Review: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee
Published: January 29 2013
Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243
At Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones. But across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past: Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband’s affair. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father. Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon, but finds that despite a decade of living life on her own terms, the past has a way of catching up—no matter where she goes. And Frances Latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China—unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption.
Enter Bettie Shelton, the irascible founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. Under Bettie’s guidance, even the most reluctant of Avalon’s residents come to terms with their past and make bold decisions about their future. But when the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable.
By turns humorous, wise, and deeply moving, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.
As a fan of Ms. Gee’s first book ‘Friendship Bread’ as well as being a scrapbooker, I knew that this would be the perfect book for me to read. I was so right! As soon as I opened up this book I was immediately taken back to the small town of Avalon and to the wonderful and interesting people that live there.
Just like in real life everyone there has their own unique voice and story. Not everyone has a happy life and nor do they make the right choices but with this kind of novel you get a chance to see why people do what they do. How love and friendship is so important to us all. Why showing kindness to someone my just change their life.
This book can be read as a standalone but I do recommend that you read ‘Friendship Bread’ first. Some of the characters that are in the first book are in this one and I feel it would deepen your love for them if you know and understand what their background story is. If you happen to pick this one up first don’t worry, just enjoy!