Savannah’s Surrender is based on a true story. It tells a tale of a married couple, Hilton and Savannah Fields, who are enduring some marital discord.
Hilton walked out on Savannah over six months ago. After numerous attempts to resolve their issues on their own with little progress Hilton decided it was time to call it quits. He was convinced that Savannah was just too stubborn and she was never going to be willing to compromise on anything. It wasn’t what he wanted but he had tried everything to fix things, finally reaching his breaking point he told Savannah he was filing for a divorce.
Savannah was devastated. She wanted her husband back but she wasn’t going to let him tell her how or what to do. She talks Hilton into trying Christian marriage counseling as a final attempt to save their crumbling marriage. Savannah’s confident that the pastor will show Hilton the error of his ways.
Hilton and Savannah are both shocked when Pastor James suggests that they adopt a Domestic Discipline lifestyle. He instructs Hilton to become the head of his household and recommends that he starts spanking Savannah’s bottom if she disobeys him or becomes disrespectful. Pastor James ensures the couple that Hilton taking charge of their marriage will quickly put an end to their discord.
The synopsis alone was enough to make me decide I needed to read this book. With a broken marriage and divorce looming over Hilton and Savannah, she knew she had to make some major life changes if she was ever going to get her husband back…….the loss of control and the acceptance of surrender.
Hilton was sure the stubborn streak in Savannah was what broke their bond. He didn’t believe he loved Savannah as a wife anymore and it scared him because he was willing to walk away from his life. Savannah realized that with the kids, she lost her focus on her marriage with Hilton. They had become roommates more than lovers. He had made requests, date nights, scheduled sex, anything that would give them time alone together again but she could never find a way to compromise and meet him halfway. Finally it all broke down and he left and she felt like a failure.
Savannah knew she loved Hilton enough to beg him to try counseling one more time. This time it was going to be with a Christian counselor, Pastor James. There was no way she could have expected the counselor to suggest Domestic Discipline, also known as DD. This short book starts out with Savannah waiting for Hilton to come home and give her the very first, of what she assumed would be many, spankings. Being told that this will lead to him ruling the marriage and house and a better sex life she was willing to try anything to save her marriage and family.
As you continue to read on you will see just how these two took DD and incorporated into their lives and the struggles that arise while giving this a try. Changing your personality and opinions never comes without a war, and that kind of struggle was still facing Hilton and Savannah at every turn. While I was impressed with the emotions and depth that was included in this story, I struggled with the whole attitude of him disciplining her for the shortcomings he found. At times it was truly a power struggle of epic levels.
Within the 100 or so pages, Lillyanna Rose made me think about the concept of DD. This was a new idea for me, used in a plot that was definitely unique. She stirred anger and a host of other emotions inside of my heart while reading this and I finished the book seeing how this could work for some couples and not in many others. For that, along with the wonderful writing style that was shown in this book, I am giving it four stars. I don’t have to agree with the ideas in a plot, but I do value when an author makes me re-evaluate my judgments and choices in life and Lillyanna certainly did that for me with this book.