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Marriages are Made in Bond Street

by Penrose Halson

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This book, titled either "The Marriage Bureau" or "Marriages are made in Bond Street", is the true story of two twenty-something girls (one single, one divorced) who found a "marriage bureau" in London a few years after World War II, and about the matches they make. Business takes off quickly and there are a lot of quirky, funny stories. It's pretty funny, and very fluffy, without a whole lot of plot: just like "so they got these two people together and they got on splendidly and quickly married, and then this guy had some insanely specific requests but luckily they were able to match him with a wife" over and over and over.

You don't really get a sense of the character of either of the two protagonists, and one of them marries an American, moves away and drops out of sight midway through the book. The current author actually bought the Marriage Bureau herself in 1986.

If you liked the "Call the Midwife" books/TV series, you will probably like this book -- in fact I've heard it's going to be made into a TV series too. It was a bit too fluffy for my taste, but I can definitely see a market for it. ( )
  meggyweg | Mar 2, 2017 |
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