By Julia Stuart
Barber Guillaume Ladoucette has regularly loved nice luck in his tiny village in southwestern France, catering to the tonsorial wishes of Amour-sur-Belle's thirty-three population. yet instances have replaced. His buyers have grown older—and balder. all of sudden there isn't any longer a decision for Guillaume's specific providers, and he's pressured to make a drastic occupation swap. seeing that love and companionship are priceless commodities at any age, he turns into Amour-sur-Belle's professional matchmaker and intends to unite hearts as ably as he as soon as lower hair. yet unfortunately, Guillaume isn't really approximately as comprehensive an agent of amour, because the disastrous result of his preliminary makes an attempt amply turn out, specifically in terms of arranging his personal romantic destiny. for each reader who cherished Chocolat, Julia Stuart's The Matchmaker of P?rigord is a tasty, totally spell binding, and sinfully pleasant pride.
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He paused. ‘Not by me,’ he added, looking round quickly. 62 With a raised hand, Fabrice Ribou, whose mind was never far from his takings, interrupted the man, telling him that if he was about to make a public announcement it was only fair to round up the other villagers. To his immense satisfaction, after a series of phone calls, his clientele had doubled. On seeing by how much his audience had swelled, JeanFrançois Lafforest hugged his briefcase closer towards him until the left buckle was pressing painfully against his umbilicus.
Yves Lévèque, who had always fancied a municipal swimming pool, despite the fact that he was the only person who could afford one of his own, wrote a letter to the council stating that following a particularly cold winter the village had experienced a population explosion. Not only that, but many outsiders had suddenly noticed the unrivalled charms of Amour-sur-Belle and had made it their home. Within weeks the dentist received a reply stating that the first stage of any alteration to the status of the village would be a population headcount, for which a date had been set for two months’ time.
At the dinner table, which had shrunk by three centimetres after years of rabid polishing, Serge Pompignac would look at his wife with her long hair that had turned prematurely grey and try and remember the girl who had fired the shot which he still kept in the tiny wooden box in the secret compartment of his writing desk. And she would try and remember the man who wanted her so badly that he had bought the weight of sixteen people in fresh meat and 2,312 pots of mustard. It came as a relief when, after almost twenty-six years of marriage, Serge Pompignac handed her more money than the butcher shop could have made in a decade.