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Publisher Description

At the Magdalena Arms Residence for Women, desires are awakened, passions run hot, and love might be waiting just a few doors away. . .

Dorian "Dolly" Dingle has been footloose and flighty for long enough. At last, she's resolved to focus on her showbiz career and move out of the Magdalena Arms. Then landlady Mrs. DeWitt breaks her hip, and Dolly reluctantly agrees to fill in as temporary housemother. While she grapples with home repairs and holiday preparations, Dolly tends to the needs of her diverse tenants, including:

Jackie – The aspiring actress always puts on an impressive performance

Kay – Dolly's old friend is an accomplished clarinetist--and she's hoping they'll make sweet music together. . .

Arlene – She's a buxom theater designer with some very dramatic secrets

Ramona – The former bad girl is back in Bay City and making tongues wag again

When the high-spirited residents learn of a scheme to shut down their beloved rooming house, they rally together to raise funds. Can a Christmas variety show save the only home Dolly has ever known? And will she finally find the perfect girl to occupy her heart?

Fiction & Literature
October 1
Kensington Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

Mary Groten ,

Good-hearted spoof...

'Dolly Dingle' is exactly what you'd expect if you've read Nolan's previous books, in particular "Maxie Mainwaring.' But times are changing, and civil rights and women's lib have come to the Magdalena Arms. Not that they are presented in heavy-handed fashion: that is not Nolan's style. Instead, we have the landlady, Mrs DeWitt, breaking her hip and one of her tenants, over-the-hill actress Dolly, taking over. The usual hijinks ensue as Dolly looks after her eccentric tenants and battles evil developers. Everything is resolved in time for Christmas. This is a very warm-hearted book, very suitable if you're looking for some seasonal fare with no gore or tragedy.

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