Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Title: By the Book
Author: Julia Sonneborn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Women's Fiction
Series
Main Characters: Anne
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Gallery
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild


Story Overview:
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. 
My Review:
In the author's note, she talks about that this is a love story to books...and it definitely is to a certain degree. (And I love that about it.)

The heroine of the story is an English professor at a small California college. The book starts when her ex-fiance comes to work at the college as the university president. Seemingly, she's over Adam and the story covers an entire academic year in this women's seemingly normal life. But the book would be boring if her life was too normal. There's a bit of a soap-opera-esque drama on this small college campus. Everyone is always whispering about who is sleeping with who. Anne is dealing with regrets and wondering when this became her life and how she did it so wrong.

There's all the high's and low's that come with life...although Anne's life this year is a bit more traumatic than normal. She's dealing with a gorgeous new professor in residence who's a Booker award winner. She's also under a deadline to get a book contract or else her job will disappear. She has a very interesting best friend in Larry who has his own drama going on. There are dream libraries, library plans, and library fines. There's a mess of emotional trauma that leave Anne spinning. And all that is taking place in amongst the classics of women's literature and in among the stacks of the dusty library. 

I had fun reading it and was so, so happy with how the book ended. It was simply perfect and I immediately wanted to close the book and start back over at the beginning to read it again. It was really an enchanting read and I definitely got swept away in the story. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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