Mira, Aug 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
TV talk show producer Loretta D'Angelo has pressure on two fronts. At work, the ratings are down, which will result in the staff being reduced by one. Thinking she will be a victim of LIFO, Loretta also struggles with her family of dentists who put pressure on to give up her non-swinging Manhattan single's life to marry dentist Marty Calabrese, whom she never dated.
On the Long Island Railroad, Loretta observes passenger Josh Kaplan shut down the cell phone of an obnoxious individual. She introduces herself to him asking if he would be interested in coming on her show as the cell phone hero. Instead her boss, TV personality Becky Blake, selects Loretta to go on the air on a blind date. She pleads with Marty, whose girlfriend lives in Florida, to help her. As they go out on the worst date of their lives, Marty and Loretta fall in love.
This is an amusing contemporary romance that will keep the audience laughing with the antics of the lead couple, that of the extended dental group and finally the other TV show players. Readers will applaud Josh for his cell phone heroics sort of mindful of Annie Hall when Woody gets McLuhan to shut up the pseudo intellectual students. HEART ON THE LINE is simply a warm and entertaining Manhattan frolic.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner