Matt Calderon is a caring husband and father of two children. His wife Maria suffers from a condition that limits her ability to perform manual work, forcing Matt to work two jobs to support his family. Despite their difficulties, the family is optimistic. But every now and then life throws a curveball. Matt’s boss accused him of stealing money from him. To make matters worse, Matt is in a gas station when a robbery occurs. He is trapped inside, surrounded by police, while his family waits for him to return home. What chances do they have now? Is there hope for them?
Marissa Marchan has a penchant for storytelling . . . the kind of stories that quickly grab your attention, build your interest, ignite a range of your emotions, sadness, fear, disgust, surprise, and, of course, happiness at the end. “Mrs. Millionaire and the Bad Father” is such a story. The reader is pulled in with an introduction to the childhood of Matilde Jane Parker, a wild-child party girl. But life events intervene, and ‘Tilly’ grows up to become a super-rich philanthropist whose purpose in life is to lift the downtrodden from despair to joy. “Mrs. Millionaire and the Bad Father” is just the second of five such short-story books about these escapades of Tilly.
The book nicely develops the character of Matt Calderon, a devoted husband and loving father devoted to his two children and sick wife. Money is so tight that he must work two jobs to make ends meet. Yet, nothing is left to buy Christmas presents for the kids. Which leads to Matt’s entanglement with his boss, the police, as an innocent bystander to a robbery, and a planned flight with his family to Canada. Tilly arrives on the scene at the right time and takes the family via her private jet to stay at a Manhattan penthouse, and, with the help of a private eye, proves Matt’s innocence. At just the right time, on a magical Christmas night, she gifts the family with a cherished piece of paper, her modus operandi.
The idea for a delightful series about Mrs. Millionaire’s largesse came to the author in a dream. As she continues to pursue her writing career, readers who enjoy the ‘Bad Father’ book should hope her future dreams are as fruitful.