A Novel - Inside the Hatboxes © by RC Marlen
Inside the Hatboxes
Get ready to ride the twists and turns of Inside the
Hatboxes when you meet the two families, the Bartletts and Scagliones.
They lived in St. Louis during 1932-1950, a time filled with historical
events - kidnappings of 1932, the Dust Bowl, WW II - which are woven into
Claire Scaglione, Tony's wife, is a carefree fun loving woman until several events send fear into her life - the death of her fourteen month old daughter, the stalking and blackmail of a taxi driver that leads to rape and repeated abuse, and the violent death of Tony. The reader sees her struggling with secrets because when Tony died, no one - not even her daughter, Suzanne - knew of the kidnapping or rape. Down deep, she is a strong determined woman who wants to start her own business; she wants a feeling of worth.
Suzanne Scaglione, their daughter, delights the reader with her creative
and gregarious personality. Whether she's on an outing with her father,
talking with her mother, or working at Mr. Bartlett's drugstore, the reader
sees how easily she interacts with people of all ages. Suzanne loves life,
but when she falls in love with David Bartlett, life is even sweeter.
As the two young people slowly discover their family secrets, the reader
sits on the edge, knowing where the lovers are going. The two incorrectly
reconstruct Suzanne's past through a lengthy investigation and their emotions
are strained to the limits. Watch as Suzanne and David dig deeper into
their pasts and uncover fallacies that are their demise.