I just finished a charming book called Scones and Sensibility!
Dust Jacket Description:
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.
Characters: Into the first three pages, I fell in love with Polly Madassa. Her proper Victorian English manner of speaking reminded me of Little Emma. She reminded me frequently of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, one of her own favourite heroines. She was full of delightful charm. She's the sort of character I would love to babysit or even be friends with. Despite her language, she never came across as shockingly mature. Eland did a great job of articulating Polly's emotions in a quirky, age appropriate way. The other characters were lovely. Polly's elderly friends were fun and sweet. Her bosom friend Fran endured Polly's dramatic tendencies with grace the majority of the time. Fran's father came across as a sweet man. Her sister Clementine had an incredibly bad taste in young men and fit the role of the stereotypical teenager. Polly's love interest was the sweetest boy. All of these characters were like a donut, fluffy but delicious. I loved every moment with them. 4 and a half flowers.
Writing: What was so unique about this novel was the way Polly spoke. I could see how it would get annoying to some people, but I loved her drama and her Austenlike prose. It illustrated her quirks well and quickly. 4 and a half flowers.
Plot: Eland wove Polly's three matching making attempts together as well as Polly's romantic subplot with Bradley, her old foe. The book didn't seem weighed down by the amount of plots but wasn't too simplistic either. 5 flowers.
Ending: Completely predictable, but all the more lovely. 4 flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: Charming. 4 flowers.
Cover: This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I can't think of anyone denying a book with such a lovely cover. 5 flowers.
Overall: This book will appeal to both girls between the ages of 8-12 as well as their mothers. Absolutely delectable. I cannot wait to see more of Eland. 4 and a half flowers.