By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Available now: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

**** 4 stars – Loved it!: A fun, quirky modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.


Recommended readers:

  • If you like modern romance (and maybe a romance book worm)
  • If you like a modern retelling of Jane Austen books

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall


I’m a lover of all things Jane Austen – the original books, the many movies (both old and new) and I haven’t read a modern retelling that I haven’t liked. Curtis Sittenfeld retold Pride and Prejudice with Eligible (here’s our review), and Julia Sonneborn does a great retelling of Persuasion with By the Book.

Anne is a English Professor working hard (and stressing) about her tenure at her school …. not to mention taking care of her crazy father and now the super-hot new writer/colleague who’s just joined the staff, when she learns a man she once wanted to marry is now becoming president of her college. As with the original Jane Austen novel, By the Book dives into Anne’s past just as she thinks she’s figured out her future.

Available now: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

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