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)!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Results and The Hocked Locket Bracket (Round 3)

There were some disturbances in the Betty-Force during the last round--some signs that our resolve is beginning to fray. A few of us were desolate about the exit of Blow Hot, Blow Cold. Another faction simmers while Rose Comely gets her day. It's all like this from here on out. The pickings are fat and some of it needs to be trimmed.

I volunteer as tribute.

The closest thing to a tie was between Tulips for Augusta (That opening bit on the private ward is sublime.) and The Mistletoe Kiss (The winner).


Wish With the Candles vs.
The Mistletoe Kiss
A Girl Named Rose vs.
A Gentle Awakening
The Magic of Living (bye)


Now let's sail our ship into the icy waters of The Hocked Locket Bracket! Lots of interesting match-ups there but I hesitate to tell you who I am rooting for. Being a Tie-Breaker is a little like being Zeus, seated in rock-like repose on Mount Olympus (...with a braided beard. That's how I'm imagining it), ready to hurl thunderbolts on unsuspecting mortals.

Betty Keira was not going to take the elimination
of her favorites lying down.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Results and The Handful of A Levels (Round Three)

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I loathe tie-breaking and this week I had none to perform. Our closest contest was between The Girl With Green Eyes and The Vicar's Daughter but the latter squeaked by with one vote. Here are the results (already formatted for Round Four--though I am thinking that we will be doing a Wildcard Round after this one and so I expect that An Ordinary Girl will have a contest when we get to it). I am enormously sorry if voting is frustrating and complicated for anyone. It turns out that communicating all of this is like plunging into a canal to save a rescue dog.

Uncomfortable but, ultimately, worth it
Sister Peters in Amsterdam vs.
Dearest Love

The Vicar's Daughter vs.
Caroline's Waterloo

An Ordinary Girl (bye)


There was a surprisingly passionate group who supported Neels-Black-Sheep A Girl to Love and, as expected, Blow Hot, Blow Cold did not survive Sister Peters in Amsterdam.

I'll allow it. (SNIFF)

Now, let's get voting on The Handful of A Levels Bracket! May justice be swift and decisive.

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!