Monday 11 March 2013

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

Finished March 10
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee

This light novel is set in the Illinois town of Avalon. There are many characters here, but the core group includes Bettie, the founder of the Society and an avid scrapbook pusher; Isabel, still mourning her husband Bill, who left her for a younger woman and then died in an accident; Ava, the younger woman Bill loved and had a child, Max, with, struggling to make a living; Yvonne, a female plumber who has left her controlling family, but still mourns her severed relationship with longtime love Sam; Frances, who loves her three sons and husband Reed, but still longs for a daughter through a Chinese adoption; and Connie, whose early losses affect her ability to commit to relationships.
With the scrapbooking loosely connecting all these characters and more, there are many stories here, of love, of loss, of community. An upbeat novel.


  1. I'm a scrapbooking weirdo, so I understand this scenario. It is amazing what you learn from the ladies around a table of at a scrapbooking event. You really do bond. Thanks for this suggestion.

  2. My sister's into scrapbooking, but I've never tried it myself. Oddly enough the day after I wrote this I walked by a couple of ladies in the library, sitting at a table, scrapbooking. I stopped and talked to them.