A friendship between the lost and lonely Caroline, and the unhappy Sebastian, leads to an illicit love that threatens them both.
Caroline Wilson is trapped in a cold and loveless marriage with an older man. When her husband finally wins a long sought-after promotion, Caroline feels she has little choice but to follow him to a new home in San Diego. There she meets Sebastian, a young man of 17.
For an all too brief summer, their happiness blooms. But external pressures begin to bear down, not least from the overbearing David, and Sebastian’s parents begin to suspect that their son has a secret. Even Caroline’s new friend, Donna, realises that dark passions exist below the serene surface
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Firstly, I am going to berate myself!
Why for the love of all that is illicit and deliciously unholy, did I wait so long to read this?
Secondly, I am in love!
And not just with the beautiful Sebastian Hunter but also with the woman who wrote this book! Jane Harvey-Berrick is a phenomenal writer. Her prose is perfect, and I mean that wholeheartedly – the writing style worked for me because her words flow with such fluidity and eloquence that it succeeded in making me emotionally invested and completely enamoured with both Caroline and Sebastian, right from the very start.
This is a journey of first-love and sexual exploration that is written with heart and a deep profound honesty that I felt myself drowning as time around me ceased to exist. I felt everything; the lust, the shame, the guilt, the fear, but overall, I got swept away on that beach by a love so strong, so unyielding, I stopped caring about the ‘so-called’ legalities and basked in the exquisiteness of this heartfelt and flawlessly executed story... I didn't want this summer romance to end!
This book takes the reader on a journey - an education of sexual self-discovery between a downtrodden and bullied military housewife and a 17-year-old young man wiser beyond his years due to parental neglect. The Education of Sebastian focuses on a love affair between two souls that sing, whilst trying to overcome the challenges that derive from an illicit relationship between a 30-year-old married woman and what the Californian state consider to be a ‘minor’.
David: Caroline's husband is portrayed as such a cold and heartless bastard that it certainly helped soften the blow and made me understand certain actions better when it came to finding solace within the arms of the kind and sweet Sebastian. And hell... call me a cougar if you must, because this one is purring...
Sebastian, although labelled as a minor, went above and beyond many men double his age when it came to his depth of characterisation. His ability to judge situations, and act on his escalating feelings for his Caro made me swoon. Watching him grow from a lost innocent to a man capable of such kindness, love and sexual prowess was a pleasurable and heart-warming experience. He is perfect in every way and I love him. Truly!
The ending....Holy Fuck! I feel the need to commit book murder. I actually cried. My poor heart was subjected to such torment that I felt it break in two, and my hatred for certain characters spiral to epic proportions.
This is one those premises that I’m sure many will raise an eyebrow or two at, but all I can say, and if you take just one thing from this review, I implore you to try it. Read it. Embrace it. And let the emotions of Caro and Sebastian’s reawakening wash over you; liberate you...because even though this relationship is deemed so very wrong, in many ways, it never felt more right.