The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee & Giveaway (US only)

January 31st, 2013

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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee is one of those books that you want to curl up in your favorite chair with.  It’s comforting, the characters become familiar, and the story simply charming.  I adored this book with it’s tale of  the friendship of women and the importance of making and recording memories for the future.

Avalon seems like the perfect place to live and certainly one I’d love to be a part of with its small town atmosphere.  The novel portrays many people but focuses really on four women:  Isabel, Ava, Yvonne, and Frances.  As well there are the women and places that weave everyone together like Bettie who lives next door to Isabel but seems to have a hand in everyone’s lives in Avalon.  Then there is Madeline and her helper Connie who run Madeline’s Tea Salon where so many of the residents of Avalon gather.  In one way or another everyone’s stories intersect at some point.

Isabel is a woman living on the edge of her life.  Her husband devastated her by leaving her for another woman and then dying but that was four years ago.  Isabel needs to move on and she decides the best way is to sell her house and start over.  That is until her neighbor Bettie starts butting into her life.  Ava is a young woman with a small boy who is just struggling to get by and she seems intent on butting into Isabel’s life as well.  Yvonne is a plumber who looks more like a model and she has her own secrets from her past.  She and Isabel become friends despite how hard Isabel tries to push her away at first.  Frances is a mother of three young boys.  She and her husband are trying to adopt a baby girl from China but hit some awfully big road blocks along the way that leaves them doubting their decisions.  As the story unfolds all of these characters will have an effect on each others lives in some way.

As much as I think this novel revolves around these four women I think the real star of the book is Bettie, the founder of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society,  who seems to have affected everyone’s life in some way.  As the story goes on we learn that Bettie is having some problems with her memory and in this it becomes even more important to her to make more memories and preserve them.  I’ve never scrapbooked myself but I can definitely see the attraction in building your pages with all your pictures and notes in order to preserve the memory. I have albums full of pictures but truthfully I don’t remember the story behind a lot of them anymore but if I had put them together along with a journal of what had happened — well then I’d have a memory to treasure.

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I’m a sucker for any book that involves women’s friendships and this one combined that with a tea salon and a craft which elevated it even more for me.  Even better are all the recipes included in the back of the book.  I loved the feel of family and friendship and the way this book made me feel – comfortable and happy.  My only small quibble with the book was that the author inserted little pieces on characters that really didn’t belong and it threw the flow off for a bit.  I would have rather not have had those in the story but at the same time it didn’t take away from me loving the book at all.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to anyone who loves stories of friendship!  I have Darien Gee’s first novel Friendship Bread next up on my audiobook list and I can’t wait to get to it!

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US only)

I have one copy of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee up for grabs.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do let me know so I can be sure to pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, February 16/13.  Good luck!

Source: Review copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

57 Comments to “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee & Giveaway (US only)”

  1. Oh my gosh! She wrote another book as Darien Gee? I loved loved loved Friendship Bread! Awesome!
    Please enter me!
    I am a follower.
    Posted on my left sidebar.

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  2. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    I love books that have women friendships at the core but also revolves around some sort of craft. I love to scrapbook so I requested this one a while back from Edelweiss. Just need to get to reading it!! Lovely review!

  3. Sandy says:

    So many people loved Friendship Bread, and this one sounds like one of those books that just make you feel good. I see so many of these now…did it start with Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? Either way, this stuff is good for the soul.

  4. A book about friendships that includes crafts and a tea room? Sounds right up my alley! Please enter me. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  5. Rebecca Boardman says:

    Friendships and crafts!!! WOW
    Thanks.
    RJB

  6. Oh, this sounds like it would be a perfect book to curl up with during these last stretches of winter! I love a good comfort read!

    - I’m a follower of your blog through GFC and RSS.
    - I tweeted about the giveaway.

  7. Linda B says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I look forward to the recipes.
    I follow through GFC

  8. Mary says:

    I really liked this book and Bettie was my favorite character too, Dar. (don’t enter me in the giveaway)

  9. Anne says:

    Thanks for your wonderful review and giveaway. Enjoyed the first book. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  10. ellie says:

    This book sounds captivating and special. What a great story. thanks. I subscribe via e-mail.

  11. zibilee says:

    I used to be a scrapbooker, and have a beautiful album that I treasure from that time. Since then, I have given all my stuff away and not kept up with it, but this book sounds like just what I need right now. Comforting and relaxing. Excellent review today, Dar! I would love to win this one, so please do enter me. I also have Friendship Bread on my ipod, and I need to get to it!!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

  12. Connie Fischer says:

    My goodness, but this sounds like a wonderful novel. I love stories about women and their friendships. Center it around a tea shop and – well – I’m hooked! I loved your review and seeing how much you loved the novel too. That’s a terrific recommendation. Looking forward to reading it. Even if I’m not lucky enough to win a copy, I’m putting it on my Wish List. Thanks for sharing!

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

  13. My daughter scrapbooks, I think she’d really like this book, thank you for the chance to win it.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

  14. Liz says:

    Second nice review today. Must try.

  15. I follow your blog by GFC (wfnren) and Networked Bolgs (Wendy Newcomb), also I get your emails.

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  16. pamela james says:

    I love books like this.

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  17. pamela james says:

    subscriber
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  18. Michelle James says:

    I already follow your blog and I tweeted the giveaway.

  19. rhonda says:

    Email follower lomazowr@gmail.com.twitter follower will tweet. @rhondareads.thanks for giveaway.

  20. I loved Friendship Bread and am anxious to read this as well.

  21. I follow you and link to you from my blog!

  22. Lara Frame Newell says:

    I love comfort books like this! Sounds like a great book. I would like to be entered into the giveaway.

    I follow on GFC

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

  23. Carl says:

    I was just reading about this book yesterday, in fact. It sounds really fun but serious at the same time. I think both of us would enjoy it, please enter my name in the draw. Thanks!

    I follow this blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I also tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/297055366066352129

    Thanks again.

  24. blodeuedd says:

    I love the sound of this one :)

  25. This sounds like a great book — sometimes you need a good comfort read — I’ve heard the phrase ‘hot water bottle book’ — you just want to cuddle up with it and get warm. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Lisa Garrett says:

    I have this book on my wishlist!

  27. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow via gfc and email.

  28. Meghan Stith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow via GFC: Meghan Stith

    mestith@gmail.com

  29. holdenj says:

    I really liked her Friendship Bread book and look forward to this one! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I am a GFC follower.

    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. karenk says:

    I love darien gee’s (mia king’s) novels…thanks for the chance to read her latest one.

    i’m a follower, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  31. bookworm says:

    The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society sounds like a great, cozy read! Nice review :) Please enter me, I’m a follower. Thank you.
    naidascrochet@yahoodotcom

  32. Melissa B says:

    This looks like a great book! =)
    I love cozy mysteries!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Melissa B says:

    I follow your blog by GFC and email.

  34. Melissa B says:

    oops…I had looked at the title of this book “wrong”, and thought it was a cozy mystery, Im so sorry. ( see my earlier comment … )

    This looks like a great book about friendships, I love books like this. Great review!

  35. Margie says:

    Sounds like a fun read. THanks for the giveaway.
    -follower via email, GFC
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  36. Linda Kish says:

    This book sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it.

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  37. Nise' says:

    This book appeals to me! Glad you enjoyed it.

    I am a follower.

  38. Thank for entering me in the contest.

    I am a gfc follower – griperang

    I posted on my blog – http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  39. Karen B says:

    Wonderful review – now I really want to read it!

    Email subscriber.

  40. Carrie says:

    This book sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Renee G says:

    This sounds like a wonderful story of friendship
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  42. Renee G says:

    I follow as Renee G on gFC
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  43. Melanie S says:

    Looks like a great book on friendship and crafting!
    Melanie S
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

  44. Melanie S says:

    GFC Follower
    Melanie Schemanski

  45. Kim@TIme2Read says:

    This one sounds like a fun read!

    I am a GFC follower.

  46. I absolutely loved Friendship Bread so I am very excited to hear about another book from Darien Gee! I would love a chance to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

    bthgordon(at)yahoo(dot)com

  47. I also am a google follower

    bthgordon(at)yahoo(dot)com

  48. Donna Farrer says:

    I to am a sucker for books about women’s friendships. Lately I have really been diving into the more scholastic side of friendships. I think it’s important to learn how to nurture them to keep them with you forever! Women I Want to Grow Old With is a workbook so to speak on how to keep these relationships in your life for the long haul. It has been a God send for me! womeniwanttogrowoldwith.com if anyone needs something to supplement their relationships. I definately will be checking out this book, I need to see if I can pick up anymore new ideas to make sure my ladies are always there!

  49. Vickie H. says:

    I follow your blog and thank you for the chance to win! This book sounds wonderful!!!

  50. Reeca says:

    I follow your blog and thanks for this wonderful opportunity! This book has caught my eye and being a scrapbooker, I would love to read it!! Thank you!!

  51. Oh, I’d love to win this! I have Darien’s first book and this one takes place in the same town so I definitely want to read it. Thanks!

    I follow via GFC!

  52. Beth says:

    This sounds like such a cute story! I love the cover to, it’s so bright & pretty!

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’m a GFC follower. And I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/bbulow12/status/301793110361522176

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