Title: Dolls Behaving Badly
Carla Richards is a lot of things. She's a waitress at Anchorage's premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcée who can't quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager.
She's one overdue bill away from completely losing control-when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she's scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.
Still, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult. Is perfection really within reach? Or will she wind up with something even better?
Author: Cinthia Ritchie
Published by Grand Central Publishing Source: Author
Published: February 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This maybe a book of fiction, but it reads like real life and real people. It could be about the woman, who you walk past on the street, see in the grocery store, or the mother of your child’s best friend. An everyday ordinary woman, struggling to raise a child after divorce, and her quirky sister, her ex, and friends, and can’t forget the visits by her dead gramma. Along the way she meets a man. An ordinary man with his own quirks, and the fiasco of the two of them getting together is so normal, it is refreshing.
It is told from Carla’s POV, in the form of a diary. She gets the idea from a TV personality, so before her entries you get to read the advice on what to write about and the steps to take to be a better happier person. It makes for some interesting, funny and heartfelt entries. She puts in the letters from the bill collectors which are just too funny. She puts in the lists of what is on her kitchen table and they usually have the norm, bills, food, doll parts; heads, arms, legs, boobs, etc. She writes her journal entries while secretly making erotic dolls for extra cash. When things get to stressful she bakes and gives us the recipes that happen to be from her gramma.
By the end you feel as though Carla and her friends are your friends too; and by reading along, you feel like you helped her get to the HEA.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.