TITLE: THE CROWNING GLORY OF CALLA LILY PONDER
AUTHOR: REBECCA WELLS
This book tells the story of the first 31 years in the life of Calla Lily Ponder. Born in 1953 in La Luna, Louisiana she has an idylic childhood with her beloved mother, M'Dear, her father and two brothers. It is in La Luna that she meets Renee and Sukey who will be life-long friends. It's also where she meets Tucker, a boy she starts of hating, becomes friends with and finally falls deeply in love with.
Her life takes a tragic turn when her mother dies when she's just a teenager, but the sure knowledge of her mother's love and the support from her friends and close knit family and community see her through.
High school graduation brings more heartbreak, but also the chance to go out into the world, spread her wings and learn her craft, sure in the knowledge that this is what her mother wanted for her and that La Luna will always be home and waiting for her.
This was an enjoyable read, but nowhere near as good as DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA YA SISTERHOOD. The story of the Ya Ya's really touched me, whereas this book evoked little to no emotions in me. I felt detached from the characters and the story, and couldn't help feeling that it must have been the same for the author at the time of writing.
Still, it was a pleasant reading experience, and very easy to keep on turning the pages and I do not regret having picked up this book.
"Keep your heart open, keep your head on your shoulders, and don't be afraid."