Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Format: Kindle EditionFile Size: 441 KB
Print Length: 234 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: UnlimitedPublisher: Artistic Origins (October 20, 2011)
Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.
Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong.
The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi.
Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan.
When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.
This was the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a very long time. The characters were all a little peculiar, even the ones that played minor roles. This made for quite a lot of LOL moments!
I loved the three sisters from the start. It took a while for me to feel for Bambi, but the more I read about her the more I liked her. My favorite character though, would have to be Uncle Tito. What a character he is!!!
If you’re ever in the mood for a light funny read that will keep you guessing who dunnit, this book is perfect. And no, I didn’t figure it out. The killer was a complete shock!
The only downside to the book in my opinion is that it ended too abruptly. I was left wanting more from these lovable characters. Hopefully Ms. Ireland will give us more…
Oh, and there’s lots of food and drink talk in this book, with some of the recipes in the back.
Here’s a sample: