The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

Rebecca Wells


The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

  • Title: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
  • Author: Rebecca Wells
  • ISBN: 9780060175313
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover



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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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 perh [...]

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 seeme [...]

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' [...]

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 fal [...]

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 bl [...]

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 spo [...]

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 n [...]

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 [...]

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 s [...]

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 bro [...]

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 more 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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 beaut [...]

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 La [...]

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 mom [...]

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 more 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 [...]

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 Orlea [...]

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 more 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 f [...]

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 att [...]

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/narrato [...]

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 po [...]

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 her [...]

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 minu [...]

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 writt [...]

I LOVE Rebecca Wells. I wasn't even aware that she had a new book out until I stumbled upon it at B&N. 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 more 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 tha [...]

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 ad [...]


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