Scones and Sensibility
About the Book
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?
Scones and Sensibility is a cute modern adaptation of Emma. Even though the main character is twelve, older readers can still enjoy her follies.
Polly is a true romantic: she talks like Jane Austen, dresses like Anne of Green Gables, and wants to help everyone find their true love. She tries to find matches for her best friend's dad, her sister, and two old neighbors. Unfortunately, she's even worse at it than Emma was!
Polly's antics are amusing, especially when her parents don't understand what she's saying, but they can border on the tedious. She also doesn't pay much attention to her friend, plowing over her in pursuit of her matchmaking.
Overall, this is a cute short read for Emma fans.