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The Matchmaker of Périgord by Julia Stuart

The Matchmaker of Périgord (2008)

by Julia Stuart

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I liked her second book better but this book was still cleverly written and fun to read. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
I liked her second book better but this book was still cleverly written and fun to read. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Guillaume Ladoucette’s barbershop has always enjoyed great success in his tiny village in southwestern France, but his customers are older – and balder – and the business is failing. Looking for a new way to earn his living, he converts the shop into a matchmaking agency and begins to set up the various inhabitants of Amour-sur-Belle on blind dates, despite the fact that many have not spoken to one another since the mini tornado of 1999.

The results of Guillaume Ladoucette’s matchmaking efforts are less than perfect, to say the least. Long-held feuds thrive in matters small and ridiculous – Madame Ladoucette and Madame Moreau are still enemies, decades after a disagreement concerning whether to add tomatoes to cassoulet, Stephane Jollis and Lisette Robert haven’t spoken since rumors circulated that he ate the frogs that disappeared from her pond, and almost no one speaks with grocer Denise Vigier because her grandmother was found “guilty of horizontal collaboration” with the Germans in 1944.

What a delightful comedy of manners. Stuart writes in a style that is light, and deliciously unique, repeating certain phrases / descriptions until the reader is as familiar with each of the outrageously quirky residents as they are with each other. And the food! Oh my stars … I think I gained weight just reading the descriptions of the cassoulet, or the baker’s little cakes, or the over-the-top contents of picnic baskets. And, of course, love triumphs – how could it not?
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
I enjoyed the humor in this book about the love lives in a small French town. The relationships between the townspeople as well as the town's relationship with the council bordered on the absurd, and yet there was enough there to just be believable. The title character is a barber who realizes that his clientele is balding and it's time to look for a new career. The irony is that this matchmaker missed the love of his life and has remained single ever since and all because he failed to respond to her letter. A good, light summer read. ( )
  Hanneri | Jan 13, 2016 |
A very charming book. Definitely well-written and will make you smile throughout. A bit long at points, but cute overall. ( )
  Alliebadger | Jun 3, 2014 |
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Barber Guillaume Ladoucette has always enjoyed great success in his tiny village in southwestern France, catering to the tonsorial needs of Amour-sur-Belle's thirty-three inhabitants. But times have changed. His customers have grown older—and balder. Suddenly there is no longer a call for Guillaume's particular services, and he is forced to make a drastic career change. Since love and companionship are necessary commodities at any age, he becomes Amour-sur-Belle's official matchmaker and intends to unite hearts as ably as he once cut hair. But alas, Guillaume is not nearly as accomplished an agent of amour, as the disastrous results of his initial attempts amply prove, especially when it comes to arranging his own romantic future.

For every reader who adored Chocolat, Julia Stuart's The Matchmaker of Périgord is a delectable, utterly enchanting, and sinfully satisfying delight.

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Stuart offers this charming tale set in a French village in which the local barber, whose business is failing as his clients grow older and balder, decides to become the town matchmaker.

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