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The Matchmaker Of Perigord by [Stuart, Julia]
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Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

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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“A hilarious romp off the beaten track. Love it to bits.” (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and Gentlemen and Players)

“A warm, funny novel about life and love in rural France...Stuart’s zesty narrative style is tailor-made for farce...Stuart injects her own brand of va-va-voom into this classic formula.” (The Independent Extra (London))

“Debut novelist Stuart infects Amour-sur-Belle’s byzantine lore with whimsy…and sensual detail.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This frothy debut, as enchanting as Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, follows Guillaume Ladoucette, a barber in southwestern France.” (More Magazine)

“Filled with enchanting settings and a brilliant attention to detail, Stuart’s first novel is an enjoyable trip through the sweetness, sadness, and hilarity that love-and life-often brings.” (Library Journal)

“Following these gentle folks on their blind dates and awkward reentries into the field of romance is a sweet and simple pleasure. Stuart…does manage to richly evoke the fecund sights and smells of rural France…[A] delightful, excursion to a kinder, gentler place.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Product details

  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (July 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552773638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552773638
  • ASIN: B0031RS8FI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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