The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber Kristin Hannah Beth Hoffman and Kate Jacobs this luminous novel from the author of Friendship Bread follows a group of fascinating women who form deep friendshi

  • Title: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society
  • Author: Darien Gee
  • ISBN: 9780345525376
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Kristin Hannah, Beth Hoffman, and Kate Jacobs, this luminous novel from the author of Friendship Bread follows a group of fascinating women who form deep friendships through their love of scrapbooking as memories are preserved, dreams are shared, and surprising truths are revealed.Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop 4,243 At Madeline s TPerfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Kristin Hannah, Beth Hoffman, and Kate Jacobs, this luminous novel from the author of Friendship Bread follows a group of fascinating women who form deep friendships through their love of scrapbooking as memories are preserved, dreams are shared, and surprising truths are revealed.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.

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    1. Book CoverThe cover is so very pretty - in fact it was the cover that made me pick up this book in the library. I love all the colors and the different stuff on the cover. As this book is about scrap booking the cover is made in a form of a beautiful scrapbook page.So, altogether a great put together cover! After reading the blurb I decided to take it as it fit perfectly with my current reading mood.PlotThe book is set in a town, Avalon in Illinois. It is a small town where people know each othe [...]

    2. As an avid crafter myself this book's title and cover appealed to me. I enjoyed the little touches like detailed descriptions of various scrapbooking and jewellery making techniques. It was fun to see a bit of my 'nerdy' and sometimes solitary hobby play out in a novel.I also enjoy stories set in small towns like the one in this novel. It always seems so quaint and connected, unlike the usual hustle and bustle of today's world.I thought the characters were a lot of fun and from what I understand [...]

    3. I do like to branch out of my comfort zone from time to time, but this was waaaay out there, and I couldn't do it. Chapter two defeated me. Dnf at page 32.And is it just me, or is that cover fucking screaming for an apostrophe? It's the scrapbooking club belonging to the ladies, right?

    4. It was nice revisiting Avalon, IL and the residents. While some were familiar from the first book, "Friendship Bread" it was nice getting to know the newer characters of the town. I would love to live in a town like this again as it reminds me of what my hometown originally was when I was growing up.I like crafting although I am not a scrapbooker but luckily you don't have to be to enjoy the book. While it does include scrapping and cropping the main premise is about the town and how they rally [...]

    5. After reading The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee, I want to move to Avalon, Illinois. Who wouldn't want to live in a small town where everyone knows each other and even the meanest and grumpiest of the inhabitants are really good at heart? The author deftly uses the Scrapbooking Society as a metaphor for the theme of community and support throughout the book. Just like their individual stories, each of their scrapbooks were different and unique, but like the community, they wer [...]

    6. Three and a half stars. Having read and enjoyed Friendship Bread I was eager to read another by Darien Gee. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking society brings together Madeline, Hannah and Connie from the previous book along with a whole range of new characters. That for me was part of the problem. There seemed to be a large cast to keep track of and at times I found myself having to stop and re-orientate myself about who was who and where they fitted into the story. For all that, it is an enjoyable [...]

    7. I'm so not into this book. Sometimes it seems like the timing when I read a book just doesn't resonate with me and then I can try it another time and it will. I just cannot get connected with any of the characters and believe me there a lot of them to keep track of. So I am moving on.

    8. First off I loved Darien's Gee's first novel Friendship Bread: A Novel. This newest offering from her is a sort of sequel to Friendship Bread. Gee revisits some of the former characters from Friendship Bread but not all which is one of the two complaints I had about this novel. We do catch up with Madeline and Hannah. I wish we could have re-visited Julia and her family in this novel and so it felt a little false to me that she didn't pop up again.This novel can be read as a stand alone novel bu [...]

    9. Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243Or I should say, welcome back to the small Northern Illinois town. I was half way into the first chapter, a bit confused with the many characters that were introduced, when I realized The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society was Darien Gee's second Avalon book. Friendship Bread is the first. But I needn't have worried because Ms. Gee gave me the basics of the characters that were featured in Friendship Bread to smoothly follow The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking S [...]

    10. Darien Gee, the author of Friendship Bread takes us back to Avalon, Illinois, population 4243.Madeline’s Tea Salon is the place residents meet and catch up and even occasionally get together as a group like the members of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society founded by Bettie Shelton. 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.Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting th [...]

    11. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society repeats the format of Friendship Bread, if not the entire formula. The people of Avalon are much more forgiving than one might expect, and Gee knows how to tug heartstrings, but also knows how to make drama out of nothing and then have story lines resolve exactly the way they were always going to in the first place.Sometimes the characters get muddled and you may have to check the blurb to keep yourself abreast of which woman you're reading about, but The A [...]

    12. Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesThere are quite a number of wonderful ladies that are all interwoven in The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and I quickly found it was important for me to get them straight before I could really enjoy how their relationships unfolded. For this reason it did take me a few chapters before I was hooked.The feel of the novel for me was reminiscent of a Cathy Kelly or even a Maeve Binchy in that Gee put together strong characters and individual stories and wove [...]

    13. This novel follows a group of women who have formed deep friendships over their love of scrapbooking. Isabel Kidd is trying to fix up her house while dealing with the complications of her late husband's affair. Yvonne Tate is the local plumber, smart and beautiful, living life on her own terms, but still has to deal with her past when it catches up to her. Ava Catalina is a struggling young mother, and Frances Latham and her husband are in the process of a little girl, but she is unprepared for [...]

    14. charlotteswebofbooks.The Avalon Ladie's Scrapbooking Society was a cute novel. On the one hand it made me think of my own smalltown hometown - but it also made me very glad that I no longer have to deal with that "everybody in everybody else's business" - it is pretty standard for small towns and made me so very glad that I live in the city now! I did enjoy all of Avalon's residents, especially Yvonne, but I would probably get irritated with Bettie's interfering ways real quick like. Bottom line [...]

    15. This story was not one I cold rush through and I found places that got a bit confusing with so many characters to follow. At times I felt like the book didn't have to be quite so long or so full of character detail, but as I got further and further I realized that I needed that level of detail to bring the story to life in my own imagination. I slowly became invested in several characters and their journey's. I loved the way a community came together to support a long time resident. I am not a s [...]

    16. Well, it was a digital galley; I didn't have to finish it, but I did, so it couldn't have been too bad. On the other hand it wasn't all that great either. Basically I found it very busy. There were a bunch of "main" characters, each of whom had a supporting cast, and while some of the casts overlapped, many didn't. By the Thanksgiving dinner at the end where they all came together, I didn't really feel I knew the characters much better than I did when they were first introduced. At first I wonde [...]

    17. The author did a nice job of tying in scrapbooking and the importance of recording your memories into the ending. But for 3/4 of the book it appeared sporadically. I didn't feel like she did a good job of explaining why it was important. It was just portrayed as some cult-like hobby where all women do is collect glittery embellishments. While she did show how scrapbooking is valuable in the end, I felt like it should have been there throughout. Whenever she did mention scrapbooking, I found myse [...]

    18. I liked this book a lot! I had the feel of scrapbooking and the ways sharing your life in a scrapbook builds relationships with others!

    19. Audiobook Review Copy Provided By Publisher (Tantor Media)I’m really conflicted over my review for this book. I really enjoyed the premise behind the story and the story itself, but I really struggled with the writing style. There was something cozy about getting to know the citizens of Avalon, Illinois (although, I was kind of bummed to see that it wasn’t a real town because I wanted to pick up and move there). Darien Gee did a great job in developing her characters – I felt like I had gr [...]

    20. Last year I read Darien Gee's charming debut novelFriendship Bread, where the simple anonymous gift of Amish Friendship Bread starter unexpectedly unites three women, Julia, Hannah and Madeline together in friendship, and a community in time of crisis. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society resurrects the small Illinois town and it's residents in this independent sequel.Just as with friendship Bread, this novel is a celebration of friendship, family and community. While familiar characters wande [...]

    21. This is not the kind of book I usually read. The cover, the title, the general content -- they all scream "chick lit! chick lit!". Fluffy and light, the characters have no major flaws, so the plot revolves around their minor ones, and everyone is part of the tidy, happy ending. Even the setting, the "small town" of Avalon, Illinois, has the feeling of a sweet small town, but the diversity and happy coincidences of a bigger city. For example, Avalon has a good-sized club of variously-aged men who [...]

    22. The tiny town of Avalon, Illinois, has some pretty interesting citizens. There's Yvonne, the plumber. There's Isabel, the widow whose dentist husband ran off with his dental assistant before he died. There's Ava, the dental assistant. Connie, who works with Madeline at the tea salon -- and believes that she has no one to love but Serena, the goat she found wandering around the farmer's market. Every chapter or so, we meet another townsperson whose story will be entwined with those of the folk al [...]

    23. Review first published on my blog: memoriesfrombooksThe Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a follow up to Darien Gee's first book Friendship Bread. However, both books stand independently and do not have to be read together. This book brings to life the small town of Avalon through the eyes and stories of some of the women in town.Bettie is an older, long time Avalon resident who is the head of the scrapbooking society. Isabelle is recovering from her husband's betrayal and death. Yvonne Tate [...]

    24. This was a wonderful light read-- engaging characters who seemed like people you might know, just enough conflict and drama to make you care about them, and the promise of sunshine after the various personal storms. The personal stories unfold gradually, with little apparent connection at first, but finally coming together into unexpected community. Some of the resolutions may feel a little too easy-- although Gee doesn't gloss over the fact that some of the relationships that emerge will have t [...]

    25. I was so glad to get this book. I have been waiting a LONG time. It was so worth the wait. Connie and the goat she found, that she doesn't want to find the owners for and just her life in general. Isabel's husband left her when his lover, Ava, got pregant. But then Bill died. So now everything is a big mess.These are just TWO of the stories, well really three, because you have Isabel's story AND Ava's, that you will read about and fall in love with. I so love the tea salon and I love how recipes [...]

    26. Another lovely book from Darien Gee, set in a small town of Avalon :)I have to say that I enjoyed it slightly less than Friendship Bread, even though the main theme of the book (craft) is close to me heart, but it was still a great, warm story. Again, we have a wide cast of characters and throughout the book we follow their numerous stories. Mostly, there are new characters introduces but there also are some we know from the previous book. As far as the story goes, while in the previous book I l [...]

    27. I picked up this book because of the scrapbboking involved. I adore scrapbooking and thought this would be a fun read. I quickly realized this is not a type or genre of book I would normally read. It took me at least150 pages to finally begin to get into the book. I think the fact there are so many characters, like the entire town, confused me for the longest time trying to figure who is who and which storyline goes with which character each character has a rather sad background and scrapbooking [...]

    28. I certainly enjoyed this book, an easy read. We meet again some of the same characters that were introduced in her first book, Friendship Bread. Avalon is a small town where many of the inhabitants know each other. In this book, we meet Isabel who is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of her husbands betrayal and sudden death; Ava, the young woman, her husband left her for and Max, Ava's little boy. We are also introduced toYvonne, Avalon's new plumber and Frances, the mother of three b [...]

    29. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a wonderful follow up to Darien Gee's Friendship Bread. It also stands very well on it's own, you don't need to read Friendship Bread in order to know what is going on in this novel (although I highly recommend you do, it's great!). In this one you will find many new characters as well as most of the old ones. Some people may find this a bit confusing and hard to keep track of but soon you will get to know and love these characters that it will be easy t [...]

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