the two, or maybe that’s the problem, I shouldn’t compare?***I received an advanced copy to read and review in exchange for honest review. Thanks at Gallery Books
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a delight to read and a great break from all the murder and mayhem I normally read. “By the Book” is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Our heroine, Anne Corey is an English professor in California, and she is one hot mess. Except, when she is in her classroom teaching. And I enjoyed her character so much! She was just so normal (and really what is normal?) and so gloriously flawed. Right from the beginning you understand Anne is on a mission to get published so sh This was such a delight to read and a great break from all the murder and mayhem I normally read. “By the Book” is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Our heroine, Anne Corey is an English professor in California, and she is one hot mess. Except, when she is in her classroom teaching. And I enjoyed her character so much! She was just so normal (and really what is normal?) and so gloriously flawed. Right from the beginning you understand Anne is on a mission to get published so she can can get tenure and secure a promotion. And then walks in, Adam Martinez (sigh), the new college president, can I just insert here how much I just loved him, Adam also just happens to be her first love and ex-fiance’. I had so many laugh out loud moments with Anne’s journey. Especially her relationship with her BFF Larry. He was such a hoot! I want a Larry for my own. I also shed a few tears, but they were beautiful sad moments that life throws at us all. If you are familiar with Austen’s Persuasion, then you know the turns this story takes. But, Sonneborn had me second guessing if we would really get that ending. Her writing flowed quickly and beautifully. The only issue I had, is I wish we had more time with Anne and Adam together, the ending seemed a bit rushed, but I still teared up. This author has found a new fan with me. Also, that cover, stunning!This would make a great Rom-Com movie and I would love to see this on the big screen. Unfortunately, Hollywood always takes a great book and destroys it. Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Books and author Julia Sonneborn for a free advanced e-book copy for an honest review.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    I am shedding some signature "happy tears" over the ending! This is not your typical second chance romance, as we didn't get a lot of romantic time with Adam and Anne, but I really enjoyed their journey back to each other. Full review to follow. ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    This was an example of the right book at the right time--I started it and couldn't put it down but didn't want it to end. I needed an escape, and this was a well-written modern take on Jane Austen's Persuasion. You might know where it's going, but it was fun getting there, and the author has cleverly incorporated elements of the original into this text. Reading Austen is not necessary, but it has inspired me to re-read the original.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read Jane Austen, so the comparisons are lost on me. But I truly enjoyed this book. Anne was a wonderful character, filled with humor, intelligence and flaws. While I was pretty sure we were going to end up exactly where we did, the trip itself was fun. The characters were all well developed and interesting, my favorite being Anne's BFF Larry. So funny, I could hear him talking in my head! I learned a lot about the literary world, college, and teaching. Fast paced, contemporary, and f I have not read Jane Austen, so the comparisons are lost on me. But I truly enjoyed this book. Anne was a wonderful character, filled with humor, intelligence and flaws. While I was pretty sure we were going to end up exactly where we did, the trip itself was fun. The characters were all well developed and interesting, my favorite being Anne's BFF Larry. So funny, I could hear him talking in my head! I learned a lot about the literary world, college, and teaching. Fast paced, contemporary, and fun.
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5-4 stars! This surprised me, both in good and bad ways. I was intrigued because I knew this was a retelling of Persuasion (which I loved), plus I love a good second chance romance, so this seemed perfect for me. I enjoyed the book overall, but it was the romance that felt lackluster. Honestly, I would barely even call this book a romance at all, it felt more like a fiction novel. That being said, the story was one that I couldn't put down – I finished it in only a few hours. I was hooked on t 3.5-4 stars! This surprised me, both in good and bad ways. I was intrigued because I knew this was a retelling of Persuasion (which I loved), plus I love a good second chance romance, so this seemed perfect for me. I enjoyed the book overall, but it was the romance that felt lackluster. Honestly, I would barely even call this book a romance at all, it felt more like a fiction novel. That being said, the story was one that I couldn't put down – I finished it in only a few hours. I was hooked on the heroine and her struggles. I had different expectations for the romance, but other than that, I'd recommend this if you're interested in books related to academics and literature!Full review to come!Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
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  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always up for a second chance romance, but unfortunately this book was not for me. From the plot line to the characters were things I disliked. For one we had way to many clichés in this. Both character and story wise.  Also it was way to predictable for me, while we get a little of that in a lot of books, this was just too much along with the clichés. The main characters who us a English Professor is also a bit of a  literary snob, so is also her co-worker who also happens to be her best I’m always up for a second chance romance, but unfortunately this book was not for me. From the plot line to the characters were things I disliked. For one we had way to many clichés in this. Both character and story wise.  Also it was way to predictable for me, while we get a little of that in a lot of books, this was just too much along with the clichés. The main characters who us a English Professor is also a bit of a  literary snob, so is also her co-worker who also happens to be her best friend. He wont read anything published after 1920 which would be fine if it didn’t come  over so snotty. Speaking of the best friend who also happens to be gay, he could have not been more of a stereotype, the way her dressed or talked or behaved. I think that could have been much better and less cliché and it would have been more enjoyable. We have come so far when it comes to LGBTQs so there is no reason to throw out all these cliches. I also was not a big fan of the Anne, who also was been way to overplayed . She lived to much in the what has been and not in the what is happening now. She seemed to play with people because she only thought f herself at times. Overall, I was not a fan but I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will overlook all the clichés like the book much better. I rate it 2 ★
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  • Readingbringsjoy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Gallery Books for generously supplying me with a review copy of By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Persuasion is my all time favorite Jane Austen novel. I love its sweetness, I love the main character Anne, and I adore reading the transformation she goes through. Plus the movie adaptation is so enjoyable to watch. I was very excited to see that By the Book was a modern retelling of my f Thank you to Gallery Books for generously supplying me with a review copy of By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Persuasion is my all time favorite Jane Austen novel. I love its sweetness, I love the main character Anne, and I adore reading the transformation she goes through. Plus the movie adaptation is so enjoyable to watch. I was very excited to see that By the Book was a modern retelling of my favorite Austen novel. I was also a bit nervous going into it because I keep telling myself I am going to stop reading retellings, but I couldn't not read a book with a red door, bike, and a stack of books on the cover. I mean who do I really think I am?One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that it was set in California and many of my favorite places to visit were mentioned throughout the book. Anne studies at the Library at the Huntington gardens several times, and let me tell you if you are ever in CA you must visit the Huntington Library because it is a delight for all the senses. Anne works at a small college in Southern California called Fairfax teaching literature, which has always been her dream. However, college left her with huge debt, a father who didn't approve of her career choice, and above all a broken relationship with a man she loved. Now if she can only get a book deal life will be back on track, or will it?This book was such a fun and delightful read. I won't spoil the book for you but there is a story that involves a copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion and the library stacks that made my heart so happy. This would be the perfect read for February when you might be looking to read some lighter books with a sweet romance story. I love a sweet romance story that doesn't leave me feeling uncomfortable.
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  • Arlena
    January 1, 1970
    Title: By the BookAuthor: Julia SonnebornPublisher: Gallery BooksReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview:"By the Book" by Julia SonnebornMy Thoughts....I found this read very similar spin to 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen novel, however it was still a interesting read that can give you a good feeling after the read. The main character Anne Corey I didn't know if I felt sorry for her or what at times. What will happen when Anne finds out that her true love and ex [Adam Martinez] is the Fairfax Co Title: By the BookAuthor: Julia SonnebornPublisher: Gallery BooksReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview:"By the Book" by Julia SonnebornMy Thoughts....I found this read very similar spin to 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen novel, however it was still a interesting read that can give you a good feeling after the read. The main character Anne Corey I didn't know if I felt sorry for her or what at times. What will happen when Anne finds out that her true love and ex [Adam Martinez] is the Fairfax College President at the college as she is trying to get her tenure as an English professor? It was hard for me to see her giving up her true love of her life because a 'all knowing' professor persuaded her to do so if she wanted a career. One thing I will say is thank God for a best friend like Larry that Anne did have in this good story. Be ready for some twist and turns but in the end will Anne and Adam get their second chance and have a HEA? Well to find out you will have to pick up this overall enjoyable read "By The Book." Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of By The Book by Julia Sonneborn.
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  • Kensley Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I was honestly so surprised this was a retelling! While I knew it was a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, I couldn't tell the whole time I was reading. I was never a big fan of Jane Austen, premises being interesting, but the writing ran me off. This is a great retelling in my book.The writing is great, and Anne is one character that a lot of women (or readers in general) can relate to. You root for her from the beginning, and that support does not falter. I also am a great big fan of stori I was honestly so surprised this was a retelling! While I knew it was a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, I couldn't tell the whole time I was reading. I was never a big fan of Jane Austen, premises being interesting, but the writing ran me off. This is a great retelling in my book.The writing is great, and Anne is one character that a lot of women (or readers in general) can relate to. You root for her from the beginning, and that support does not falter. I also am a great big fan of stories where the main couple has been together once before, many years ago, and then reunites. It makes for such a fantastic read, and this time was no different.I am not big into love stories - I'm more of the scandalous affairs and murder type stories - but this one made me be a romantic, if only for a little while.
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  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    January 1, 1970
    Grade: BAnne Corey, an English professor at Fairfax College, is attempting to publish in order to secure her tenure. Imagine her surprise when she learns the new university president is none other than her former fiance whom she broke up with years ago. Between her novel, the interest of the college Lothario, and her own conflicted feelings towards her ex, Anne soon discovers that sometimes, all you need is a little persuasion.A modern take on Jane Austin’s Persuasion, By The Book, offers reader Grade: BAnne Corey, an English professor at Fairfax College, is attempting to publish in order to secure her tenure. Imagine her surprise when she learns the new university president is none other than her former fiance whom she broke up with years ago. Between her novel, the interest of the college Lothario, and her own conflicted feelings towards her ex, Anne soon discovers that sometimes, all you need is a little persuasion.A modern take on Jane Austin’s Persuasion, By The Book, offers readers a smart, witty, charming, and heartfelt novel of lost loves, family expectations, and second chances. Fans of Persuasion will appreciate the effort Ms. Sonneborn makes to preserve the integrity of the original story while using her skills to make this version wholly her own.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 loved it. I did feel like the ending was rushed and a little unbelievable, but I loved the rest of it so much that it didn’t phase me. My only other dislike was Larry’s relationship. It was odd and a little distracting. Maybe if there was more explanation of how it came about and how it progressed I would've found it more appropriate. A huge thank you to NetGalley and Gallery books for this advanced copy!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars. Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels and I am always ready to jump on board a re-telling. Unfortunately, By the Book did not really live up to my expectations. Full review to come.
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by the author for an honest review**Endearing and captivating, By The Book by Julia Sonneborn is a modern take on Persuasion by Jane Austen. This novel is definitely a page turner. It was a laugh out loud, feel good second chance romance. Anne Corey, a struggling English professor at Fairfax college, was a breath of fresh air. She was intelligent, well read, beautiful, and witty. Anne had given up a lot to follow her dreams. At age 32 she was second guessing herself and wondering **ARC provided by the author for an honest review**Endearing and captivating, By The Book by Julia Sonneborn is a modern take on Persuasion by Jane Austen. This novel is definitely a page turner. It was a laugh out loud, feel good second chance romance. Anne Corey, a struggling English professor at Fairfax college, was a breath of fresh air. She was intelligent, well read, beautiful, and witty. Anne had given up a lot to follow her dreams. At age 32 she was second guessing herself and wondering if she had made the right decisions in the past. Along with other issues was the fact that she was single, and at times felt lonely. Along comes Adam Martinez, the new president of Fairfax college. A blast from the past. Adam was Annes ex-fiance. Handsome, charming and extremely successful, time had only done wonders for him. It had been 10 years since he last had contact with Anne, and was now her new boss. Not knowing what her state of mind was, Adam plays it safe and watches for signs as to how he would approach Anne. I have to admit I was a little surprised to find that the novel contained very little interaction between our two main characters. During the first part of the novel we meet Rick, a writer/ colleague who immediately finds his way into Anne's life. Anne and Rick quickly become an item. There was tension between the three of them and despite Adams warnings about Rick, Anne continued to date him. Throughout most of the book we get Anne and Rick, Adam makes his appearance here and there but nothing significant. We get a glance into the past, what Adam and Anne's relationship was like when they were together. There are a few A-HA moments in the book, the parts where things start to fall into place. It almost felt like a long time coming, but the getting there was a lot of fun to read. The ending seemed a bit rushed, I wanted more of Adam and Anne, but at the end we do get a very charming HEA. Julia did a great job giving us a different take on Persuasion. Her writing style made this a fun and easy read. It’s one you can read in one sitting without even realizing it. I very much enjoyed this novel. Also the best friend Larry, a professor at Fairfax, is one of my favorite secondary characters. Most of the scenes that included him had me smirking and at times laughing out loud. The novel dabbles a little into his love life, maybe in the future we’ll get his story.A 4 star read!
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  • Gary Bekofske
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this bookThis is a well-written, engaging, and at times funny trip through the halls of academia. Back in her college days, Anne Corey and Adam Martinez were more than just friends. They were two parts of one unit, planning a lifetime together. Then after her mentor, Dr. Russell, suggested that Anne put her career first and take her post-graduate degree at Yale, Anne and Adam split up. Adam continued on his plan to do counseling in California while Anne worked on her PhD in Co I absolutely loved this bookThis is a well-written, engaging, and at times funny trip through the halls of academia. Back in her college days, Anne Corey and Adam Martinez were more than just friends. They were two parts of one unit, planning a lifetime together. Then after her mentor, Dr. Russell, suggested that Anne put her career first and take her post-graduate degree at Yale, Anne and Adam split up. Adam continued on his plan to do counseling in California while Anne worked on her PhD in Connecticut. Jump forward a number of years. Dr. Anne Corey is an instructor at Fairfax College--the same college that has just hired Dr. Adam Martinez as the new president. Anne needs to come to peace with her past relationship with Adam and plot a way forward. Add into the story a number of well drawn characters and some very witty situations and you have the makings for an excellent read.Now in honesty, I chose this to read book because the back cover mentioned it as a modern retelling of Jane Austen's PERSUASION. Being a 21st century guy and unfamiliar with 19th century literary prose, I have never been able to get into much of Austin's work. They are, however, my wife's favorites. Still, without her depth of familiarity with Austen, it was easy to see the ghost of Jane Austen throughout the book. In the pages of BY THE BOOK you find traces of Captain Frederick Wentworth, William Elliot, Captain Harville, Lady Russell, and of course Anne Elliot. Even though I only ever managed to finish PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, it wasn't hard to imagine a bit of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Adam, or a little bit of George Wickham in Rick. Like any Jane Austen heroine, Anne is a strong insightful woman who simply must find balance between the demands of academia and her desire for a fulfilling personal life.Whether you read the book as a homage to Jane Austen or read it as a delightful, insightful, fun book, I highly recommend that you do read it.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    A cute bookish update on Persuasion! Our Anne in this book is an English professor at a small, liberal arts college on the West Coast (although the look and feel of it is meant to be Ivy League). She's desperate to get her book published (a look at female writers) so that she can get on track for tenure. She's dealing with her increasingly ill father and a demanding and busy sister. And then her college gets a new president- her ex, Adam Martinez. Adam arrives polished and accomplished, while An A cute bookish update on Persuasion! Our Anne in this book is an English professor at a small, liberal arts college on the West Coast (although the look and feel of it is meant to be Ivy League). She's desperate to get her book published (a look at female writers) so that she can get on track for tenure. She's dealing with her increasingly ill father and a demanding and busy sister. And then her college gets a new president- her ex, Adam Martinez. Adam arrives polished and accomplished, while Anne's life feels hectic and out of control. Determined to make the best of it, Anne starts to see newly arrived professor and published author, Rick, while continuing to teach and get her book published. There's a side story with her bff, Larry, who falls in love with a closeted and married movie star, some drama with her students and fellow staff members, and tons of family drama. It's been cold and rainy here, so it was the perfect book to cuddle up with and binge read. Anne is a woman after my own heart, with lots of starry eyed references to Austen and Jane Eyre and others. The movie that Anne helps consult on, Jane Vampire, feels like it should have already been produced, and there were lots of laughs, some swooning, and lots of longing. I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth. ;)
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an ARC of this book so I could provide an honest review ***A nice break from my current macho-man reads, but a little on the shallow, frivolous side for me to really love it. Still, I read it in one sitting - anticipating the moment things came crashing down and hopeful for an adorable ending. "His dark hair was cut shorter than I remembered, and it was turning silver at the temples, but his face - his face was the same. The dark brows, the brown eyes, the sharp profile."At the be *** I received an ARC of this book so I could provide an honest review ***A nice break from my current macho-man reads, but a little on the shallow, frivolous side for me to really love it. Still, I read it in one sitting - anticipating the moment things came crashing down and hopeful for an adorable ending. "His dark hair was cut shorter than I remembered, and it was turning silver at the temples, but his face - his face was the same. The dark brows, the brown eyes, the sharp profile."At the beginning of what will turn out to be a tumultuous year Anne meets the new President of the small college where she's striving to gain tenure. It's the love of her life, Adam, with whom she had a dramatic break-up 12 years earlier. Anne is rocked by seeing Adam, but he is aloof and professional - hurting Anne all over again. There's a new man (honey, a blind person could have seen his issues coming), problems with her father's health, and pressure for Anne to publish a book so she can gain tenure. The middle part of the book was a bit mopey. "'Men are only as faithful as their options.'"A ton of adorable literary references (there is something transcendent about Oscar Wilde, isn't there?) along with a minimum of angst (and no steam!) made this a quick, cute, relaxing read.
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  • Cat Tutt
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting it to be. With the touted comparison to Jane Austen, I was expecting a more literary romance. While it was set in an academic setting for the most part, I would primarily consider it a romance above all else.That said, it was a pretty good romance. It wasn't overly sweet with grandiose declarations of love, in general, but more realistic, in a somewhat unrealistic plot. I never found myself rolling my eyes and saying "as if!", as I usually do with a This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting it to be. With the touted comparison to Jane Austen, I was expecting a more literary romance. While it was set in an academic setting for the most part, I would primarily consider it a romance above all else.That said, it was a pretty good romance. It wasn't overly sweet with grandiose declarations of love, in general, but more realistic, in a somewhat unrealistic plot. I never found myself rolling my eyes and saying "as if!", as I usually do with a standard romance.The plot moved along well, and I enjoyed the characters. I felt invested in their situations and outcomes, which was probably the best part of the book for me.All in all, it wasn't the best book I've encountered recently, but it was good. If you like your romance a little more realistic and a little less saccharine, I recommend this one.3.5 stars rounded up to 4.*ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for making this available!
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge Jane Austen fan and love to read retellings of her books so I was thrilled to get a chance to read this one. I loved the college setting, loved Anne, and enjoyed the story. I did feel like the book had too much going on though with the distraction of another romance for Anne with a visiting writer and the whole story with her best friend Larry and his romantic problems. While I liked Larry, I really could have done without his story line. I also had a problem with the ending. Anne an I am a huge Jane Austen fan and love to read retellings of her books so I was thrilled to get a chance to read this one. I loved the college setting, loved Anne, and enjoyed the story. I did feel like the book had too much going on though with the distraction of another romance for Anne with a visiting writer and the whole story with her best friend Larry and his romantic problems. While I liked Larry, I really could have done without his story line. I also had a problem with the ending. Anne and Adam do not have much interaction throughout the book until the very end, it all seemed a bit rushed. While it wasn't the perfect retelling of Austen's classic, I did still enjoy it.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Predictable romance. I was not fond of the Anne, the narrator, a young college professor specializing in nineteenth century literature written by women. When her one time fiancé is hired as the college's president, can you guess what will happen?The characters aren't much more than stereotypes. There is the obligatory gay English professor and Anne's best friend. His mannerisms and preferences are exactly what we've come to associate with gay men; a sweater-wearing, emotional, nice guy. There is Predictable romance. I was not fond of the Anne, the narrator, a young college professor specializing in nineteenth century literature written by women. When her one time fiancé is hired as the college's president, can you guess what will happen?The characters aren't much more than stereotypes. There is the obligatory gay English professor and Anne's best friend. His mannerisms and preferences are exactly what we've come to associate with gay men; a sweater-wearing, emotional, nice guy. There is Anne's love interest, a renowned motorcycle-riding author. The popular married Hollywood actor who has a secret liaison with aforementioned gay English professor. The more successful older sister who looks down upon Anne's chosen profession. And, of course, Anne herself, lonely stressed teacher trying to juggle being thirty something.Although I would not go so far as to say this was dull, it simply lacked any oomph and failed to deliver anything that has not already been told in countless other stories and films.
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  • Cori
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! I loved so much about this book. I enjoyed Anne's character and her life as a professor in a small college town. There is humor and a great plot. This book is considered a modern retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen and although I haven't read the classic, this book was a stand alone success. This was a fun reminder of university life and love interests and good friends. Thanks to BookishFirst for putting this book on my radar with a FirstLook read and NetGalley for the opportunity 4.5 stars! I loved so much about this book. I enjoyed Anne's character and her life as a professor in a small college town. There is humor and a great plot. This book is considered a modern retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen and although I haven't read the classic, this book was a stand alone success. This was a fun reminder of university life and love interests and good friends. Thanks to BookishFirst for putting this book on my radar with a FirstLook read and NetGalley for the opportunity to read the whole book with an electronic ARC from Galley, Threshold, Pocket Books. I'll be recommending this to others!
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Read on submission in one night and absolutely loved!
  • Katie(babs)
    January 1, 1970
    This has a nice feel of an old fashioned romance. The main protagonist appears to have many faults, but most of them are internal. Anne is a college professor who loves classic literature ala the Bronte sisters and Jane Eyre. She is trying to get her novel published, especially because it will help her keep her job for next year. She is living paycheck to paycheck, her crotchety father needs more help than he wants, and her sister makes her feel constant guilt. Then there is the new president of This has a nice feel of an old fashioned romance. The main protagonist appears to have many faults, but most of them are internal. Anne is a college professor who loves classic literature ala the Bronte sisters and Jane Eyre. She is trying to get her novel published, especially because it will help her keep her job for next year. She is living paycheck to paycheck, her crotchety father needs more help than he wants, and her sister makes her feel constant guilt. Then there is the new president of the college, Adam, her former fiance who may turn her world upside down because of their past.As Anne tries to get published and play nice with Adam, who is now her boss, a celebrity, best selling also starts working as a professor and is more than friendly with Anne. She falls for his charms, especially when he helps her get published. But Adam and the new dishy author don't see eye to eye for reasons the won't explain. Soon Anne is caught in between both men who seem to want different things from her. Whom does she choose?By the Book has a nice chick lit feels with a subtle romance that should appeal to readers. At first Anne is a little ditzy but as the story moves along, we're given more insight into her character and what makes her tick. She has a few colorful friends who bring many laughs to the page. There are also some pleasant surprises in store, especially when she learns the truth about the men in her life.Julia has written an endearing and heartfelt book that is perfect for both teens and adults alike. You will be on Team Anne all the way.
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