The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Author:Rebecca Wells In the small river town of La Luna, Louisiana, Calla Lily Ponder bursts into being, a force of nature as luminous as the flower she is named for. Under the loving light of the Moon Lady, the feminine force that will guide and protect her throughout her life, Calla enjoys a blissful childhood -- until it is tragically cut short. From her mother, ... more »Calla learns compassion and healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair." On the banks of the La Luna River, she discovers a sweet, succulent first love that is as enticing as the music, food, and dancing of her Louisiana home. When heartbreak hits, Calla leaves the familiarity of her hometown and heads downriver to the untamed city of New Orleans, where her destiny further unfolds.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the story of a pink-collar heroine whose willingness to remain vulnerable in the face of adversity opens our own hearts to the possibility of love growing from sorrow.« less
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Sure, it is a sappy read, with characters that are too good to be true, but that was the draw for me. Made me wish I was part of the Ponder family and that I grew up in Louisiana (otherwise probably on my list of least favorite places to live!). So many joyous moments and crushingly sad ones as well, and a very satisfying ending made the story come around full circle. I loved it!
I wanted to like this book, but I eventually grew weary of it. The word "cloying" kept recurring to me as I read it - it was just too syrupy and too stereotypically southern for me. The emotions seemed superficial, contrived and "too precious". I actually remember having the same feelings about Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, although I liked it better, so this will be my last effort at a book by this author.
I wanted to like this book, but I eventually grew weary of it. The word "cloying" kept recurring to me as I read it - it was just too syrupy and too stereotypically southern for me. The emotions seemed superficial, contrived and "too precious". I actually remember having the same feelings about Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, although I liked it better, so this will be my last effort at a book by this author
I love this author and this book was given to me by a dear friend. The first third tore my heart out and I was swept in by Calla and her mother. There are only two reasons I didn't give this five stars. First, too much time spent on the moon descriptions. Second, I really wish Calla could have had a few flaws so she wouldn't have felt so surreal. Sending this one on to my eldest daughter who loves this author as well.
This is the most awful book I've read in a really, really long time. The only reason I finished it was because I was on a family vacation with no access to anything else to read. I am a fan of some of Wells other works, and expected to like this one also. Boy, was I disappointed. The writing is repetative, the characters flat and boringly predictable. I just didn't care whether the guy got the girl in the end or not. I would not recommend this book to anyone!