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
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
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.
About The Author
Darien Gee lives in upcountry Hawaii with her husband and three
children. She is the author of THE AVALON LADIES SCRAPBOOKING SOCIETY
and FRIENDSHIP BREAD, which was published in 11 countries and was a 2012
About.com Reader's Choice winner. Darien also writes under the pen name
Mia King. To learn more, visit her at www.dariengee.com.
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This book brings us back to Avalon IL, and our friends from Friendship
Bread and Madeline's Tea Room. How great to be able to spend time again
with these remarkable women. We also meet some of the other residents of
this great town.
Bette has done with scrap booking what friendship
bread did for the community in the last book. Although, loaves of this
amazing starter keep showing up.
Bette is an awesome, sweet, elderly
lady, that runs a scrap booking business. She is suffering from a form
of dementia, and the sweet soul is actually quite funny. She gives away a
lot of her supplies, and makes each and everyone feel special. She has
been gifted with a talent to help one find their inner self.
is Bette's neighbor, and don't think she ever knew when and where Bette
would appear. We find a gruff exterior in Isabelle as the book opens,
but I never expected what would happen.
Madeline is still running the
tea shop, and Connie still lives with her, now including a goat named
Serena...keeping them on their toes!
This story comes at you from a
lot of directions, some have lost love ones because of deceit, others
from divorce, and others from death. We have couple of stories of
adoption, and the heart ache both good and bad that comes with it. We
enjoy life with adorable Max, a precocious three year old!
this one, would recommend you read the first book, but this can stand
alone. We end with an epilogue, which I loved! Also included are some
great tips for Scrap Booking, and then some recipes that were used in
I received this book through Net Galley and Random House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.