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An Old-Fashioned Education: Communities of Discipline, Book One

By: Fiona Wilde
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2014 by Blushing Books� and Fiona Wilde
11 Chapters / 35,000 Words
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For idealistic Pollyanna Perkins, taking a teaching job in the remote mountain commune of Pepper's Hollow means a chance to make a difference. The conservative residents, who eschew technology and modern-day conveniences, want an old-fashioned education for their kids, especially group leader and single father Walt Springer.

Walt doesn't know that Pollyanna has a hidden agenda - to provide technology and a modern perspective to kids she believe are being deprived. And her dedication to enlighten the kids and the community - is only increased when she realizes that the women of Pepper's Hollow willingly subject themselves to domestic discipline.

But Polly's zeal is challenged by dominant Walt Springer, who isn't about to let some upstart of a teacher negatively influence the tight-knit community. The two are headed for a showdown, and a rough winter in Pepper's Hollow means that Pollyanna will be stuck living with the consequences of running afoul of the man who hired her.

Can two strictly idealistic people be able to see past their differences? When attraction grows between Pollyanna and Walt, a feisty teacher realizes the strength it takes to be a submissive woman, while a conservative man dedicated to keeping control learns that new ways of thinking hold advantages he never considered.

Chapter One

The end of February wasn’t exactly the best time to start a new teaching job. It was still winter, with the promise of spring well in the distance. Students got restless. Attention spans dwindled. Interest in math, science and grammar melted away with the snow. Even for a seasoned teacher who knew her students, spring represented a challenge. For a young, idealistic first year teacher the challenge would be even greater.

But Pollyanna Perkins liked a challenge. What’s more, she felt almost divinely called to the unique job of teaching at the one-room schoolhouse in the remote enclave of Pepper’s Hollow. The job had come along just when she’d needed it. And, she had decided, just when the Pepper Hollow School needed her. Pollyanna Perkins didn’t consider herself just any teacher, after all. She’d graduated top of her class from an exclusive private teaching college. Age and maturity had given her an advantage over the younger students. For a number of years, she’d worked in the publishing industry before feeling the call to make more of a difference. AS a result, she’d decided to pursue her teaching degree and had decided that this job was a sign she’d made the right decision.

By all accounts, Pepper’s Hollow was a simple, if not honest intentional community.� It was not exactly a commune since people all owned their own land and businesses. The people were mainly farmers and craftsmen. Families had gravitated to intentional communities since the 1920’s and the unique, hardworking culture spawned many articles about how the places had seemed trapped in something of a time warp. The Pepper’s Hollow school, which 100% of the town's children attended, was private. It concentrated on the basics�the Three R’s�and they still used McGuffey’s Readers. After school, the younger children played while the older ones spent part of their afternoons working as apprentices in one of the crafting or gardening trades offered by the community.

When Pollyanna interviewed via teleconference, for it had been snowing too badly for anyone to reach Pepper’s Hollow, the panel of parents who made the decisions for the school were adamant that their philosophy remain simple.

“We believe in having kids learn a trade before they even think about college,” said the spokesman, a tall sandy-haired man who identified himself as Walt. “So we want the focus kept on the basics. We think what worked for folks in the old days is still the best recipe.”

Pollyanna had bitten her tongue. These people needed her. The basics? One could not compete in today’s world with the basics. They were clearly brainwashing their children. Was it ethical of her to pretend to agree? Probably not, she thought. But she told herself that sometimes, to make a difference, one had to bend the rules a little. If that meant earning the trust of a group of old-fashioned people and working from within to give their kids a better life, then so be it.

So she’d parroted their beliefs and won their trust. It reminded her of her activist days in college when she’d gotten into an anti-feminist group with the sole purpose of writing a scathing article about what a bunch of idiotic throwbacks they were. Maybe, Pollyanna thought, she’d write a book about her experiences in Pepper’s Hollow.

She wasn’t surprised when she’d gotten the job. Had it been a more welcoming time of the year, there would have been more competition. But few people wanted to start a job in the middle of the year that required a snowcat to get them to their destination. Pollyanna wasn’t a stranger to harsh conditions. She’s hiked the Adirondacks and even gone trekking in Greenland for a travel piece she’d written. In preparation for her new job, she spent hours reading about homesteading and the back-to-the-land movement. She felt sure she could walk the walk of the parents of Pepper’s Hollow even as she inspired the kids to something greater.

It wasn’t that she looked down on the lifestyle. It was just that, as the holder of three advanced degrees, she thought it terribly irresponsible for any parent not to consider college for their kids. And she believed if a child was challenged and made to realize their parents might not be right about everything, they would want more for themselves than a future throwing pots, quilting or growing hydroponic vegetables.

And now she was closer than ever to changing those lives.

The air was so cold at the little airstrip where she’d landed that it seemed to crackle. The thermometer read five degrees below zero. Pollyanna had only been standing outside three minutes and already her toes had gone numb.

“I thought someone was supposed to meet me here.” She turned to the pilot, who was dumping her bags in the snow outside the plane.� “Excuse me! Is someone meeting me here or not?”

The man glanced at her and dumped another bag on the ground. “It’s 10:30,” he said. “We’re a half hour early.”

Pollyanna glanced at her watch. He was right. “Well yeah,” she said. “But still, whoever is picking me up should have come early just in case.”

“You want some free advice?” The pilot dumped the last bag on the ground at his feet. “You’d be smart not to go getting too bossy with Walt when he gets here.”

“Walt Springer?” He’d been the spokesman for the group that had interviewed Pollyanna.

“Yeah, Walt,” the man replied. “They aren’t used to women acting all uppity.”

For a moment Pollyanna had a hard time thinking of a reply. When it finally came, it was mockingly sweet. “Oh really?” she asked. “Well, I’ll do my best to act like a stupid little housewife, then.”

The pilot regarded her for a moment and then shook his head. “Man,” he said. “They must have been desperate for teachers to hire somebody with an attitude like yours. None of the women in Pepper’s Hollow are stupid, unless there are some I haven’t met. And I’m pretty sure I know all of them. Those girls are tough. And smart. Drop any one of them in the woods tonight and she could take care of herself.”

Pollyanna nodded, but her expression was mocking. “What would happen if you dropped one of those uneducated women in the middle of a city and told them to provide for themselves without a man’s help?”

The pilot regarded her with something between distaste and amusement. “Well, ma’am, they haven’t chosen the city. They’ve chosen the wilderness. But I’m thinking they’d do better in the city than you’ll do out here.”

He tipped his hat to her. “Ma’am.”

Pollyanna watched as the man headed back to his airplane. “Hey,” she said, hurrying after him. “Hey! You aren’t just leaving me here, are you?”

“I sure am!” he responded lightly, hopping into his plane and looking up at the sky. “Storm’s comin’. Last thing I want is to get caught in it.”

“But what about me? No one’s here yet!”

The pilot shrugged. “Smart, educated girl like you. I’m sure you can take care of yourself.”

He slammed the door and the rotor of the plane began to spin. Pollyanna stood there, disbelieving what she was seeing. He was leaving her. The plane turned and began to taxi down the runway. A moment later it had taken off and was a speck against the dark gray sky. Pollyanna rubbed her hands together, trying to decide whether to be terrified or relieved. She was uneasy being alone, but at the same time was glad that the pilot would not be there when�or if �she got picked up. She should have held her tongue. If Walt Springer knew what she really thought of them, she’d be out of a job.

She heard a rumbling noise and turned. Through the trees, she could see a glow. Headlights. She peered through the blowing snow, her teeth chattering, and was soon able to make out a snowcat. The machine rumbled towards her. She stomped to keep the blood circulating in her feet and tried not to look as uncomfortable as she felt.

The machine stopped about twenty yards from where she was standing. The door opened and Walt Springer stepped out. He was taller than she’d thought he’d be. Much taller. He was solid, too. Muscular. She could see that even though he wore a heavy jacket.

“Polly Perkins?” he asked.

“Pollyanna Perkins,” she corrected. “You must be Walt Springer.”

“Yep.” He trudged past her. “These your bags?”

“Yes.” She followed. “But I can get them.” The taunt of the pilot was still in her ears; she did not want Walt to think she needed help getting her own belongings into the snowcat. But by the time she reached them, he’d already gathered half.

“I can get them, really,” she said.

He ignored her. “If you want you can get the smaller ones.”

She stood her ground. “Mr. Springer!”

He turned. “Yes?”

“I’m perfectly capable of carrying my own bags,” she said.

His expression did not change. “That’s good to hear,” he said. And then he turned back and carried the bags to the snowcat.

Pollyanna prepared a speech entitled, “Respect for Women”, all the way to the vehicle, but she decided against delivering it. This man represented all that was wrong with uneducated people. Trying to convert him would be a lost cause. But the children�the children she could help.

She climbed into the snowcat. It was warm in the cab, but the quarters were cramped.

“How far is it?” she asked.

“Six miles.”

“That’s not far, at least,” she said. He looked at her and laughed.

“Maybe not on paved roads, but on our trails�”

“So how long are we looking at?”

He handed her a Thermos. “You might want to pour yourself some coffee and sip on it to pass the time.”

She took the Thermos. The snowcat lurched and groaned and moved back towards the tree line.

“So do you have a child in Pepper’s Hollow School?”

“Two,” he said. “Aidan and Kerry. Aidan is eight and Kerry is six.”

“What do you and your wife do?” she asked.

“I’m a metal worker,” he said. “My wife is doing whatever she does since she left. We haven’t heard from her in a year.”

Pollyanna pondered this. She wanted to ask the obvious questions�the ones born of the preconceptions she harbored about the community she’d be calling home until she’d had a lasting impact. Had Walt Springer’s wife left because she’d decided the life was to simplistic� and too unrealistic�for a modern woman?

She waited for him to offer an explanation, but he didn’t.

“So,” she said. “Tell me more about your community.”

He glanced over at her. “There’s not much more to tell you beyond what you already know. We’re a simple community. We subscribe to simple philosophies for ourselves, our families and our way of life. We don’t use much outside technology: no Internet, no smart phones. We have televisions, but only for educational DVD’s.

Pollyanna listened politely.

“Well, just playing devil’s advocate here, but what happens if one of your kids decides they want to leave and go somewhere else? The world expects proficiency in the things you eschew.”

“How hard can those things be if the average college grad knows how to do them?” he asked. “Our kids spend their whole loves learning, Ms. Perkins. And I’d wager that what they’ve learned by the time they’re fifteen is more complex than pushing a few buttons.”

Pollyanna bit her tongue and concentrated on the scenery. The mountains around her were rugged. Snow was starting to fall. The ancient pines stood like sentinels guarding the narrow and winding trail.

“Well, I brought a few things with me that the kid might enjoy using,” she said carefully. “You know, just some simple technology to get them used to at least handling�”

“No.” Suddenly the snowcat ground to a halt and he turned to her.

“Ms. Perkins,” he said. “Did we not make it clear to you when we conducted the interview that we do not want even simple technology to become part of our kids’ lives?”

“Well yes,” she said. “But I thought�”

“Whatever it was, you thought wrong,” he said. “Or maybe you just assumed that you could come up here and disobey me once you were hired.”

Pollyanna bristled at the word disobey.

“Excuse me, Mr. Springer, but I am not one of your children.”

“No, but you need to understand that in this community, rules are rules and when they are laid down there are consequences for breaking them. You signed an agreement upon accepting the job in which the rules were stated. Among the first three was that no outside technology would be employed in the teaching of our children. We have all you will need right there in the school.”

His voice was calm but firm. The bravado that Pollyanna felt was melting away. Why had she thought it was even a good idea to test the waters?

“What did you bring?”

She sighed. “A laptop.”

“When we get to our community I’m going to have to ask that you hand it over.”

“But�”

“Look,” he said. “It’s snowing. It’s too late to turn back. You’ve signed a contract and we’re nearly there.” He began to drive again, glancing at her as he spoke. “If you want to strike on principle over this, fine. But you won’t eat if you do. Everyone in Pepper’s Hollow has a job, and like it or not, yours is teacher, at least until you decide you can get back down the mountain. And judging by this snowfall, it’s going to be a while.”

“I never said I was going to strike,” Pollyanna said indignantly. “And I didn’t mean to offend you.”

“Then you shouldn’t mind handing the laptop over when we arrive,” he said.

“Certainly,” Pollyanna said, although inside she was still seething. But she felt a sense of satisfaction, too. She had more than one laptop; she’d give him the older one. The newer one had a wireless card. And then there was her iPad; the kids would love that. But she’d have to wait. She’d not expected Walt Springer to react so have such an intense reaction to what she thought should be every kids’ birthright.

“We have the latest set of encyclopedias and a whole library of other reference material,” he said. “In fact, we have so much that last year we added a little library onto the school.”

There was no mistaking the pride in his voice and Pollyanna felt herself touched in spite of her misgivings.

“Look,” he said. “I know that our ways may seem different to you, but you said in the interview that you had an open mind and Ms. Perkins, let me tell you right now that you are going to need it. When I said we were a simple people, I meant just that; not only will you not find technology here, but you won’t find political correctness, either. We live in much the way that our forefathers did. We work the land. The families here are led by strong men and the women accept that in a completely submissive fashion.”

Pollyanna shook her head. “Whoa, wait a minute. What do you mean by submissive?”

The snowcat ground around a corner. Ahead in the forest, Pollyanna could see cabins. They looked homey, welcoming. Lights shone golden through the windows.

“Exactly what I said,” he replied. “The women here are submissive.”

“You didn’t say anything about that,” she replied. “And I am not a submissive person, so don’t even think�”

“I’m talking about our wives,” he said. “No one is asking you to be submissive, except to the rules. And I believe you’ve already promised to abide by them.”

“Yes,” she said haltingly.

“So you’ve agreed in your own way to be submissive.”

Snow was falling in huge fat flakes now. Above them, the fir canopies were already getting a coat of white.

“Why do you feel the need to tell me this?” she asked.

Walter Springer guided the snowcat into a big pole barn and cut the engine.

“Because,” he said, “the fact that you brought the laptop tells me something about you. It tells me that you may have ulterior motives, and that you weren’t as on board with our philosophy as we’d hoped. We screened our potential teachers for a reason, Ms. Perkins. We wanted a teacher here who would replace the one we lost. We wanted a teacher who would support our values, even if she did not completely understand them or agree with them. We wanted someone open-minded, someone who would not betray us.”

“Is that what happened with your former teacher?” she asked. “Did she disagree with the way things were done around here?”

“Not every person understands our way of life,” he said.

“But is that what happened?” she asked again.

They stared at each other through the dim light of the cab.

“If you must know, Ms. Perkins, yes, that’s exactly what happened. The teacher you’re replacing betrayed us all. She betrayed our community and she betrayed the children in her care.” He looked away. “Two in particular.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” she said. “Did you try to work things out with her? I’d like to know, because we may have differences. Communication is important.”

“Every effort that could be made was made,” he replied. “But things will be done differently this time around. I intend to make sure we are not betrayed again, so you can expect me to run a tight ship, Ms. Perkins. A very tight ship. And if that ship is rocked, you can expect consequences.”

She grew quiet. “Can I ask one more question? What was the teacher’s name?”

He paused, and for a moment she wasn’t sure if he was going to answer.

“The woman you’re replacing is Melissa Springer,” he said. “She was my wife.”

Kevan on 11/20/2014 04:50pm
I liked this book for the psychological realism of its characters—the author invents a uniquely difficult situation and invests it with a lot of nuance. That more than makes up for the rushed feel, the unresolved loose ends, and the inconsistencies of tone. I liked the people, most of them, and I could have read a lot more about them. I was troubled when one chapter ended with the heroine about to read a very important letter, yet the letter was never mentioned again, even implicitly. An explicit sex scene toward the end also seemed very out of place, the book until then having been rated G. This book contains one of my favorite weird sentences of all time. "The jacket she'd hung by the fire the night before was dry. She donned it along with a scarf and a toboggan." I would have liked to have seen that!
Kevan on 11/20/2014 04:50pm
"I liked this book for the psychological realism of its charactersthe author invents a uniquely difficult situation and invests it with a lot of nuance. That more than makes up for the rushed feel, the unresolved loose ends, and the inconsistencies of tone. I liked the people, most of them, and I could have read a lot more about them. I was troubled when one chapter ended with the heroine about to read a very important letter, yet the letter was never mentioned again, even implicitly. An explicit sex scene toward the end also seemed very out of place, the book until then having been rated G. This book contains one of my favorite weird sentences of all time. ""The jacket she'd hung by the fire the night before was dry. She donned it along with a scarf and a toboggan."" I would have liked to have seen that!"
Elizabeth on 10/15/2014 09:02am
I love the story the characters were sweet and their love story was also really wonderful . I felt like there was a few loose ends at the end of the story but still just a great love story great spanking scenes and a great weekend read!
Elizabeth on 10/15/2014 09:02am
I love the story the characters were sweet and their love story was also really wonderful . I felt like there was a few loose ends at the end of the story but still just a great love story great spanking scenes and a great weekend read!
Cassie on 10/13/2014 10:18am
This was an enjoyable book, but it had some issues. It was a fairly sweet story, with likable characters and an interesting plot, involving a somewhat naive teacher put into a situation she thought she understood, but really didn’t. The writing was generally good, but unfortunately, the story suffered from editing and pacing problems. The editing issues were less grammar-related (though there were a few minor problems there) and more content. Some scenes ended abruptly, others seemed to imply something that was later contradicted, and others just dangled. As an example, there was a letter opened and read that seemed quite significant, but whose contents were never revealed, and which was never referred to again. The pacing was mostly problematic from a relationship point of view. The hero and heroine went from antagonistic to loving in extremely short order (after a large part of the book spent arguing), and the transition was just not believable, especially the heroine’s about-face on the issue of discipline and D/s relationships in general. I did like the hero’s evolution, though, and the ending was good. I would recommend it as a fun read, but with some reservations. *I recieved this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*
Cassie on 10/13/2014 10:18am
This was an enjoyable book, but it had some issues. It was a fairly sweet story, with likable characters and an interesting plot, involving a somewhat naive teacher put into a situation she thought she understood, but really didn۪t. The writing was generally good, but unfortunately, the story suffered from editing and pacing problems. The editing issues were less grammar-related (though there were a few minor problems there) and more content. Some scenes ended abruptly, others seemed to imply something that was later contradicted, and others just dangled. As an example, there was a letter opened and read that seemed quite significant, but whose contents were never revealed, and which was never referred to again. The pacing was mostly problematic from a relationship point of view. The hero and heroine went from antagonistic to loving in extremely short order (after a large part of the book spent arguing), and the transition was just not believable, especially the heroine۪s about-face on the issue of discipline and D/s relationships in general. I did like the hero۪s evolution, though, and the ending was good. I would recommend it as a fun read, but with some reservations. *I recieved this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*
Tina on 10/07/2014 04:14pm
Polly is offered a teaching position in a school in a private and segregated community that still runs things as they did in the past including very limited access to technology. Polly sees the chance to help the children with what she sees they are missing out on. Polly accepts the position, convincing the education board that she believes in their ethos and begins to plan her own improvements to their society. As soon as Polly meets Walt she realises her plans will not work and after she finds out that the men in the community spank the wives, Polly decides she wants out. Polly is a strong character in that she knows what she wants, she quickly decides that she wants to leave the community and there’s not any dithering around on her part, it’s only because of the snow and the hence impassable land that means she has to stay in the community for months. Polly’s first spanking could be considered slightly harsh as she had never been spanked before, but given the severity of what she had done to the community (plus that she tried to hope no one would notice) and to protect Polly’s acceptance to the community it was understandable and therefore did not come across as harsh. I must admit that part way through the story I did begin to dislike Walt’s character a bit as he seemed completely uncaring about the emotional development of his kids and his view on one of the community children’s disability, but this was simply part of the character development showing that Walt is not a perfect person and eventually he begins to listen to Polly. I loved Walt’s children in this story they seemed very realistic. I would definitely recommend this book. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Tina on 10/07/2014 04:14pm
Polly is offered a teaching position in a school in a private and segregated community that still runs things as they did in the past including very limited access to technology. Polly sees the chance to help the children with what she sees they are missing out on. Polly accepts the position, convincing the education board that she believes in their ethos and begins to plan her own improvements to their society. As soon as Polly meets Walt she realises her plans will not work and after she finds out that the men in the community spank the wives, Polly decides she wants out. Polly is a strong character in that she knows what she wants, she quickly decides that she wants to leave the community and there۪s not any dithering around on her part, it۪s only because of the snow and the hence impassable land that means she has to stay in the community for months. Polly۪s first spanking could be considered slightly harsh as she had never been spanked before, but given the severity of what she had done to the community (plus that she tried to hope no one would notice) and to protect Polly۪s acceptance to the community it was understandable and therefore did not come across as harsh. I must admit that part way through the story I did begin to dislike Walt۪s character a bit as he seemed completely uncaring about the emotional development of his kids and his view on one of the community children۪s disability, but this was simply part of the character development showing that Walt is not a perfect person and eventually he begins to listen to Polly. I loved Walt۪s children in this story they seemed very realistic. I would definitely recommend this book. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
K Tyler on 10/06/2014 06:32am
Pollyanna has unknowingly joined a DD community as a teacher. She soon learns that her views seriously clash with the founder Walt and she occasional find it uncomfortable to sit. However, both Walt and Polly are able to teach each other something to the benefit of Walt’s children.
K Tyler on 10/06/2014 06:32am
Pollyanna has unknowingly joined a DD community as a teacher. She soon learns that her views seriously clash with the founder Walt and she occasional find it uncomfortable to sit. However, both Walt and Polly are able to teach each other something to the benefit of Walt۪s children.
Es May on 10/06/2014 05:26am
Polly takes a job as the sole teacher in a one room school house in a backwoods town. They run things their own way, and refuse to be influenced by outside forces. This town is old fashioned, not wanting their children to grow up in a world or technology, or lazy endeavours, and unbeknownst to Polly, the women are submissive, all of them. And if they aren’t obedient, they don’t sit down for days. She is so disturbed by this, and her own spanking by the head of the town on her very first day there, she wants nothing more than to run out on her contract and get safely back home. Unfortunately for Polly, a storm has covered the town in snow to such a degree, it will be months before they can get her home, and the head of the town, Walt, has decided to move her in to his home with his two children so that he can keep an eye on her, not feeling she can be trusted. Sparks fly as Polly and Walt learn to look past the surface and really see what each other had underneath. What they find is not someone in which they wish to fight, but someone they wish to give a chance, admit their wrongs, and be valued for who they truly are. In the process, they learn that the very things that didn’t like about each other, may be the things they needed to learn about, and learn to love. The town and the kids really add to this story and Walt’s daughter is just so adorable you want to scoop her up and take her home. And in the process of everyone learning from each other, Polly helps Walt see all the things he’s been missing in his life, and how by being a hero to everyone, he might just be being a hero to no one. It was very interesting seeing how a village like this could live. How they all worked together, helped each other, and were accountable to each other. It will be interesting to see if the story continues on from here.
Es May on 10/06/2014 05:26am
Polly takes a job as the sole teacher in a one room school house in a backwoods town. They run things their own way, and refuse to be influenced by outside forces. This town is old fashioned, not wanting their children to grow up in a world or technology, or lazy endeavours, and unbeknownst to Polly, the women are submissive, all of them. And if they aren۪t obedient, they don۪t sit down for days. She is so disturbed by this, and her own spanking by the head of the town on her very first day there, she wants nothing more than to run out on her contract and get safely back home. Unfortunately for Polly, a storm has covered the town in snow to such a degree, it will be months before they can get her home, and the head of the town, Walt, has decided to move her in to his home with his two children so that he can keep an eye on her, not feeling she can be trusted. Sparks fly as Polly and Walt learn to look past the surface and really see what each other had underneath. What they find is not someone in which they wish to fight, but someone they wish to give a chance, admit their wrongs, and be valued for who they truly are. In the process, they learn that the very things that didn۪t like about each other, may be the things they needed to learn about, and learn to love. The town and the kids really add to this story and Walt۪s daughter is just so adorable you want to scoop her up and take her home. And in the process of everyone learning from each other, Polly helps Walt see all the things he۪s been missing in his life, and how by being a hero to everyone, he might just be being a hero to no one. It was very interesting seeing how a village like this could live. How they all worked together, helped each other, and were accountable to each other. It will be interesting to see if the story continues on from here.
madpuss on 10/03/2014 01:54am
I thought this story was great. As the story progresses both Polly and Walt learn to see things differently thanks to the other. Polly changes her mind about DD relationships and the community, while Walt eventually sees the benefits of technology and that it doesn't have to get in the way of living their traditional old fashioned way of life. I thought the problems the children were having from their mother leaving were well described and touching, especially the way Polly helps them and forces their father to see he can't keep pretending everything's all right. It was easier for Walt to do that than face up to why his wife left and his part in it. Facing things and putting his children first rather than the community was the first step. Polly was a good match for Walt as she was strong and determined and wasn't going to give up on him or his children. I enjoyed the ending.
madpuss on 10/03/2014 01:54am
I thought this story was great. As the story progresses both Polly and Walt learn to see things differently thanks to the other. Polly changes her mind about DD relationships and the community, while Walt eventually sees the benefits of technology and that it doesn't have to get in the way of living their traditional old fashioned way of life. I thought the problems the children were having from their mother leaving were well described and touching, especially the way Polly helps them and forces their father to see he can't keep pretending everything's all right. It was easier for Walt to do that than face up to why his wife left and his part in it. Facing things and putting his children first rather than the community was the first step. Polly was a good match for Walt as she was strong and determined and wasn't going to give up on him or his children. I enjoyed the ending.
Corinne on 10/02/2014 10:05pm
I read this story in just a few short hours. There was no shortage of conflict to pull you along. The characters grew marvelously throughout to book, the backstory was perfect, & I walked away with my heart blooming for Polly & Walt. Great book!
Corinne on 10/02/2014 10:05pm
I read this story in just a few short hours. There was no shortage of conflict to pull you along. The characters grew marvelously throughout to book, the backstory was perfect, & I walked away with my heart blooming for Polly & Walt. Great book!
CJO on 10/01/2014 05:19pm
This one was a little different. I liked the plot a lot. I did think Walt got over his first wife rather quickly and then he and Polly's romance started kind of abruptly after no allusion to it for the first half of the book. I liked the characters and the ending though.
CJO on 10/01/2014 05:19pm
This one was a little different. I liked the plot a lot. I did think Walt got over his first wife rather quickly and then he and Polly's romance started kind of abruptly after no allusion to it for the first half of the book. I liked the characters and the ending though.
SH on 10/01/2014 09:07am
I like the plot idea for this story and I was looking forward to reading it, but I had some issues with the characters. They just never melded together for me in realistic way although they do end up together at the end. Walt had some serious issues, for a very good reason, but he bounced back just much too quickly and into a romance with Polly. Don't get me wrong, there is a good story here it just really could have been so much more IMHO.
SH on 10/01/2014 09:07am
I like the plot idea for this story and I was looking forward to reading it, but I had some issues with the characters. They just never melded together for me in realistic way although they do end up together at the end. Walt had some serious issues, for a very good reason, but he bounced back just much too quickly and into a romance with Polly. Don't get me wrong, there is a good story here it just really could have been so much more IMHO.
Sidney on 09/30/2014 06:56pm
A good, old-fashioned spanking story. The setting and characters were believable, and the writer did a good job of depicting domestic discipline as a real lifestyle, while also exploring the emotional challenges faced by both the dominant and submissive partner. The spankings were very realistic and the growth of the relationship was touching.
Sidney on 09/30/2014 06:56pm
A good, old-fashioned spanking story. The setting and characters were believable, and the writer did a good job of depicting domestic discipline as a real lifestyle, while also exploring the emotional challenges faced by both the dominant and submissive partner. The spankings were very realistic and the growth of the relationship was touching.
Margaret Corcoran on 09/30/2014 01:10pm
I found this story good. It moves along at a good pace, but is a bit choppy. Also Walt seems to recover from his wife leaving him and his children very quickly. Not very believable. But I liked both characters and found their reactions good.
Margaret Corcoran on 09/30/2014 01:10pm
I found this story good. It moves along at a good pace, but is a bit choppy. Also Walt seems to recover from his wife leaving him and his children very quickly. Not very believable. But I liked both characters and found their reactions good.
Redrabbitt on 09/29/2014 08:40pm
Pollyanna Perkins accepted a teaching position in Pepper's Hollow, not fully understanding that this commune operated on old-fashioned principles with Head of Household and Domestic Discipline. She also decided she was going to bring in technology and a modern prospective, knowing it was not to be allowed. Walt Springer is the leader and founder of the commune and as Polly and her own ideology clash with the conservative methodology of Pepper's Hollow leader and its people, consequences will be coming in the form of punishment and enlightenment to Polly. Polly helps Walt realize that with the failure of his marriage he is also hurting his children by not meeting their needs and understanding their feelings over the abandonment of their mother. Also, Polly learns that the DD relationship is not abuse or a man beating a woman, but a mutual respect and order in the relationship. This story does contain over the knee spankings, including the use of a switch and also has a detailed sex scene.
Redrabbitt on 09/29/2014 08:40pm
Pollyanna Perkins accepted a teaching position in Pepper's Hollow, not fully understanding that this commune operated on old-fashioned principles with Head of Household and Domestic Discipline. She also decided she was going to bring in technology and a modern prospective, knowing it was not to be allowed. Walt Springer is the leader and founder of the commune and as Polly and her own ideology clash with the conservative methodology of Pepper's Hollow leader and its people, consequences will be coming in the form of punishment and enlightenment to Polly. Polly helps Walt realize that with the failure of his marriage he is also hurting his children by not meeting their needs and understanding their feelings over the abandonment of their mother. Also, Polly learns that the DD relationship is not abuse or a man beating a woman, but a mutual respect and order in the relationship. This story does contain over the knee spankings, including the use of a switch and also has a detailed sex scene.
Petra on 09/28/2014 08:28am
The book sounded really good, unfortunately it wasnt. Neither the theme spanking nor the romance is rellay well 'done'. Shame, the story seemed good but it just didnt do it for me.
Petra on 09/28/2014 08:28am
The book sounded really good, unfortunately it wasnt. Neither the theme spanking nor the romance is rellay well 'done'. Shame, the story seemed good but it just didnt do it for me.

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