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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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McGuffy Ann, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
“Scrapbooking” is an active hobby, with several million women in the United States and worldwide participating. Not only does it have sentimental appeal, it is driven commercially.

Clubs have formed, where women come together to share ideas, exchange opinions, also supporting each other in other ways. In some ways, it is like the quilting bees of past generations.

In this heartwarming book, Bettie of Avalon, Illinois, starts a “scrapbooking society”. Her goal is to form a women’s group of common bonds and interests, while preserving memories.

The women who join the scrapbooking club however, may have other things that lead them there. Yvonne has a past that is chasing her. Ava Catalina is a single mother still in mourning. Frances is a young mother of boys, trying to adopt a foreign-born daughter. Isabel is trying to fix a past, including her that of her late father.

Together, with the obvious help of Bettie, each woman finds the courage and support to deal with past and create a future. When tragedy strikes, the group must pull together creating some very unexpected, special things.

This novel reminds us of the importance of preserving memories, and also of making them. This is a beautiful novel of friendship.
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Dollycas, February 2, 2013 (view all comments by Dollycas)
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 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.

Bettie has helped so many people and now she is facing a trial of her own. Everyone needs to come together and create something truly memorable just for her.



Darien Gee writes about friendship and she does it masterfully. I was actually sad when I reached the last page. Bettie may not be adored by everyone in Avalon but she sure is the glue that holds the town together. She believes the answer to every problem is scrapbooking and saving memories. It is also the community of scrapbookers and their families that gather together to share their projects and support each other through good times and bad.

While Bettie is the main character of this story, the supporting characters are written just as well. A few characters return from Gee’s first story but we are introduced to new ones as well. There are several prominent supporting characters. You need to take your time, this is not a book to rush through, so you can really get to know these fabulous. characters and their stories. I said in my review of Friendship Bread that is was a story to be savored and the same is true with this story. The characters are rich and their stories feel real. One story line reminds me of similar circumstances in the Miss Julia Series by Ann B. Ross.

Gee has written another heartwarming and inspiring story that you will want to share with all your friends. I can only hope that this is not our last trip to Avalon. Both books are fabulous and can be read as stand alone but you will want to read both and then you will want to bake bread, start scrapbooking and get together with all your friends and family. The recipes and scrapbooking tips are a real added bonus.
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ISBN:
9780345525376
Author:
Gee, Darien
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.3 x 1.4 in 1.46 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Revisiting the busybody river town of Avalon, Ill., Gee (Friendship Bread) pens another sentimental ode to the domestic arts and their power to save women in crisis. 'Scrapbooks are about memories,' Bettie, president and founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, preaches to reluctant newcomers Connie, Yvonne, Ava, and Frances, each wrestling with painful pasts and uncertain futures. Orphan Connie, part of the kitchen help at Avalon's must-meet-and-eat spot, Madeline's Tea Salon, lets a troublemaking goat named Serena show her that home is where the heart is. Yvonne, one-time society dame who now works as a plumber, turns her back on a villainous family and rediscovers a lost love. Ava, the insecure single mother of a young son, the product of an affair with a married man, finds the courage to reconcile with the woman whose home she wrecked. And the unconditional love of Frances's family helps her accept the daunting challenge of adopting a baby with a disability. But it's Bettie's heartbreaking battle with her failing memory that brings the women — and the town of Avalon — together to cherish both her and their past in a three-hanky nod to It's a Wonderful Life. Gee — who also writes as Mia King (Table Manners) — gets the unapologetically schmaltzy tone just right with the irresistible premise that we can love the impossible. A surefire book club hit. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, WME Entertainment." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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