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This story begins with Caro turning 40 and getting ready to head for Afghanistan, as a reporter in war locations. During some required training while she was in Geneva before heading to Afghanistan, she is shocked to see Sebastian as one of the presenters. He is shocked also but furious and ignores her when she wants to speak to him. When he was almost 18 and she had to leave (you really need to read The Education of Sebastian first), he said he would wait the three years for her and expected they would find each other when he turned 21. His heart was broken when he didn’t hear from her and so began his drinking and manwhoring ways. He was forced by his father, a Naval officer, to join the service at 18 and he chose the Marines.
My emotions varied so much with the two characters and my heart just broke for Sebastian. He had uncaring parents and had lived a painful childhood. He loved Caro with all of his heart and had spent the past years angry thinking that she never tried to contact him. At age 28, he still has a temper, acts sullen, and his emotions run the gamut from seeing his beautiful Caro, hating her for not contacting him, and back again. There is still such passion between the two and Jane can write such sensual scenes.
Caro, who has been going by the name of Lee Venzi, has traveled all over the world covering military related stories. As she and Sebastian head to Afghanistan, she finds so many unique stories to write about the Marines and the environment, while taking photos to send to her publisher. I can’t imagine having to live in such war torn countries, using wipes to clean yourself, wearing a flak jacket, and unsure how safe you will be from minute to minute.
I thought I had written a review for this book when I read it around January 2013 but was unable to locate it. This is certainly no reflection on my feelings for this book, the characters, and Jane’s writing. I re-read the book this past week and, even though I knew the various things that would happen, I fell in love all over again and also felt such pain. Jane is a master at describing locations, and I felt like I was there in the mountains, in Italy, Afghanistan and in Long Beach, NY. I don’t know how she does it but she can write such amazing scenes from a male perspective, no matter the age.
I’ve read several of Jane’s books and while I love and enjoy all of her stories, The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline have always held a special place in my heart. When she wrote additional chapters of these stories on her blog, I just loved them so much and wanted more! When Jane decided to combine the two books into one (and with a gorgeous cover by Hang Le), she included the extra chapters and extended epilogues, and her fans still wanted more. I am so excited that her new book, Semper Fi, from Sebastian’s POV, will be out soon. I just know that I will be an emotional mess reading Sebastian’s view, especially over the past 10 years of his life.
No matter which book you choose to read of Jane’s, you will receive such a gift from the joy, love, and friendships, to the bittersweet, and sometimes heartbreaking scenes she so effortlessly writes. Her characters are intelligent, caring and strong. Other characters are just so broken that you think they will never heal. Her writing is flawless, her characters captivating, and always such compelling stories. I can’t recommend Jane’s books enough and believe that you will love them also.
This older woman/younger man second chance story losses it's taboo/shock value with ten year having past since they were together last.
The female protagonist was shallow and self centred and her male counterpart lost some of his initial shine for me.
Book two completes the Seb/Caro story and the bonus chapters are a value add.
It would be one of my favourite book of all time.. sempre e per sempre
I know some people quite sceptical about picking this up because of the age gap issues. But it just simply a love story that makes you forgot all boundaries. Love was what matters.
Taking place 10 years after the first book ended, The Education of Caroline is even better and takes you through their journey. I felt like going around Europe and trap in the war zone (much to my dislike... but that's just how good the author making your felt like you're there)
I wont tell you the whole story or even what to expect. You simply have to read it yourself to experience and know what I mean. But I can tell you there's lots of laughs, sexy moments (oh yeah~~ plenty actually!) and the angst (just enough to make your heart beat faster and sit closer to the edge of the bed wondering and hoping its not going to be bad) and of course a happy ending that would put a smile to your face for days. (well.. for me that is!)
Love this book! I could go on and on about it and would love to give more than 5 stars. its 5+++++ stars ratings!
Caroline has moved on and accomplished herself professionally. She is definitely more mature in this book, because in the previous book she had many immaturity issues (which is probably why she gave a chances to the much younger and illegal aged Sebastian). Caroline is not looking back but at the same time she feels that she will not find true love again, but is she wrong. She see's Sebastian and he looks like he hates her but who wouldn't have the same reaction if you were in that situation.
In this book I'm not quite sure i liked Caroline much in the beginning, I felt that she was coming up as higher than though. Her attitude with Sebastian was very short and very impatient. But thankfully by the end i changed my mind. This book was very dark at times and had me seriously emotional. I couldn't help but think about all the family members that suffer when their love ones are in the military service, also about all those ex soldiers that might never be whole again after their experience.
I really enjoyed the book, but wish that I got a longer ending (in a sense of what else could have happened).
Very nice read.
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There's just sonething a bit off on the pacing of the story.Read more