By the Book (A Meant To Be Novel): A Meant to be Novel (Hardcover)

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Jasmine Guillory retells Beauty and the Beast set in the publishing world. Isabelle, an editorial assistant, ends up in California helping Beau write his celebrity memoir. Dive right in and enjoy the sly references to the Disney story while reveling in Guillory's wonderful storytelling.

— Cathy


Sometimes to truly know a person, you have to read between the lines.

Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and one of the few Black employees 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 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 He is jaded and withdrawn and—it turns out—just as lost as Izzy.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 achingly romantic reimagining of a classic is a tale as old as time . . . for a new generation.

About the Author

Jasmine Guillory is a New York Times bestselling author of novels including The Wedding Date, the Reese's Book Club selection The Proposal, and While We Were Dating. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, and Time, and she is a frequent book contributor on The Today Show. She lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For…

"BY THE BOOK is in my hands and I could not be any more excited to celebrate it! Jasmine is on a short list of my tried and true comfort-read authors. I don’t know how she manages to weave such depth into her characters while still making the whole reading experience feel SO GOOD AND NICE but she does, every single time."
Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION and BEACH READ<br>

“Endearing….A sweet read.”
Kirkus Reviews<br><br>

“My cheeks hurt from smiling through this delightful book for adults who haven’t outgrown fairytales. And speaking of magic, how does Jasmine Guillory keep getting better and better?”
Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of WISH YOU WERE HERE<br>

“This book is a delight from start to finish.”<br>

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368050395
ISBN-10: 1368050395
Publisher: Hyperion Avenue
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Meant To Be