Book Review | Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker
Author: Marla Martenson
Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker is everything you would imagine it to be…it’s a peek at “the good life” where celebrity sightings are a pastime (as is name-dropping) and Botox, designer bags, and fine dining are the norm.
Marla Martenson is an excellent storyteller; she weaves together a narrative of her life and a chronicle of her dating service clients without flaw. At times, I wasn’t sure what I was more interested in — the matchmaking between shallow, overly demanding (and unrealistic) men seeking a wife and shallow, greedy women looking for a man who will cater to their whims (and expensive tastes), or Marla’s balancing act between her writing career, her demanding job (and boss), and the love of her life, all amid her fast-paced, competitive lifestyle. If you’re like me, the matchmaking clients will blow your mind (there’s the woman who “demanded” that her date buy her a $1,200 purse on a date, or the woman who got pregnant to land her very eligible bachelor, or the man who was willing to provide a $10,000 monthly — monthly — allowance to a potential thin, busty, blonde, church-going wife). It is all fun, interesting, and enjoyable.
Martenson has a sharp wit, too, which is always a pleasure. This line (one of many) made me chuckle out loud: “I pick up an already poured Merlot, hoping it will kill off whatever bugs I’m fighting, though it hasn’t harmed the gnat that’s swimming in it.”
I loved this book, and read it in two sittings on the beach. It feels somewhat like a “guilty pleasure” without being cheap and tawdry, if you get my meaning. This is a well-written, fun, breezy romp through Beverly Hills, a place that’s always made me somewhat starry-eyed. Diary held my attention from beginning to end, which is not the easiest thing to do, as my attention span is about as lengthy as a kitten’s. In fact, I found myself hoping to stay on the beach later than usual so I could get more reading time in. You will not be disappointed!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*