I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.By the Book by Julia Sonneborn
Published by Gallery Books on February 6th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Edelweiss eArc
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.
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.
Adam arrives polished and accomplished, while Anne’s life feels hectic and out of control. Determined to make the best of it, Anne starts to see newly arrived professor and published author, Rick, while continuing to teach and get her book published.
There’s a side story with her bff, Larry, who falls in love with a closeted and married movie star, some drama with her students and fellow staff members, and tons of family drama.
It’s been cold and rainy here, so it was the perfect book to cuddle up with and binge read. Anne is a woman after my own heart, with lots of starry eyed references to Austen and Jane Eyre and others. The movie that Anne helps consult on, Jane Vampire, feels like it should have already been produced, and there were lots of laughs, some swooning, and lots of longing.
I think Persuasion is one of Austen’s best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth. 😉
I really enjoyed Anne’s friendship with Larry, and those scenes were really fun. But the midnight moment was the ending, when Anne receives a particular letter.
Stop the Clock:
I really enjoyed this modern take on Persuasion. It was funny and sweet, the romance was pretty low key… but that’s Austen! Lots of intense looks and feelings unspoken. Pretty boys who turn out to be heartbreakers, and pride getting in the way of a couple. Fortunately, all’s well that ends well! It comes out tomorrow, so treat yourself (your shelf) to a romantic but not overly flowery book!
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