A Simple Misunderstanding is part of the Corbin's Bend series. The books in this series revolve around the residents of Corbin's Bend, a community that embraces domestic discipline in all its forms. Each story can be read on its own.
I was particularly impressed with this story and the characters. The author poignantly portrays the difference between loving and consensual discipline with physical and emotional abuse. Elly's husband is an abusive bully but she doesn't really recognize that fact until she sees healthy relationships. Her daily walk with her poodle brings her in contact with Jerry. Jerry strongly believes in domestic discipline and quickly sees through Elly's facade. The story that follows is tense, emotional and moving. The peek inside an abusive marriage is truly chilling. Elly's awaking is compelling and touching. I loved this story and highly recommend this and all the Corbin's Bend books. Each one offers something different.
Elly and her husband move to Corbin's Bend where domestic discipline is the norm. However, Elly is abused, not lovingly disciplined. Her only contact outside her home is with vet Jerry Douglas. She walks her poodle daily and Jerry soon sees the truth. But Elly is married and there is little Jerry can do but be there for her. When things go too far, Elly's life changes forever.
Though Arthur and Eleanor Benson have been practicing domestic discipline for three months since their wedding, he insists moving to Corbin's Bend, where domestic discipline is the norm rather than the exception, will revitalize their marriage. Elly has doubts, but since Arthur is the undisputed head of their household, they move. However, once Arthur becomes immersed in a community where spanking is not only permitted, but encouraged, his personality undergoes a dramatic change. Accusing his submissive wife of being lazy, disorganized and disobedient, he employs creative methods of pain and humiliation to mold Elly from the imperfect woman he married into the perfect woman he desires. And Elly finds herself a virtual prisoner in her own home, accountable only to the man who rules her life with a cane.
In his years as a vet, Jerry Douglas has seen what abuse does to animals, and he recognizes those same signs in Elly Benson during her daily escape to the dog park with her tiny poodle. Jerry steadfastly supports the tenets of domestic discipline and enjoys the freedom Corbin's Bend offers its residents, but he remains fiercely protective of anyone in need of a champion. And when he witnesses evidence of harsh handling, his instinct is to rush in and rescue. Problem is Elly Benson is a married and consenting adult who insists all her bruises and welts are nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson takes his authority and discipline one-step too far, endangering Elly's life.