You are here

By the Book-A Meant To Be Novel (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
By the Book-A Meant To Be Novel By Jasmine Guillory Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
1 on hand, as of Jul 18 1:21pm

Staff Reviews

A contemporary spin on "Beauty and the Beast" -- where Isabelle is a beleaguered editorial assistant who inadvertently becomes the only person who can help reclusive celebrity Beau Towers finish his long delayed memoir. In his Santa Barbara mansion of course. A sweet cozy romance with quiet depth. Loved.

— Lori R


From New York Times best-selling author Jasmine Guillory comes the much-anticipated second book in the Meant to Be collection inspired by the classic fairy tale stories we all know and love, perfect for adult readers who crave contemporary, escapist rom-coms.

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 He is jaded and  withdrawn and—it turns out—just as lost as Izzy.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…


USA Today Bestseller
An Amazon Book of the Month
An Amazon Best Book of 2022
An Apple Best Book of 2022
The Root Books We Can't Wait to Read
Bustle Most Anticipated Book
Buzzfeed Best Book
Harper's Bazaar Best Romantic Books of 2022

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>

For anyone who's ever possessed dreams of a literary romantic gesture, this will make you swoon.

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>

Sure, you know what is going to happen and it's a tale as old as time, but that doesn't make it any less fun getting there. Oh, the power of Guillory's storytelling!
E! Online<br><br>

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

This fairytale rom-com mashup is total magic! Swoon-worthy from start to finish!
Julie Murphy, New York Times best-selling author of IF THE SHOE FITS and DUMPLIN'

You’ll be blushing and crushing until the very end.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368053389
ISBN-10: 1368053386
Publisher: Hyperion Avenue
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Meant To Be