After his wife’s death, Dexter Curtis accepts a supervisory position at a textile company and moves to Connecticut, determined to provide a better life for his four children. His new job went well, but a colleague was cruel and jealous of him. He ruined Dexter’s reputation, resulting in Dexter losing his job. Dexter became depressed after he could not find work and turned to alcohol to relieve his stress. A tragic accident left him unconscious and in a coma. Child Protective Services placed the children in a temporary shelter until they could make other arrangements for them. They wanted to split them into two separate households. The youngsters have escaped because of this chain of events. Will Dexter get out of his coma? Is there a chance to reconcile and mending the family?
The best details in the book were the father’s down-hill slide. It allows the reader a glimpse of what circumstances may have played a part in a person’s life to leave them homeless. It inspires the reader to look at the down and out with empathy.Although I feel Marchan leaves a little on the table, I also realize the book is for young readers. Her heart for seeing the positive side of things shines through. Sending kids a message that there are people who care is a good thing. There are countless angels working behind the scenes every day in the world.
A greater attachment to the kids could’ve been created if Marchan would’ve articulated more physical details of each child, the heartbreak of the children from sudden losses, the hardships of being alone in a dangerous world.
All-in-all, Mrs. Millionaire and the Runaway Kids is a good beginner novelette for young readers.