By the Book

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.

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  • Julie

    By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is a 2018 Gallery Books publication. A splendid, modern day version of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’. Anne Corey is trying to make tenure, write a book, and care for ...

  • 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 pr...

  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    4.5 starsSuper cute and fun for a summer book club read! The paperback contains book club discussion questions at the end too.By the Book is about college professor, Anne Corey, who while working towa...

  • Geri Reads

    By the Book is a loose, modern retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen, and for the most part, I enjoyed it quite a lot. There were a lot of insights into professorship tenure track which I find really...

  • 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, wh...

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________After a h...

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is an absolute delight to read!A modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, By the Book follows the life of Anne Corey, English Literature professor at a local colle...

  • ?Dani? ?Touch My Spine Book Reviews?

     I LOVED this loosely based modern take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. This was a sweet and fun second chance novel that made me smile. I really liked the characters especially gay best friend and si...

  • Jaime Arkin

    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 c...

  • Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels and I am always ready to jump on board a re-telling. Unfortunately, By ...