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The Matchmaker of Perigord
by Julia Stuart


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 Perigord is a delectable, utterly enchanting, and sinfully satisfying delight.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061435072
  • ISBN-10: 0061435074
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 318
  • Dimensions: 7.98 x 5.68 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: P.S.

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 33.
  • Review Date: 2008-04-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Unhappy cutting hair, Guillaume, the barber of the tiny, declining French town of Amour-sur-Belle, renames his shop Heart’s Desire and tries his hand at matchmaking, even though he lost his first love, Emilie, years ago. Guillaume soon proves hopeless: he can’t even help his best friend, Yves Leveque, whose heartaches have actually caused him indigestion. When Emilie returns to Amour-sur-Belle a rich divorcée, and sets about restoring a dilapidated old chateau that once brought tourists to the city, she enlivens the slumping town’s eligible suitors and the town wags who watch their every move. Debut novelist Stuart infects Amour-sur-Belle’s byzantine lore with whimsy (a mini-tornado that made the town pharmacist disappear), the usual beefs (an age-old feud, which began with Guillaume’s mother) and sensual detail. It’s all done well enough, but a reliance on magical-realist elements to resolve the town’s spiraling affairs makes for an unsatisfying resolution. (Aug.)

 
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