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The Education of Madeline Paperback – March 1, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Plum Creek Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234698
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Williamson has done it again. I really enjoy her romantic westerns. They are always well written with characters you enjoy reading about and she makes the old west come alive.
Why Five Stars?
1. It was well written and shows the attitudes of the reconstruction era and the attitude towards women of the time.
2. Characters that you can't help liking and admiring. Madeline Brewster the heroine, a lonely spinster hated by the town of Plum City,Col because she not only owns most of the town but she is an independent woman not afraid to do things her own way. Teague Oneal the alleged outlaw that Madeline saves from a hanging. Teague has been traumatized by the war and it's aftermath and is wasting his life on women and drink. Imagine his surprise to learn that Madeline has saved his life so that he can educate her in the ways of love. Not only did he "rise to occasion but treated Madeline with respect but came to love her and protect her from her enemies. The minor characters of Micah and Eppie were very likeable and the best friends Madeline could have.
3. The plot involved mystery as well as romance. Madeline and Teague have to unearth the villains to save her life and her bank. By the way the feisty female lawyer who helped them was another memorable character.
4. The authors descriptions of the scenery are so vivid you feel you are there in the old west.
5. Last but not least the sex scenes sizzle.
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Not generally one to like period pieces or westerns, I was pleasantly surprised after reading The Education of Madeline. I loved the authors writing style and the plot behind the story. The fact that women were so mistreated in those days is well documented and the author incorporates the issues well in her book. I liked both the heroines strength and the heros weakness for her. Both tortured souls Madeline and Teague make a perfect match. I love the ending to the story as well.
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In 1872 in Plum City, Colorado, at thirty-two years of age, Madeline Brewster feels her chance for happiness has passed her by. She has never found love and besides the locals place her as out of reach due to her family owning much of the town. Making her loneliness feel worse, the spinster cannot even bury her isolation by managing her family fortune; her stepfather controls her family's wealth since her mom died.

Irishman Teague O'Neal arrives in town only to be accused of being a horse thief. The mob starts to lynch him, but Madeline intercedes. She offers the handsome rogue a deal: his life for teaching her the pleasure of being a woman. Feeling roped in, he agrees. As they fall in love, someone wants Madeline dead while Teague is willing to die to keep his beloved safe.

The lead couple is an interesting duo as none of the townsfolk would expect the spinster to fall in love especially with an Irish rogue. Although her stepfather is never fully developed beyond villainous status, Western romance readers will feel transported to Reconstruction Era Colorado to bear witness to the love between the on the self feisty female and the rakish handsome horse thief.

Harriet Klausner
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Madeline is a 32 year old spinster that inherited a bank from her father. Some of the townspeople despise her because of her position and fortune. Hearing that a horse thief is about to be hung, she saves him for her own desires. She hires him to teach her about what goes on between a man and woman. Unbeknownst to Maddy, Teague has been hired by villains to find anything they can use against her in order to have her hanged.
The book was pretty good, until the end. I didn't care for the end because everything was rushed in order to wrap it up. Most of the book consisted of sex between Maddy and Teague. There are some inconsistencies in the story regarding Teague. In the beginning he talked about how all of his money went to booze and whores. But later he said he had only only broken his vow to to be with another woman, other than his dead wife, three times. And he seems to know an awful lot about unconventional sex. Just doesn't quite make sense.

I am looking forward to readinwv more in the series.
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Madeline Brewster knows she shouldn't be eavesdropping but is unable to help it. From what she can gather, a man is going to be hung for stealing a horse. The situation is perfect for what Madeline has in mind. She has a plan but before it can work, she has to get to the accused horse thief before the sheriff in order to save his life. Madeline rushes and makes it to the end of town and finally is able to convince the country sheriff to allow the man to remain in her custody for thirty days, long enough for the judge to show up and oversee his trial. With the dirty, ragged man in tow Madeline sets off for her home and the first thing on the agenda is a bath for her new tenant.

Madeline thinks about what she needs to do while the man, Teague O'Neal, bathes. After he finishes and Madeline sees him, she is understandably shaken. What once was a dirty, smelly, and shabby man has been replaced by one of the most handsome and compelling men she has ever seen. Now all she has to do is convince Mr. O'Neal to overlook her shortcomings and agree to oversee her education - her sexual education.

Teague O'Neal doesn't really care what happens to him - he is tired, worn out, and has pretty much given up. But, his bout of feeling sorry for himself comes to an end when a tantalizing but forceful spinster comes to his aid and keeps him from hanging. He knows she has a hidden agenda, what about however, he has no idea. After his bath, Teague can't believe what he is hearing. His new jailer, albeit a red haired beautiful one, wants Teague to educate her in the art of what goes on between a man and a woman. Unable to give her an answer Teague asks for time to decide. Three days later, Teague's will power is shot.
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