Monday, July 10, 2017

Results and On to Round Five

"It's getting too serious for flippant remarks."--Betty Pam

We're down to so few books now. The results of The Imperiled Poppets Bracket are as follows:
The Hasty Marriage took down The Secret Pool by several votes. Both of these books inspire strong feelings even if they aren't anyone's top two, so I imagine that that vote is going to hurt.  Cassandra By Chance beat Roses Have Thorns by a pretty good margin. And The Promise of Happiness beat Tulips For Augusta. There are some epic books in that bracket (not intentional, I assure you) and some good ones have fallen.
"Betty Keira. We, The Noble Faction of Lovers of The Secret Pool will
not be mollified by a picture of Chris Pine, Foremost of the Chrises...
Well, not unless it's a really, really big picture. And swoony too."
Each of the brackets now have three books and we're going to switch up how we do the voting this round to reflect that. I'm going to list the books by each bracket and you will be asked to choose the one book in each bracket you DO NOT want to see continue. To speed up the process, we're going to do it all in one round:

A) The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket:
Dearest Love 
Caroline's Waterloo 
Blow Hot, Blow Cold

B) The Handful of A Levels Bracket:
Wish With the Candles
A Gentle Awakening
Tabitha By Moonlight

C) The Hocked Locket Bracket:
Henrietta's Own Castle
Only By Chance
Dearest Mary Jane

D) The Imperiled Poppets Bracket:
The Hasty Marriage
Cassandra By Chance
The Promise of Happiness

Your vote should look something like this (with my examples drawn entirely at random):
A) Caroline's Waterloo
B)A Gentle Awakening
C)Dearest Mary Jane
D) The Promise of Happiness

And then below your vote, I expect wailing and gnashing of teeth. Don't listen to what the haters tell you, Betties. Running mascara and rage-eyes make us look classy.


Classy, you hear?

Again, the novel you vote for should be the one that you deem least worthy of wearing the winning tiara. Best of luck with the voting. Some of those brackets look really difficult. Pretty please don't make me break any ties!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Results and The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round 4)

Well, well, well, Betties. It looks like we've got a bracket-busting insurrection on our hands. I had not thought that Fate is Remarkable (not a personal favorite), which won our last attempt to crown a Neelsian Winner, would fall so early. Henrietta's tiny tin oven proves as sturdy as any Aga. I tried to spread out some of the more universally acclaimed books across the brackets and Fate is Remarkable was certainly an anchor of this one.

Our results from The Hocked Locket Bracket are as follows:

Fate is Remarkable would always have her crown--a timeless classic.

Henrietta's Own Castle

Only By Chance

Dearest Mary Jane

Our last bracket in this round is The Imperiled Poppets Bracket. Some favorites of mine are up for contention (No, I won't push my finger on the scale and tell you! I run an honest, bracket.) I hope it's not too awful to say goodbye to your favorites. Best of luck with the voting this week!


Chris Jackson could teach the Betties how to say goodbye in one word.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Results and The Hocked Locket Bracket (Round 4)

There was a heartbreaker in this latest round of voting for me. My beloved Gold Medalist, Rose Comely, fell to Florina and the Great Lemonade Deluge. (If I may steal from William Tecumseh Sherman: Lemonade is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.) As much as I love Florina, Rose is almost my favorite and I am sad she is no more.

Lemonade is a metaphor for pay-back.

Here are the results for The Handful of A Levels Bracket!

Wish With the Candles

A Gentle Awakening

Tabitha in Moonlight


"Your job, Mr. Mortensen is not to side with Henrietta or Sarah.
Only to comfort the losing partisans. Do you understand?"

"Should I undo another button on my sensible blue shirt?"

"I knew we called the right man."

My Neelsian Senses suspect that The Hocked Locket Bracket is going to cause some heartburn. Vote, take some Tums and tell me your troubles!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Results and The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round 4)

We're getting down to the wire. In this last round, we go from six titles to consider, all the way down to a measley three. Caroline's Waterloo was the most decisive match-up, rolling over The Vicar's Daughter like monster truck bouncing over a row of crushed 1976 AMC Matadors.

CC BY-SA 2.0,

Caroline and Margo each had a marriage of convenience in common.
Kind of like the way the Scarlet Bandit had four wheels and
the 70s era, four-door sedans it was pulverizing
had four wheels... 

Here are the results:

Dearest Love
Caroline's Waterloo
Blow Hot, Blow Cold

It's a solid bracket. I will figure out how we will vote on a three-way match-up, the next time this comes around.

In the mean time, we have to charge on to the next call for votes in The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round 4). It's shaping up to be a quieter bracket but I'm all for underdogs.


Underdogs like Hot, hot James McAvoy who
is 5'7". Look. People grow until they're perfect, okay?
Some of us just get there sooner.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wildcard Round Results and Voting!

Greetings, dear Betties! Having taken off last Monday to celebrate Memorial Day (U.S.) in style (visit to cemetery and the grave of a fallen veteran, masses of yardwork and grilled meats to finish off) I have had a hard time getting back into the swing of things. The last weeks of school term are hard, yo. The struggle is real.
Real enough to warrant a 1000-yard stare.

I have totted up the votes from our Wildcard Round. Twenty books got at least one vote and several of them got more than that. Our finalists are Blow Hot, Blow Cold, Tabitha in Moonlight, Dearest Mary Jane and Tulips for Augusta.

I've folded them into the brackets and it was going along swimmingly until I got to the Imperiled Poppets Bracket. You guys. It's going to be the worst.
Betty Keira didn't want to think about the future bracket that
included a three-way vote between
Cassandra By Chance, The Promise of Happiness
and The Hasty Marriage. She was also looking fabulous.

But let's not bother with that now. Here is The Barfing on His Brouges Bracket (Round Four) to break your heart first.

P.S. I'd like to add a special welcome to our De-lurked Betties who voted in the previous round. We're glad to hear from you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Wildcard Round and Results!

Here are the results from The Imperiled Poppets (Round 3)! Another tie to be broken and this time I decline to fall on my sword. Between The Hasty Marriage and Discovering Daisy, I'm going with The Hasty Marriage. The tissues on the side table can be used to mop up your tears. Two ply. Only the best for you Betties:

The Secret Pool vs.
The Hasty Marriage
Cassandra By Chance vs.
Roses Have Thorns
The Promise of Happiness vs.
bye--no match this week

The Secret Pool took down one of my favorites (The Little Dragon), so I'll have one of those tissues if you pass over the box...

In other news, WRONGS have been committed and REDRESS is demanded. This post is for all the books that have gone up against some heavy hitters and have fallen in rounds too early to reflect their awesomeness.

The mob that formed was not going to take the elimation
of 'Blow Hot, Blow Cold' lying down.
I would like you all to cast your votes (No more than four votes per Betty.) and, since your favorites may not get another hearing, tell us why early elimination was a poisoned dart that hit the Baroness, right below her heirloom pearls, instead of the brassy Veronica it was meant for. I will take the top FOUR books and weave them into the current brackets going forward.

You can do this.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Results and The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round 3)

Look. I bit the bullet. There was only one tie this week and it was between a book I cannot explain why I adore--Winter Wedding (I think that these books that you read early get stuck in your brain and there is no rational explanation of one's love of them thereafter.)--and a book that has one of my favorite scenes in all of Neelsdom, Matilda's Wedding. Fate, indeed, is remarkable. It's a great hulking bully who kicks people in the shins, that's what.
Week by week, her favorites were falling...

Here are the results of the latest round of voting. As you can see, I moved Fate is Remarkable into a match up.

Henrietta's Own Castle vs.
Fate is Remarkable
Mathilda's Wedding vs.
Only By Chance
A Dream Came True vs.
bye--no contest this week

It was with a good deal of angst that I chose Matilda's Wedding. But I am going to make myself tedious about why I love Winter Wedding and everyone is just going to listen and not argue. 

  • First, the improvident application of too much Elizabeth Arden blusher. 
  • Second, the moment that happens off-screen when Renier can't sleep and finds himself outside a pawn shop in the early morning buying a locket of all things for a girl he doesn't even like.
  • Third, Renier is really good with kids.
  • Fourth, Emily rescues Granny! Really heroically. Renier wants her desperately, owes her big time and STILL can't close the deal.
  • Fifth, Emily keeps her entire extended family running with a homicidal maniac as a mother's help.
  • Sixth, Grandma Jurres-Romeijn trying to bribe her with the family jewels and failing.
I knew it wasn't going to win. Heck, it wouldn't win even if I was the only one voting. But just let me be sad, okay?
Yes. Fine. I'll lose to Chris Pine.
He should give me a hug.

Alright, now that I've worked through my considerable issues, we're on to The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round 3)!