04 May 2010

Scones and Sensibility | Book Review and Blog Tour

Book: Scones and Sensibility
Authoress: Lindsay Eland
Book tagline: "Can Polly deliver the recipe for love?"
Pages: 320 (Hardcover) Publisher: Egmont
Available formats: Hardcover, Paperback
Genre: Children's Fiction | Romance | Middle Grade

My summary: Perfectly precocious twelve-year-old Polly is a pint sized Janeite. Ever since reading Pride and Prejudice she longs to be a proper lady and is prone to delicious fits of fancy. So when some of her grandest friends require love, Polly decides to play matchmaker. As the story progresses little Polly is about to learn she is acting more like little Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

My say:
Polly is precious. She is an old cheery soul who trades her computer and ball point pen for a typewriter and quill. Janeites, educators, and young at heart romantics are sure to devour and delight in this Emmaesque gem. The pace is reminiscent of a whimsical stroll and brings the enchantment of Austen to the modern days shores of New Jersey.
My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; A splendid read I will definitely recommend again and again.

My kiddie-o-meter: Rest assured, this one is flawlessly suited for even the youngest tweens.

My mini-author interview:
Q: In Scones and Sensibility, Polly's family owns a bakery. What is your favorite bread, cake, or pastries?

A: How about I do my favorite of each since no one could possibly choose just one out of all those yummy categories?! My favorite bread is pumpkin bread, warmed with butter. Cake: chocolate with chocolate frosting or buttercream frosting. Pastry: Chocolate √©clair. Gosh…I’m getting hungry now.

Q: If you could visit any Jane Austen story which would it be?

A: I’d have to say Pride and Prejudice. I’d love to walk along the halls of Pemberley and of course, run into Mr. Darcy, who would forget all about Elizabeth and fall in love with me (yes, I do love her…but not that much).

Q: Have you ever played matchmaker?

A: No, thank goodness I haven’t! All my matches would’ve been complete disasters, I’m sure. Nope, I’ll stick to writing about them or making them up in my head where they will safely stay right there.

My warning: All the alluring baked goodies actually led to me putting down the book and baking a bundt cake. I caution you my friends, do not be surprised if while ingesting Scones and Sensibility you too are suddenly compelled to create your own delectable baked treats.


My notes: Please go to Tales of a Capricious Reader tomorrow to see the next stop on The Scones and Sensibility Blog Tour.


My final say: Little Polly has enticed me to trade in some of my denim digs for some floral frocks.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

Thank you Nisa for making this review possible and Lindsay for taking the time to answer my questions.

40 comments :

  1. This sounds darling and the perfect thing for a pre-teen I know...

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  2. Lol at your warning!! This one looks so cute, I've been wanting to read it for awhile.

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  3. This book sounds so lovely and sweet!

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  4. wow..a delicious warning =)

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  5. great review and will add it to my daughters reading list

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  6. awww... sounds like a very cute read. i love the title and cover. thanks for featuring this book juju :)

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  7. Awww this book looks amazing!
    I love the cover !!!

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  8. You're making me hungry, Ju... :)

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  9. Cute! It sounds like it should have some recipes included in the story :o)

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  10. The cover alone makes me want to read it with some scones and muffins by my side! :)

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  11. Sounds like a really cute read. And I love the cover!

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  12. Oh, but this sounds sweet as pie ;) I wanna read it! Lovely review as always.

    ♥Nely

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  13. I've wondered about this book - it sounds great. I love all things Austen.

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  14. Very cute interview, This is already on my TBR pile

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  15. Adorable review and interview. I loved this book.

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  16. Great review! :D I can't wait to read this book myself, it just sounds so adorable! :)

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  17. You created a wonderful cute post to review this book.

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  18. I loved your review! I definitely want to read this but I'll make sure I've got some scones on hand when I do :)

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  19. This sounds fantastic! I'm a lover of baked goods and middle grade fiction, so it's right up my ally! I love that you "had to stop" to make a bundt cake! lol. And I also love the new layout with the block quotes for your synopsis and the interview, very nicely done.

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  20. PS...see you do read "childrens titles" from time to time. :o)

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  21. The title alone makes want to eat baked goods, I can't imagine what kind of effect actually reading it would have on me! Sounds like a really sweet book :)

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  22. Ive been wanting to read this...its somewhere tucked away on my neverending mountain of books taking over my life!!!!!!!
    It looks cute and I LOVE bundt cake...:D

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  23. Cute! I've only been hearing great things about this book so far.

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  24. Love your review Juju, it was brilliant! This one sounds like a sweet read. I will definitely have to look out for this one. Thank you! =)

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  25. i love those books that have the recipes in them! and what a cute interview! sounds perfectly whimsically appropriate for the story

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  26. Will this book help me feel like baking dinner? I hope so!

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  27. Thank you so much dearies for all your sweet comments! :)

    Beach: It should definitely inspire you to bake and bake dessert :)

    1st daughter: *smile* Point taken ;)

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  28. I must read this one. It sounds, as Connie said first, "darling." I'm going to request it from the library right now!

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  29. Mmmm... scones. Sounds like a cute book!

    I've got something for you here:

    http://theladybugreads.blogspot.com/2010/05/oh-my-blog.html

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  30. So many people have raved about this one! I must read it now!

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  31. This sounds like a delicious read! Maybe I should bake scones before I read the story? How did the bundt cake come out?

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  32. Celia and Michelle: Yah! :)
    Miel: Now that sounds like a splendid idea :)

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  33. Oh I've wanted to read this one since it was first released! It sounds enchanting and the cover art of course matches my expectations of the book. As for your "may-need-to-bake" warning...your review already has me hungry! (**note to self: make some cookies tonight**) Thanks for sharing! ^_^

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  34. I don't read a lot of YA but this sounds absolutely darling.
    Great review, Juju!

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  35. This looks like a fun read!! I would love to read it!

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  36. I thought this one was really cute. Polly was a lot of fun, and I wish that I had been a bit more like her when I was younger (well, all except the meddling in other people's love lives). Great review :)

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  37. GMR: :) I hope you decide to try it.

    Lori: Thanks sweetie :)

    Lizzy: Me too! (minus the meddling) :) I thought the very same thing.

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  38. Aw, I almost picked this one up not to long ago. Now your review makes me wish I had! Splendid review! :)

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  39. It's a good thing I don't bake. Otherwise, I'd be making some goodies to go along with this sweet book. Great review!
    I also have an award for you :)

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  40. This book sounds so cute! I am definitely putting it on my TBR list. Great review!

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