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Behind Closed Doors by Susan R. Sloan

Book Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

When Valerie O’Connor met Jack Marsh, she fell head over heels in love. She met Jack while visiting her sister, Marianne, in Boston. They had several dates and when the time came, Jack just said goodbye to Valerie and told her he would write.

Valerie was unhappy. She had very strong feelings for Jack. In November, Valerie had a big surprise. Someone knocked on the door. Valerie’s father answered. It was a man who said, “Hello, sir, my name is Jack Marsh and I’ve come to marry your daughter.”

Everyone believed this was the beginning of a fairy-tale marriage. Or was it?

As time goes on Valerie realizes how little she really knew about Jack. She was Catholic and believed in her principles of being an ideal wife and mother. Jack, now an airline mechanic, arrives home many times late with the smell of perfume on his clothes. Many times, he is drunk and violent. Valerie puts up with this for some time.

Then, one day, something happened. Jack did something that Valerie could not ignore any longer. What did Jack do? How did Valerie respond?