If you've ever struggled to explain the appeal of DD to yourself or someone else, you'll likely relate to the characters in the standalone sequel to "Old-Fashioned Education" and third installment in Fiona Wilde's "Communities of Discipline" series.
Just when their plans to form a new community based on the principles of self sufficiency and domestic discipline are under way, Walt Springer and his fiance Polly Perkins are asked to return to Pepper's Hollow.
Walt is more than happy to once again assume leadership of the community he founded, and Polly is pleased to return to the friends who supported her in accepting her submissive nature.
But when Walt's younger brother Phillip arrives on the scene, the harmony of their isolated world is tested.
Like his brother, Phillip Springer is tall, dark and handsome. But that's where the similarity ends. Phillip is a progressive artist who thinks the domestic discipline lifestyle is barbaric, and while he agrees to keep his opinions to himself while working through the winter at the community, his insulting comments to Polly begin to shake her faith in the path she's following.
Things only become more complicated with the unannounced arrival of Jenny Kramer, Polly's best friend. Jenny isn't happy that Polly has dropped out of society, and when she learns about the community's lifestyle, she's determined to "save" Pollyanna from DD.
Can a couple committed to the principles of DD defend their choices to outsiders who hold the worst views of how they live? If you've ever had your domestic discipline views challenged, then you can relate to Walt and Polly's dilemma as they seek to preserve their relationship and enlighten their friends. And who knows? Maybe the newcomers will realize there's more to DD than meets the eye.