Title: By the Book (Meant to Be #2)
Author: Jasmine Guillory
This offering was brought to my attention in a listing of new books by black authors. I choose which books I will read based on the synopsis provided and not by the author's place/country of origin, sex or ethnicity. If the synopsis appears interesting to me I will read the book. So far my batting average is about 95 for choosing good books. I must say this book was right there in the top of my good books to read. This book had a very good plot and enabled me to be a co-subject with the main character. I was able to feel her highs and lows and pull for her eventual success. A great story and great finish.
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 He is jaded and withdrawn and—it turns out—just as lost as Izzy.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.
About The Author:
Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.