By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

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. ...

Details By the Book

TitleBy the Book
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Retellings, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews By the Book

  • 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)[which would have pretty much resolve...
  • 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 b...
  • 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 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’...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 go...
  • J. W. Garrett
    “…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 con...
  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    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
    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 ...
  • Tracey
    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 yo...
  • Sam Kozbial
    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
  • Leslie
    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.
  • Mary
    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, coll...
  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    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 –...
  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    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...
  • Readingbringsjoy
    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 s...
  • Arlena
    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 ...
  • Kensley Lewis
    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 d...
  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    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 Ja...
  • 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 dri...
  • Stephanie
    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
    **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...
  • Gary Bekofske
    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 counselin...
  • Kate
    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...
  • *The Angry Reader*
    *** 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 b...
  • Cat Tutt
    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...
  • Aimee
    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 l...
  • Sarah
    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 me...
  • Cori
    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...
  • Kelsey
    Read on submission in one night and absolutely loved!
  • Katie(babs)
    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 ...