I recently received an ARC of Educating His Bride, and erotica novella written by Cara Bristol, from Netgalley.
The newly married “Meggie” (awful nickname) pleasantly remembers a Honeymoon to visit the streets on the Monopoly Board in Atlantic City.
There are a few instances throughout the story, particularly in the beginning, in which it is a little too obvious that the author has done her homework.
And the main male character basically admits that what he loves about his wife is that she is somehow the embodiment of the madonna whore complex:
Despite the kink, she retained an aura of innocence. He loved that about her.
Yet as the story continues, it portrays an increasingly complicated portrait of women in the fifties, and the way that they view themselves and they are viewed by men. In the end, feminist ideas have been liberally sprinkled throughout the narrative in a way that shows why women in the fifties may have been feeling unrest (although no mention is made of the “happy pills” many of them were consequently prescribed by doctors, and which arguably helped delay the feminist movement a couple of decades). Many of the female characters within the narrative have been embarrassed, some have been mistreated, yet the novel ends on the note that it is okay to be comfortable with yourself sexually and that, regardless of what other people may think, important to feel safe and loved in your relationship.
This novella is erotica, as I have mentioned previously, and has overt sexual scenes as well as themes of “discipline.” As such, if you find either of these things offensive, I suggest refraining from reading. If, on the other hand, you have a liking for the professor seducing/teaching the student type situations, I recommend this novella. Despite some of its’ early problems, I have a positive impression of the novella, overall. In particular, the ending was very well done. And while a story that starts off well and ends on a bland or distasteful note is severely disappointing, a story that has a bit of a rocky start and ends on a great note can be worth a read.