Review: Educating Caroline by Patricia Cabot

EDUCATING CAROLINE
by Patricia Cabot

 


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.

The story started out with Thomas Linford facing a pistol, getting shot by a duke. Then his sister, Lady Caroline Linford caught her fiance, Hurst Devenmore Slater, the tenth Marquis of Winchilsea, in bed in a compromising position with another woman (Lady Jacquelyn, daughter of a duke) and found herself astonished and embarrassed to learn that she could never pleasure her fiance the way Lady Jacquelyn did. (OMG, the naivete of Caroline got me cringing heavily, LOL).

So she sought out help from the infamous Lothario of London, Branden Granville for sensual seduction lessons. Granville, who was engaged to Lady Jacquelyn.  What happened next? Your guess is as good as mine.

I don’t often read historical romances but when I do, I make sure it’s worth it. Educating Caroline by (Meg) Patricia Cabot’s earlier books and it proved to be quite entertaining and absorbing. Lady Caroline is naive but in my eyes, she’s a star in her own right and her out of this world ideas make her formidable and exciting. Loved how she turned from innocent fool into a strikingly astonishing wanton. Her brother’s unfortunate conquest started it all, but for once, I was glad it happened because it all taught them different lessons in love, life and death.

I remember reading another one of Cabot’s earlier historical romances, but she wrote it under the name “Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia” – does that ring a bell? It should, because it’s Meg Cabot’s famous Princess Diaries heroine. I thought that was funnier, but Lady Caroline easily stole he throne. Educating Caroline is a hysterical historical romance.

PS.

(I won this book on a Twitter giveaway last year!)

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