In the third book of the Alcott Chocolate Series, everyone croons over Dorothea’s twins, and Bambi’s baby in Lila Mae’s dining room. Louie jumps up and barks, waking the babies. Lila Mae and Amelia look to see who arrived—everyone was already accounted for.
A young Hispanic woman gets out of a cab, with luggage. She sashays to the kitchen door and waves at Amelia and Lila Mae. Amelia opens the door and the woman barges in. She’s Chiquita, one of Uncle Tito’s nieces. She was sent to train for Amelia’s job.
Everyone is flustered. Why would Uncle Tito send Chiquita? Was Amelia going to quit? Lila Mae is freaked out. Amelia’s only thoughts are, “am I dying or getting fired?”
And who’s this chubby-cheeked, middle-aged, cigar-smoking Dougie Vey character that Dr. Victor Tic’s daughter shows up with, all glam and glitter, after being gone for nearly a year? Victor and wife Jeffie Ann had a falling-out with Luna over gambling debts.