The Education of Sebastian (The Education of... #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick is an unconventional love story that pushes social norms to consider the parameters of romantic love.
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.
This book is an unconventional love story that pushes social norms to consider the parameters of romantic love. I adored the two main characters - Sebastian & Caroline - with all their faults and all. Their story was both joyful and painful, beautiful and heartbreaking. There were moments I wanted to scream, others when I couldn't hold back the tears. A story of forbidden love that will inspire some readers and has the potential to offend others but none the less, is so well told, I simply fell in love along with Sebastian & Caroline.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries