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By the Book: A Meant to Be Novel
By the Book: A Meant to Be Novel | Jasmine Guillory
A tale as old as time--for a new generation... 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 He is jaded and withdrawn and--it turns out--just as lost as Izzy.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. Best-selling author Jasmine Guillory's reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is a romantic triumph of love and acceptance and learning that sometimes to truly know a person you have to read between the lines.
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janeycanuck
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I love Jasmine Guillory. And I love Beauty and the Beast. And Guillory nailed her retelling, setting it in the publishing industry, keeping the heart of the story alive with so many little nods to the original & the Disney movie. Yet, it was still classic Guillory with humour & good food & smart, strong women. Just so good!

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amma-keep-reading
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Fairy tale retelling? Check. Diverse cast of characters? Check. Would I recommend to others? Check.

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Sara_Planz
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This Beauty and the Beast retelling is a slow burn romance, building the relationship between Izzy and Beau in a manner that allows them to get to know each other, and get to know themselves. Also can we talk about all the food references! Baking and breakfast and that amazing SNACK CABINET! This book was a lot of fun and a definite must read for romance readers. Pack this one in your beach bag (along with some snacks) and get whisked away!!!

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Kshakal
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I absolutely love her books and this one was no exception!! A brilliant and modern retelling of beauty and the beast that had me smiling the whole time!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The newest in the Meant To Be collection - a group of romances inspired by Disney stories - this is the “Beauty and the Beast” story, and I loved it! I appreciated that it wasn‘t a full retelling, & it was fun seeing the little nods to my fav princess. Sarah Hollis was a very enthusiastic audiobook narrator, and I enjoyed what she brought to my reading of the book. Guillory is a must read author for me, and this is no exception.

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RealLifeReading
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When there‘s a new Jasmine Guillory book out, it‘s time to drop everything and read!

Liatrek Loved this one so much ❤️❤️ 4w
KristiAhlers I have yet to read her. 4w
janeycanuck I‘m at the top of the list at the library for this but somehow, they haven‘t gotten their copies yet. It‘s driving me mad!! 3w
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RealLifeReading @Liatrek it was delightful! 2w
RealLifeReading @KristiAhlers i love her books! 2w
RealLifeReading @janeycanuck hope you got your book! 2w
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Sara_Planz
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NinaEveZ
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Ok, this one was not starting out as strong as the last Meant To Be novel but, at the start of chapter four our female protagonist admits to hating food that jiggles. Finally, someone understands!!! Jell-o, flan, pudding, custard— if it moves on it‘s own and is no longer alive is disturbing. I feel seen.

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Liatrek
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What a sweet story❤️❤️❤️❤️ Izzy and Beau were just perfect together and I loved all the nods to Beauty and the Beast🙂

Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
janeycanuck This just came in for me at the library. I‘m really looking forward to it. 4w
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SW-T
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Loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling. Izzy and Beau were fun to read about. Enjoyed how Izzy grew more herself as she helped Beau find his voice and write his memoir. Hard call, but might be my new favorite Guillory, and she‘s written some good books!

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NikkiCureton
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When other girls dreamed about the prince, I was definitely fantasizing about that library!
“She‘d gone to the library with her parents, once a week, every week, when she was a little girl. It had felt like a magic place to her, full of books just waiting to be read—on shelves, in stacks, in every corner. She‘d fantasized about having a place like that in her own imaginary future home, with shelves and shelves of books, wherever you looked.”

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Roary47
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Book haul from gift cards and just spoiling myself for my birthday. 🥰 The tagged in one I‘m really looking forward to. Skandar and the unicorn thief came with an enamel pin! 😍The 10th Kingdom is from that mini series in the late 90s so I‘m pretty excited about it too! 😍💛🥰 Happy reading everyone!

BethM I LOVE the 10th kingdom! Had it on vhs and dvd! 1mo
persephone1408 @Roary47 lmk how that unicorn thief is plz. I'm thinking about reading it. 1mo
Roary47 @persephone1408 I‘ll put it in nexts months TBR so I can do that for you. 😊 1mo
Roary47 @BethM Same! I‘m so excited to read it and planning on getting the DVD soon. 😍💛 1mo
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marleed
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This author is among my many auto-read authors. I enjoy reading what‘s inside the head of her characters. While this B&B redo isn‘t my favorite of her books, it‘s still a pick. I was intrigued about her MC as a new lone black female at the publishing co, Tale as Old as Time (lol). The point of the story is what‘s happening at the ‘castle‘ in Santa Barbara, but my favorite parts happened when Izzy (vs Belle) was in her offices in NYC. ↓

marleed I am now intrigued by the idea of different authors coming to the table to provide their adult take on Disney stories. The order won‘t matter, and now I want to read Julie Murphy‘s initial contribution to the series. 2mo
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Liatrek
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New books and some white wine for a lovely Saturday night 😊

keepingupwiththepenguins I can't wait to read this one! 😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen That sounds like a great plan! 2mo
marleed I spent my Saturday with the tagged, as well! 2mo
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kera_11
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beauty and the beast retelling. Beau is shut up in his mansion not writing the book he said he would, so Isabelle shows up at his house to give him some pep talks and prove her worth at her job at the publishing house, but they do not get off on the right foot. this book was sweet and the reveal at the end to get her to come back was just everything.

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sebrittainclark
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My April reading went much better than expected once I realized how much easier it is to listen to an audiobook while feeding a baby.

#bookspinbingo

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MaggieCarr
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Lots of rom-coms are retellings of some sort but I'm enjoying this Meant To Be series by various authors. This one imitates Beauty & The Beast in an writers/editors POV in a one sided enemies to lovers trope. Closed door romance with a lovable assistant and best friend. Need to go scout out what the third book will be about and who is writing it.

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Zuhkeeyah
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Disclaimer: Belle is my favorite princess. She loves books, I love books. We‘re basically the same. Which meant I was expecting a lot of a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast by one of my favorite authors. By the Book was a tale as old as time full of little Easter eggs that had me giggling with joy. In public. Izzy works hard to uncover the prince of a fellow hidden beneath Beaus‘s gruff personality.

Thank you Hyperion Avenue for the ARC!

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sebrittainclark
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I was so excited to see Jasmine Guillory's take on Beauty and the Beast in this series of Disney fairy tales adapted to contemporary romances. Izzy is an assistant at a publishing house and one of her tasks is emailing the reclusive celebrity Beau Towers for updates about he very late memoir, which are always ignored. Izzy goes to Beau's home in Southern California to try to finally find out what's going on, but ends up staying to help Beau.

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sebrittainclark
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1. By the Book by Jasmine Guillory and Queen's Hope by E. K. Johnston

2. A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Cana

3. The Emma Project by Sonali Dev

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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sebrittainclark
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Isabelle Marlowe smiled at the world as she walked down the bustling, crowded Manhattan street. She couldn‘t help it.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

behudd Can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
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sebrittainclark
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I put together my April #bookspinbingo even though I think I'll be lucky to finish 4 books next month, including the two I'm currently reading.

#bookspin #doublebookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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A sweet and charming Beauty and the Beast retelling. Thought she did a great job of making the story contemporary. #ARC #Netgalley

Liatrek Can‘t wait for this one to come out🙂 3mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 62

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Bookjunkie57
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When you get approved for an ARC and now have to throw out your whole TBR.

Okay really just rework it but I like to be dramatic.

Liatrek I can‘t for this one to come out❤️ 4mo
bthegood You make me smile - 🙂 4mo
Bookjunkie57 @Liatrek I‘ve been looking forward to it too. 4mo
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Preciouz29
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Cute! But also, if you‘re looking for any heat at all, Thai is not the book for you. It was pretty chaste tbh. That said, I enjoyed this retelling almost as much as I enjoyed book 1 of this series; a very slow burn here.