The Errant Bride by Dinah McLeod – Sweet, contemporary tale


by Tara Finnegan

The Errant Bride is a sweet, contemporary tale of a newly married couple who are struggling to make the adjustments required to working as a single unit.  There are the usual struggles of division of labor and financial responsibility etc., but in this case, all is not running very smoothly.

Sara starts off full of good intentions but all too soon sees marriage as just meaning that she is no longer answerable to her parents and she can do what she likes. Ethan seems to be much more sensible and mature and begins to find his wife’s irresponsibility a burden. He proposes to fix this using domestic discipline.

The author excels in describing the emotions of the bride, Sara and we get a real insight into the initial anger she feels towards Ethan as he announces out of the blue, that when he gets home he wants Sara ready for a spanking. Sara is no stranger to discipline as she had been subjected to discipline from her father even as an adult, but her anger at her husband is obvious; and even justified as Ethan had promised her on their wedding day that he would never treat her like that.

Sara goes from anger about being disciplined, to negotiation and promises she will correct her behaviour without spanking, which of course she doesn’t. She brats out, pushing Ethan to his limits and goes to such extremes as to put both their marriage and even her own safety at risk.

An added pleasure is that some of the chapters are written from Ethan’s point of view, which makes the reader really gets to empathize with him, and understand his motivation behind his actions, it also allows the author to give us some nice background information on Sara, and you begin to see that Ethan may have more cause for concern about her behaviour than you initially think.

While I really liked the writing, one cause of concern for me was that I felt that Sara was forced into Domestic Discipline. I felt that her husband let her down with his failure to communicate and discuss his reasoning and therefore I lost a bit of empathy for Ethan. Also, the story showed Sara always to be the one with faults, but in the real world, nobody is perfect, and I’d have preferred to see a little more balance. I did get confused at one point and had to go back and re-read some of the earlier chapters to see if I had missed something.

If you enjoy reading about spankings, there are quite a few nice, graphic descriptions of punishments and many will be pleased to hear that there is no graphic sexual play at all, although I do appreciate that may equally disappoint some readers. Overall, a sweet, wholesome domestic discipline story.



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2 Responses to “The Errant Bride by Dinah McLeod – Sweet, contemporary tale”

  1. marysuewehr says:

    Sounds like a very satisfying read. Definitely on my TBR list:)

  2. Dinah Mcleod says:

    Thanks Mary Sue, I appreciate that! And thanks for the review Tara!

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