We are looking for a place to retire. I wish the little town of Avalon really existed because it would be at the top of my list.
In Avalon, most of the ladies and some of the men are scrapbookers. Everyone knows everyone else and helps one another. There are plenty of local businesses where people actually shop. Walmart apparently doesn’t exist. While there are plenty of difficulties, a solution is always found and support is never more than a phone call away.
I read Darian Gee’s first book, Friendship Bread, which was also set in Avalon. Many of the characters reappear here along with new ones with their own challenges.
The book is a pleasant read. There is definitely a focus on scrapbooking. Many new scrapbookers are brought to the hobby thanks to the persistent efforts of the character of Betty. However, you wouldn't have to be a scrapbooker to appreciate the characters and the story.
It is obvious that the author is a scrapbooker or has spent some time round those of us who enjoy the hobby. She references current product and techniques occasionally. I also got a chuckle at how enthused some of the characters were when it came to shopping for new products. I can definitely relate to that.
I enjoyed the book and will probably read whatever hobby she takes on in her next novel. As long as it is set in the fictitious Avalon, I know I’ll be welcome.