Book of the Month: Journey to Love by Susan Thomas

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It seems I’m repeating authors already, but Sue deserves another mention for this one. Journey to Love is as captivating as any of Sue’s fiction, and plays into her well-developed and truly enjoyable theme of a young British woman who chooses to enter an intimate, rural American community with a strong local tradition of loving but strict corporal punishment. As usual, Kathy dives in, accepting the firm but fair discipline and discovering a place she truly belongs and a family to go along with it.

From the publisher:
Soon after Kathy Anderton starts dating, she wonders why she is expected to have sex to keep a boyfriend – a view shared by her friend Kelly, who invites Kathy to attend her church. Kathy’s mum is pleased with this development, particularly as she finds out she is dying of cancer, which prompts her to make arrangements with the vicar concerning Kathy’s future. Coming to terms with her mother’s death, Kathy is sad, scared and angry – angry that she was abandoned by a father she’d never known, and that both sets of grandparents refused to acknowledge her existence. Anger fuels her to research her father, and she discovers several Anderton’s resident in a small rural town in America, and also finds a girls’ college some twenty miles away. Kathy investigates further and finds it to be a very strict Christian college with curfews, rules, mandatory attendance at the college chapel, and weekly meetings with tutors to discuss work grades and responsible attitude. Given that she has no stomach for the drinking and sex culture in British universities, she applies for a place – and is successful.

Her new life begins, and when she receives an invitation from Pastor Brad Hoctor to attend his family church, the ideal appeals to her. After the first service, she joins ‘Pioneers’, a group for the 16- to 21-year-olds in church, and subsequently has her first sight of Assistant Pastor Jack Myerscough – a handsome man who is to become a key influence. It seems that discipline within the church family is strict, and Pastor Jack has no qualms in spanking young women for their disruptive behaviour. This regime is all new to Kathy, but it doesn’t stop her from accepting Jack’s invitation to go out on a date with him – even though he later punishes her for her own failings. Kathy’s developing relationship with Jack unfolds as she finds out more about her estranged family, and her ultimate acceptance of Jack’s authority culminates in a happy ever after ending in this tale of Christian domestic discipline.

Available from LSF Publications

4 thoughts on “Book of the Month: Journey to Love by Susan Thomas

  1. Thank you very much indeed Kia. Journey to Love was my very first attempt to write a spanking romance. AS ever it doesn’t follow a formula…I simply don’t seem to be able to do formula. Shame really, I guess I must be a very odd person. I am honoured you should make it book of the month.

    1. Sue- you are most welcome. I didn’t mean to imply that your writing is formulaic (though looking back I really should have worded that differently)- merely that some themes are commonly explored that make your stories distinctive. You have a wonderful flair for exploring the concept of consent and acceptance in your stories.

      1. Kia you didn’t imply that my work was formulaic and I didn’t think you had. I was warning any potential reader that although it is a spanking romance it isn’t the usual formula but a bit odd….like me. I do agree though that consent and acceptance are important themes in my stories.

  2. I’d read Journey to Love before your post Kia but thank you for calling attention to it. My cowboy hat is off to any creative writer who refuses to follow the formulas and tropes and this is what first caught my attention. I came across her book The Disciplined Women of Chapel Island by some no longer remembered happy accident and was amazed. My favorite DD book in several seasons. Jon

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