Matt Calderon is a faithful husband and loving father of two children. His wife, Maria, has a medical condition that limits her ability to do manual work, so Matt must work two jobs to support his family. Despite the challenges they experience, the family remains hopeful and optimistic. But sometimes, life is full of surprises. Matt’s boss accuses him of stealing money. To make matters worse, Matt is at a gas station when a robbery occurs. He is trapped inside with police surrounding them while his family awaits his return. Could there still be 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.