Innocent Spouse

Innocent Spouse

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What would you do if, just weeks after your spouse's sudden death, you found out he was keeping secrets? Big secrets. Secrets that could cost you millions of dollarsa€”and brand you as a criminal. Innocent Spouse is an eye-opening memoir that asks a provocative and disturbing question: Is it possible to really know and trust someone, even your spouse? Carol Ross Joynt was a successful television producer in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Howard, owned Nathans, a legendary restaurant in Georgetown. From an outsidera€™s perspective, Carol and Howard lived a fairy-tale lifea€”spending weekends at their Chesapeake Bay estate, rubbing shoulders with New Yorka€™s and Washingtona€™s elite, and raising their beloved son, Spencer. But everything changed with Howarda€™s sudden death when Spencer was only five years old. Like any widow, Carol was devastated because she lost the love of her life and her sona€™s father. But soon Carol had much more to cope with than her grief and new life as a single parent. As she was forced to take over her familya€™s legal and financial responsibilities, as well as run Howarda€™s restaurant on her own, Carol discovered that her husband had secrets, and one of them, an almost $3 million debt to the IRS, threatened to derail her entire life. And even though Carol didna€™t know anything about the tax frauda€”finances had always been Howard's departmenta€”no one cared. As his surviving spouse, legally, Carol was responsible. In Innocent Spouse, Carol shares her harrowing struggles with the IRS, as manipulative business colleagues and lawyers assumed the worst of her and friends turned their backs when her name became associated with scandal. Fighting to maintain a stable life for her son, Carol had to figure out how to preserve Spencera€™s happy memories of his father, even as their lives were shattered by his deceptions and lies. But as Carol picks up the pieces of her fractured life and copes with her sadness and anger, she learns to become something shea€™d never been before: self-sufficient. Poignant, eye-opening, and at times heartbreaking, Innocent Spouse is ultimately an inspiring story of strength and newfound independence in the face of loss and betrayal.EORGETOWN AS A business community does not wake up until after the heavy morning rush hour of suburban commuters from Virginia and Maryland who stream through the neighborhood on their way to work downtown. The people whoanbsp;...

Title:Innocent Spouse
Author:Carol Ross Joynt
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2011-05-10


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