By the Book ~by Julia Sonneborn

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


This Book was everything I wanted. It was a perfect blend of women’s fiction, books, and romance. And it was funny and relatable. So basically, it was a slam dunk.

Anne was so cute and quirky in her ways and naïveté, she really found a place in my heart. (So cheesy, but so true.) And did I mention her love of books? *swoon* The rest of the cast was pretty stellar, too. They all had really distinct personalities, which always makes for a fun read, and so many of them were booknerds!

I’ve already recommended this book to a bunch of people, and now I’m recommending it to you. It’s going to make you feel all warm and happy, it’s going to make you laugh, and maybe even cry. ~Amber

Purchase links: Barnes & Noble – IndieBound – Amazon

Learn about the author on her Website. Visit her online on Instagram and Twitter.


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