The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline BUNDLE by Jane Harvey Berrick: Re-Release, Review, and Giveaway

The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline BUNDLE by Jane Harvey Berrick: Re-Release, Review, and GiveawayThe Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline BUNDLE by Jane Harvey-Berrick
on April 28th, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance

The Education of Sebastian

Trapped in a loveless marriage, thirty year old Caroline Wilson moves to San Diego after her military husband earns a promotion. Feeling lost and alone Caroline strikes up a friendship with young local surfer Sebastian Hunter.

Sebastian has more than friendship on his mind when he runs into Caroline on the beach. But when sparks fly friendship turns into an illicit love that threatens them both.
The Education of Caroline

Now a successful journalist, Caroline heads out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Chief Sebastian Hunter.

Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past?



Stacia Says…

 The Education of Sebastian

I’m not even sure where to begin… First off I have to thank my friend and blog-mate, Alexis, for relentlessly bugging me to read this series. She LOVED it and kept telling me to read it and I am so glad that I finally found the time. Given the premise of this book I really thought I would have a problem with it. Normally I don’t care to read a book about cheating of any kind, especially cheating within an 11-year marriage. However, Caroline’s marriage was not typical- she was married at 19 to an older man and their marriage was not really one of love. Sure she thought she loved him, but I think it was more of a way to get away from her controlling mother. Unfortunately, Caroline went from one controlling situation to another. Her husband David, a high ranking officer in the Navy was, in my mind, emotionally and verbally abusive. He not only berates her any chance he gets but he dominates, controls, and expects everything done his way.

“He hated the way I dressed, the way I spoke, what I spoke about and the things that interested me to speak about.”

Unhappy in her marriage and with her life Caroline finds first friendship and then forbidden love with Sebastian Hunter. Not only does this affair cause Caroline a lot of guilt but she tries to fight it due to who Sebastian is and the age difference between them.
Again I thought this relationship would be a problem for me- to most it would be dirty and immoral- but I think the circumstances surrounding these two played a huge factor in my feelings. Caroline never had a chance to have a “young adulthood” or even to really experience much of life; as she was always only doing what her husband David demanded of her. Sebastian had to grow up quickly and pretty much raise himself, when his controlling parents started drinking heavily and not caring or paying attention to him. Caroline and Sebastian found and saved each other.

“My gallant knight.” “Your anything,” he said seriously. “But I want to be your everything.”

This book was on my kindle for the longest time and I am so glad I finally picked it up. It was unexpected, gripping, and the cliffhanger at the end left me with heart palpations. I was literally swept off my feet by this book and couldn’t wait to jump into book two.

 The Education of Caroline

After the gut-wrenching cliffhanger in the first book I was dying to get my hands on this book and to find out what happened to Caroline and Sebastian.

**WARNINGDon’t read this review if you haven’t read the first book!! I will do my best to avoid spoilers, but it’s going to be hard.

This book takes place ten years later. After the tragic events that took place in the end of the last book, Caroline left San Diego with basically only the clothes on her back, bound and determined to start a new life. She followed the dreams and plans that her and Sebastian had made and moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism. Ten years later she is now a successful freelance writer that travels the world. Her latest assignment has her heading to Afghanistan to write about military deployments. This is where she runs into Sebastian, who is now a grown man and is enlisted in the Marine Corps.

“Caro, I know this is fucking weird but it’s good, too, isn’t it? I mean, not everyone gets a second chance.”

This was such an emotional, thought provoking, powerful, and not to mention sexy story. At first Sebastian doesn’t seem like the same guy I fell in love with in the first book. He is angry, hurt, bitter, and almost seems lost; and he used women and alcohol to bury all of his pain. But, once he and Caroline really sit down and talk, then I began to understand him and all of his hurt a little bit more and I fell in love with him all over again. Caroline seems to have almost put a shield up and doesn’t let a lot of people in. She hasn’t dated many men in the last 10 years and besides her very best friends, she is alone.

“Be happy, Caro, because that’s what you deserve. I love you, I have always loved you, and where I go after this world, I will always love you. Sempre e per sempre.”

I loved seeing the two of them reconnect and find the love that they once shared all over again. Their bond is still so strong, that I almost felt like they weren’t ever apart. Of course their story couldn’t be all rainbows and unicorns. Whereas the first book had them fighting to be together despite the big age difference, this book threw a few other obstacles in their way. Even with all of this, thankfully we are still given a Happily Ever After. I just really loved this series. I think the author did an amazing job of capturing the emotion, the chemistry, and the angst that these characters dealt with while trying to be together. I also have to commend her on how well she covered the military aspect of the book; she really did her research well.

“Perhaps life is what happens when you least expect it.” 

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About Jane Harvey-Berrick

I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

Comments

  1. Wow! Thank so much for that amazing review! I’m really, really happy that you enjoyed Seb & Caro’s story. THANK YOU 😀 jx