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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the sweet, sexy, funny tale of Calla Lily's life set in Wells' ever-growing fictional Louisiana. In the small river town of La Luna, Calla Lily enjoys a blissful childhood under the loving light of the Moon Lady, the feminine force that will guide her throughout her life. From her mother, M'Dear, Calla learns the old, womanly art of healing through "fixing hair."

On the same river banks, Calla tastes the sweetness of first love. But when a broken heart knocks the breath out of her, Calla transforms hurt into inspiration and heads for the wild and colorful city of New Orleans to study at L'AcadÉmie de BeautÉ de Crescent. In that extravagant big river city, she comes to understand fully the power of her "healing hands" to change lives and soothe pain, including her own.

A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shamelessly sappy and eerily realistic…there’s something down-to-earth and comforting about this novel.”

    Washington Post

  • “Calla Lily is a sweetie…This is a novel full of miracles, with characters more colorful than a Crayola 64-crayon box. It’s just the right dose of Southern charm for that afternoon on the veranda, accompanied by a tall glass of sweet iced tea.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Wells weaves more of the magic that made her a bestseller…Chock-full of Southern charm and sassy wisdom…it benefits from a hearty dose of Well’s trademark charisma.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Judith Ivey’s performance is a pure joy—sweet, hopeful, and tender. Her interpretations are completely winning…Ivey’s accents ring true, her characters have substance, her voice is lovely, and her timing is perfect. An audio gem.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by berrybuzz | 2/16/2014

    " I was a little wary at first, the dust jacket description was weird and off putting to say the least. But I've enjoyed Wells other novels so I plunged in. So far, so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Traci Haley | 2/9/2014

    " Wasn't sure I would end up liking this book when I started it, but I fell in love with Calla Lily Ponder and her magic hands. Loved the hints of Paganism throughout the book and I loved how Calla's life ended up working out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tara | 1/18/2014

    " I loved this book, as much as the Ya ya books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 1/16/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed with this book. Rebecca Wells usually delivers stories that have me re-telling to all who will listen. The protagonist is typically a very strong, witty and callous female. Calla is just a little too sweet. To make this a successful book, she needed more edge. This was a little to "chicken soup for the soul" for me. "

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