By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Lulu loves this cover!


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.


Anne is a professor at Fairfax College. She is struggling to get published so she can be on the tenure track. However, there is a little snag. Her ex-fiancé is now the president of her college.

First off…COVER LOVE!

This supposed to be a story about second chances. But the love story revolves more around Anne and Rick instead of Anne and Adam. My feelings are all over the place on this book. I enjoyed i, but the story itself is slow moving. I read the book fast because it is an easy read. But it is really not a fast paced story line. It drags in places and I just wanted to kick some of the characters to get them out of their rut. So, it was frustrating. Then toward the end, it really picks up the pace and takes off. Just took too long to get there.

The characters are pretty good. Anne is supposedly intelligent but sometimes her decisions do not reflect that. Ditto for Adam. Rick is a total jerk! But, Larry is a super character. I love Larry. He makes you burst out laughing in many places. Larry made the whole book for me.

I enjoyed all the book and author references. Took me back to my college literature days. This is not a bad book at all. I just felt like it was missing something.

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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7 Responses to By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

  1. FictionFan says:

    Aww, Lulu is gorgeous!! 😀

  2. macjam47 says:

    I love the cover of the book, but I think I’ll pass on this one.

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