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THE MATCHMAKER OF PERIGORD
JULIA STUART
ISBN# 978-0-06-143507-2
August 5, 2008
Harper Collins
10 East 53rd Street New York, NY 10022-5299
Trade paperback
$13.95 US/ $14.95 Canada
318 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 3 Cups

Guillaume Ladoucette is a barber in a tiny village in the southwest of France. He has loved barbering since he was a teen and takes great pride in making his customers look great. The only problem is his clients are getting older and balder, which leads him to find a new line of work. He decides to be a matchmaker, a complete change from being a barber. Not to mention the fact that he has not been very lucky in love himself.

Many townspeople take up Guillaume on his matchmaking. People like the town dentist, Yves Leveque, who has a horrible habit of staring at people's teeth; or the town's baker, Stephane Jollis, who barely has time for himself as he is always trying to keep his customers happy. Both these men and the others that signed up are looking for someone with whom to share their heart.

Guillaume has his hands full with the many crazy quirks of his clients. Some are friends, and he must try to find matches for them. He has many disappointments and a few pluses. Yet during the whole time, Guillaume is wondering how he can tell the woman he has loved since a teenager that he wants to be with her. If he cannot do this, how successful will he be as a matchmaker?

The matchmaker of Perigord is a very strangely entertaining book. It has wonderful, sometimes comedic, characters with an off-the-wall storyline. Yet I found it a bit hard to read as it seems to start off slowly, and I easily got confused with many terms relative to France, although neither is a bad thing; for me it just made it a bit longer read. Overall, I would recommend this book as it is, again, strangely entertaining.

Matilda
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