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All in all, there wasn't much of an education for neither of them. It was same old, same old. The woman does what women have done all through history, the man does what men have done since the dawn of times. Nothing more, nothing new, no elating education.
Sorry, not my cup of tea.
I love to go into a book totally blind, selecting it only because of the author, as I love how Ms. Berrick can brilliantly weave a story so you feel you are part of it. I refrained from reading the synopsis and just allowed the story to reveal itself page by page, chapter by chapter. What unfolded left me spellbound!
This extremely talented author creates two wonderfully enchanting characters, who are twelve years apart in age. When they meet she is a young military wife and he is an eight year old child. A a decade later, they meet again, the attraction is overwhelming and a forbidden love story is born! It is an affair so wrong and yet feels so right. Together they learn what "true love" is really all about. They also learn, in the blink of an eye, your world can come crashing down around you.
Quite honestly if you don't fall in love with Sebastian, you don't have a pulse ;)
I did do some eye rolling though, which is why 4.5 stars and not 5. After about the twentieth very descriptive, but many beautiful, sex scenes, I was thinking 'Okay, got it. They love having sex, they have great sex, they enjoy discussing the sex they are about to have" and so on. But I digress ......
Book One ..... The Education of Sebastian
Caroline was raised by a mother who loathed her and a father who adored her. But Mommy Dearest ruled the roost and literally pushed Caroline out of the family nest and into the arms of a US Navy officer. She married David at age 19 and they moved from the east coast to San Diego Naval Base. Caroline realized quickly she was stuck in a loveless marriage long before their second anniversary. David tried to mold her into being just like "all the other officer's wives." He hated how she dressed, how she spoke and what she spoke about. Her input or thoughts on any subject were meaningless as far as he was concerned. So to keep the peace, she wore what he told her to wear and kept her mouth shut. The "domineering bully" gave out the orders and she complied. She was his "cook, cleaner, party organizer and occasional sexual toy."
She is introduced to one of the "other wives," her vile husband and their eight year old son named Sebastian. Totally ignored by his parents, aka monsters, Caroline feels sorry for the boy and started spending time with him talking about books, listening to opera and teaching him Italian, the language of her father. A sweet and innocent friendship develops between them. When Sebastian learns Caroline is moving across the country to Camp Lejeune, NC, because her husband is being reassigned to another naval unit, he cries for days. She had become his refuge. An escape from his alcoholic mother and his abusive father.
At age 30, and surprised she is still married to David, Caroline finds herself back in San Diego. While on the beach enjoying the warmth of the sun, Caroline is greeted by the voice of a surfer, belonging to none other than Sebastian, who has grown into a very handsome young man.
What transpires between them is like nothing I have ever read before. I was transfixed by their friendship, their attraction for one another, their affair, their dilemma, and their ultimate demise.
Book Two ..... The Education of Caroline
You need to read "The Education of Sebastian" first ;)) But gracious sakes, talk about taking it up a notch or two! You get pulled even deeper and more passionately into their lives and into their love for each other. You cheer for them, you smile for them, you hurt for them. As much as I enjoyed the first book of this fascinating duo, it was the second book which really grabbed hold of my heart and has yet to let go. I highly recommend!
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I've had this book sitting on my Kindle shelf for awhile now but always out of reading it. I was dumb. These two books are beautiful.Read more
The Education of Sebastian
This is such a moving love story!Read more