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Determined, Marla turns to Craig's list, connecting with a series of flaky employers, and if the 99 Cent Store doesn't carry it, she doesn't buy it. Broke and depressed, however, she rarely finds time to write. When a former client calls and asks if she'd work with him as a matchmaker privately, she shifts into a whole new level. Amazing things start happening. Not only does she help people find soul mates instead of trophies and sugar-daddies, she finds the emotional space to heal personal traumas in the past, ranging from the bullying she endured in her youth, a near rape, a disastrous previous marriage, and her father's death-an unusual experience involving the ocean's kiss. Marla writes as never before.
Adolfo is proud of her, but Marla still holds grudges as they search for a new home. She decides to rekindle the flame in her marriage and thinks she knows just the person to help: Chantal, a former client who owns a spa specializing in Brazilian hot waxes. This proves to be a hilarious blend of torture, comedy, and high hopes-a bit like life itself. Along with her clients, Marla's heart is on the line as she discovers the powerful ways in which dreams are real.
Posted March 26, 2013
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Marla Martenson, noted author of "Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker", returns with "Hearts on the Line: The Elusive Pursuit of Love in the City of Angels". This delightful further look into her life and lifestyle is highly readable and often quite humorous as the author refers to a certain type of client as "Uncle Fester". As the book begins, Marla works as a matchmaker for the Los Angeles dating service called Exclusive Personal Search of Beverly Hills and must always look totally great on the job. The men who come to Double D, as Marla calls her agency, always want a trophy wife. And all too frequently the women who are their clients are gold diggers, or GDGD as Marla calls them. Some of the men are SFBRG, or short fat bald rich guys. In spite of these differences, Marla does her best to find what the clients want for a partner. The boss at Exclusive Personal Secrch is Gary, who is difficult and demanding with his staff and may be taking money on the side to provide clients with a sexual partner. Marla is deeply happy with her husband Aldolfo even though they would love to move from their apartment to a home, but can she stand working for Gary?
"Hearts on the Line: The Elusive Pursuit of Love in the City of Angels" is a memoir for everyone to read. Marla Martenson tells of Exclusive Personal Search's clients and describes them in detail without being nasty. For instance, one of the clients named Brittany is beautiful, high-maintenance and what Marla calls a GDGD. The characters of all Marla's contacts are well-delineated and totally believable, although sometimes exasperating as they complain about the matches Marla has made for them. The affirmations at the end of each chapter will make the reader laugh or sigh in agreement. "Hearts on the Line" is one great read!
Posted January 2, 2013
What we have here is the makings of the next best sit-com. Vacuous, empty-headed characters communicating with match maker Marla in e-mails easily convert to LOL dialogue. Money grubbing females, Marla gently refers to as gold diggers, and men whose lives are so lop-sided they prefer to pay for a dating service than take the time out for natural selection are her clients. Humorous, hip jargon and a forty-something lifestyle offering a peek into the Beverly Hills trendy hangouts is a fun ride. Since I am a “Lost Angel” familiar with all this territory it was especially entertaining for me to see this world through Marla’s rosy-hued glasses. Puffy-lipped women with size two butts and plastic double-d breasts are common place at my local Trader Joes. I’m not sure why I had at go to a waxing salon where women subject themselves to painful treatments that turn them into something akin to a hairless cat, but it was worth a vicarious laugh. The conflict of the artist frustrated with a world that does not want to pay for our better selves is one that I know too well. I have been writing all my adult life, but I still have to keep my day job to support my eating habit. As Marla points out, it is a delicate balance that requires a loving, supportive mate to maintain equilibrium. With the ease of a Chinese acrobat Marla finds her way though a maze of disappointments to triumph in the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2012
In her memoir Hearts On the Line Marla is candid and sincere and takes the reader through those private details of her life which not only include her life as a real life Beverly Hills matchmaker but also her relationship with the love of her life, her husband Adolfo. I love how Marla is so down to earth and even though our lives are so different and we live on opposite ends of the country, I found so many similarities between her life and mine, which is not only ironic, but left me feeling even more connected to her.
In these chapters of her life Marla shares her struggles of working for her self-centered boss who is going to extreme measures to bring in money to the high-end dating service during the current recession . Gary goes about walking all over his staff and discreetly turning the dating service Marla has helped bring too much success into an escort service. As Marla strives to do the best she can at her job, considering the circumstances with her boss and her demanding clients. She scrambles for support from her husband who although honestly only wants the best for both of them, does not see the severity of how stressful a situation Marla is in. One common trait I noticed with Marla’s husband which is common with some men, including my own husband is how practical they can be. Adolfo worries about their financial future should Marla decide to leave her job and makes it a point to remind her often. However for Marla a true Gemini, those daily affirmations she uses to calm and soothe herself from her stressful job are no match for her bosses latest antics.
Marla is a gifted writer who can take everyday situations and those even ridiculously insane and weave humor through them to share with her readers. Although a little more serious and grounded than her previous novel Hearts On the Line still left me cracking-up. Yet at the same time also feeling sorry for her situations and at times her situation. I also felt badly for some of her clients, who deep down seem so lonely and may never truly find real love due to their unrealistic expectations. Hearts On the Line is truly about one womans search and discovery of her own individuality and how going with her intuition and those perceptions lead her to make the best choices for her and her husband, whether her husband wants to admit to it or not. When one choses to do the right thing and has faith in God he opens many other doors near the ones we may choose to close.
Posted September 29, 2012
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