The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
by Rebecca Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the sweet, sexy, funny journey of Calla Lily's life set in Wells' expanding fictional Louisiana landscape. In the small river town of La Luna, Calla 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 cut short. Her mother, M'Dear, a woman of rapture and love, teaches Calla compassion, and passes on to her the art of healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair." At her mother's side, Calla further learns that this same touch of hands on the human body can quiet her own soul. It is also on the banks of the La Luna River that Calla encournters sweet, succulent first love, with a boy named Tuck.
But when Tuck leaves Calla with a broken heart, she transorms hurt into inspiration and heads for the wild and colorful cit of New Orleans to study at L'Academie de Beaute de Crescent. In that extravagant big river city, she finds her destiny-and comes to understand fully the power of her "healing hands," to change lies and soothe pain, including her own. When Tuck reappears years later, he presents her with an offer that is colored by the memories of lost love. But who know how Calla Lily, a "daughter of the Moon Lady," will repond?
A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love.
I liked it. I liked the characters and the setting. I was a bit thrown of by the Moon Lady exerpts (could have done without that). Experiencing a young girl as a teenager in loved made me relate back to my own childhood and first love. Once Calla moves away to experience life, I loved her new gay friends in New Orleans. Really, they made the book for me. Being someone obsessed about my own hair, the book made me want to be a hairdresser too. There was one unexpected twist in the book, but otherwise, it was a tad bit predictable for me. It is hard for me to imagine having my childhood friends in my day to day life, but maybe that's how a small town in the south would be. I would have like to have seen the book end differently, but I enjoyed it. It kept me reading and I loved the character development throughout.