Every Fairy Tale has its Villain: A Love Story

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101-year-old author, Julian R. Hanley, releases new memoir highlighting his wife’s lifetime of child abuse.

There are still fairy tales for grandfathers to tell, but this one is true.

There are few love stories today that can take your breath away, and even fewer are real. This story begins with a chance sighting from across a crowded room and continues with a marriage proposal, children and a happily ever after.

“A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring,” the truly heart-wrenching yet beautiful memoir of 101-year-old author Julian R. Hanley, tells not only of his romance with his wife, Betty, but also of her horrific bout with child abuse. According to Hanley, Betty suffered from her mother’s abuse beginning from the crib until she finally eloped and was able to escape.

“There are still fairy tales for grandfathers to tell, but this one is true,” Hanley said. “Like all fairy tales, this one has a scary part with an ogre of sorts, but it is a true romance with a happy ending. I felt that God lead me to Betty and I was destined to rescue her from a dreadful life of child abuse.”

The accomplished author’s writing style is touching to where you can feel the happiness, sadness and pain in his words. Hanley’s story touches on everything from abuse, to pre-marital sex, to “the state of today’s lack of morality and the benefits of moral behavior with its reward of lasting love and affection.”

“A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring”
By Julian R. Hanley
ISBN: 978-1-4908-2662-2
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and WestBow Press online bookstores

About the Author
Julian R. Hanley started his career as a lawyer practicing in Wyoming County, N.Y. He then served in the Army during World War II until he returned home and became a county prosecutor and later a Wyoming County judge. Hanley is a published writer having authored and co-authored several textbooks on criminal justice and evidence, this book being his first work of non-fiction. On retirement to Florida, he served for several years as pro bono attorney in the Public Defender’s office, receiving an award from the Florida Supreme Court for his time. At the age of 90, Hanley continued his career as a writer doing biographies and American history. Now, at the age of 101, and a widower after a 64-year marriage, he lives with his daughter in Naples, Fla.

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