Sunday, 3 January 2010

Scones & Sensibility Lindsay Eland

Publisher: Egmont USA
Pub.Date: Dec 22nd 2009
Age Range: Middle Grade
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source Of Copy: from the publisher - Egmont USA

Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful land, a time where a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers.

But alas, she was not.

This, however, does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with a summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents bakery (how quaint!) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force…um…encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together…whether they want to be or not.

Scones & Sensibility is adorable, in a way that will attract not only its target readers but also ones from the other age ranges, especially fans of Jane Austen or matchmaking.

I've not read a middle age book for such a long time and Scones & Sensibility reminds me how fun it is to engrossed yourself into such lovely books. The novel explores a very common subject with a breath of fresh air, making it half classic, half modern. A unique protagonist and a simple but intriguing and an amusing plot just seem to complete the package.

The whole story is bright, cheerful and heartwarming. It's about bringing people together, helping them find love, find the right person to spend the rest of their lives with although things go completely wrong at one point. I actually love the fact that Polly is only twelve and she's already determined to devote her life to matchmaking. What's more to adore? Lots of Jane Austen's characters are mentioned and compared to that of Scones & Sensibility. And those who love cakes or bread, you cannot miss this book. Reading this just makes me want my family to own a bakery.

As for the characters, Polly is so fun to be with. She's obsessed with romance, childish and dramatic. Things she does are really strange and her way of talking is just...I'd be very surprised and delighted if I can meet anyone like her in real life. Sometimes she's so crazy and unreasonable but you can never get mad at her. After all, she's great at heart and her intention is very very sweet of a young girl. I also love her sister, her parents and her secret admirer.

Over all, this is a middle grade book that I will recommend to readers of all age. Need a light, fun but different read? Pick this one.

Rating: 3.5/5


Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

It does sound like a cute read. I haven't read a middle school read in forever, probably will be checking it out.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have looked at this book and like what you are saying about it here. I may pick this one up. :)

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks for the honest review. I just got a copy and I can't wait to read it!

pirate penguin said...

It was a cute read. I liked when Polly slipped up sometimes in her "dramatic" dialogue and spoke in a modern twelve-year-old's voice. It was funny x)

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Thanks for the review! Im stll debating on this one.

Krista/Tower of Books said...

This sounds cute...I really love the cover.

prophecygirl said...

I really like Jane Ausen-type stories, and this one sounds so cute. :)

Lisa Amowitz said...

As Lindsay's critmate and a very early reader of Scones, I fully attest to its magnificence. Lindsay is one of the funniest and most original voices out there!

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