Friday, April 23, 2010

Scones and Sensibility: A Book Review

I just realized I keep forgetting to put what the genre is on my book reviews. Sorry about that. >_< Title: Scones and Sensibility

Author: Lindsay Eland

Genre: Comedy of Errors/Romance

Reading Level: 8 and up on the book but I'd say 10 and up because of the flowery writing that might drag for 8 year old's.

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.

My Review: This book is as fluffy as a pastry. ^_^Polly is a cute character, even if her constant flowery old fashioned speech can get grating at times. Her silly attempts at getting people together are very cute, and sometimes humorous. The only thing that really bugs me is her inability to really think about the personalities of the people she was getting together and whether they would be compatible together or not. She certainly lives in a fantasy world, unaware of how things really are around her. Which is okay really because after all where would the character development be if the character was already perfect. But I feel the book really didn't need to be as long as it was. The other character we're nice, but not as fully developed, so really I didn't care that much about them. I can't honestly imagine Fran and Polly as best friends, they just seemed far too different from each other. Fran also didn't seem to care that much about Polly and just went along with her antics because she had nothing better to do. The little boy Brad who chases after Polly brings an adorable, innocent little romance for the main character which I enjoyed.
Now about the writing, it tried to copy the eloquent old fashioned style of classic novels. But overusing the adjective dainty, and having the character describing everything around them as beautiful and charming just doesn't cut it, and I would have preferred the book to be written in 3rd person instead of 1st. Other than that it was a very nice lightweight effort.
Content: Nothing objectionable
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Recommend: For young fans of fluff romance


  1. I just laugh out loud at how adorable this sounds. "Which is okay really because after all where would the character development be if the character was already perfect." I never thought of that before, love it.

    Katherine, an avid reader of your blog.

  2. Thanks, yes it was really cute. I'm keeping it for my future little girls to read when they're little. Then they can move on to the real stuff like Emma. It's pretty much based on Emma.

  3. I'll have to get this for my teens! Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life


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