- 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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The Education of Madeline Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book - the first one I'd ordered from this author. Read it in just one day!!Published 1 month ago by Dorjean
Just love the story line and the plot. Read all three books and they where great. Can't wait the another series from Beth Williamson. Just love her books.Published on August 4, 2010 by Deborah Peterkin
Author Beth Williamson has written an old-fashioned, sexy, historical, western novel that pulls you in at the first page. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I'm beginning to enjoy romance with a western story line or maybe I just love the cowboy types. Anyway I loved the story and I loved the 2 main characters. Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by The joy of reading