The Sentenced

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Banished to another place in time.

Even for the year 3018, the punishment Minerva receives is harsh – banishment to another place and time. Shocked by the sentence, she turns to the one person who could help her, her father. But he refuses, and there is nothing she can do but don the clothing the Council of Wrongs provides. When she wakes up, she finds an overturned stagecoach, four dead men, and a dead Comanche lying on the ground beside her.  Benjamin Granger can’t believe his eyes when he comes across a pretty little redhead sitting in the middle of a horrific scene of violence. Surely the Comanche would have carried her off with them, unless they were afraid of her hair? 

She sure is pretty, but he soon learns she has a very sharp tongue. Even worse, when he tells her they need to get out of there before the Comanche return, she refuses to ride with him. Ben was taught to respect women, but when they act like a recalcitrant child, it’s time to apply a hard hand where it would do some good…

Publisher’s Note: This steamy time travel romance contains elements of domestic discipline. 



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Chapter One


State of the Lakes, 3018


“Minerva, are you not the least bit frightened to face the Council of Wrongs? You sit there so calmly, while I am terribly worried. I wish to know our fate.”

“The Council of Wrongs is like a group of old women with nothing more to do than gossip, and wish they were young again. I have no desire to be questioned by them. The most they can do is sentence us to remain at home, within our lodging, for a period of time. That is nothing. We still do as we please, and avoid charges of wrongdoing by stating we were in our chambers as ordered by the Council.”

“My father is not like yours; he will not lie for me. I have embarrassed him by my presence here, and he has sworn to see me obey the Council of Wrongs. He has spoken to your father, Minerva. We shall no longer be friends, I fear. Father will forbid it.”

“Really, Teena? You would permit your parent to control your life?” Minerva asked scathingly, giving the younger girl a look of contempt.

“It is customary for children to obey their father. It is one of the Great Father’s Commandments, ‘Thou shalt obey thy father and mother,’” Teena recited. “Are you not aware of those laws?”

“It applies only if your father is deserving of respect. Mine isn’t,” Minerva said without emotion.

“Girls, the Council requests your presence in the meeting room,” their attendant said. “Please come with me.” Teena and Minerva did as they were told for different reasons. Teena was obedient; Minerva wanted to get the inconvenience over and done. She hated being confined anywhere, and this building was the worst, with all of its rooms and no windows.

The Council of Wrongs consisted of five older, respected men and women, who were from all segments of the population. It was a fair way to judge an individual, and there were few complaints from the jurisdictions in the United States. Lawbreakers faced the Council knowing they would receive a sentence designed to help them improve and become model, productive members of their state. Murderers faced mandatory death, unless they had killed in self-defense or to protect another. Thieves were sent to work doing jobs that were unpleasant and tedious until it was determined that they wouldn’t steal again, and they earned enough to pay for what they’d taken. The Council had absolute authority to make a sentence; there was no appeal; if you did wrong, you would eventually be taken in front of the Council and sentenced to an unpleasant punishment.

Minerva saw that her father was in attendance, but she refused to look at him. She hoped to be sentenced to marriage. It was preferable to remaining in his home. He was addicted to alcohol and pills, and that was all that he cared about since her mother died.

Minerva and Teena were told to stand in front of the Council of Wrongs as their charges were read aloud.

“The charges to be considered for Teena of Bernstein are trespass, climbing in a window, with the intent of frightening another. This is determined worthy of punishment because it was done as a malicious prank.”

“The charges to be considered for Minerva of Strong are trespass, climbing in a window, with the intent of frightening another, and instigation. This is determined worthy of punishment because it was done as a malicious prank.”

“We shall consider your charges first, Teena. Do you have anything to say? This is your one chance to make a plea.”

“Thank you, Council. First of all, I am sorry I did this. I have embarrassed and shamed my father, and I am sorry for that too. I promise I will never do anything of this sort again. What I did was childish, and I ask the Council’s forbearance.”

“It was not your idea to harass Miss Kincaid?”

“Miss Kincaid was difficult, and I went along with Minerva because I did not take the time to think it through. I am ashamed I went along with Minerva.” She bowed her head.

“Minerva, what do you have to say for yourself?”

“It is Miss Kincaid who should be on trial for her lack of teaching skill. Miss Kincaid is a mean witch with no compassion for anyone who does not agree with her ideas and thoughts. She holds a person up for ridicule, but gives no way to redeem oneself. Once you earn a bad grade from her, she gives up on you forever. She is a terrible teacher.”

“So, are we to gather you have no remorse for your actions?”

“My remorse is that Miss Kincaid will go on teaching young women and influencing them to think with narrow mindedness. I am not the only one who believes as I do, but I am the only one with the conviction to try and do something about it. Miss Kincaid was not harmed; I had no intention of harming the woman. I only wanted to frighten some sense into her and give her pause to think of what she was doing to those of us she chose to ridicule on a daily basis. We are grown women and deserved better. That is all I have to say.”

The Council of Wrongs deliberated quietly, and for quite some time, while Teena and Minerva were seated in two chairs, facing the people in attendance. Teena wept; Minerva kept her gaze straight forward and steady. She refused to cower in front of anyone sitting there. She had no respect for any of them, especially that witch, Miss Kincaid. That woman was boiling with temper and rage, and would take it out on her students at the first opportunity. The difference being that now others would be watching her, taking note of her poor teaching skills. Eventually, right would win out, and she would be sent to a remedial teaching academy and be forced to start all over.

After a two-hour wait, a decision was reached by the Council of Wrongs. Teena and Minerva were once again requested to stand before the Council.

“Teena of Bernstein, we believe you were unduly influenced by your companion. You have expressed remorse, which we feel is genuine. Your father has expressed his desire to bring you home, and go forward with marriage options that are in your best interests. You are hereby remanded to his custody, and your criminal record expunged, provided you are duly wed within a year’s time. You may leave the room.”

Teena thanked them, then ran to her father, who was waiting for her with open arms.

Minerva tried not to be jealous of the love shown between them, but it was most difficult. Her own father cared nothing for her, only for the numbing effects of alcohol and pills. He would not stand for her; even now he was too inebriated to stand. Unfortunately, society did nothing to solve this problem. As long as her father did not harm anyone in his state of numbness, he was free to do as he pleased.

“Minerva of Strong, the Council of Wrongs is very disturbed by your lack of remorse, and for accusing a teacher with an excellent reputation of being narrow minded. We are not a narrow minded society; you need to learn this in a unique punishment. Your father has concurred that he is unable to influence you positively. Therefore, we are sending you to a time when women were treated with narrow minded attitudes. You will be given period clothing, a bit of money to survive on until you find work, and our best wishes for you to learn the advantages that we have acquired since this olden time period. Your sentence is banishment; not for the prank you pulled on Miss Kincaid, but for your accusations against her, and for your attitude. You do not belong in this society; if you stay you will be teaching your beliefs to young girls. This, we do not need. We have struggled for years to acquire a calm society. Banishment to another time period will occur once you are clothed appropriately. If you wish to say goodbye to your father, do so now.”

Minerva was shocked and frightened. “I expected to be sentenced to marriage!” she exclaimed.

“This is not possible. Your father is not willing to make arrangements for you to wed.”

Minerva whirled around, her green eyes searching for him. When she found him, he was swaying on his feet. She turned back to the Council to say bitterly, “You would allow a drunk to make decisions for my life? Can you not see how inebriated he is, even at this early hour? Tis best I go away; if I stay, I would ruin him completely. Say goodbye? I would rather tell him to go straight to hell!”

There were gasps in the Council of Wrongs meeting room. Cursing was not considered polite, and was frowned upon. Women were expected to show more class and manners.

“This outburst only confirms our decision. Please escort Minerva to the travel room. I shall be there to observe the transport in a few minutes.” The Council of Wrongs left the meeting room, and then Minerva was taken to the travel room, and told to change into the clothing that was already hanging in the dressing chamber.

Minerva was not about to give them the satisfaction of seeing her cry, and she was not going to beg for a last minute reprieve. She donned the unfamiliar clothing, finding it restrictive. The chamber’s attendant fashioned her hair, then pinned a hat on her head. There was no communication at all. Minerva was taken to the transport, handed a valise, and once the member of the Council was present, Minerva was sent back through time.


Texas, 1871


Minerva slowly woke from the deep sleep brought on by traveling backwards in time. To her shock and horror, she was lying on the ground beside a coach that was riddled with arrows. The two men who had been on top of the coach appeared dead, as did three others who were lying on the ground near her, arrows protruding from their bodies. One was an Indian lying near her, his face painted. Minerva had been taught the history of the old west, and it did not take her long to realize that the coach had been subject to an Indian attack. She looked around for the Indians, terrified that they would spot her and kill her simply because she was Caucasian. She could not see anyone at all, in any direction. That, too, was frightening.

Minerva checked to verify that the men were all dead, and they were. There would be no help from any of them in finding a town. She sat down, frustrated. Now what did she do? This so-called “punishment” was more like a death sentence. If they were so determined to send her back in time to live, the least they could have done was to place her in a town and give her a chance to live. Minerva sat there and tried to remember her history. She did not know which tribe of Indians attacked the stage, and she did not see anything on the coach itself to tell her where she was. Surely the stage would be missed, and someone would come to investigate? What would she do if the Indians came back to make sure everyone was dead?

Minerva finally decided that she needed to find some water. The sun was very hot, and she was going to fry her poor skin if she didn’t get some shelter. She was already thirsty as could be. Just as she was heading out, she heard the clip clop of horse’s hooves. Minerva searched the horizon, and finally spotted a man approaching on horseback. When he spotted the coach, he urged his horse to a faster pace.

“What happened here?” he asked, giving her a strange look.

“What does it look like?” Minerva asked sharply, glaring at him. The man looked so different from the men she knew. For one thing, he did not bother hiding his emotions under a fake façade of polite indifference. He also appeared hardened and quite capable of defending himself.

“It looks like the stage was attacked by the Comanche, miss. My real question is, how did you survive? Why didn’t they carry a pretty girl like you off with them?”

“Are you the type who thinks an Indian has the right to enslave a Caucasian woman?”

“No, ma’am, I am not that type. I’m the type who believes in taking a sharp-tongued little wildcat like you over my knee for a sound lesson. I know you’ve had a bad scare, but that’s no excuse for being so rude to a man who only wants to help. Are you injured in any way?” he demanded.

“No, I am not.”

“That is surprising.” His stare was accusatory, and it made Minerva uncomfortable. “I am pleased you weren’t harmed, but that isn’t the Comanche way. Either they kill a woman, or they take her captive. Perhaps they may be afraid of your red hair?” He made a guess.

“I am not sure what happened,” Minerva replied. “I came to and it was all over. The men were all dead, the horses gone, and the stage upturned.”

“You must have hit your head when the stage turned over, and the Indians assumed you were dead, which is very lucky for you. I’ll take you to the relay station and send someone out here to get the bodies and the coach. Come on over here,” he bossed.

“I cannot. I do not know you.” Minerva backed away from the stranger. She did not know what he would subject her to once away from this site.

“Don’t get all missish on me, girl. I need to get you out of here before those redskins head back here to make sure they didn’t miss something.”

“I will not go with you on that horse. I am afraid of horses,” she declared. “You cannot force me to be agreeable with your plan. I do not know you or your intentions.”

“I can tell you what those Comanche will do to you if they come back, and I guarantee you won’t like it. Now, pull yourself together and come along. No more fuss, or else.”

“I have no wish to subject myself to your caregiving. The answer is no. Go along. Send others to bring help.” He looked at her as if she had taken leave of her senses.

“That tears it,” the man growled in frustration. He jumped down from his horse and stomped towards her, chasing after her when she started to run away. Before she’d taken six steps, he caught her. He knelt on one knee, threw her face down over his bent knee, then he raised his hand and spanked her.

“Ouch!” Minerva cried out. “Stop immediately. You have no right to strike my person. Let me rise.”

“I’ll let you rise when you stop acting like a fool and agree to get on my horse and hightail it out of here.” He continued to spank her, doing his best to set her fanny on fire, and stop her foolishness.

“You are causing me pain. Please stop hitting me!” Minerva screeched loudly. “Ow!”

“Are you going to settle down and come with me?” he asked, giving her bottom another hard wallop.

“Yes!” Minerva agreed, anything to stop the man from striking her where she sat. She had read about that somewhere, but could not recall what she had read, only that it was painful as could be. She could attest to that.

The man rose and pulled her over to his horse. He picked her up and plunked her on the front of his saddle with no care whatsoever to her sore backside. Then, he mounted, wrapping his arms around her, and whirling the horse around to take off at a brisk gait. “My bag!” she gasped, pointing. He leaned down as they passed and swooped it up. He added it to the saddle, and kept right on riding.

The longer they rode, the more Minerva’s bottom hurt. She wanted to rub her posterior so badly that the feeling brought tears to her eyes.

“What’s your name, little girl? You got folks waiting for you in Cartersville?”

“I have no one anywhere,” she answered bitterly.

“You’re all alone in the world?” he demanded, shocked. “No folks at all?”

“No one,” she repeated.

“I’m sure sorry, Miss…”

“Minerva of Strong,” she gave her name, and surname. “Who are you?” Her curiosity got the best of her.

“Ben Granger.” He waited for the usual reaction, but Minerva acted as though she’d never heard the name before. “Are you positive you weren’t harmed by the Indians, Miss Strong? You can tell me if they hurt you; I will take you straight to Doc’s house if they did.”

“I have already answered that, Ben Granger. You are the only one who has harmed me, and I am still suffering from your abuse.”

Ben whooped with laughter. “If you don’t beat all, girl. I didn’t abuse you; I gave you a little spanking.”

“Yes, that is the word I was searching my memory for. You did a spanking on me.”

“You sound like you’ve never heard of a spanking before,” he teased.

“I have heard of it now, and I do not like it very much,” she told him.

“It wasn’t anything but to get your attention and calm you right down when you were being foolish. I know you don’t know me, but I know me, and I know I would never harm you. I had to get us away from that coach, and arguing wasn’t going to get it done. Now, please, you calm your temper and I’ll take you to the relay station just as I promised. I’ve never felt the need to force a girl. My ma raised me better.”

“Better than what?” Minerva asked, confused.

Ben laughed again. “You and Ma will get along just fine; both of you are redheads, with the temper and sharp tongue to match. Just a word of advice, honey, the men who run the relay station don’t have much of a sense of humor. Don’t go giving them attitude or they’ll turn you out and not give a care if you end up in some Comanche’s teepee.”

Suddenly, two Indians came charging at them, screaming as loud as they could. One of them shot an arrow, and it struck Ben in the shoulder. He managed to get his gun and fired at them, but missed. He tried again, his head spinning in circles, and again, he missed. He knew the two men were chasing them, but he needed to stop before he fell off his horse. He headed his mount behind a large boulder. “You hide yourself, girl. Here.” He thrust his handgun at her. “Take this; there’s one bullet left. Use it to keep them from taking you alive.” He aimed his rifle, but fell over, unconscious, before he could fire.

Minerva could not believe the man called Ben Granger thought that she should deliberately kill herself! Such a thing was unthinkable. Their Great Father did not condone violence to one’s self.

The two Indians suddenly realized that Ben wasn’t firing back. They dismounted and ran toward the rocks where Ben and Minerva were hiding. The first brave had his knife raised in the air, planning to kill Ben and take his scalp. She did not know much about ancient weapons, but Minerva fired the gun. The Indian looked at her in surprise, then hatred. He started to run toward her, and fell dead. Minerva picked up his knife, prepared to fight the other man if she had to. That man saw the other Comanche lying there, and he exploded in rage and grief. He pulled his knife and ran toward Minerva.

Minerva calmly told herself that she had no choice; it was her responsibility to defend her very life. She suddenly sprang into action, the skirt hampering her movements somewhat, to kick the Indian in the stomach. He flew backwards, grunting in pain. “You stop now!” Minerva ordered in her firmest tone of voice.

The man didn’t respond. He shook his head and came at her a second time.

This time, she was forced to use the knife in her hand. He fell dead at her feet. She had given him a chance and he didn’t take it, but it still made her feel terrible to take a human life. She went to help Ben Granger. She checked to be sure he was still alive. Once that was established, she methodically removed the arrow from his shoulder by breaking off the shaft, then using a rock to push it out his back. She knew it hurt considerably, but Ben Granger didn’t make a sound. Minerva went over to his horse and looked into the leather bags on the back. She knew that was where cowboys used to keep their belongings. There was a bottle of whiskey in one bag, and a shirt she could use to make bandages in the other. She poured the whiskey over the wound, in front and in back, put pads made from his shirt over the wounds, then tied them in place.

The next step was getting Ben on his horse again, but Minerva did not think she could do that all by herself. She put the whiskey bottle back into the saddlebag, and prayed he would wake up. The Great Father of all heard her prayers, and Ben woke with a start, ready to fight. When he saw the dead Indians, he demanded, “Who else is here, Miss Strong?”

“There is no one but us, unless you count these two men who are quite dead,” she answered.

“You fixed me up?” he asked in surprise.

“I did what I could. You will need a real medic.”

“How did these braves die?”

“I had no choice but to defend myself. I used your gun on that one, and a knife on the other man. They gave me no choice.” She bowed her head in shame. “I am sorry.”

“You were very brave, honey. Let’s get on my horse and move along before some others come looking for these two.”

“You are well enough to stay on your horse?” she questioned.

“We won’t know until I try, Minnie.”

“That is not my name,” she scolded.

“It suits you much better than Minerva. You aren’t some old maid schoolteacher. You are doing a fine job. Let’s get on to that relay station. Those Comanche won’t be kind to you if they figure out you killed two of their own.”

What kind of time is this that the Council of Wrongs sent me to? Minerva asked herself. Since arriving here, she had been spanked, and forced to defend herself from two men. Now those men were dead. Is this part of my punishment? If so, it was truly a harsh one.

“Are you all right, Minnie?” Ben asked when they’d been riding for nearly an hour.

“No. I am quite sore where I sit. I am not accustomed to being spanked. Do not do that again, Ben Granger. My studies implied that is a punishment for small children, and I am not a child,” she insisted.

“Your studies?” he questioned. “You studied about spankings?”

“Yes, it was part of our Ancient Cultures classes. Why do you people feel it will improve behavior?” she asked curiously.

“It improved your behavior, didn’t it? You stopped arguing with me and let me get you away from the stagecoach. Where are you from, Minnie? You ask the silliest questions.”

Something warned Minerva that telling the truth would only cause serious problems for her. She made a conscious decision to change the subject. “What is it you do as your life’s work, Ben Granger?”


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18 reviews for The Sentenced

  1. Hope W

    The Sentenced was a sweet time travel romance that included domestic discipline. The storyline was cute and the story well written. The characters are heartwarming and showed a connection right from the beginning. Ben and Minerva (Minnie) meet in less than ideal circumstances, but Ben takes the lead from an uncooperative Minnie. However, her strong willed and spunky attitude catches Ben’s attention and their chemistry takes off and has the reader’s attention as the action around them begins. The author also introduces several other characters from Ben’s family that jump into the fun and kept me laughing and wondering how some interactions would end. We get to see another couple with Hamilton and Crystal. Boy will Crystal keep Ham busy and his hand sore. The characters interactions and family love was endearing and fun, the love scenes that were sweet but not graphic, and there was plenty of spanking going around I didn’t see as much influence from Minnie’s futuristic life as thought there would be, but the story was a great night’s read.? I hope there is a follow up showing how other character’s future will go. It would be interesting to see Ollie and Amanda find their true loves as well. I recommend reading this story for a fun time.? I voluntarily received an arc copy of this book.?

  2. rjr

    Minerva is harshly sentenced in the year 3018, to be banished back in time to 1871, to live the remainder of her life. She is provided no opportunity to come to grips with the difference in time periods. She arrives with only a few clothes and a little money to her name. She is immediately put in great danger and is rescued by Ben. Through Ben, Minnie is exposed to a world she has only read about. It is a world in which people still live naturally, as opposed to her life in the future. She learns about working hard, about family, and most of all, about love. When Minnie learns that men in this time believe in punishing misbehaving women, she is astonished. However, that doesn’t stop her from falling in love. This was a very interesting and unique western. The premise was very different and carried throughout the book. The large family provides several storylines and they are very heartwarming. The character interactions were charming, and even the spoiled character shows redeeming qualities. And best of all, there are plenty of handsome, dominant ranchers!

  3. Lillie322

    I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. This a time travel spanking romance – from the far future to historical western days. A futuristic woman who kearns quickly to deal with a cowboy who believes in the barbaric cystom of spanking from a place of caring and love. You get spanking from 2 couples. Yum

  4. Nancy Hughes

    This is a sweet western, time travel, spanking romance. You can’t get much better than that. You’ll meet Ben and his family, as well as Minnie and Crystal. There’s Indians attacking, and later in the story, a kidnapping, so there’s some adventure, and I found the story to be humorous at times. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  5. Tami

    In the year 3018, Minnie is sentenced to travel back in time to 1871, because she pranked a teacher and she refuses to feel sorry for calling the woman close-minded. Minnie wakes up in 1871, surrounded by dead men. She is rescued by Ben who takes her home with him. For Minnie a completely different life starts. As she is adjusting to 1871, she is also falling for Ben who never hesitates to teach her lessons, oftentimes this’ll end in a smarting behind for Minnie.

    I really like Minnie and Ben. They do have great chemistry and I adore Ben for not thinking that Minnie is crazy when she tells him where she is from. There is also a secondary couple, Crystal and Ham, who also practice domestic discipline and I also liked them very much. The book was a pleasure to read.

  6. Margaret Corcoran

    What an enjoyable story. Very well written and described. All the characters are well done and very human. I enjoyed the interaction between them all. There are plenty of disciplinary spankings and sweet love. I received an ARC copy of this book and I highly recommend it. A wonderful interesting page-turner.

  7. LuCinda Beebe

    First I want to say that the description on this book is spot on. This is a western spanking romance novel with Minnie getting a spanking right away when she is sent back in time and won’t listen to what Ben wants to do, as in, ride out of the area right away. The setting is so vivid that you feel like you are standing right there watching everything unfold. The plot line has some twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and hope the author will write more about other members of Ben’s family.

  8. DB

    Ben finds Minnie in the road where she had landed after being banished from her world in 3018. She is now in the 1800’s and is not use to doing what she is told. Ben shows her she will listen to him, with a trip over his knee and that is the first of many. Ben takes her home to meet his family and they love her. Minnie is very accepting of her life there and works on learning all she needs to know and do to live there. Ben’s brother, Ham, also has a girl he has ask to come visit the ranch and she is not so willing or eager to help or learn about housekeeping. Ham has her over his knee quite a few times as well. This book had, danger, suspense, adventure, lots of dialogue, laugh out loud moments, many spankings, dominant males, feisty females, love, caring and a very sweet romance. Hopefully there will be other stories with this family so we can see where they go. Loved it! 5 Big Bright Stars

  9. Ajjmb

    I really enjoyed The Sentenced by Joannie Kay. I love how misunderstood Minnie is in her own society and I really like how she finds total love and acceptance with Ben and his family. She is a strong and wonderful woman that deserves her new family and she is not afraid to fight for them. I really recommend this new book. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  10. Carla

    This book was all about growing and discovering about how family should be treated, about love and caring. Minerva comes from a very different time and lands in a place where she learns about how life should be. There is no sexual heat/scenes (which was refreshing) but there was a number of discipline scenes which was purely discipline. All in all a good read.

  11. charlotte Huelsmann

    The sentenced by Joannie kay
    Minerva (Minnie) is from the yr. 3018 as a punishment she is sent back in time to learn to behave. She goes back to Texas in 1871 and wakes up in the middle of an Indian massacre of a stage she ended up next to. She is recued by a rancher named Ben. Minerva saves Bens life and is quite a feisty little spitfire. This story is about learning to obey, love and loving discipline and how people can change for the better. I enjoyed reading this book very much. Joannie Kay never fails to deliver an awesome read

  12. Penny Gwen

    I really enjoyed reading this time travel story. Minerva gets punished in 3018 by being sent back to 1871. She has spunk and the attitude to match. Since Ben knows just how to deal with her, he soon decides that Minnie is exactly where she is supposed to be.

  13. Redrabbitt

    I loved the concept of this story and the characters. The story is a time-travel tale that goes from 3018 to 1871. While the main part of the story was Minerva of Strong and Ben Granger, it also included Ben%u2019s family and another couple, Ben%u2019s older brother, Hamilton and the lady he has been corresponding with, Crystal Sherman. The story shows that whether from the past or the present, love can be found.

    The plot will start in the year 3018 where Minerva of Strong is brought before the Council of Wrongs to face charges that she and a friend have committed an offense. Her friend will show remorse, along with her father agreeing to arrange a marriage, so she is released. Minerva refuses, tells the council where they are wrong, where Miss Kincaid was wrong, and her father is drunk and none supportive. The council decides to send her away, transporting her to a time back in history where punishment is different, men are dominant, and it is the way of life.

    The story will have Minerva wake up from the transport in 1871 Texas in the middle of an Indian attack on the stagecoach, and she is the only one alive. She will start walking, and that is when Ben Granger comes upon her after seeing the situation with the stagecoach and passengers. But then Minerva is uncooperative with him, and he will have to spank her to get her to listen, he needs to get them to safety.

    Ben will decide that Minerva doesn%u2019t fit her and starts calling her Minnie. She will prove to be resourceful, and while it is obvious she isn%u2019t from there, she is inquisitive enough and shows a desire to learn. When they face another attack by Indians, she doesn%u2019t panic, fall apart, she participates in keeping them safe. But then there is Crystal and her father also at the relay station, and she is a brat, has a nasty attitude and pitches fits. Ben is supposed to be picking her up for Hamilton but instead sends her and her father away and takes Minnie home.

    The story is full of mystery, suspense, secrets, attitudes, along with strong alpha-dominant men, feisty women, and plenty of spankings. Throw in the family ties, the upbringing, and tempers and not everyone will get their way, especially when it comes from throwing fits. Minnie is grateful to the Granger family and is excited to learn new responsibilities. She attempts each new experience with a kind heart and desire to please and learn.

    The story will have some intense moments, kidnapping and rescue and creative way to stay safe. There are wedding bells in the future, and it will take these Granger men some patience and a hard hand to keep their women safe and in line.

    The story has many spanking scenes of several different women, by several different men. While there is marriage, the sex is only implied and never detailed. The story does end on a happy note. Maybe leaving the future and going back into a different time isn%u2019t so bad, especially when you find love.

  14. Dawn hazel mann

    A very interesting book, Minnie was quite a character, I liked her initial reaction to Crystal. A fun book to read

  15. lani

    I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for an honest review. this story was a bit difficult to get into. It has short, choppy sentences and Minerva was a very unlikeable character. However, once I continued reading, it became more interesting and intriguing. I enjoyed the Granger family dynamics and the storyline. I would recommend this book to others.

  16. Toni L

    This is a very sweet romance/time travel story that I didn’t expect to work as well as it did. The writing style is quite simplistic but it works with this story given he time that (most of it) is set. The story moved at a nice pace to a satisfying conclusion. Gentle & sweet

  17. Sam

    The punishment Minerva receives is harsh for her world but ends up taking her back to a time and place where she can find happiness. I enjoyed reading about Minerva, Ben, and his family. This is a great book.

  18. Kitty Ranma

    Thrust back in time, to were she belongs.
    It strikes me that there doesn’t seem to be a explanation for the stars that are given. So I thought I’d start giving my take on it.
    1 horrible no redeeming qualities. So far I’ve never given a 1.
    2 blah but there are redeeming qualities.
    3 ok worth reading.
    4 great but there’s something off.
    5 loved it.

    So now about this story. Joannie Kay is a favorite of mine, she never fails to deliver. I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won’t go into details.
    Reasons I enjoyed this book:
    Happily Ever After, Witty, Romantic, Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Entertaining, Action-packed, Steamy.
    adult, domestic-discipline, favorite, historical, horses, humorous, kidnap, multiple-couples, romance, spanking, suspense, timetravel.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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