At 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 foreign adoption. 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 is the author of the novels The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and Friendship Bread. She has also published novels under the pen name Mia King, including Good Things and Table Manners. Her short stories have been anthologized, and she also writes an occasional column, "From the Writer's Corner," for her local newspaper. Darien lives in upcountry Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and three children. Tanya Eby has been a voice-over artist for over a decade. She has a B.A. in English language and literature and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Besides narrating, Tanya spends her time teaching creative writing classes at the collegiate level, blogging, and working on her own novels. She has published four novels and is at work on her fifth.
Praise for The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society…
"[Darien Gee] gets the unapologetically schmaltzy tone just right with the irresistible premise that we can love the impossible. A surefire book club hit." ---Publishers Weekly