Sonnet, Nov 2001, 6.50, 439 pp.
In 1870 London, Lady Caroline Linford accidentally catches her fiancÚ Lord Hurst Winchilsea making love to Lady Jacquelyn Seldon. Unobserved, by the lovers, Caroline quietly leaves the boudoir realizing that she must not be up to par in bed if Hurst is already seeking solace elsewhere. As Caroline tries to regain her equilibrium and debates calling off her engagement, Braden Granville arrives demanding to know where his betrothed Jacquelyn is. Caroline protects her fiancÚ knowing he would be dead in a duel if Braden found him in a clinch with Jacquelyn.
Instead Caroline asks Braden to teach her how to seduce Hurst. Though he wants to avoid simmering virgins, he agrees because he believes she knows the identity of Jacquelyn's lover and his lovemaking skills will soon have her reveal the individual. However, Braden soon wonders who is educating who as they soon both want to become a permanent relationship.
EDUCATING CAROLINE is an inviting Victorian romance that is at its best when it is a tale of the manners of the elite in and out of the boudoir. The infusion of a well written and exciting mystery add suspense and action, but actually takes away from an amusing yet powerful bedroom drama starring a delightful pair. Patricia Cabot provides readers have a novel that is an impressive yarn that will furbish plenty of pleasure for fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner