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By the Book (a Meant to Be Novel): A Meant to Be Novel (edition 2022)
by Jasmine Guillory (Author)
By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
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Oh dear, I listened to the audiobook, quite recently, but I don't remember it. I promise to revisit my score once I've borrowed it again, as I appreciate that most people really did seem to enjoy it.
I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did! Although I am a teacher with no aspirations to enter the publishing/writing business, this was an interesting read, and kept me hooked from start to finish. Also appreciated that while it is a spin on Beauty and the Beast, there is a lot more consent and freedom involved.
By the Book was the novel I needed today. Things are tough. I'm almost completely out of money. I don't feel well and I'm worried that I'm not physically capable of doing my new job. I haven't been able to concentrate on reading, or even audiobooks, and that's left me feeling totally without support. Books are my go-to way to calm my ruffled nerves, and if I can't do that I will actually lose my mind and end up in an insane asylum!
So it was a good thing today that I stumbled over Jasmine Guillory's By the Book. It's an easy book to read, the time goes past so quickly. The story focuses on books, my favourite milieu. The characters are three-dimensional and likeable, and there's a secret bad guy who messes things up for the main character. All of these made the book just what I needed. Thank you to Ms. Guillory for writing another great romance.
Smoldering romance between a junior editor (Izzy) and a reclusive writer (Beau.) Contains lots of practical advice for (aspiring) writers. It’s definitely inspired me.
ETA Facepalming for not realizing it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Which explains why many pieces of furniture are considered magical. I thought it was a quirk showing how ideas of the fantastical have been mainstreamed in real life.
Yes, I would like that bathtub and that snack cabinet in my life.
Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing right out of college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, living at home, still an editorial assistant, and the only Black employee at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to finally get the promotion she deserves. All she has to do is go to the author's Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be? But Izzy quickly finds out she is in over her head. Beau Towers is not some celebrity lightweight writing a tell-all memoir. He is jaded and withdrawn and--it turns out--just as lost as Izzy. But despite his standoffishness, Izzy needs Beau to deliver, and with her encouragement, his story begins to spill onto the page. They soon discover they have more in common than either of them expected, and as their deadline nears, Izzy and Beau begin to realize there may be something there that wasn't there before.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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The MC is a 25yo black female who has been dreaming of working in the book business for as long as she could remember. However, the publishing company she works for,is becoming worse for wear and she is struggling with paying her bills with no potential growth in her future. That is until she winds offering to babysit a celebrity who was supposed to write his memoir two years ago.
Things can heat up quick when you are in close proximity to each other, especially when you need to be vulnerable to write. ( )