Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

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.

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 is also her co-worker who also happens to be her best friend. He wont read anything published after 1920 which would be fine if it didn’t come  over so snotty. Speaking of the best friend who also happens to be gay, he could have not been more of a stereotype, the way her dressed or talked or behaved. I think that could have been much better and less cliché and it would have been more enjoyable. We have come so far when it comes to LGBTQs so there is no reason to throw out all these cliches.

I also was not a big fan of the Anne, who also was been way to overplayed . She lived to much in the what has been and not in the what is happening now. She seemed to play with people because she only thought f herself at times.

Overall, I was not a fan but I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will overlook all the clichés like the book much better.

I rate it 2 ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available Feb 6th 2018

JULIA SONNEBORN IS AN ENGLISH PROFESSOR AND A LOS ANGELS NATIVE. AFTER HEADING EAST FOR COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL, SHE HIGHTAILED IT BACK TO CALIFORNIA,WHERE SHE NOW LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND, TWO KIDS, TWO CATS AND A DOG.

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