First Day of Kitchen Giveaway: Avalon Ladies ARC and a Heart-Shaped Mixing Spoon!

DAY 1: December 7, 2012 – Friday

“On the First Day of Kitchen, Darien gave to me … an advanced reader’s copy of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and a heart-shaped bamboo mixing spoon!”

First Day of Kitchen

First Day of Kitchen


Meet Bettie Shelton, 77, founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society 

Famous Bettie quotes: “Do I want weird or normal?” “Scrappetizers are the key to any successful scrapbooking event. It’s a little-known fact, but crafters always work better on a full stomach.” “Get me a pot of Darjeeling tea!”

Bettie is a scrappy woman who not-so-gently nudges the town of Avalon into recording their memories, even when they don’t want to. But why does Bettie do this, and what will she do when an unexpected development in her own life threatens to change everything? Read The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society to learn more!

The Giveaway 

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society advanced reader’s copy (ARC) and a bamboo heart-shaped mixing spoon. This 11.75 x 3.5 inch spoon has “Made with Love” and a little heart printed on the handle. It resists staining, warping and cracking. It’s a sweet addition to any kitchen!

To Enter

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Patricia Barraclough (librarypat) from Jonesborough, Tennessee. Congratulations, Patricia! To see the complete list of winners, click here.

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  1. The gathering place of this group of friends is Madeline’s Tea Salon, familiar (and beloved) to us from Friendship Bread.

  2. I’m a newsletter subscriber, and I forgot to mention that I’m from Clatskanie, Oregon, USA.

  3. Kelly Showalter says:

    Frances is about to raise a daughter after a house full of boys – life will change.
    I’m a newsletter scribers, from Penn Laird (Shenandoah Valley) in Virginia.
    Happy Holiday!

  4. Martha J. Sturm says:

    Isabel Kidd is working on her house.
    Onalaska, WI!

  5. Robin in NC says:

    I love, love, love the heart shaped spoon!!! So cute!!! Thanks for sharing this special 12 days with us Darien!

  6. Frances Latham is unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption. I am from Largo, FL

  7. The poor woman is struggling through complications from her late husband’s affair.
    I am a newsletter subscriber. Dee

  8. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  9. Donna Routt says:

    Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon. I’m from Mackville, KY

  10. Juli Serrato says:

    OH my gosh, I have to read this…. I got so deep into the intro, I was almost late for work the other day….
    I hope santa was paying attention, cuz I WANT this…. 🙂

    thank you for offering it, and the spoon is too cute…

    I never have any luck at these giveaways, sooo good luck to everyone else..

    and Darien, your too cute… this is gonna sound so stupid to you, but a few weeks back I read an articile of yours and from it, I researched and started making “Friendship” breads… I know sounds really stupid, but it’s true.. <3

    oops forgot to include, I’m from S.E. WI <3

    • Juli, good luck and seriously, think positive! 😉 Thanks so much for all your kind words and have a great weekend! xoxo

  11. Brandi Godfrey says:

    Ava Catalina is raising her son as a widow and a single Mom… What a strong woman. I LOVE her name Darien. 🙂

    • Brandi Godfrey says:

      BTW… I CANNOT wait til this book comes out!! I am a scrapbooker and this is so fun putting it in the same town as The Friendship Bread book was in. 🙂 You are a FAVE author for me. Keep writing and I will keep reading!

      • Thanks so much for the kind words, Brandi! I love Ava’s name, too — it was one of the first ones that made itself known when I starting writing the book!

        PS. If you’re a newsletter subscriber for the Kitchen/Darien Gee, Brandi, don’t forget you get an extra entry. Just leave an extra comment below (not as a reply as replies don’t count) saying that you’re a subscriber and that’s it!

  12. Been on the look-out for a new Friendship book. Love stories about small groups gatherings and doing any kind of crafts. I’m from a small town in the north east part of MD.

  13. I Play Outside The Box says:

    Hey there…from Rock Hill, SC!!! Hope y’all are ready for Christmas…I still have lots to do! Love the fact that the book comes in a Kindle version too!!

  14. I Play Outside The Box says:

    An error keeps coming up when I try to give the book a thumbs up on Amazon….just thought I’d let you know.

    • Thanks, I noticed that too — it took a couple of minutes for it to reset (I refreshed my browser) and then it seemed to be working. If you get a chance to try again, that’d be great, but otherwise no worries! 🙂

  15. Valerie R says:

    Ava is a single parent who was involved with Isabel’s late husband. I’m from Lodi, NJ.

  16. Valerie R says:

    I keep getting the error message too.

    • Hmm, maybe try again in a new minutes after refreshing your browser? If not, no worries — I appreciate you trying, Valerie! 🙂

  17. Megan Eskew says:

    The book is filled with recipes that will make you want to go mix up a bag of starter right away! I am from Round Lake, IL 🙂

  18. Valerie R says:

    Ok I got it now.

  19. Bonnie O. says:

    Loved Friendship Bread that I read during a very difficult time in my life. Can’t wait to read this too.

  20. Frances Latham is anticipating the adoption of a girl from China.

  21. I am also a newsletter subscriber – from Wisconsin!

  22. Something unexpected happens to Bettie to bring the group closer together. I’m from Freeland, Michigan.

  23. I subscribe to your newsletter. 🙂

  24. Good morning I”m from rock hill sc and am a facebook follower. Had no problem liking book on amazon. Im eager to read this and learn about the support of friend in the adoption on the little girl from China. Merry Christmas everyone.

  25. Kira Endicott says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber and can’t wait to read the new book.

  26. Donna in SC says:

    Greetings from the beautiful Pageland, South Carolina countryside!
    What a fabulous giveaway! I’m in love with this heart shaped spoon and would love to read the book too. FBK is my new favorite blog, I love friendship baking and sharing!

  27. Kira Endicott says:

    I’m from Winfield, KS and I have liked the book on Amazon and can’t wait to read it. Darien, you have done a great job of bringing your first book to life and I know you’ll do the same with this new one. I love scrapbooking and picked up making friendship bread as a hobby now, too.

  28. Donna in SC says:

    I forgot to mention, I am following you on Twitter, Facebook, and Pintrest too, as well as getting the newsletter from FBK!

  29. Bettie Shelton is irascible, but very much loved by those in her scrapbooking group. I live near Buffalo, NY.

  30. Carole May says:

    Hi! I am from Greenville, Michigan and subscribe to the newsletter too! I Love the cover…it says so much!

    • Hi Carole, this new book looks awesome. I live in Holland, Michigan. I’m hoping Darien does a book signing for this one here in Michigan too. I went to the signing for Friendship Bread Kitchen in Walker. Have a great day

  31. I’m a newsletter subscriber.

  32. joan carder says:

    There areso many variations of friendship bread. . .you could make a different one every time! From GA!

  33. Faith O 'Hara says:

    Can’t wait to read this! I love the stories of friendship and how our lives all intertwine!

  34. Laura Bohl says:

    You can judge a book by it’s cover and I LOVE THIS COVER! Can’t wait to read what’s inside. The spoon is super cute!

  35. I really enjoyed reading the first book and cannot wait for the sequel. I am from Cheshire, MA!

  36. OHHHHHHHHh I can’t wait to read this, and I now know how many people live in Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243. Hope you come to Michigan again would love to have you sign the now book as well.

  37. Claudia Thompson says:

    Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the 12 Days of Christmas’s gifts!

  38. I am a news letter subscriber from HollandMichign

  39. Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the characters. I am from Fombell, PA.

  40. I also subscribe to the newsletter. Thanks.

  41. Bettie Shelton founded the scrapbooking group at the age of 77. Loved your first book! I just moved from Tx, to Lewistown, Pa. – need this new book to keep me company when the snow starts. Snow will be a new experience for this Texas gal.

  42. At Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. The prizes are very cool especially the gift card to B&N and the Kindle Fire.

    I’m from Pawcatuck, CT.

  43. Maureen W. says:

    Scrapbooking supplies and a copy of this book would make a lovely holiday present!!

  44. I am a subscriber and am from Fishers, IN

  45. I can’t wait for this book! I am excited to see how the people come together in the end and how their lives look up.

  46. Madeline makes her own tea blends and looks for clever ways to display them.

    I am a subscriber and can’t wait to read the book. LOVED Friendship Bread.
    I am from Baton Rouge, LA

  47. —as memories are preserved, dreams are shared, and surprising truths are revealed.
    I’m a subscriber from Tremonton, Utah

  48. Eeek…forgot to mention that I’m a newsletter subscriber from Aberdeen, WA.

  49. Sue Fernandez says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber, and fan, from Orange County, CA. A tidbit from the upcoming book: Bettie is the “leader” of the scrapbooking group, and she is suffering with health issues.

  50. I thought I left a comment earlier, but it’s disappeared…love your books. Good quote that applies to me: “Her job also reminds her that things are not always as they seem, that her life is her own, always has been and always will be.”

  51. 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.
    I am a newsletter subscriber from Connersville IN

  52. Karon Larison says:

    I’m new to this, which was recommended to me by our school’s cafeteria manager (we share the same first name). I love this kind of book! I’m from Lewisville, TX.

  53. Ann Hubbs says:

    Love that Madeline befriends Connie and takes her under her wings. She sounds like someone I would like to friends with. I am from DeLand, FL.

  54. Nathenia R. says:

    “Fresh loaves of Amish Friendship Bread, scones, and muffins are cooling on wire racks. Two arugula-and-bacon quiches are in the oven. Her kitchen is fragrant and inviting, and Madeline knows that her customers find these smells a reassuring comfort.”

    From Blairsville, PA

  55. Nathenia R. says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber 🙂

  56. Celeste Candelaria says:

    The gathering place of this group of friends is Madeline’s Tea Salon, familiar (and beloved) to us from Friendship Bread.

  57. Celeste Candelaria says:

    Also I’m a newsletter subscriber from Denver, CO

  58. Hi, from Sacramento, CA. Loved Friendship Bread. In your new book, Isabel, paints the living room Whisper White, “looking for a hint of the past…” cannot wait to read the whole book!

  59. Hello, I have to say I just receive my first friendship bread starter last week, I am an avid scrapbooker and I love to read. You have struck on three things that are close to my heart. When I saw your website for the first time yesterday for friendship bread( thanks to Pinterest) I quickly made two of the recipes,( the sourdough bread and monkey bread a still rising) then when I sat down this morning with my coffe and began to search your sit again I came across your books. You can’t believe how excited I am to get my hands on these. I have to say reading the excert about the “Avalon Ladies” there were so many things that I liked about it, but one detail that I can relate to was Ava having someone save her bottle caps. I have had my friends saving me pop tabs so I can make lampshades for my son’s bedroom. Like I said, I can’t wait to read these books. And thanks for all the great recipes! Tracy from Trail, BC, Canada

  60. Ok all I have to say is – sorry for the terrible spelling, sometimes my brain works faster than my fingers and spellcheck can’t figure out where to correct my mistakes. Thanks again!

  61. I loved the first book and it got me interested in Amish friendship bread again. Now maybe this new book will get me interested again in scrap booking or at least getting my pictures into scrapbooks.
    I’m live in Ulysses, KS

  62. I cheered (inwardly) when Mark did the right thing in his marriage (Are we giving info from Friendship Bread?) Loved the characters in the book! I am living in Waupaca co. WI and met you at the bookfest!

  63. Ohh and newsletter subscriber 🙂

  64. Ava is a single parent who was involved with Isabel’s late husband. Ava’s child is a bit of a slap in the face to Isabel because Isabel and her late husband struggled with infertility.
    I’m from Wisconsin.

  65. And I’m a newsletter subscriber. 🙂

  66. love their friendship & get togethers, just the girls !

    whiteman afb, missouri 🙂

  67. also a newsletters subscriber 🙂

  68. The book takes place in Avalon, Illinois and one of the themes from the book is adoption.

    I loved Friendship Bread and I know I will love this book too! I’m so excited for it to come out!

  69. Aloha from Hawai’i, where we can’t wait to meet Bettie Shelton ~

  70. Joyce Best says:

    Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon

  71. Joyce Best says:

    Uh oh – forgot to say I am from Florida

  72. Betty P Savage says:

    The book shows what women can do when they work together. I am really looking forward to the new book. Also I would love to have a recipe book full of friendship bread variations.I am going now to connect with you on facebook and signup for your newsletter. I am from Raleigh, NC.

  73. “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.”

    Sounds really good!

    I live in Memphis, TN

  74. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime..I was #55 on Amazon likes..I’m from Lock Haven PA Thanks for the chance to win..Would Love to..

  75. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father.

    I’m from Sacramento, CA.

  76. I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter.
    Sacramento, CA

  77. from Woonsocket, RI
    loved Friendship Bread and look forward to this new one-growing a bond of friendship, where older women make positive impacts

  78. Really looking forward to reading this new book!
    Karen G
    Fruit Cove, FL

  79. I cannot wait to read The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society ! I loved Friendship Bread and loved all the recipes in the book and online. Thanks for putting together a great giveaway!

    Watertown WI

  80. Isabel is sorting through her ramshacle house while dealing with personal issue. I am from Memphis, TN

  81. Letha Cross says:

    I am a subscriber. Would Love some of those goodies.

  82. If it is as heartwarming as Friendship Bread it will be a winner (and that’s a fact!). I’m a newsletter subscriber from North Florida.

  83. Sue Ullrich says:

    Thank-you for writing the sequel. I have been waiting!! I am a newsletter subscriber from Wyoming. New recipes just in time for Christmas baking!

  84. I wish I would find my “Madeline’s Tea Salon” and enjoy bonding with my friends, as they did. 🙂

  85. Robin Murdock says:

    Enjoyed Bettie’s help and guidance with the residents.
    Robin, Asheville, NC

  86. Oh, sorry, forgot to say I’m from Long Island, NY

  87. All 3 boys share a room. I have 3 sisters and shared a bedroom with them for about 9 years. I love my sisters very much; they are my best friends. When we moved into a large two story victorian, the two older of us had our own rooms and the youngest two shared a room. Honestly, I missed being in the same room with my sisters. It’s nice to snuggle next to someone at night. I am a new subscriber and I’m from northern California in a small town called Ukiah.

  88. The Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful and new to Avalon.
    I am a newsletter subscriber, and I have posted on Facebook, and Pinterest.
    I live in Vancouver , Washington. I love all of your books, and would be so excited if I won a early copy of Avalon Ladies scrape-booking society

  89. Kathleen Nail says:

    looks to be a great read hometown cheating children product of affair, I’m from a small town but now in the big city, Indianapolis,Indiana

  90. Betty Sayler says:

    Loved Friendship Bread can’t wait to read this new book. I’m from North Dakota

  91. Can’t wait to read this book in White Hall, AR!!!!!

  92. Arrival of a little girl from china… I’m from Clearspring IN

  93. Lisa Nicholson says:

    Can’t wait for this book! Pre-ordered and waiting. I also love to scrapbook. I’m a newsletter subscriber from Acme, PA.

  94. I can’t wait for this book!!! I loved reading the 1st and about the families in Avalon and the Tea Salon! I am from Baker, Montana.

  95. Sherrye Grotte says:

    From Kailua Mona. Forming a scrapbooking club in the small town of Avalon Illinois. I moved here from the subs of Chicago.

  96. Jessica Tomasi says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber!!!

  97. Jessica Tomasi says:

    A group of women come together when one of their own is faced with a health crisis to create something memorable in her time of need.

  98. Jessica Tomasi says:

    I forgot to mention I am from North Haledon, NJ

  99. Robin Blankenship says:

    the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable. I can not wait to read this one. I am in Lawrenceburg, KY

    Thank you


  100. Margaret Langston says:

    Really enjoyed the first book and looking forward to the new one. I really got caught up in the friendship bread.

  101. Frances Latham has all boys and is adopting a little girl from China.

    I can’t wait to read this. Friendship Bread was the first novel I had read in a long time, and I couldn’t put it down!
    Rita, Southern CA

  102. Book sounds wonderful! Liked on Amazon.
    Welcom to Avalon, Illinois, population 4243.
    From Ohio, live in Kentucky.

  103. Stacey Hensley says:

    I loved reading your book, after reading it last year it got me on a friendship bread kick lol , I hadn’t made it since I was 14 years old before that! I’m so glad you brought it back into my life and the lives of many others through your book.

  104. Deborah Johnson says:

    Isabel goes to the hardware store to pick up some laundry detergent and ends up buying can of paint, brushes and a for sale sign. Her husband’s affiar with the dental assistant, his death and the birth of his child, it seems that she needs a new beginning. I am from Union City GA. Also a newletter subscriber.

  105. It all started with a surprise, and then there was just too much bread! This led to creative ideas, new friends, a wee recipe box to overflowing! 🙂 I follow on FB, Twitter, and have clicked LIKE every way possible! I also reviewed the book on and at my local library. I won’t admit to how much bread I’ve made…or given away….or frozen…

  106. Ruth Naylor says:

    A young cellist named Hannah Wang will sometimes play in Madeline’s Tea Salon. I’m from Marietta, GA. I love making AFB! The butterscotch is our favorite.

  107. Ruth Naylor says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber.

  108. Diane Siniscalchi says:

    Frances Latham has an active noisy bunch of boys, just like me! I’m from Ringwood, NJ, and I’m always stirring something up with love!

  109. Diane Siniscalchi says:

    I subscribe to your e-mail list.

  110. Sally Sullivan says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber

  111. Local plumber, Yvonne Tate, is smart.
    From Imler, PA.

  112. Frances Latham, the mother of boys, is adopting a girl from China.

  113. I am from Munster Indiana and a newsletter subscriber.

  114. I just signed up for your newsletter and I’m excited about receiving news updates from you!

  115. Heather Kennedy says:

    I just love stories like this. I can relate to other women, crafts, plumbing, baking, thank you.
    I am signing up for the newsletter and I am from Rock Hill, SC.

  116. Cheri Minott says:

    Happy Holidays!!
    “Across town, Avalonians are trying to rid themselves of their past” Hmmm, sounds very interesting and fun…never quite know what will come about when you get a group of ladies together. Although from your description, not Amazon, I do like the tern “Scrappetizers” …sure makes appetizers sound alot more fun. LOL I”m from a town sort of halfway between Portland and the twin cities Lewiston/Auburn. I “liked” my Amazon page about your new book and I am so hoping that I will be one of the lucky winners so that I will be able to read it! Thank you so much for having this great giveaway for your faithful fans…I know they all must appreciate it as much as I do…Thank you Thank you!

  117. Heather Nance says:

    The Avalonians are going to make a bold decision about their future? I cant wait to read it and find out what it is!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I live in Alvin,TX 🙂

  118. I forgot to say im from

    Missouri USA

  119. Debbie Macomber left a beautiful quote about your book.

    “Bettie is a scrappy woman who not-so-gently nudges the town of Avalon into recording their memories, even when they don’t want to.”

    Amazon like #91

    I’m from Stuart, Florida

  120. I’m a newsletter subscriber.

  121. I am a newletter subscriber

  122. Apparently once procure scrapbooking supplies from a farmers market. That makes sense though – some of the best papers are hand-made. This is Kim from Cuba City, WI.

  123. I am also a newsletter subscriber as well!

  124. Julie Parrish says:

    Im a newsletter subscriber and Im from Beloit WI. Happy Holidays

  125. Bob Sandoval says:

    I am a Mia King subscriber from Southern California….

  126. librarypat says:

    1. I tweeted
    2. I liked on Amazon. Like #94 I think.
    3. Madeline’s days are busy, but she goes to sleep each night happily content. (What more can we ask for ourselves?)

    I am from Jonesborough, TN.

  127. librarypat says:

    I am a subscriber.

  128. Madeline Davis is 75 years old.

  129. I’m a newsletter subscriber. weceno(at)aol(dot)com

  130. I am a newsletter subscriber, and huge fan from Quincy, IL.
    I’m coming a little late to the party…hubby had surgery & we moved!

  131. I am a newsletter subscriber and fan from Salisbury, MD

  132. I am a subscriber. Great contest! : )

  133. I’m a subscriber from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Loved the scene in the book where the women gather around the table at the bakery, after closing.

  134. Newsletter subscriber!
    Rita in Southern CA

  135. I’m a subscriber from Salt Lake City, UT

  136. The population in Avalon, Illinois is 4,243.

    I’m a subscriber and fb follower from Hyde Park, NY.

  137. This looks like such a great read, thanks so much for these amazing giveaways 🙂

    Zoe Lee
    madforfashion at (newsletter subscriber too)

  138. Subscription entry

    madforfashion at

  139. Not sure why the first entry didnt take..

    This books looks great and I am a subscriber from the Hudson Valley NY

  140. Hello, What a wonderful prize package…I gave your book a thumbs on
    its’ Amazon Page~ In your book, Yvonne Tate’s past seems to be catching
    up with her!
    “Tweet” ~
    I am from Southern Illinois.
    Thanks bunches, Cindi

  141. I am also a subscriber of yours…
    Thanks, Cindi

  142. I am a newsletter subscriber and I live in Gibsonville, NC.

  143. Cynthia Melanson says:

    The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.
    I’m from Johnson City, NY

  144. great prizes

  145. sandy haber says:

    Madeline isn’t sure what’s more concerning, that Connie has named the goat or that the goat has found its way into Walter Lassiter’s vegetable garden.

  146. sandy haber says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber

  147. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father.
    Newsletter subscriber from Newman, CA

  148. Loved the 1st book, can’t wait to read this one. Going to give the set to a friend for Christmas.

  149. Mary Allbright says:

    I liked and tweeted this post. Then headed over to Amazon and love the part about 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. I am a newsletter subscriber and from Alma, Arkansas

  150. I am on the mailing list and love this site

  151. List Price is $26.00 but Amazon is selling it for $14.60 I live in Holmes Beach, FL

  152. I am a Mia King subscriber.

  153. Donna Holmberg says:

    the goat’s makeshift collar is a frayed rope with a tail that has been chewed through

  154. Donna Holmberg says:

    I am a subscriber.

  155. Cathie Bodeker says:

    I make friendship bread all the time… fact, I’m giving it to neighbors this holiday season. I have not read this book, gonna check into it. I am a subscriber from Elk Creek, CA.

  156. I have to pull mine out of the freezer for Christmas gifts!
    Seeley Lake, MT

  157. Just signed up for the newsletter. I am so glad I found your website. I did read the book Friendship Bread. I liked it when the starter becomes overflowing and could not find people to give it to.
    I am from Hamilton, OH

  158. I “liked” it at Amazon – and I just know I will!

  159. I’m a newsletter subscriber as well, from Massachusetts, and also liked it on Amazon. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  160. I found you by searching for some different Amish Friendship bread recipes. How exciting to find this contest. I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter! I’ve also “liked” this on Amazon.

  161. I Folloed al the rules and here is my comment as well….I am from Louisville, Ky

    I read everything I could including the incerpt to the book…It reminds me of a different generation of Gossip Girl. You have definitely intrigued me! I love the hear shaped spoon. I am all girly over these kind of things.

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  162. Kelly Showalter says:

    I’m a newletter subscriber

  163. Dianna Thomas says:

    I liked on Facebook and also tweeted—-here–

  164. Dianna Thomas says:

    Thumbs up on Amazon

  165. Dianna Thomas says:

    3. The women who form deep friendships through their love of scrapbooking

  166. Dianna Thomas says:

    I live in Southern Idaho–and I have subscribed to your Newsletter–Merry Christmas

  167. Kathryn Teall says:

    Shared secrets, friendships and stories, a great combination for any book.
    Liked on Amazon
    From Michigan.

  168. Mari Vesey says:

    Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243 – By my calculations reading the Friendship Bread novel, I live only about 10 miles from Avalon in the village of Forreston, Illinois, Pop. 1503.
    It was fun to see the (real) neighboring town of Leaf River mentioned in your book. Leaf River is in the Forrestville Valley School District of which Forreston is part of!

  169. Kristyn Martin says:

    Liked on Amazon and tweeted

    Avalon, Illinois has a population of 4,243

    I’m from Monroe, NC

  170. 1. Liked this post
    2. Gave the book a thumbs up on Amazon
    3. Frances is adopting a little girl from China.

  171. I am an email subscriber.

  172. Virginia H says:

    Liked and tweeted this blog post and on Amazon. The people in the book gather around and do scrapbooking together.

  173. I tweeted it:
    I gave a thumb-up for this amazing book! <3 it
    I've learned that "Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father"
    I'm from Honolulu, HI 🙂

    Thank You

  174. I just signed up for Your newsletter!
    Thank You again!

  175. I liked the book and also read that:
    Frances Latham is raising a brood of boys but is now expected a girl!

    Thank you!
    Grand Rapids, MI

  176. Vanesa McIntyre says:

    I want the book!! I love the Ben-Gurion quote…The past is our very being…I was number 16 liking Amazon Kindle and number 8 liking the book

  177. jodi frasier says:
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  179. I like this blog post

  180. Maria Kiguthi says:
  181. Maria Kiguthi says:

    I like The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society: A Novel on Amazon.

  182. Maria Kiguthi says:

    Yvonne Tate is a local plumber.
    I’m from UT
    maria_nay at

  183. I’ve liked this post, the book and here’s the bit of info I noticed on the book page: it will be released on January 29, 2013. I’m from Arlington, VA.

  184. Megan Parsons says:

    I tweeted:
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  185. Megan Parsons says:
  186. Megan Parsons says:

    Frances Latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China

  187. Virginia H says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber

  188. Would love to read this book!

  189. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  190. kemberley crosswhite says:
  191. kemberley crosswhite says:

    i gave the book a thumbs up 🙂

  192. kemberley crosswhite says:

    i like how the book can be humorous, and also moving. very interested in reading. oh btw im from alabama 🙂

  193. kemberley crosswhite says:

    im a news letter subscriber

  194. It has 448 pages!

    I’m from Illinois. 🙂

  195. Alana Haitsuka-Fernandez says:

    I love the friendships!!

  196. Alana Haitsuka-Fernandez says:

    Oops and I’m from Ahualoa, Alana Haitsuka-Fernandez. I love the friendships and I’m a newsletter subscriber….

  197. michelle gilliland mcafee says:

    I liked, gave it a thumbs up and I’m from Missouri. In the book across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past.

  198. I subscribe!

  199. A newsletter subscriber from Middleburg,Fl.

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