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The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
Author: Rebecca Wells
Known for her beloved New York Times bestselling Ya-Ya books (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, and Ya-Yas in Bloom), Rebecca Wells now debuts an entirely new cast of characters in this shining stand-alone novel about the pull of first love, the power of life, and the human heart's vast capacity for healing. — ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060175313
ISBN-10: 0060175311
Publication Date: 7/1/2009
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder on
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Possibly the smarmiest book I've ever attempted to read. It's so sugary sweet sappy it almost makes your teeth hurt.
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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!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is absolutely wonderful. I love all of the Rebecca Wells books but this was truly a gem. It made me laugh and cry. The story is heartwarming from start to finish.
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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.
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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
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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.
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This is a great read. It is dead on for small towns in the south and for Louisiana in particular. Rebecca Wells captures all the voices in this book even better than the Ya Ya sisterhood!
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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!


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