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ISBN13: 9780061435072
ISBN10: 0061435074
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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.

Review:

"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 divorce, 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Julia Stuart is an award-winning journalist and lives in Bahrain. This is her first novel.

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Sarah B, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah B)
I was first introduced to author Julia Stuart with her 2011 novel "The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise". After I was thoroughly delighted with her writing style and storytelling, I knew I had to read her first novel - and it didn't disappoint!

It provides an excellent escape - full of wonderfully colorful characters, the scenery of a small French village, and all of the food and wine that accompanies it. The lives and histories of the villagers interweave as the town barber becomes the town matchmaker, and missteps lead to hilarious romps, and sweet resolution. Another delightful story from Stuart, and well told!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061435072
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Stuart, Julia
Author:
by Julia Stuart
Author:
by Julia Stuart
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
France
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dating services
Subject:
Villages -- France.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080805
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.98x5.68x.80 in. .60 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 divorce, 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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