By the Book
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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.
Delightful, perfect for Austen fans
I haven't read Persuasion, which this is a modernization of, but I have read other Austen novels and think this is a perfectly fun read for fans of her work, whether they're familiar with Persuasion or not. It has many of the themes central to Austen's work, including family, social class/structure, wealth, and of course, love. I thought it was brilliant to update 1800s England to a modern small college setting. Academia has its own insular community, rules and rankings that play perfectly into Persuasion's original storyline. Anne working to achieve tenure is a nice twist on a traditional Austen character making a good marriage - they can both set you up for life. "Publish or perish" is a substitute for the "old maid" concept, though modern-day Anne is also seeking romantic happiness as a secondary goal to her career objectives. I can't remember the last book I read this fast, it was purely delightful. Digital galley read through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.