On the surface, the Hathaway’s seem like the perfect family. They are very wealthy and live decadent lifestyles.
This year it is her ten year anniversary…and she hopes is her last. The Hathaway children take after their father and are controlling bullies.
But she has a Plan to end the Abuse More
“The happiest day of my life fell on a Tuesday.”
This statement is made by Maggie Hathaway, describing her wedding day. Anniversaries and weddings are the focus of this story, told in first person by Maggie.
Maggie has just been through a horrible ordeal, and when the story begins, she has been resting and recuperating at her father’s home. This event was an anniversary party in honor of the Hathaway’s. They are a large family headed by Howard and Judith, with their four children; three sons and a daughter. It has been a long standing family tradition that they all get married on the same day in June, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.
This year, anniversary party is taking place at Maggie and Bruce’s home. In addition; the youngest Hathaway son, Bradley has just gotten engaged…reluctantly. He is surprising his fiancé with the details on the wedding date at the party. Maggie’s funny and thorough attention to detail will have you right in the home with her as she describes it, and laughing along with her at the cast of characters that make up this family as she describes them. She will also tell the story of how she met her husband, Bruce, the second Hathaway son, their courtship, marriage, and tumultuous ten years that have brought her to where she is now.
On the surface, the Hathaway’s seem like the perfect family. They are very wealthy and live decadent lifestyles. They are well known in the community and when they are out in public, especially in one large group there are standards and dress codes that are not to be taken lightly. In many cases the dress code is color coordinated.
“I had a twinge of panic right then and there standing amongst my future family in a sea of yellow chiffon. I was giving up a lot more than my name...”
This year it is her ten year anniversary…and she hopes is her last. The Hathaway children take after their father and are controlling bullies. Along with that, Maggie has endured years of increasing emotional physical abuse from Bruce which she goes into painful detail without ever losing her humor and charm which adds to her strength.
What no one knows is that Maggie has secretly been planning her escape. She knew long ago the one thing that would hurt him more than anything, and it wasn’t hiding a gun under her pillow. It was finding a way to destroy him financially. She has been planning for awhile, but had still not decided when she was leaving…until now. Bruce will abuse her for the last time, and she will pull the trigger on the morning of the party. As the day progresses Maggie readies herself for the party and then her escape. Little does she know that fate will take over in a way she could never imagine.
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