Title: Scones and Sensibility
Author: Lindsay Eland
Publisher: Egmont USA
Concepts: entrepreneurs, jobs, services
Review: Because her parents own and operate the best bakery in town, twelve-year old Polly Madassa has plenty of opportunities to get to know the locals when she helps her parents with the morning rush. Coupled with her vivid imagination and her love of Jane Austen’s romantic fiction, these interactions at the bakery prompt Polly to start thinking about playing the role of matchmaker. Reinforcing this idea is her parents’ request for her to take a summer job delivering baked goods all over town on her bicycle. What better way to get the attention of potential lovebirds than to whet their appetites with a delectable chocolate croissant or a scrumptious blueberry muffin?
This first novel from Lindsay Eland provides readers with an appealing blend of romance, humor, and drama. Added to the mix are some simple lessons about entrepreneurship and the complexities of operating a family business. Although the main character’s constant urge to speak like Jane Austen may seem a bit bewildering, this trait reinforces her obstinacy and her inability to see what her matchmaking subjects really need until it is almost too late.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children