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Jane, you did an outstanding job. Bravo!!! I absolutely loved reading this through Sebastian's eyes. Five stars for me. I love you even more as a person for the charities you support. Proceeds of this book will go to the Felix Fund and the EOD Warrior Fundation.
Felix Fund www.felixfund.org.uk
EOD Warrior Foundation www.eodwarriorfoundation.org
Happy Sigh ..... <3
Sebastian is 13 years younger that Caroline. They met when he was young & then met again when he was 17 which is when their relationship began & when they were then separated. Seb went on to join the Marines. This story is Seb's story & reflections of that time & of when he & Caro are reunited.
The author shows us the intensity of the love that Seb felt for Caro and the effects brought on by their separation. Once they reunite the fireworks begin again. It is not easy but love is not easy. They have many challenges the biggest of which is PTSD. The emotions & horror that Seb felt were brought to the forefront in this book. The effects of the PTSD in Caro & Seb's relationship are immense. They persevere but it is not an easy time.
When Seb was hit in Afghanistan, I knew it was coming but it did not make it any easier to read again. I felt like I was there - in the moment with Seb.
I had forgotten the playful way that the 2 characters communicate. It is one of the many things I like about this authors writing. She keeps it real. There is so much love & compassion in the words in this book. They are carried through every page.
These words are love - pure & simple..... <3
"Caro, I don't understand," I gasped. "Why do you love me?"
"Just because....because the sky is blue and the sea is green."
And then I broke.
Everything she'd told me was true. She'd love me ten years ago, and all the years in between, and she still loved me now. And I didn't know why; I didn't understand, but maybe that didn't matter, because she loved me, and I loved her and I always had. It had only ever been her. My Caro.
Sebastian hasn't had the easiest of childhoods and Caroline was the one bright spot of his upbringing and then the love of his life as a teenager. When he thought he and Caroline were over forever, Sebastian became very reckless, with no clear direction or goal in life. His decision to join the Marines wasn't his own, he was forced to do so by his father, a person he held in contempt.
While Sebastian has a tendency to be rash and hot-tempered, he has never been confused about his true feelings and desires when it comes to Caroline, that is probably the only thing he can see clearly in his life. Caro's insecurities had a lot to do with being independent and confident, and now she's an accomplished and self-established journalist. Sebastian's insecurities come from not having any particular talent or craft that he can be proud of and his feelings of inadequacy for not having gone to college or being worthy of someone like Caroline.
What I have always loved about Sebastian is his heart, it's very pure and unconditional. He doesn't see the rest of the world when Caroline is in his focus because he recognizes her heart and that's all he needs or wants. This book is definitely for Sebastian fans because there's not a lot of new information compared to The Education of Caroline besides a front seat to Sebastian's thoughts, although the ending gives a little extra into the future. However, the proceeds for this book do go towards military charities so it's still worthwhile.