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, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Retellings

Reviews By the Book

  • 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 her father, with whom she has a tenuous relationship. All this is enough to keep Anne occupied, along with the exploits of her best friend, Larry. But, life throws Anne another unexpected curve ball when she learns her former fiancé, Adam, has been ...
  • 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...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Super 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 towards tenure learns that her new university president is her ex-fiance from a decade ago. Of course he is successful and looking dreamy as ever while Anne is still working towards job security and can't even pay her overdue library fees. Oh, and there is also a...
  • Beverly
    As I get older, I have come to love Jane Austen's Persuasion more and more. It is the book of her adulthood and the Autumn of her life, as she died much too young at 41. Just think of the works stolen from us if she had lived to be old.By the Book is a modern update of the classic book. It is well written and engaging and succeeds in paying homage to Persuasion, love of books and learning. It is a modern love story with a heroine whose life hasn'...
  • 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 interesting. I really liked Anne, the heroine. She's a struggling professor who just want to get tenure at the liberal college she teaches at and pay off her college loans. The problem was the path to tenureship isn't as easy as Anne would've liked ...
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 college. Anne is trying to get her book published so she can secure tenure when she finds out the new president of the college is none other than he ex-fiancee from 10 years; the devastatingly handsome Adam Martinez. She is also dealing with an overbearin...
  • 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’...
  • ☆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 side kick, Larry! This story even gave me a happy tear at the ending! I recommend this book for anyone who likes a great women’s lit novel and second chance romance!
  • 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 the Book did not really live up to my expectations.One thing that I thought was really odd for a re-telling is that the main character, Anne, is a college lit professor and teaches on authors such as Jane Austen. Also, Anne’s favorite book is Persu...
  • Sophia
    Life for a single, nontenured English professor on a college campus becomes complicated when her ex-fiance' becomes her boss, her dad's health takes a turn for the worse, she needs to get her book published or lose her job, and a dashing writer is giving her smoldering eyes and offers to help her with her book. Incidentally, this is also a loose modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. But, never fear if you are unfamiliar, By the Book can b...
  • Lisa
    Pre-read:Jane Austen's PERSUASION retelling? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.Post-read:DNF at 20%It's just...........boring. Anne's voice kinda annoyed me. & I can't get into the writing.I AM SO DISAPPOINTED-
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dilinna
    Wasnt up to my many many ws so annoying that i got to 80 percent and decided to ditch it...i couldnt handle it anymore. I dont even knw where the story is was jst all over the place
  • 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 ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Disclosure: This is a retelling of Persuasion, which I have never read. Therefore, I have no opinions about how well Sonneborn pulled off re-doing Jane Austen. I can tell you, that I found this book very delightful, and I shed my signature "happy tears" over the ending. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought I was signing on for a second chance romance, but really, this was more women's lit to me, because the focus was so solidly...
  • Tia
    Being a Janeite and a Persuasion lover I may be a bit biased, but I LOVED it!I gobbled this book up. I enjoy books whose settings are boarding schools and universities. Anne Corey is the modern Anne and Adam Martinez is the Mr. Wentworth. Anne is a Professor who needs to publish a book for tenure and discovers her college boyfriend (she turned down his proposal) is the new President of her University. Anne is very naive, irritating and comes acro...
  • 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...
  • Paige
    This book was a delight and an absolute joy to read! This modern retelling of Persuasion was so wonderful to me because it was so perfectly adapted to a contemporary setting. The storyline and main characters were recognizable to readers familiar with Persuasion without this being simply a retelling dressed in a modern wardrobe. The situations and characters were believable and relatable, which helped make this so enjoyable. This book is so well ...
  • Chris Conley
    Wow! This is a terrific book. As a former English major, I found the world of college literature classes and literature, in general, so lovely. Anne Corey is a delightfully flawed heroine.
  • Lisa Wolf
    Hmm. I tore through By the Book, and definitely had a good time while I was reading it. At the same time, for a book being billed as a retelling of Persuasion, it's pretty loose when it comes to making the plot stick.Anne spends much of the book in a relationship with a smarmy writer who drops lines about being on the front lines in Fallujah and his battle-related PTSD, but it's just so clear from the get-go that he's a con artist and a fraud. Wh...
  • 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.
  • Kate Olson
    What a delightful read! I loved the college setting and the literary focus, and although I have never read Persuasion, I have heard that this is a solid retelling :-) I'm a major lover of books about books, and this one did NOT disappoint. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this title - all opinions are my own.
  • Joyce
    Anne Corey is a professor at Fairfax College in Southern California tryingTo gain tenure, write a book , and take care of her father when she discoversthat Adam Martinez, her first love and ex-fiancé has become the newPresident of the College.Anne must overcome the interest of another writeras well as doing what she must to reach her goal. This is a fast, enjoyable,light read about bookish women. It has wit, charm and heart , humor as wellas dra...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...