Hearts on the Line: the Elusive Pursuit of Love in the City of Angels a Memoir by Marla Martenson is a really fun book to read.
It is easy to read and kept me interested the whole way through.
She tells stories about her life as a matchmaker to rich (and sometimes idiotic) men in Los Angeles. It has some funny things, some sad things, some things to tick you off…just about everything a life could have.
In this book she continues her memoir that she started in Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker that I reviewed a while back.
In this one she finally quits working for that mean boss of hers that I always felt like smacking. She went to work for herself…being her own boss and eventually making even more money. And finished another book!
It has a really wonderful ending too(I’m not telling! Read it yourself!) but I hope she keeps on with the memoirs. I want to know how things went after the end of this book.
I loved that she included a lot of stuff about her past too. Many of the things she talked about made me feel that I have a lot in common with her. We both grew up while kids were still pretty free and safe to roam around town without adults. We both had men issues and found our soul mates later in life. A few other things too.
But for having so much alike…we are vastly different…she is a city girl and I have never lived in a town of more than 10,000 people. That may be another reason why her life is so interesting…it is so different from mine.
In any case this is another great book from Marla.
From the back cover :
Marla’s day might begin with an email like this:
I hope you don’t plan on charging me for the last two setups—Penny and Lydia. Let me make it crystal clear for you, even 5 pounds overweight is a deal killer.… I won’t waste any more time on another date with a plump gal.
Penny and Lydia are both under 110 pounds—including implants. Marla facetiously refers to the dating service as the Double D—which doesn’t stand for dream date—and often finds herself introducing SHBRs (short fat bald rich guys) to GDGDs (gosh darn gold-diggers) and, despite the odds, countless couples find that Marla has linked their hearts. The exasperating clients stand out, but many are terrific people, and you’ll follow their dating stories with interest, as Marla struggles to work for a boss who requires her to cross ethical lines, pushing Marla to her limits.
A tiny spark is all it takes, and Marla goes from being vice-president of a multi-city enterprise to being unemployed—which takes her career in matchmaking to a whole new level, all while staying true to her most authentic self.
About the Author :
After a decade of matchmaking, two books on dating, a memoir, and hundreds of interviews on national media, Marla kept getting requests for a memoir sequel, revealing the next stage in her own challenging, zany, and loving relationship, pitted against the even zanier world of elite matchmaking in Southern California. For a woman who had given up on finding her soul mate and accepted her fate of remaining single, having an open heart and mind has proven to be golden. Marla and her husband reside in harmony with their dog, Macie in Los Angeles, where she continues to bring her matchmaking expertise to the singles population of Southern California.