Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Review: The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart


Poor Guillaume Ladoucette. He has been an excellent barber for his small French town for twenty years. But now he has a problem. Well, two problems, really. The population of the town has not changed much over the years. It stands, in fact, at thirty-three. (That includes the pharmacist who has been missing since the mini-tornado of 1999.) The population's hair is aging. You know what happens to aging hair. That's right, it falls out. Some of Guillaume's customers are going bald!

To make matters worse, a new snazzy barber has set up shop in a neighboring town and some folks have been lured away by the fashionable haircuts that he is offering. Guillaume feels that he must remain true to conventional barbering wisdom and not be swayed by popular attitudes. But the fact remains, he has almost no customers left. What is he to do?

He decides to make a clean break. Start over in an entirely new profession. Despite his own bachelor status and his inability to proclaim his feelings to the woman he has been in love with his entire life, he decides what the town needs most is a matchmaker. And he's the man for the job. He tears the sink out of his shop and, after a quick makeover, re-opens his shop as "Heart's Desire".

Unfortunately, business is a bit slow at the start. Prospective clients looking for love are matched up with people that they are already VERY familiar with. It is a small town, people have already formed opinions about each other, getting them to change is difficult. Things aren't going so well for Guillaume. Then, suddenly, he seems to have a success! The postman has found someone he really likes! Poor Guillaume, the woman in question turns out to be the same one he has been in love with his whole life. Now it looks like he will lose her forever, to the postman. Will he ever muster up the courage to admit his feelings?

What a fun book this is. It is witty and warm, filled with eccentric, endearing characters and fantastic descriptions of French food and pastries. It is a wonderful 'cassoulet' of a novel. Enjoy!


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4 comments:

sheistoofondofbooks said...

Oh, I remember seeing this on LT-ER! I was interested in it then, from the short synopsis they posted. Your great review reminds me to add it to my wish list NOW ... thanks!

Anna said...

This sounds like a funny book! Thanks for the review! I'll definitely have to read this one!

--Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

tashiana said...

how adorable i definetely wouldnt mind reading this
haha what a random profession he chose
why didnt he just move to a bigger city?

Becca said...

This sounds like so much fun. Poor Guillaume, it's so much easier to give advice than take it I guess. I might not be good for business if he starts stealing his customers love interests though.

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