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The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder By Rebecca Wells The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells has done it again A new book full of Southern charm and unique characters impossible to put down Houston Chronicle Wells weaves that magic spell again New Orleans Times Picayune For Ya Y

  • Title: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
  • Author: Rebecca Wells
  • ISBN: 9780060175313
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder By Rebecca Wells Rebecca Wells has done it again.A new book full of Southern charm and unique characters impossible to put down Houston Chronicle Wells weaves that magic spell again New Orleans Times Picayune For Ya Ya fans everywhere, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Wells returns with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder The creator of the literary sensations Divine S Rebecca Wells has done it again.A new book full of Southern charm and unique characters impossible to put down Houston Chronicle Wells weaves that magic spell again New Orleans Times Picayune For Ya Ya fans everywhere, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Wells returns with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder The creator of the literary sensations Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, and Ya Yas in Bloom delivers an unforgettable new stand alone novel about the pull of first love, the power of home, and everyday magic No matter if you already adore the Ya Yas or haven t yet entered the miraculous world of Rebecca Wells, you are going to love and never forget Calla Lily Ponder.
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    1. Cyndi on said:

      Warning Possible spoilersAfter reading several heavier books this summer, I was ready for a light read, and this book fit that bill fairly well It s a good story, but I think it could have been a better story without all the Moon Lady nonsense Like another reviewer said, I was quickly hooked on the characters and had a good four hankie cry when M Dear died, but a lot of the book felt like a first draft There was a lot of repetition in the first two chapters that seemed unnecessary and perhaps ac [...]

    2. Babs on said:

      What a disappointment I truly wanted to like this book I read The Ya Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere a few years back, and I remember loving them, so when I saw the author s newest book at the library, I grabbed it As I read the first few chapters, I thought the book moved pretty slowly and was kind of schmaltzy As I got farther along, I just found that the characters were cliche, and in my mind, many of Calla Lily s and her friends quotes seemed very Peggy Hill It also seemed as thou [...]

    3. Irene on said:

      Say what you will about schmaltz but I think Wells is a good storyteller I don t expect her to produce haute literature I don t expect her books to address the great problems of the ageI just want a good story and I got one.I admit, being the jaded character I am, if a piece of writing can make me tear up, I ll give it a thumbs up It may be a cheap shot on Wells part to zero in on a woman s emotions, but hey, she s a woman too.What s wrong with a good old fashioned love tale, anyway We don t hav [...]

    4. Toni on said:

      Fans of Wells tales of the ya ya sisterhood will like this book If it had been written by a new come out author ,it would have been sent back to editing In parts the writing is lyrical and in others just hurried and choppy The story which can be moving in sections can become just downright preach y in others It seems that the author had a beginning point and an end point and was going to get to it in the pre subscibed number of pages without regard to flow and therefore you never just fall into [...]

    5. Jessica Larson-Wang on said:

      This book is a bit too long and slow to be a pure fluff beach read, and the writing just isn t good enough for it to be a serious novel, although it tries The characters come off as cliches and Calla Lily s small town Louisiana home is hard to buy as an actual place The story is also thick on the melodrama and tries too hard, especially in trying to bring social issues into the story in an effort to portray her characters as progressive for their time The high drama Calla Lily witnesses a black [...]

    6. Nicole on said:

      I tried to like this book, but it was just so boring The characters were one dimensional southern stereotypes For example, everyone in the small town of La Luna, LA simply adored the main character, Cala Lily Ponder, and when her mother, M Dear, died, the whole town rallied to raise Cala Lily M dear, a hairdresser, had healed people while doing their hair and was known to dance at odd times and places This, paired with her worship of the Moon Lady they live in La Luna, get it , and her spouting [...]

    7. Emily on said:

      Almost everything I read in this book I had read somewhere else.Much of it came straight from Cassandra King s Making Waves about a small town Southern girl who opens up a hair salon once run by a family member, with several scenes taking place in the Big City of New Orleans I wasn t a huge fan of that book either, to be fair.The dramatic twist a family member intercepts the love letters between the young couple and never tells them The boy and girl write each other nearly every day but never re [...]

    8. Ab on said:

      Sappy, schmultzy, overly sentimental just a few words to describe this novel It s what I think of when people want a beach read , or something akin to chick lit That being said, I did, in fact, read the whole thing There was something in the descriptions of the setting, the development of at least the main character, that kept me interested Wells descriptions of this small, thoughtful riverside town of La Luna, Louisiana, actually made me interested in going to the south and seeing those huge p [...]

    9. Jaclyn Day on said:

      I love Rebecca Wells writing The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood is one of a few books that I can read over and over again and still enjoy Having never lived in Louisiana, I don t know how accurate her depictions of the area are but nevertheless, I was sucked in from the first page I had high expectations for The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder having enjoyed Wells other books, and happily, there were traces of Wells throughout it.But, unfortunately, I have to echo what some other rev [...]

    10. Jessica on said:

      This book reminded me of a bad made for TV movie Or maybe an episode of Full House, where every time there is a problem, it manages to be resolved by the end of the episode with some cheesy apology and admission of wrong doing with violins playing in the background.Part 1 was actually somewhat endearing and heart breaking A story of a simple life growing up in Louisiana with great friends, a first love, and a loving, caring family torn apart by the death of her mother followed shortly by a broke [...]

    11. Anderson's Bookshops on said:

      Kathleen said Rebecca Wells is back and better than ever with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Fans of the Ya Ya Sisterhood be forewarned I think that I may actually like Calla Lily than the Ya Ya s I was charmed by page 2, in tears by page 6 and totally committed to Calla, La Luna and M Dear by page 11 Calla and her two brothers grow up in a loving family in the tiny hamlet of La Luna, LA But the love and protection her family and friends provide as she grows up isn t enough to protect [...]

    12. Reese on said:

      If you loved Rebecca Wells s Little Altars Everywhere and or Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and you intend to read The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, expect an inferior work, inferior even to her Ya Yas in Bloom Yes, descriptive prose in The Crowning Glory put tastes in my mouth, smells in my nose, images in my eyes But most of the dialogue reminded me of conversations in soap operas And the foreshadowing devices seemed like billboards displaying what s ahead Yet I kept reading I s [...]

    13. Sheri on said:

      The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder was a heart warming memorable story It is told through Calla Lily s eyes, from childhood on to adulthood Family love, friendship and death all brought together in an unforgetable journey through one woman s life Excellent read.

    14. Jennifer on said:

      This is the story of Calla Lily Ponder who grew up in the small town of La Luna nestled along the Mississippi River in Louisiana We meet her family and friends, but most importantly her mother, whom she calls M Dear Call Lily has a wonderful loving relationship with her mom They are best friends as well as mother and daughter Everything Calla Lila is and grows up to become, is due to her mother and their special relationship It is because of M Dear that Calla Lily chooses to become a beautician, [...]

    15. Tim on said:

      This book could have been titled The Flowering of a Southern Belle Calla Lily Ponder narrates her history by gathering the sprigs of her life in rural Louisiana from age eight in 1961 until she reaps a nearly improbable ending as a 31 year old in 1984 Within her two decade bouquet of budding and blooming into full womanhood, Calla endures parental attachment and loss, adolescent attraction and loss, and marital bliss and loss But not to worry, no one can nip this flower in the bud.The Moon Lady, [...]

    16. Jennifer on said:

      From My BlogThe Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells is a beautiful tale of love and its many forms The novel, narrated by Calla Lily Ponder, begins in La Luna, Louisiana and the reader learns about various adventures and life changing events that transpire through Calla Lily s childhood and adolescence After high school she moves to New Orleans and another chapter of her life begins Calla Lily takes the reader through over two decades of her life, during the most profound moment [...]

    17. Lorihudeck on said:

      Let me start by saying that this is the first book by Rebecca Wells that I have read She writes beautiful, lyrical prose that meanders along like the river that is central to this tale.When I first started this novel, I noted that it was beautifully written by slow moving As I spent time getting to know calla Lily Ponder, I realized that her journey moved in bits and spurts, at times meandering and other times rushing forward much like rivers do.I loved the narratives from La Luna or the moon g [...]

    18. Cheri on said:

      For the most part, I agree with Cyndi Michener s review, although the Moon Lady stuff didn t bother me Perhaps because I know a few people whose beliefs are very similar, so it wasn t a stretch for me For the most part, I found Crowning Glory of Calla Lily to be entertaining, but disappointing Especially in comparison to Ya Ya Sisterhood It didn t have me reflecting on my childhood, it didn t have me laughing out loud or thinking of my dear friends I did think alot places in New Orleans as they [...]

    19. Kathleen on said:

      Rebecca Wells is back and better than ever with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Fans of the Ya Ya Sisterhood be forewarned I think that I may actually like Calla Lily than the Ya Ya s I was charmed by page 2, in tears by page 6 and totally committed to Calla, La Luna and M Dear by page 11.Calla and her two brothers grow up in a loving family in the tiny hamlet of La Luna, LA But the love and protection her family and friends provide as she grows up isn t enough to protect her from the s [...]

    20. Melissa on said:

      What in the world happen here Rebecca Seriously I ve waited a year and a half to read this book I don t understand The three YaYa books were magical I couldn t put them down I was so excited to find this one at the library that i snatched it up Was i ever disappointed I could barely finish the thing There were no magic No feelings of warmth Nothing to make me care for Calla Lilly of anyone in this book In fact it makes me wonder if Rebecca lost her edge here I was so emotionally attached to the [...]

    21. Leslie on said:

      Meh Very disappointed in this one I read Little Altars Everywhere and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood years and years ago, but I remember absolutely loving them Ya Yas in Bloom was mediocre at best, but I held out hope for this one, thinking since Calla Lily was a fresh character the book might be of the quality of Wells first two novels Sadly, it wasn t Wells tried to touch on deep important themes, but it all came out as fluff I didn t dislike the main character narrator, but I just [...]

    22. Tiffany on said:

      Wow, what a book The novel follows the story of Calla Lilly Ponder as she grows up in small town Louisiana and then moves to New Orleans to learn her mother s trade, becoming a beautician Like her mother, Calla has the gift of being a healer What really stood out for me throughout the book was this theme of healing There s a lot of heartache here read it when you want a good cry oh, man , but there s also just so much love I don t think I ve ever read anything that captures the healing power of [...]

    23. Amy on said:

      I was really looking forward to this book and am a little disappointed Oh, it was a nice enough story, nice easy summer read, and a good four hankie cry but it is not the same caliber as the earlier works of Rebecca Wells The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder had some great potential wondering why the editor didn t hold off until the book was a little finer tuned Some wonderful ideas, female friendship, love in many forms, hometown sense of place, and faith in a higher power are all here unfor [...]

    24. Thomas Holbrook on said:

      I have the privilege of reading and doing it quite a lot of it When a book can move me to spasms of fear falling into a river were snakes are seen makes me want my Momma , cry with laughter, shake with outrage, all within the space of a few pages, I know that I am reading something exceptional Rebecca Wells takes the first 28 years of a fictional young lady and causes the reader to live with her in the heat and humidity of Louisiana, through the pain of growing up and rejoicing in every minute o [...]

    25. Catherine on said:

      If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would I admit it, I LOVED Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood the book, not the movie , so I was excited to read another novel by Rebecca Wells I figured it would be much the same as Divine , and I was right, which was perfect for me There are two things that really struck me about this book 1 A big chunk of the plot centers around offshore drilling in Louisiana, which I thought was weird given the current crisis in the Gulf Note this book was written in 2009 [...]

    26. Bree Brown on said:

      I LOVE Rebecca Wells I wasn t even aware that she had a new book out until I stumbled upon it at BN I didn t even bother to read the jacket to see what the book was about LOVE R.W.With that said, however, I had hoped to love this book a little bit than I did Don t get me wrong, it was certainly on par with Divine Secrets, but the reason I didn t give it a 5 star rating was because it dragged as soon as it got to part II Part I was ah mah zing, though I NEVER cry at books, and it takes a lot for [...]

    27. Leah on said:

      When I started reading this book I was a little leery when the first chapter came from the perspective of the moon I really didn t want to read something weird However, once the story got going, I got drawn in pretty quickly I loved that the book was told from the main character, Calla Lily s, perspective I loved all the emotions that the book brought out in me, and found myself crying in a couple places.There was a lot of talk about the Moon Lady which I thought was strange and probably could h [...]

    28. Diane on said:

      Quoting the first paragraph from The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder I know the moon and the moon knows me I am the moon and the moon is me I am life itself I am not who they think I am, that old white man with the long white hair whose judging eyes try to force fear into their very pores I am the moon mother, and I hold my children on my lap, night and day, in the heat and in the shade When they wake and when they sleep, I whisper to them Don t be afraid, don t be afraid The ones who feel m [...]

    29. Judy on said:

      I loved the Ya Ya books so I was primed when I saw this book on audio at the library I m glad that I listened to the book rather than read it because the narrator caught the Cajun cadences which I would have missed on the printed page This is the story of Calla Lily Ponder growing up in the tiny hamlet of La Luna, Louisiana surrounded by a loving family and endearing, if odd, town residents But then this is the south and we would be disappointed without colorful characters This is a book that is [...]

    30. Cathe Olson on said:

      Calla Lily Ponder grows up in Louisiana and dreams of becoming a hair stylist that will not only fix hair but will bring a little happiness and healing to her clients The book follows us from her childhood in the 1960 70 s to womanhood, through her happiness and through much pain.I absolutely loved the first half of this book Calla s childhood and teen years were riveting with events and descriptions that will stick with me Like the nail biting scene of the boys jumping into the into the adults [...]

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