Audiobook Review: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee

Posted May 2, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 6 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien GeeSource: Provided by Ballantine Books, Provided by Tantor

Format: Audiobook

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins

Date Read: May 2013

Genre: General Fiction, Womens Fiction

Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243

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.

More Information:
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Tantor
Series: Avalon #2

Speed Date Review

Read/Listened for Review (Edelweiss /Tantor)
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee
Overall Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.75

Audio Rating 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: I really enjoyed revisiting Avalon and learning about a whole new set of women in the town! Also, loved seeing some old familiar faces.

Speed Date Review

First Date: Stepping back into the town of Avalon made me feel like I had gone visiting old friends. The town is wonderfully simple while they people who live there are complex. I loved scrapbooking being the center of the story for this one!

Second Date: Wayward goats, bottle cap jewelry, starter packs, and even some friendship bread makes this book feel really homey. The characters are all going through some really tough things (some brought on themselves) and there are a few I want to hug, a few I want to be snotty with, and one that I think is going to break my heart!

Third Date: I loved how everything came together in the end. Was it perfect? No! Was it a work in progress (like life)? YES! I will say that Bettie’s storyline is the one that hit me hardest because my grandmother went through the same thing. It was tough to read and pulled at my emotional heartstrings!

Audio Date:

Narrated by Tanya Eby /Running Time 14 hrs and 16 mins

I love Tanya’s female voices! I have listened to her do several audiobooks. Her pacing is wonderful, her emotions pitch perfect, and her rhythms spot on. I would say the only thing that gets me with her are the male voices but in this book those were few and far between. Overall, I really enjoyed this one on audio!

Relationship Status: Still going strong after 2 books! This is one of the few women’s fiction series that I adore.


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6 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee

  1. So you bit on the audiobook to do the book review?

    It is fun to have cozy every once in while to keep things grounded. And I’m sure the wayward goats were fun & memorable. ;D

  2. Wayward goats. *snorts* This sounds really cute — maybe not a passionate relationship but one that develops into a beautiful friendship. 🙂