Original Title: Educating Caroline
Year Published: 2001
Published by: Pocket Books
Number of Pages: 448
First Sentence: “A full moon hung in the air over the high college walls, lighting the young man’s way as clearly as any gas lamp.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover…
her fiancé, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in the arms of another woman. Unfortunately, Victorian society considers such masculine peccadilloes a trifle; canceling their imminent wedding would be unthinkable. But Caroline’s wish is for the man she is to marry to desire only her… and she seeks lessons in the art of romance from the best teacher: London’s most notorious rake.
Braden Granville may be a famous lover…
but he has no intention of taking part in Caroline’s scheme — until he learns she has something he wants: the name of his own unfaithful fiancée’s lover. As their passionate tutelage begins, sparks fly — and the lines between teacher and student fall away. Now there is just one last lesson to learn: on the subject of true love, the heart chooses its own unpredictable ways.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, romantic, adventurous and just steamy enough. The plot was very entertaining and had me hooked from the start. The different plotlines come together seamlessly and are very easy to keep track of. The main plotline can bee seen as a huge cliché, something it is, but it was very entertaining and written in a way that actually felt possible.
Caroline was a fun character. A little naive, but also clever and in some ways relatable. At times though she appeared as whiny and helpless in ways that were a little annoying. But overall she was a very likeable character. She was witty and clumsy, yet brave and clever, standing up for what she believe in and fighting for the people she loves.
Braden is definitely a ruffian but also a gentleman. The perfect combination of the two elements. I loved him so much. I think we can also say that he is a total sassmaster which just made him so adorable. He comes from very humble origins and doesn’t let his newfound wealth change him, something that I love in characters, whether male or female.
The supporting characters were a nice mix of people and very different from each other. It was interesting to see that the “bad” guy wasn’t all bad. It was easy to understand where he was coming from and why he does what he does, despite him being a douchebag.
The historical setting was lovely and it definitely had some real historic facts that I loved seeing. It made the story feel very realistic.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. It was a very entertaining book.