A woman only known as “Lydia” arrives at a large, regal plantation home of three men. Her arrival at La Nouvelle Vie signifies the end of her life as she once knew it. Previously an independent and successful businesswoman, Lydia nearly gets caught embezzling from the company she worked for. In her desperation she agrees to a promise by Preston, a friend from childhood, to live at his plantation and gain invisibility. Successfully escaping prison and public disgrace, Lydia doesn’t truly know what she subjected herself into.
Three men reside La Nouvelle Vie, each has needed to escape their own personal wrongdoings. Lydia discovers each of the men are drastically different from one another and she must quickly adapt to their demeanors. Preston is a malicious and obsessive man who has been stalking and spying on Lydia since youth waiting for a situation that would bring her to him. Kruin is a powerful and physically intimidating strong-silent type whom Lydia works extra hard to impress. Finally, Gabriel is the soft, gentle and compassionate one out of all three men. Each man has domain over Lydia to take pleasure and give punishments to. Lydia refers to herself as a “sacrificial lamb at the altar” and no other phrase could be more fitting.
While the premise of this novel sounds dark and disturbing, the core of the novel is based on self-discovery and preservation. After struggling to fully submit to the three men, Lydia discovers that giving up control over many aspects of her life leads to gaining control over new aspects. Without the hustle and bustle of a career, Lydia has the freedom to pursue natural and base desires such as reading and gardening. Furthermore, the novel has an undertone of embracing hedonism and cherishing all pleasures in life, not just sexual pleasure. The author uses this undertone to write sensual and indulgent scenes with gourmet foods, exploring nature, and embracing fulfilling all of one’s desires. While the premise suggests just an erotic book, truly the larger message is that true freedom lies within discovering and indulging in one’s carnal nature.
SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY ESCAPE...
And punishment takes many forms. Seeking escape from her criminal past, a desperate woman enslaves herself to a dark trio of men who own an antiquated Louisiana plantation.
Known only as Lydia, she becomes controlled by three very different men - the malicious Preston, the inflexible Kruin, and the gentle Gabriel, all of whom introduce her to a world in which the lines between pleasure, pain, and shame are irrevocably blurred.
The plantation becomes both Lydia's haven and her prison as she surrenders to the desires of her unholy trinity. Lydia's submission is fraught with tension and hunger, but what happens when the outside world enters her dark, anonymous sanctuary?
(previously published as To Disappear)