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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society (2013)

by Darien Gee(Favorite Author)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 5
034552537X (ISBN13: 9780345525376)
Ballantine Books
review 1: At first, I thought this book was going to be too busy, all over the place, disjointed, and random. Now that I've finished listening to the audio, I feel as if I really got to know many of the citizens of Avalon, Illinois, especially those in the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society.At the heart of the story was Betty, the president and founder of the Society. Betty was struggling with dimentia. Her neighbor, Isabel, was an integral part of this novel who slowly evolved into a favorite person of mine. I could barely contain myself when it came to Florence and her family, especially Mei Ling's saga. Yvonne, the plumber, was also a favorite. There were so many characters who just lit up this listen.Being a scrapbooker myself, I wondered if I would enjoy this book. I sur... moree did.
review 2: My first novel by author, Gee. Set in Avalon, Illinois, the story revolves around Bettie's Scrap booking club. Bettie eventually draws resisting residents to just come to one meeting of the Scrap Booking Club. As individuals are drawn into the club, we learn more about each individual and their personal lives and problems. We meet all of the key characters and learn about their lives and relationships past and present. Madeline's Tea Room is another gathering place for residents of Avalon. All of the characters are likeable and believable. Anyone who ever has dabbled in Scrap Booking will be able to relate to the value of creating memories and preserving memories through this hobby. An interesting comment on how scrap booking can help people with dementia hang onto memories by the visual stimulation of photos and journal writing.As soon as I finished the novel, I ordered another of Gee's novels. A very nice read. less
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This is an enjoyable read. The characters are real-life, lovable, hatable, and redeemable.
Picked up audio book but didn't actually finish. Kinda sweet but simple and catty.
little town citizens' lives intertwined; Alzheimers, recipes included
Easy reading. A little too busy for me.
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