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Julia Sonneborn

In BY THE BOOK, an English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiance has just become the president of her university - and her new boss - in this modern retelling of Jane Austen's PERSUASION, a funny love story for anyone who wishes for a second chance at happily ever after.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor at Fairfax College in San Bernadino, California, she's not about to let anything get in her way of scoring a position on the coveted tenure track. All she's got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She's in. But then Adam Martinez--aka her first love and ex-fiance--shows up as Fairfax'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 PERSUASION explores just what happens when we run into the demons of our past... and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

Julia Sonneborn is teaches at University of Nevada at Las Vegas and is the author of two scholarly books.

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