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The Education of Sebastian

(The Education of... #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,842 ratings  ·  826 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 443 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Harvey Berrick Publishing
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4 stars.****Review completed February 19, 2013

Sometimes you have to take a chance on love.

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The Education of Sebastian is about a summer of stolen happiness. A summer also filled with love, bliss, hope, fear, and recklessness. But it ended badly.

Caroline is married to a US Navy medical officer who is a lot older than her. She was very young when she met him and he swept her off her feet instantly. After a while, however, she realized that she was in for an uninspiring and unkind life. The sex
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

“I love you, Caro. I want to make love to you. I want to make love to you forever.”

This book made my heart RACE. It was a captivating story of forbidden love. I’m still recovering from the huge cliffhanger ending and most definitely planning to go straight on to book #2.

I gotta say I was a little hesitant going into this one because of the huge age gap between the hero and heroine. For the record, Sebastian is 17 (4 months shy of 18), and Caroline is 30 and (unhappily) married. I kind of w
Two final pages.
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Excuse my small outburst..I'm sure if you read those pages you will have the exact same reactions.
However, in order not to finish this frantic display of negative emotions in such a manner let me conclude with this.

Sebastian and Caro.

“Anywhere. Nowhere. Som
Smitten's Book Blog

Wow!!! I absolutely completely utterly totally loved this.

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.

You'll need to excuse me, as I'm precariously hanging in limbo right now, after reading an excrutiatingly painful cliffhanger. But never fear... I have The Education of Caroline patiently waiting for me on my Kindle, to be devoured just as soon as I get through this review... so I must be quick.

I get given plenty of books to review. I love doing it. Some are, i
Lise *friends don't flag*
“You’ve brought me to life – and you’ll never know how much I owe you because of that.”


I know I am going to sound a bit like a broken record as many people have judged this book without reading it and I to had an opinion before reading it. As a Mother of a 17-year-old son, I thought-ugh no way this can work but then I remembered going into On The Island with much hesitation and completely loving the book. So… I began the story of Caroline and Sebastian: a truly enthralling story of forbidden
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it



There are already a million reviews out there (and about two million gifs....make that two million...and two!) of this book. So, for the other three people who haven't read this yet and who may be considering it, here are a few of my thoughts on The Education of Sebastian.

Married at nineteen to a man eleven years older, a medical officer in the US Navy, Caroline Wilson feels isolated as a military wife. She's unsophisticated, uneducated and young. At twenty-one, she meets and befriends Se
Alex is The Romance Fox
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Painful, beautiful and heartrending. This is a beautifully written love story that grabbed my heart and never let go.
I really loved the two characters - Sebastian & Caroline.
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He lifted my chin with his fingers to make me look into his eyes.
“There’s nothing to forgive,” he said, his voice forceful. “We fell in love: it’s not a crime.”

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The love story between Sebastian and Caroline was totally believable for me.

I have a cousin, who at 18 met and fell in love with a lovely,
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is the life of Caroline...

A woman who got married at the age of 19 to get out of her parents house... Now 11years later stuck in a lonely loveless marriage... Her husband is a US Navy medical officer.
A man who basically uses his wife to cook, clean and screw when he feels like it.
Never happy with anything she ever does for him..
When they move to San Diego after many years Caroline isn't happy about the move.. She left behind her job and friends..

Caroline goes to the beach and She meets a bo
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Amazing heart shattering stars!!!

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A beautiful, intense, passionate, devastating, forbidden love story. Loved it!!! I will say, when you finish this one, be ready to jump straight into book 2!

Caroline is in a loveless marriage. At 30 years old, and being married for 11 of those years, she is living a lonely and empty life. Being with David is sucking the life out of her. David is an officer in the Navy. They are living out east, but he gets transferred to California. They move back to San
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, that was a bit of a roller-coaster. Was very wary about starting this. I mean I have a son who is nearly 17 - did I want to go down that road in this book. It had things that I do not like in books, infidelity, underage sex! But I saw the great reviews by a lot of friends and I know their taste is good so went for it. I really liked it. Yes, the age thing did bother me a bit - he is 17, she is 30, he is legally under the age of consent. I know in America it is different ages in different S ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-love, surfer
4.5 'Love Knows No Age' Stars

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This is what I've been waiting for, a book about cheating with another man but the other man is not a dick and the husband is a dick. All of the stories I've read or watched that had cheating on it would end in a disaster. Like this new movie coming out called "The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez in it, you could tell that the "boy" is a bad guy and things go to hell. This book was exactly what I've been in a mood for.

Caroline has been together with her husba
Intense ~ Passionate ~ Engaging ~ Riveting ~ Romantic

I began this book with much skepticism due to the underage hero along with the vast differences between his age and that of the heroine. She's thirty, in a loveless marriage and he has a few months before his eighteenth birthday.

I would never have dreamed how much I would enjoy their journey! It's riveting, intense, powerful, passionate and one of my most captivating reads this year!

There are circumstances that have made Sebastian Hunter ma
4 Stars (Originally Read 11/1/2014)

DNF (Re-Read 9/11/2020)

Re-Read Note:
I tried this again and got to about 20% and decided to call it quits.

It was instalove for both characters that seemed out of nowhere. It also had the h pushing away and saying the same thing over and over while giving mixed signals to the H. I even skimmed to two later parts in the book and it seemed like it was the same discussion both times!

I decided to stop now so I don’t completely tarnish my memory of really enjoying
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

***UPDATE*** Guys, I am MORE than loving BOOK 2 so I really recommend this series to everyone. Book 1 was not for me but I am really happy I decided to read book 2 because is BRILLIANT!!! ***

If you want to read a GREAT review about book 1, click here:


SORRY buddies but I am not in love with this story, I am leaving this one for a while and will try to finish it tomorrow but it's too s
• Lisa •
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

I certainly wasn't sure about this book going in to it, but as ever I was tempted by the great reviews and it's popularity on GR.

My heart was literally in my mouth the whole way through this book. Bittersweet love, heartache, forbidden encounters ~ This is the journey of Caroline and Sebastian, An emotional account of two people, who find each other in the midst of their equally saddening circumstances. The book had a way of drawing me in, with it's intrigue and passion i
Aleatha Romig
This is NOT my type of romance. I do NOT usually read books that involve an age difference like this story.

That said, a good friend recommended, so I read.

I LOVED this story. It's more than the sexual relationship. It's about love and maturity. It's about finding that ONE person, despite external forces being NOT in your favor.

My advice: give it a chance. I'm glad I did.
Amber Rose
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, forbidden
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No one told me it was going to be like this....

No one told me I would feel this way after this book.

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This book is simply amazing!!! I mean fucking brilliant. Sucked me in till the last page. I was on the end of my seat the whole time thinking what the hell is going to happen next.

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Sebastian I am happy you have joined the team to be a part of my TOP Boyfriend list. I am glad to have you on board. :)

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I want to add more to this review but I
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5-4.75 Stars

*Meet Sebastian & Caroline
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He kissed me with sudden ferocity, covering my face and throat with hard, burning kisses. His weight pinned me down as I ran my hands across the taut muscles of his back and shoulders.
“I love you,” he growled. “That’s all that matters.”

When I came across this book, I wanted to read it like ASAP. The only thing that stopped me was that I knew it ended in a cliffhanger, so I waited for the release of the second book. As soon as book two was released
Even if this had been the most well-written, touching book complete with hidden depths, I think you’d be hard pressed to stop your brain from screaming three things at you the entire time you’re reading it and that is: HE’S 17! and SHE’S MARRIED! and HE’S 17!!!!!

The writing is good - it hooked me in right away just from the first few pages where we are introduced to Caroline, a woman who is caught in a loveless, unhappy marriage to a cold and selfish man. The author captured Caroline’s silent, a
It's just me Shelly B
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book in which some could possibly say the storyline is some what's the story of Sebastian and Caroline he's 17 and she's 30....she's also married. Yea I sounds bad however the story is absolutely beautiful and you would just have to read the book to understand:)

Sebastian met Caroline when he was only 8 years old and his love for her began at that point. However Caroline moved away for 10 years and when she came back little Sebastian wasn't so little anymore;)

Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
Loved it!! I knew what was coming at the end, but I still had a good cry. Off to start book two....
R.E. Hunter

"Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men."

Just ... wow. This book completely blew me away and left me so raw. I didn't know what to expect from this book but it wasn't this. I am floored. It gripped me and wouldn't let me go. I couldn't put it down. Couldn't get away from it.

The Education of Sebastian has been on my TBR since its release and I was seeing great things about it. Although part of me wanted to read it, I was hesitant because of Sebastian's age. The
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is for my fellow buddy readers!

Whoa!! That ending, this book and these characters just blew me away! This book has been lurking in my TBR for quiet sometime and I'm so happy that I finally picked it up! I wasn't sure if I could get into the age difference between Caroline and Sebastian, but it was a non-issue. Their story was so well written and fleshed out that I just got lost in it. Slowly, I fell for Sebastian right along with Caroline. My heart was sad for the marriage she found herself
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

This story follows Caroline Wilson – thirty years old, married eleven years, and trapped in a cold, loveless marriage. When she was seventeen, she was swept off her feet by David, a military surgeon. Dazzled by the sophisticated man, and ready to escape her mother's constant scrutiny, she made a rash decision and married David at nineteen.

“He hated the way I dressed, the way I spoke, what I spoke about and the things that interested me to speak about… He wasn’t always an unkind man… we were
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll start off by saying there is no review I can write that will do this book justice. This is the love of story Caroline and Sebastian. The first they meet is when he is 8 and she's 21. Several years later they meet again when he's four months shy of his 18th birthday and Caroline is 30. When they meet again there is an instant connection that Caroline tries to fight because of their age difference and her marriage.

In the end their love was not to be denied and she
* Meli Mel *

OMG!! What an ending!! I need to read the second book, Pronto!! Thank God I have it... PHEW!

'Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men'

"There is nothing to forgive," he said, his voice forceful. "We fell in love. It's not a crime."

Caroline is 30 years old and in a loveless marriage to a US Navy Medical Officer. Sebastian is a 17 year old high school graduate, just four months away from 18. They met when Sebastian was just 8 years old and this is when he
“There’s nothing to forgive … We fell in love: it’s not a crime”

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!! I have been completely blown away by this book! Holy freaking intensity!

This is the story of a forbidden love story between a 30 year old married woman and a 17 year old boy. It possibly sounds a little gross, but I have to say, even if in my head I knew it was wrong, it didn’t feel wrong! It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL love story, and I was completely swept away!

I fell in love with Sebastian right alongside
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, arc

Oh I can not believe they ended it there. But I am so glad to see the story will be continuing!

I was recommended this book by a friend and am so glad she did so!

The Education Of Sebastian was a brilliant story about self discovery and love.

Carolina is a 30 year old woman in a very unhappy, loveless marriage with David. He is a horrible man who hasn't the time of day for her, unless it is to order her around like a slave. And not the sexy kind of slave either!
One summer they find themselves mov
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you don't have an open mind on the subject of forbidden love with a minor and infedility then this story will not be for you. The blurb says it all. Don't say you were appalled and that you didn't know what you were getting into. There is nothing creepy about this story. The way I saw it was as a life and sexual awakening with a thirty year old woman Carlolina who is in a loveless marriage and with a seventeen year old virgin teenager Sebastian who has been emotionally, mentally and physicall ...more
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Rating Clarification 4.5 stars.

Okay the ending just blew me away. I had a feeling it would be heartbreaking but had no idea how much it would effect me. It shredded my heart into pieces. Be prepared. You will want to have the next book on hand so that you can see how the story continues and what happens to this amazing couple.

This was a really good story and one I would recommend to readers. I know some people are concerned about the age difference however it really didn't bother me. It had suc
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