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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,626 ratings  ·  477 reviews
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

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: crafters
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
Nita Kohli
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book Cover

The 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.


The book is set in a town, Avalon in Illinois. It is a small town where people know each othe
Emma Sea
Jul 09, 2014 marked it as dnf
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?

Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh boy, I wished I had liked this one better but I couldn't get past the whole Ava/Isabel thing. I think it was a little far fetched to have Isabel invite Ava to come live with her and I just had no sympathy for Ava. ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: GR101, Novel Ladies, Leslye Mahoney,
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Netgalley and the publisher.
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
Dale Harcombe
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 ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243

Or 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
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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 through
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: small-town, chick-lit
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
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Kathryn Laceby
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

There 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
Shari Larsen
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 ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it

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 quic
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Just not very well written. I am not sure why I even finished it.
Jul 21, 2013 added it
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!
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2020
This book was a surprise!
I found it by accident looking for something else at first I wasn't sure it would hold my attention boy! was I wrong I read the whole book in three days I couldn't put it down.

It is about what the title says a ladies scrapbooking society in Avalon Illinois the reader follows the lives of five women who are brought together by circumstances. Bettie the head of the Avalon Scrapbooking society brings all the ladies together over scrapbooking. She knows everyone and is in
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Had a few laughs as it reflects situation in life
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a "feel good" book. With everything going on in our world, just pick up this book and smile, cry and cheer on all the characters. Love this book. ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, fun read.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is another second go with an author for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Darien Gee's novel "Friendship Bread". This sequel brings us back to Avalon, IL, and some familiar characters, as well as some new ones. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the soul of the first book. It was still a nice story, but I had higher hopes in the return to Avalon. ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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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 grown up
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: r-other
Review first published on my blog:

The 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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
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Darien Gee lives with her husband and three children in Hawaii. She is the author of Friendship Bread: A Novel, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and An Avalon Christmas.

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