The Marriage Bureau

The Marriage Bureau

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

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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 Londońђةs Bond Street and set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Drawing on the bureaúђةs extensive archives, Penrose Halsońђؤwho many years later found herself the proprietor of the bureaúђؤtells 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 Bureaúђةs 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2017
Edition: First William Morrow edition
ISBN: 9780062562661
Branch Call Number: 306.7 HAL 2017
Characteristics: 313, 25 pages, 16 pages unnumbered plates: illustrations ; 21 cm


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