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The first time Carolina and Sebastian meet, he's only eight. His parents seems to ignore him. He would come and spend time at Carolina's house. During that time her father was visiting and the three of them had a great time together. Caro was already married to David. David was a medical officer in the US Navy. Just a few months after her marriage, she knew she was unhappy with a man like David. He was verbally abusive and made her feel inadequate. When David's orders sent them to the East, Sebastian is devastated to loose her.
Ten years later, Carolina Wilson is back in California. Still miserable. When Sebastian comes back into her life and they start spending time together, Caro knows this is dangerous. Sebastian is caring, sweet and makes her feel attractive again. What their relationship precipitates is indescribable.
I had mixed feelings about Caro and Sebastian's love story. On one hand, I knew their relationship was wrong. She was married. I believe, she should have walked away if she was unhappy. Cheating is never right. I can't lie and say the age difference didn't bother me either, because it certainly did. He was underage and she knew better. On the other hand, I felt awful for them. They were in love and they had so many obstacles to overcome.
“Every time something goes wrong, you give up on us. You’re killing me, Caro … I don’t know what will happen…but neither do you. Maybe we’ll make it…maybe we won’t. But you’re giving up before we’ve even tried. I don’t understand. Why won’t you take a chance?”
The story was very well developed...sometimes I felt too developed. But I really felt every emotion described in this book. I felt like I was with them on the beach, in the car, in their bedrooms, in the storeroom and in the bathroom. Sebastian’s sweet innocence was heart warming, but sometimes I felt like it was too much for him...this relationship..this love. Of course all good things come to an end and this forbidden love was discovered (finally), and things did not end well. I was heartbroken for both of them. Onto book 2
Okay, spoilers now. What a caring adult would have done on a night when she finds the kid battered and crying is get him help, not take him to bed and compound both their problems. It was beyond stupid and so careless, she really would have deserved the harshest of consequences. The poor boy only had a few short months until he was legal. At the end, Caroline had ammunition enough to push back at the Wilson's and the author didn't go there. All she had to do was accuse them of abuse and threaten to take it to her editor in a military story. Many knew it was fact and was going on.
For all these reasons, I can't rate this higher or consider this a real love story. Just can't. It's so wrong.
Yes, the boy is 17. However, she realises that when damage is already done. Other thing is that this book is a fiction, not real life story, so if someone has the problem with the age of the boy it can just imagine in her/his head the boy is older.
For me, this book is very well written, it is nice and warm story about two people surrounded by control freaks who try to find their way to freedom and happiness.
There was also mentioned in other reviews that secondary characters were unrealistic and unbelievable. I wouldn't agree with that. World is full of people like them, I personally know more than a dozen such controlling selfish people whose only concern is themselves. True, their motives are not very clear, but as book is written from Caroline's POV that is understandable as she doesn't really know them so she doesn't understand what made them to become people they are.
I will certainly read other books from Jane.
I found Sebastian quite childish and his feelings were very 'instant' towards Caroline which was not portrayed correctly. I understand instant attraction but I couldn't even see that from his side. Once I've started a book I don't like to not finish it so I was determined to read it to the end which I did. I enjoyed the last chapter the most! I am interested to see what happens but I won't be putting it high on my TBR list.
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