Looking for love in all the high-end places . . .
After writing her own obituary as an experiment, Holly Hastings realizes that her life isn't exactly a blazing trail of glory. The twenty-eight-year-old is broke, bored at work and perpetually single. But after watching an old Marilyn Monroe movie she realizes what she can do about it: Marry a millionaire -- and write about how to do it! This had to be the answer to the prayers of an obituary writer who's spent more time lauding other people's lives than living her own . . .
Taking leave from her job (if not her senses), Holly decides to better her chances of mingling with the moneyed by getting the heck out of Dodge (aka, Buffalo, New York) and heading to millionaire-rich towns on both coasts. Her honesty and common decency make it hard to fully embrace the shallow life, but Holly finally lands herself an eligible millionaire in San Francisco and an all-expenses-paid trip to Easy Street. Too bad about that inconvenient crush she's developed on her neighbor. Will Holly stick to her plan for marrying up or will she choose marrying right?
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Jackie Rose lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and daughter. Marrying Up is her second novel.From Booklist:
Obituary writer Holly Hastings follows her psychiatrist's mandate by writing a sample obituary for herself and is horrified to discover that she envisions herself growing old in her current job and dying alone, nary a cat in sight. Disillusioned with single life in Buffalo, New York, Holly decides the solution to her problems is to find herself a rich man. She drags her best girlfriend, George, to Moneyed Mates, where they hope to meet the city's richest. When Buffalo turns out to be a fairly dry well, Holly insists she and George jet off to Naples, Florida, where supposedly many a rich man resides. Naples is a bust, but Holly isn't ready to give up yet: she quits her job and relocates to San Francisco, with George in tow. And though she meets wealthy men there, she also finds herself drawn to her unemployed, sexy landlord-cum-neighbor. Though the premise is silly, Rose carries this tale of a quarter-life crisis to a rewarding conclusion. Kristine Huntley
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