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Patricia Cabot
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1 April 2011
Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover...her fiance, 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 fiancEe'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.

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451641788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451641783
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romantic Times" Warmhearted passion and love-struck laughter light up this dazzling novel from Patricia Cabot, "one of the genre's rising stars.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted fun 13 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not especially historically accurate (how many Victorian English women would refer to pants instead of trousers?), but it is a fun, light heared read. The plot revolves around the Victorian idea that well bred women should know as little about sex as possible, and one women's attempt to be enlightened about it. She has fun learning and her romantic adventures are a lighthearted, warming read.
The heroine is well born, slightly naive but charming and the hero is suitably manly and attractive to women, and has clawed his way up in the world. There is also a mystery element to this romance, which adds an enjoyable twist to the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I adore Meg Cabot... 15 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
and I would read anything by her. You don't even need to be a particular fan of historical romances to love this book. It is light-hearted and humorous and an enjoyable read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Delightful! Witty! Jane Austen with sex! 23 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What a terrific book! I'd never read Ms Cabot before, but this book is certainly a great incentive to investigate her other books. I simply adored it. And eventhough it's a fairly long book for a romance at 400+ pages, it sure doesn't feel like it and I didn't want it to end! But if you're expecting the typical first hot kiss by page 100; sex by page 150 you may be too impatient for this book. You just need to go along for the ride on this one - and an ejoyable ride it is!
I won't go too much into the plot since the book description above tells you what you need to know. But I will say that intially I was worried that the "heroine asks lothario to teach her about seduction" plot would be really hackneyed. But to my very pleasant surprise, it was well played, witty, sexy and just plain fun. I'm smiling now just remembering the first "lesson"! Both Caroline and Braden learned a little something that day!
Braden Granville, nouveau riche gunsmith who worked his way out of the Seven Dials slums and Lady Caroline Linford, daughter of the Earl of Bartlett, have more in common than one would think. For Caroline's father was the first Earl of Bartlett and was, like Braden, a self-made man. Though the rest of Society looks down their noses at him (including his gold-digging fiancee) Caroline doesn't - party because of her father and partly because it simply is not in her nature. She is genuine, sympathetic, warm and kind. She's also fiery and passionate when it comes to causes near and dear to her heart (fools and animals!). She's nothing like the other Society women Braden has romanced and she throws him off balance with her logic, her lack of artifice. He finds himself using the flimsiest of excuses to seek her out and though she knows she should run from him, she finds she doesn't want to!
I just loved this story, these characters. Well written, fast paced, sparkling and witty dialog all combine to a book I highly recommend!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph we all can enjoy 31 Jan 2002
By Guy Crouchback - Published on Amazon.com
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The Irish novelist, the late Frank O'Connor, once observed that the secret of writing novels was revealed only to Jane Austen and Turgenev; that when they died, this secret died with them. Too bad O'Connor never got to read Patricia Cabot.
Not long ago I completed "Educating Caroline" and, as a result, some of my long-held stereotypes (almost exclusively negative) about "romance novels" now lie, so to speak, in a shambles at my feet. Or do they? I can't decide. We have to put a tag on every book, stick it in some pigeon-hole, assign it to a genre. And I suppose "romance" was the inevitable category for "Caroline." But this novel isn't only a "romance."
In fact, you don't have to like romance novels to thoroughly enjoy "Educating Caroline." It is outrageously witty and occasionally naughty, with a complex (not to say audacious) plot and interesting, believable, finely-drawn characters. And of course it has a heroine to die for: the eponymous Caroline (yeah, I'm male) -- sweet, lovely, regularly non-linear in her sentiments and activities, and just courageous and resourceful enough to keep a most dangerous situation for getting entirely out of hand. And the interesting hero, while no push-over, escapes the cliché of being primarily an aristocratic man-toy: tall, dark, brooding, and impossibly handsome (and titled) -- much to the author's credit. (Her villians, by the way, are deliciously corrupt and degenerate.)
Since completing "Caroline," I've acquired and read two earlier novels by Cabot. Both make for good, amusing, even compelling entertainment. But neither lit the fire of this reader the way "Caroline" did. It's my opinion that, in Ms. Cabot's most recent novel, she has cast off some of the mass-market constraints she might once have felt compelled to observe with care. In doing so, she has now given us an exquisitely crafted novel of broad, general interest. And I am not easy to please: my novelists of choice are Henry James and (of course) the inimitable Miss Austen.
It's true that "Educating Caroline" will not make us forget "The Wings of the Dove" or "Pride and Prejudice." And yet, on the basis of "Caroline," one might almost conclude that Patricia Cabot is a sort of latter-day Austen-meets-Nabokov. I'll be carefully watching Ms. Cabot's web site for future developments. Stranger things have happened ... .
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 25 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Upon discovering her fiance in a compromising position with another woman, Caroline Linford decides not to dump him, not to get even, but to enthrall him with her womanly wiles and keep him from straying ever again. Sadly, she doesn't have any such wiles, and decides that the perfect person to teach her some is her fiance's lover's fiance, Braden Granville, a legendary Lothario. All Braden wants is the name of his fiance's lover, so he can break his engagement without being sued for breach of promise. Naturally, a bargain is arranged between the slighted parties.
The main problem with this book is that there aren't enough likeable people. The hero, Braden, is excellent, and Caroline's brother, Thomas, and friend, Emily, are good, but every other significant character is hard, if not impossible, to like. Caroline's mother, barely thirty pages into the book, tells her daughter that while her own marriage was a faithful, loving marriage, Caroline shouldn't really expect anything similar, and ought to keep her mouth closed about her husband's affairs! While a certain amount of villainy and even cruelty can enhance a book, in this case it really just made me want to skip those pages that dealt with all the hateful characters. The heroine isn't UNlikeable, but she's just too naive and (a bit) self-centered to be really likeable. Only in her interactions with the (few) other sympathetic characters does she shine.
There are a few other odd things about this book; Caroline and Braden have no trouble meeting each other anytime they want, and often in complete privacy, which seems strange for an unmarried Victorian earl's daughter. Also, there's a "you lied to me, how can I trust you enough to marry you" plot device at the end which really served no purpose except to make Caroline look spineless (after all, everyone else in the book has lied to her and she hasn't lost any affection for them, but when she ASSUMES Braden has done so, she walks out on him without a second's pause). But Cabot is a good writer, and her prose carries some of the weaker moments. She's written much better heroines, though, and tighter plots, like Lady of Skye. I'll keep my fingers crossed for her next book, but Educating Caroline is not a keeper.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious & Tons of Fun!! 16 Nov 2001
By Pamela Leung - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh my! If the plot outline and the chapter one teaser that Amazon has provided doesn't excite you already, then I guess this book isn't for you!! ;) For me, all I did was simply read the plot synopsis and that got me on a yearning quest to get my hands on this book as soon as possible!
Lady Caroline Linford thought she had it all! Her only brother Tommy managed to live through an almost fatal incident, and she was engaged to the handsome hero, the Marquis of Winchilsea, who rescued her brother! What more could a girl have? Unfortunately for Caroline, all her dreams and hope abruptly ends when she finds her fiancé involved with another woman in an intimate act. Being a proper lady, Caroline chooses to keep this devastating secret to herself. That is until the fiancé of the lady's, Braden Granville appears demanding Caroline if she's seen his lady anywhere. Caroline, who has always been a horrible liar, decides to tell the truth, claiming that she saw his lady with a man, but of course does not mention his name. When Caroline breaks the sad news of her fiancé's treachery to her mother, her mother claims that Caroline needs to try harder to make the Marquis desire her in a way only a woman can. But sadly, Caroline doesn't know a stitch about lovemaking... so she seeks Braden for help...
For Braden Granville, he's earned his popular rank among London's society for two reasons: one - he's famous for his pistols and guns business and two - for his reputation as London's notorious Lothario. But well, nevermind that! He's on a serious mission! He needs to catch his unfaithful fiancé in an uncompromising act before he can call his engagement off. He knows that his fiancé has been disloyal but isn't able to get any proof whatsoever! So when Caroline comes seeking Braden for help in the love making department, and compromises that she'll be his witness in court, he takes full advantage of that deal. Of course, he never thought that he could fall in love with this "plain" girl that grows more and more beautiful every time they meet. Soon the two of them are spun in a web of passion, danger, and of course all-consuming love.
This novel is absolutely hilarious! Caroline's innocence and personality was a pleasure to read about! Her meaning of "lovemaking" and Braden's definition were so different that it was side-splitting! The way Braden looked at life was tons of fun! How the two fell in deep love was the sweetest treat to experience! These characters actually grow on you! It's about time we get to read more stories about Ladies who define the true meaning of being a Lady in the Victorian era, and a man who will do anything for the woman he loves. I look forward to reading more warm and fun books by Patricia Cabot! Have Fun! ;)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Charming, Endearing with sex But $19 ARE YOU S****** ME? 16 Jan 2011
By Dangerous when Cooking - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a delightful read. The characters are charming, well-defined and believable. The plot has depth and substance, but is not ridiculously intricate or forced. You read on to find out what happens next page after page. The interactions between hero and heroine are delightful, unexpected, revealing and endearing. And, Ms. Cabot can write a blistering love scene that is altogether proportionate and natural, not just heavy breathing, pointy nipples and shattering into tiny bits over and over ad nauseam. This is a novel more about relationships between people than it is a heavily contexualized, historically-detailed or accurate tale with all sorts of tidbits about the time 200 years ago. The language is natural, not overly arch or interlarded with Regency slang. But there is enough detail to give the narrative a sufficient sense of reality. I know I appreciate reading what everyone else says when choosing books, so that's I why I want to add my voice to the chorus of praise. I didn't come across a single cringe-worthy, eye-roll-inducing trite thing, not a one. Yes, the conventions of the genre are there but done in fresh ways I enjoyed. I did wonder, for instance, if the whole bargaining-with-the-rake-for-love-lessons thing was going to go over. But I think it really did with Cabot's deft handling and in the context of the plot. The H/h are meant for one another but not in the one-look-and-they're-struck-stupid way, but with a slow, evolving understanding that was believable and allowed for truly wonderful scenes throughout. The secondary characters are quite good, well-drawn and in the case of villain/villanesses deliciously detestable.

HOWEVER, I just saw the price is now $19+ and choked on that. There is NO HISTORICAL ROMANCE ON EARTH worth almost twenty bucks. Get real. There are so many equally excellent options with more rigorous regard for historical accuracy, any of Georgette Heyer, Loretta Chase, Tessa Dare, Candice Hern, Carla Kelly, the list goes on, for a more reasonable price.

Evidently, either Simon or Schuster took exception to my taking exception to their price. Oh well. You decide, given the going cover prices, if a PB is a $19 item or not.
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