Saturday, 14 June 2008
I was asked to review this book for penguin, and wasnt dissapointed.
When frazzled mother of four Ashley Gates lets her best friend drag her to a meeting of the local scrapbooking club, shes amazed at the way old photos and mementoes can bring vivid colour to sepia- toned memories.
Among the surprisingly diverse group is Tara, a single grad student whose search for love, like her relationship with her absentee father, has only brought her heartache - and some funny dating stories.
Then theres Libby, a semi - retired teacher who thought she'd spend her golden years taking cooking and photography classes - not as the town pariah after her son is charged in a corporate scandal.
And as Ashley copes with a husband whose love for her fluctuates with her weight, she comes to depend more and more on her scrapbooking sisters.
Only together can they face earth shattering revelations, and emotionally unavailable men and figure out their futures, while artfully commemorating their pasts.
I couldnt put this down, I found it a very good read. I found that it flowed well and only left me wanting more.
The story covered all angles and i found that i could relate to one or two paragraghs myself. It was amazing how I knew of similar situations that related to the scrapbook family that developes at a crop.
Well worth a read, an easy book to pick up at anytime of the day, and written in such a way that you could read as little or as much at one sitting as you had time for. My only concern was the books cover, It didnt attract me to the book, I felt if it was sitting on a shelf i would pass it by as visually it wasnt attractive, Scrapbooking designs can be amazing and i think the cover of the book should have offered an image that would intrige the reader to pick up the book to find out more. Once you start reading, you wont want to stop. Watch out for a copy, and treat yourself, you wont be dissapointed. Thanks for reading this review. Jaqi