Monday, April 24, 2017

Results and The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket (Round 3)

We are skating on very thin ice now, Betties. Round Two was finished in spectacular fashion with some heartbreaking losses (at least, they are for me). Polly didn't survive the juggernaut of Cassandra By Chance, for instance. She was always doomed but I hold her in great affection. Here is a look at the horrors ahead in the next round.

The Secret Pool vs.
The Little Dragon

The Hasty Marriage vs.
Discovering Daisy

Tabitha in Moonlight vs.
Cassandra By Chance

Roses Have Thorns vs.
Damsel in Green

The Promise of Happiness vs.
bye--no match this week

Chuck shed a single tear.
That tear throat-punched the spreadsheet that
broke a Betty's heart.
There were two Unfortunate Ties I had to break and, like a woman of courage, I made Betty Debbie disappoint the assembled Betties. She chose The Secret Pool over Always and Forever ("The Secret Pool is the only one that makes me cry--so much PATHOS! Always and Forever has York but I find the step-father creepy."). In the other match-up she chose The Little Dragon over The End of the Rainbow (she admitted that it was a harder decision and in the end went with The Little Dragon...and then she sent me a GIF of Chuck Norris punching things. This is hard, you guys.)

I moved Roses Have Thorns into a match-up for next time and gave The Promise of Happiness (or Becky and the Baron, the Hot, Hot, Baron) a bye.

I've made the decision to put off a wildcard vote until after the third round. We're going to really need it. And so on to The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket (Round 3)!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Results and The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round Two)

A trail of broken hearts runs through The Hocket Locket Bracket (results below). There were no slam-dunks here and I was terrified right until the end that I would have to break ties right and left. As it was, I only had to break one tie and I am going to spend the rest of the day locked in the closet with some Tillamook ice cream to drown my tears.

A Christmas Romance vs.
Henrietta's Own Castle
A Match for Sister Maggy vs.
A Dream Came True
Winter Wedding vs.
Mathilda's Wedding
Only By Chance vs.
Tempestuous April
Fate is Remarkable vs.
bye--no contest this week

The match-up was between Never Say Goodbye (which I hold in enormous affection. I am always dinging for Heaven is Gentle for being so dreary up in Scotland but this one goes to bleak Communist Poland and I am ALL IN for that The Amber Necklace of Unspoken Passion Resting Underneath the Twin-set of Stoicism.) and Matilda's Wedding (Which I gave the win to because of the plastic chamber pot she buys for the doctor's waiting room, because she has to shower at the pub during the village sickness, but mostly for that image of her sweeping rubbish in the wind on her front porch with a bit of sack tied around her waist as the doctor speeds by.)
Steve knew it was a crap shoot.
Steve understands what you had to do.

Another of the books it makes me really sad to see drop out is A Kiss for Julie which I have in large print. Because of this, I am not sure it hasn't made me super-biased. But I love the clothes she cobbles together and the projectile she hurtles at the head of an intruder. Good stuff. (Sniff. In happier news, Tillamook just came out with a special batch of Oregon Strawberry Lemonade. I'm going to polish off this gallon and get some more. I just looked at Dearest Mary Jane and can. not. with this.)

We're moving on to the final bracket of this round: The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round Two). There are some match-ups in there that suggest I start putting quantites of ice cream into food storage for the duration. Have fun!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Results and The Hocked Locket Bracket (Round 2)

Voting must have been difficult for The Handful of A Levels Bracket since there wasn't a book that didn't get at least a handful of votes and, in the comments I found some impassioned pleading. (Betty Melody about the doomed 'Saturday's Child': "Come on, people!") Going forward, I pushed 'The Magic of Living' into a match-up and will be giving 'A Gentle Awakening' a bye. I feel that Florina's lemonade escapade is bye-worthy.

Wish With the Candles vs.
The Chain of Destiny
Tulips for Augusta vs.
The Mistletoe Kiss
The Fifth Day of Christmas vs.
A Girl Named Rose
The Magic of Living vs.
Stormy Springtime
A Gentle Awakening (bye)

Now on to The Hocked Locket Bracket. It's really hitting me that after this round each of the brackets will be so small. I'll have to decide if I want to slip the Wildcard nominations at the end of Round 2 or Round 3 when, I suspect, some real weeping will being going on. So keep that in mind and let me know if you have a preference.
Thomas asks Isobel: 
'Why don't you want me to see that you wear the amber necklace?'

As ever, if you are new to The Uncrushable Jersey Dress (welcome!) you are more then welcome to pop into the voting at any time. (We've closed voting on the bracket you see above and are voting on the link that is just below it.) Again, feel free to vote for what you can, for any reason you want. We love to read your comments after you have posted your votes for the internal battle you had to fight inside yourself in order to vote the way you did. You may vote here or over on the Facebook page under the post. Happy voting, Betties!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Results and The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round 2)

A thousand apologies, my Betties, for not letting the blog know (I told FB!) that I was taking a week's hiatus to escort the van Voorhees children on a cultural tour of San Fransisco for their half-term holidays. Bikes were ridden, ice cream consumed, family visited, boats boarded...We did it all.

The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket name now feels like an ironic joke. Pledge Four sickened for one eventful day and had an episode all over his tolerant aunt. Good thing he is so adorable.

I hated (HATED) to have to break one tie between Blow Hot, Blow Cold and An Old Fashioned Girl. I chose the latter because I love local folks conspiring to get Patience a job, her shapely legs, the blizzard, the dampening she gives the Professor's ego (taken from Betty Debbie's review):

Her (on silently setting down the tea tray in his study): I was told to make no noise...she added kindly, "I dare say you're busy with your book - is it about surgery?"
Him (I imagine a little pompously): Of course it is. It's a learned textbook - a sort of a reference book.
Her: Like Mrs. Beeton's cookery book - full of instructions about the best way to cook food, written by an expert.
Him: Is that a compliment?

The further into the voting we get, the fewer ties I want to break. (Hint, hint) It's so hard when there are things to love about each book going forward. 

EDIT: I just can't do it. After a morning of second-guessing and careful trawling of the record, I'm giving it to Blow Hot, Blow Cold instead of An Old-Fashioned Girl. To those that are sad, I offer you the wild-card round!

One of the books that was a real loss to me was Making Sure of Sarah (falling to The Vicar's Daughter). I knew it could not hold out for long against books that come earlier in The Canon and are full-length novels. But I loves it, anyway.

The only book to come away with no votes was When May Follows against The Girl with Green Eyes.

Here are the results and how the bracket will be configured for the next round. I decided to give Caroline a bye this week because who are we kidding...
The Professor Baron is not kidding.

Sister Peters in Amsterdam vs.
An Old-Fashioned Girl
Magic in Vienna vs.
Dearest Love
The Girl With the Green Eyes vs.
The Vicar's Daughter
An Ordinary Girl vs.
A Girl to Love
Caroline's Waterloo (bye--no match up this week)

Now onto The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round Two). Enjoy the handwringing and heartbreak ahead...

Here's the link to the Book Review Archive for reference.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Results and The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket (Round 2)

The Imperiled Poppets Bracket results are in! As ever, I have already formatted the new bracket going forward but these are all the winners from the last round of voting. Stand-outs include Cassandra By Chance, Tabitha in Moonlight, Uncertain Summer and (one of my favorites) The Promise of Happiness.

Also known as
 "Becky and the Baron, the Hot, Hot Baron"

Always and Forever vs.
The Secret Pool
The Little Dragon vs.
The End of the Rainbow
The Hasty Marriage vs.
Stars Through the Mist
Discovering Daisy vs.
The Convenient Wife
Tabitha in Moonlight vs.
Uncertain Summer
Polly vs.
Cassandra By Chance
The Promise of Happiness vs.
Once For All Time
An Ideal Wife vs.
Damsel in Green
Roses Have Thorns vs.
bye--no match this week

There was one very painful tie I had to break and for this I consulted with my fellow Founding Betty, Betty Debbie. We chose The Secret Pool over Waiting for Deborah even though there is so much to love about the latter (the way the carpets change in the part of the house the old lady is kept, the old man who keeps caramels in his pockets and calls the heroine as wholesome as a loaf of bread...). The Secret Pool is quite focused and has an emotional heft that is hard to forget.

Now on to Round Two of The Barfing on His Brogues Bracket! Fewer books to weigh against each other but there is hardly any refuge from heartbreak going forward. I am trying to change out the books that get a bye each round, fyi. So one that got a pass last time I tried to cycle into another match-up even if the numbers were odd.

Here is our Book Reviews Archive for any plot refreshers. Again, I am loving you all for keeping your votes so easy to read.
Love and lardy cakes,
Betty Keira

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Results and The Imperiled Poppets Bracket

First the results from The Hocked Locket Bracket. I formatted it for the next contest (which may make some of you start pulling your hair and weeping) but these are all the winners (for the moment):

Darling, I know. It's like they'd never even seen the original cover of Ring in a Teacup.

A Christmas Wish vs.
A Christmas Romance
Henrietta's Own Castle vs.
Dearest Mary Jane
A Kiss for Julie vs.
A Match for Sister Maggy
Not Once But Twice vs.
A Dream Came True
Winter Wedding vs.
Romantic Encounter
Mathilda's Wedding vs.
Never Say Goodbye
Philomena's Miracle vs.
Only By Chance
Midnight Sun's Magic vs.
Fate is Remarkable
Tempestuous April vs.
bye--no contest this week

The only blow-out was Only By Chance crushing Last April Fair and, happily for my constitution, there were no ties to break.

Now onto the final bracket for this round, The Imperiled Poppets Bracket!

In some ways these first round ones are easy brackets because there are a lot more novels that are Fine and Middling to brush aside. But, there is no getting around the fact that there are a TON of books to consider thoughtfully. After this round, the numbers drop but the heartbreak only burns the more.

As ever, if you need a memory-jog, here's our Book Review Archive.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Results and The Hocked Locket Bracket

First things first. I tabulated the results of the first elimination round for A Handful of A Levels Bracket and, given the late Oscar unpleasantness, I can guarantee the results at least as well as Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The winners from the the A Levels Bracket are as follows:

A Christmas Proposal
Wish With the Candles
Chain of Destiny
Three for a Wedding
A Suitable Match
Tulips for Augusta
Mistletow Kiss
Roses for Christmas
Fifth Day of Christmas
A Moon for Lavinia
A Girl Named Rose
Saturday's Child
The Most Marvelous Summer
A Gentle Awakening
When Two Paths Meet
The Magic of Living
Stormy Springtime (had no competition this week)

I had to break three ties.

  • Chain of Destiny over Tangled Autumn mostly because I like the beginning so well. A houseguide named Susannah Lightfoot is a lovely thought.

  • Roses for Christmas over A Matter of Chance because I enjoy that beginning so much too--munching apples in a barn and meeting that odious boy from your girlhood. Delicious.

  • The Most Marvelous Summer over The Course of True Love because Matilda's last name is ffinch. (There were more reasons, of course, but it is true that I love the double f.)

The most popular books from this bracket were Tulips for Augusta and A Gentle Awakening but there seemed to be a fair amount of uneven votes which suggests that this was an easier bracket than last time.

Now on to The Hocked Locket Bracket!

As always, vote on what you can. If you're just stumbling on our TUJD March Madness, feel free to hop right in. No worries if you can only vote on one or two of the match-ups.

You genius Betties have been marvelous using my preferred voting format (votes at the top and comments on the whys and wherefores afterward.)

And here's the Book Review Archive for any refreshers you need. Let the voting begin!