Scones and Sensibility Prime –

Scones and Sensibility when first revealed is a charming book with an equally charming main character The novelty soon dies in the middle of the book where I suggest that the reader set the book down for a few hours Polly Madassa is someone who believes in true love but her idea of finding love comes from a novel This is where things go downhill Love cannot be dictated by an outside source just as Polly finds out at the end of the book when every blind date she s prepared turns out disastrous From kites running amok, to getting your best friend s dad s date handcuffed, to making your sister hate your guts, Polly risks it all to find the perfect match for her love ones even at the cost of their own love interest Her heart s in the right place but she sometimes takes things just too far as Polly s bosom friend lets her know Polly s interference at love starts out charming even adorable but takes on an annoying tone later on That was where the book lost some of its novelty I thought the little slip ups with Polly s speech from Jane Austen to modern day 12 year old gave the reader insight how Polly is just a regular girl And Polly s own little love trouble makes the book squealish I enjoy the terms of affection that she used, I mean boson friend how cute is that My friend uses the term butt buddy which makes me think of bubble buddy from Spongebob Squarepants so I like to squish the two terms together to make bosom buddy The antics of Polly were sweet but grew frustrating when Polly would not listen to sound advice The ending, of course, was a bit to be expected with Polly finally deciding that love cannot be messed with but ending with at least one good match that Polly had made It was a happy ending for all as everyone found some kindling of love even if Polly did not help set up Overall Cute as a Danish But sometimes too many Danishes can have its faults. At the tender age of 12, Polly Madassa has discovered Jane Austen and fallen hopelessly in love Convinced that she s an Austen heroine born in the wrong time, Polly walks around her modern town speaking in Austen s flowery prose She s only read Pride and Prejudice, and so has not learned Emma s lesson about meddling Polly goes about delivering baked goods from her family s bakery and trying to spread happiness and love among her neighbors by matchmaking Of course, as we all know, the course of true love is never smooth, and neither is this summer an easy one for Polly.A dor a ble.That s all there really is to say about this.It s nothing terribly original for an older Austenite, but it s cute for the younger set Polly is well intentioned if misguided, and than a few of us can probably relate to her Who wouldn t be upset if her older sister neglected her for a boring boy It s much better to set her up with the new boy in town who is not only handsome but also has a British accent Right Polly is an Emma, and so it was a little hard to feel sorry for her when everything comes crashing down on her, but she s plucky and she s a reader This will be perfect for girls who might be a little too romantic for their own good Moms will probably enjoy reading it with them. Polly Madassa is quite the winsome character, and I adore her She takes her favorite novels very seriously, allowing them to inspire the way she dresses, talks, and interacts with others With books as her guide, she tends to get lost in whimsical fantasies and has a flair for the dramatic But her heart is in the right place.Though she sometimes slips up and talks like a modern girl, her narration is very much like reading novels by Jane Austen and Lucy Maud Montgomery It was refreshing And you really can t blame a girl for wanting a world filled with chivalry, romance, and cordial behavior.Unfortunately, Polly is only twelve years old and hasn t experienced love on her own The only things she knows about love come from books, which leads to a comedy of errors including breakups, arguments, and even an arrest as she plays matchmaker around town I laughed out loud than once and really wanted her to make a successful match.But, like most true heroines, Polly holds her head high, rights her wrongs, and learns about real love and happiness She even meets a romantic suitor of her very own.Having Polly s parents own a bakery was the cherry on top of this very sweet story I could almost smell the delicious treats that were baked and delivered to customers.Scones and Sensibility was a lovely story from beginning to end I m eagerly awaiting Lindsay Eland s next book After reading Pride Prejudice , 12 year old Polly decides to emulate her new romantic role model Elizabeth Bennet who surpasses her previous one Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables by becoming a matchmaker during her summer vacation while making deliveries for her parents bakery.The title is a bit of a misnomer The story had in common with Green Gables than Austen The first chapter was fine and I was expecting a kind of Flavia de Luce character By the end of the second chapter, the language and situations became really cloying.Nice ideaQuick, quick read Lucy Maud Montgomery and Jane Austen book fans will enjoy this modern day middle grade story I did It s breezy and fun Wittingly, twelve old Polly Madassa channels revered literary idols, Anne Shirley and Elizabeth Bennett, as she goes about her business and that of many others in a dreamy coastal town Her self proclaimed sole purpose is to devise ways to assist townsfolk in finding true love She speaks with the lilt of bygone days and thus the story unfolds with triumphs and troubles. 12 year old Polly Madassa dreams of the days when Elizabeth Bennet walked the halls of Pemberley with Mr Darcy and Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe Anne of Green Gables rambled down Lover s Lane Polly lives and breathes her two favorite novels, even attempting to speak like a 19th century heroine In the small seaside town where her parents own a bakery, Polly searches for real life Elizabeths, Darcys, Annes and Gilberts for her nearest and dearest She also wants to regain the affections of her dearest sister and must deal with an unwanted suitor Though things don t always go the way she planned, Polly never gives up until she sees the truth of the situation Polly is a modern tween equivalent of Jane Austen s Emma Like Emma, Polly is certain she is right and ignores what is right under her nose I can really relate to Polly and her love of old fashioned romances I remember speaking and dressing like a 19th century heroine, too and that made Polly all the of an appealing heroine The other characters are real people who inhabit the real, modern world with problems of their own that many readers will be able to relate to This is a sweet, charming novel that girls and women who dream of being Elizabeth and Anne will love. Seek tirelessly and you shall not find a contemporary heroine of middle grade literature as refined and romantic as Miss Polly Madassa Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve year old Polly decides her purpose in life helping along lonely hearts in search of love Polly s only task this summer is to make deliveries for her parents bakery, leaving ample time for this young cupid to find hearts to mend beginning with the kite store owner, Mr Nightquist, who will pair perfectly with Miss Wiskerton the unfairly labeled town curmudgeon Polly s best friend Fran Fisk is in desperate need of a mother ever since hers ran off with a man she met on the Internet Polly must find a match for Mr Fisk And while she s at it, it wouldn t hurt to find Clementine, Polly s teenaged sister, a beau worthy of her so she can shed that brute, Clint Polly s plans are in full swing, so she definitely cannot be bothered by the advances of classmate Brad Barker.But maybe Polly should have turned her attention to Miss Austen s Emma next, because she quickly learns the pitfalls of playing matchmaker How will Polly patch up her own relationships, while ensuring that destined love can take its course This book was utterly adorable Polly was a great main character and I loved how the entire thing was written like we were actually there with Jane Austen, even though it takes place in the twenty first century There were a couple times though I was a bit annoyed by the characters, which is why I gave it four and not five stars Still an overall enjoyable read. I really wanted to like this book, with its cute premise of a young girl infatuated with all things Jane Austen, the pastry shop, and multiple courtships, but I just didn t While it might be because the 12 year old character Polly grated on my nerves with her endless talking as if she somehow was a Romantic period character, I simply couldn t shake my annoyance over her behavior Yes, Polly was cute, the way a 12 year old is supposed to be cute, but I didn t really believe her either I couldn t see a girl of her age getting Jane Austen the way she claimed, and if she did, I couldn t help but feel that this little girl needed experiences to add to her fantasies.On the cuteness factor, this story is definitely thatcute I really would like to hand the book over to a younger reader to see how they respond Although not realistic in a lot of ways, I suppose that really is what reading is about, a fantasy story that asks what if for us So, maybe Polly is this Austen fan at 12, and maybe she does speak in an antiquated British speechnonstop I, however, think that for the story and the maturity of the characters, that it seemed too juvenile Cute story, but a bit too formulaic for me Sorry. Polly Madasa is darn near one of the cutest protagonists I ve read I fell hard for her quirky ways A lover of all things quaint and romantic, Polly is like a fish out water in the rough and tumble 21st Century She prefers candlelight to electric lamps, carriages to cars, and good old fashioned courting to today s internet dating When she decides to take her town s romantic interests into her own hands, silly matchmaking and hilarity ensues Funny, sweet, and charming, Scones Sensibility is a fabulous debut for Eland