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The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells

lillypFamed for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and its two sequels, Rebecca Wells has added another wonderful novel to her works. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder follows the irrepressible Calla from her early childhood in her beloved small river town of La Luna, Louisiana, of less than 2,000 people. She was born in 1953 to loving and talented parents who teach dance lessons at the Spin ‘n Shake and her mother M’Dear’s healing hands at her Crowning Glory beauty salon. Into her life one afternoon wanders a pitiful looking little boy who gets off the bus and heads toward her neighbors – Miz ‘Lizbeth and Mister Tuck, “her” special friends she does not want to share. As she grows, this terrible boy becomes the love of her life and she discovers her talent for fixing hair and quieting souls with her healing hands. All the characters in this novel are delightfully portrayed – you can’t help but feel that you know them personally. The town comes to life from Nelle’s grocery shop / skating rink to the dirt roads leading from the one main street to the families of Renee and Sukey, Calla’s best friends for life. A broken heart suffered when Tuck leaves for college in California and she does not hear from him at all even though they pledged their undying love and to write each other every day. Calla goes to New Orleans to learn her trade and meets Mr. Ricky who she naively believes she can convert to husband material. This is a quiet novel, but it runs the gamut of emotions for the reader – laughter to tears to laughter to tears. The Ya-Ya’s were good and made a good movie, but Calla is the big winner and deserves best-sellerdom and any type of award that’s available for fiction.

– Anniesse