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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061960277
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An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' award-winning bestseller Little Altars Everywhere and #1 New York Times bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars through sixty years of marriage, children, and hair-raising family secrets.

When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Ya-Yas in Bloom shows us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Cajun sass shine through at a time when the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.

Performed by Judith Ivey

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s fun to take another trip to Thornton, sip a tumbler of bourbon and branch, and spend time with these flawed but indomitable free spirits.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Wells’ fans will be delighted by this Ya-Yas sequel.”

    Glamour

  • “Irrespressible…Touching…A pleasure to read.”

    Oregonian

  • “The writing is as good as ever.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 2/17/2014

    " While it was still entertaining, I didn't think this Ya Ya book was as good as the others. It felt like the author was trying too hard to squeeze out a few more stories and they were a bit disjointed and uninspired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/12/2014

    " Reveals the roots of the Ya-Ya's friendship in the 1930s. Great sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tsa | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful addition to Wells' series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/2/2014

    " A fun trip through the early lives of the Ya-Yas and the petits. I love the dynamic these women share; it echoes in my own friendships. Perhaps that's why I enjoy the books so much. There's a lot I can identify with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/2/2014

    " yup read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Sharp | 1/25/2014

    " LOVE, LOVE , LOVE! in the manner of steel magnolias, color purple, and friend greet tomatoes, ya yas in bloom doesn't dissappoint. great book full of funny southern antics all familiar to southern women of all ages! make a movie of it immediately!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Johnson | 1/22/2014

    " Not as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/22/2014

    " what happened after the divine secrets of the ya ya sisterhood ended? read this to find out! brief stories from diff points in time from all of the characters from the original. read the original first. also little altars everywhere is the pre-quel and i like that better than the main book. ya-ya! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/19/2014

    " another Ya-Ya book...they are all great. This one is much more like Little Altars Everywhere than the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krysta | 1/19/2014

    " This book doesn't draw the reader in as much as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but thankfully it is not as off-putting at Little Altars Everywhere -- a fun and feel-good read that felt like a second happy ending to tag onto Divine Secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/16/2014

    " Ok, I admit it, I read chick lit. This book is a little ridiculous, but so far, its a pleasant read, just like all the ya ya hoo ha. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Minnie | 1/13/2014

    " What a miserable cop-out! The feisty voices of the ya-ya's, become a muted irritating whine. They become smarmy and goody goody. What was the author thinking? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 12/29/2013

    " A nice addition to the ya-ya collection. I especially enjoyed the final story about Christmas. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sig! | 12/13/2013

    " OK, this book broke the Ya-Ya spell for me. It was not good, on any level. This is upsetting because I really, really liked Divine Secrets and Little Altars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Smith | 12/10/2013

    " How the Ya-Yas met and became friends as children. Great storytelling. Funny and sad. We all should have such loyal and fun friends as the Ya-Yas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/9/2013

    " If you enjoyed the other Ya Ya books, you'll like this one too. I think you have to have read the other 2 in order to enjoy it fully though. Again, if you like chick lit, this is good stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 10/13/2013

    " Was alright. Series of episodes at different times in the life of the Ya-Yas and Petite Ya-Yas. Some episodes were wonderful, some so-so. Liked it, but liked the original book better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kj1008 | 5/6/2013

    " Goes with "Divine Secrets"...again, a good, quick read. Very entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nono | 2/7/2013

    " I've always loved her books. This one was fun but a little been there done that. Still worth a read if you liked the other Ya-ya books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Totoro Rugg | 10/1/2012

    " I love the Ya Yas. Not as good as the Divine Secrets, but still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 7/22/2012

    " Encampasses every emotion. Very real life, but fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel | 7/8/2012

    " I love the Ya Ya's. It's like hanging out with your old girlfriends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Puccinelli | 3/17/2012

    " Melissa's review below says everything I was thinking when I read this novel -- very disappointing when compared to the first two Ya Ya novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya Jenusaitis | 3/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed the book up to the last two chapters which were pretty long. Since the book is many short stories abdout the Ya Ya's and the petit Ya Ya's, you won't need to read to the end. Overall, it is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/20/2012

    " groups of stories about the young ya ya's and then a couple about the older ones. I have always liked the movie and enjoy the writing from this book. Some very funny situations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 8/20/2011

    " Nowhere near as good as "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". It was fun to see what the characters from that book were up to, but the book as a whole felt rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/4/2011

    " Still not as good as the original Ya Ya's but you gotta read the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/19/2011

    " I think I'd give this a 3.5. I have liked all the Ya-Ya books, though I didn't like this one quite as much as the others. I listened to this in the car and the actress who read the book did a very good job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/25/2011

    " Disappointed in some of the trite storytelling but it did give a bit more background for the much better book "Ya Ya Sisterhood". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 3/9/2011

    " A great follow up to 'Devine Secrets'. Takes you through the children and grandchildren as well as update the 'original' YA YA sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 3/8/2011

    " pretty good...kept me interested enough to finish it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dina | 3/6/2011

    " Disappointing...not as original as Little Altars Everywhere or Divine Secrets...how long is Rebecca Wells going to ride this gravy train??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/18/2011

    " I have read this book twice. The second time around I didn't like it as much. I like the story of the family, but not the churchy stuff. It chronicles the the children and how they react and interact with such a crazy family. Worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/2/2011

    " not nearly as good as the first book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/27/2010

    " I enjoyed this book and found it helpful- it completes the Ya Ya trilogy. I loved learning about all the women in their later years and feeling like the story really "ended." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/16/2010

    " Books like this one make me want to say "y'all" and move to the South and eat Pecan pie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 12/13/2010

    " Terrible. But I did like her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/15/2010

    " Somewhere between 3 and 4. Parts were good and parts were meh. But I think I mostly enjoyed it. It's been awhile though and I haven't read Little Altars one so I may not be overdone with Wells. And I'm guessing when I read it. No se. 2006? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 10/17/2010

    " I thought this was going to be as good if not better than Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood but I was wrong. Such a let down. I was so eager to start this that I even checked out the next book but I will not even waste my time. What a bummer!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/11/2010

    " I didn't like this nearly as much as the other two. All the characters seemed to have lost their personalities. They weren't fun, spontaneous, faulty, spunky characters anymore. They were cliche, too perfect and movie-esque. The end of the book felt like a Hallmark commercial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiana | 10/6/2010

    " the beginning of this book was really slow-moving, and the major plot twist was almost gleamed over, instead of developed as much as i would have liked to see. not a bad book, all in all, though. "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Wells

Writer, actor, and playwright Rebecca Wells is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was made into a feature film. A native of Louisiana, she now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace.