Sunday, December 22, 2013

Review: An Avalon Christmas by Darien Gee

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1943 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 For fans of Friendship Bread and The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society comes a delightful collection of stories that will put a smile on your face this holiday season.

The holidays have finally arrived in Avalon, Illinois and everyone is filled with festive cheer. Well, maybe not everyone ...

The husbands of Avalon have started a Bah Humbug Club. A neighborhood cookie exchange wreaks havoc on Erin Meeks' carefully planned life. Melvin O'Malley's daughter has abandoned him for the holidays in a senior facility, and shop owner Margot West is intent on creating the best holiday shopping experience for her customers when a stranger threatens to ruin it.

But a few surprises await them as well--an anonymous donor is giving away free turkeys at the Pick and Save, and there's an air of mystery surrounding a generous raffle prize for the upcoming Christmas Bazaar. And when it looks like Santa might be a no show, someone unexpected steps into his boots.

Celebrate the season with 12 heartwarming stories of hope and cheer that continue the spirit of Gee's first two novels, Friendship Bread and The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. Includes recipes.

About the Author

Darien Gee is the author of the novels, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and Friendship Bread. Her short stories have been anthologized and she also writes a weekly column on creativity and writing for the local newspaper. Darien lives in upcountry Waimea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i with her husband and their three children.

Darien attended Wellesley College and graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Political Science. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library and ZYZZYVA, an award-winning literary magazine. Through it all she read voraciously, wrote short stories and journaled, and dreamed about one day writing a novel.

In 2000 she and her husband had the crazy idea of quitting their corporate jobs, selling their things and moving to Hawai‘i (note to reader: they also thought it would be fun to do this with no jobs, very little savings and while Darien was seven months pregnant). They landed on the Big Island of Hawai‘i with four suitcases. Twenty banker boxes came by USPS via the slow boat a few weeks later.

The years that followed were “life changing” (this is the polite way of putting it). But they made it through, saved some money, had a couple more children, and learned a thing or two about themselves. They fell in love with Hawai‘i and agreed never to move again–Hawai‘i marked Darien’s thirteenth move.

In 2007, Darien published her first novel, Good Things, under the pen name Mia King (visit the Mia King FAQs for more information about her husband, Darrin Gee, who is partly to blame for why Darien’s first books were written as Mia). Her second novel, Sweet Life, followed in 2008. In 2009, Table Manners was published.

Darien was homeschooling her children at the time, and started writing Friendship Bread after her daughter brought home a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter and the bread. She wrote the first draft in five weeks, and then spent a year in revisions. The novel sold at auction in 2010. It was published in 2011 in the US as well as in 11 countries. Friendship Bread is the first novel written under Darien’s own name.

My Review

What a lovely Christmas book. And it is free on Amazon so ever better!

 Filled with stories that revolve around Christmas, a senior's facility, anonymous giving and a Bah Humbug Club. It is also filled with heartwarming tales that are perfect for the Christmas season. A light read that fill you with the spirit of Christmas. And there are recipes too.

It's free, grab it now for goodness sake!

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