The Marriage Bureau

The Marriage Bureau

The True Story of How Two Matchmakers Arranged Love in Wartime London

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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A riveting glimpse of life and love during and after World War II--a heart-warming, touching, and thoroughly absorbing true story of a world gone by.

In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London's Bond Street and set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Drawing on the bureau's extensive archives, Penrose Halson--who many years later found herself the proprietor of the bureau--tells their story, and those of their clients.

From shop girls to debutantes; widowers to war veterans, clients came in search of security, social acceptance, or simply love. And thanks to the meticulous organization and astute intuition of the Bureau's matchmakers, most found what they were looking for.

Penrose Halson draws from newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, and interviews with the proprietors themselves to bring the romance and heartbreak of matchmaking during wartime to vivid, often hilarious, life in this unforgettable story of a most unusual business.

"A book full of charm and hilarity."--Country Life

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062670649
Branch Call Number: Large Print 306.730942109 Hal
Characteristics: viii, 375 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
large print.


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Nov 04, 2018

Can the library get this title on audiobook? Please

ArapahoeKati Aug 15, 2017

Breezy social history all about matchmaking that will keep your interest, perfect if you're still interested in WWII Britain but need a break from the bleakness.

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