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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061961687
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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

  • “Reveals the roots of the friendship of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.”

    USA Today

  • “A must-read…Rollicking anecdotes.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “The charm here is in the details, the dialogue, and Wells’ canny observations about life in Thorton, Louisiana.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Wells is a marvelous writer.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Hilarious…Had me laughing out loud…Brims with the Ya-Yas’ hallmark irreverence.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Entertaining…Wells still charms.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Every bit as joyful as the original…Uplifting, uproarious, saucy, and smart…lives up to the highest expectations.”

    Booklist

  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/4/2014

    " yup read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 1/28/2014

    " Fun to read. Like revisiting old friends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 1/17/2014

    " This sequel was better than the original book, I thought. But then, I'm a sucker for Baylor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't actually quite as good as the other Ya Ya books I had already read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/13/2014

    " I read this book a couple of months ago (Dec. or Jan.?) and forgot to mark it as read. Oddly, this little collection of ya-ya memories was my favorite of the trilogy. It was less disturbing and less dramatic than the others, but I loved the complexity of the characters and the depth it added to each. I walked away from reading these three novels feeling like I'd made a bunch of new friends. These characters seemed so real to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/9/2014

    " This whole series is enjoyable. I think Divine Secrets is definitely the best though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrine | 1/9/2014

    " This was lots of fun - I love the audio version because the narrator really brings all these characters to life. If you like the divine secrets, you will enjoy this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Hlebo | 12/25/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/25/2013

    " I'm a sucker for this series, but this was my least favorite one. (Favorite probably being "Little Altars Everywhere" followed by "Divine Secrets.") So don't start with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 12/13/2013

    " I love the ya-yas so much, can't get enough of them. I loved being able to find out more about them. Definitely not as good as the first, but if you want more of the characters, it's perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 12/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dolly | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed 'Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood', but this sequel wasn't nearly as good to me. It seemed like it could have been part of the original (and it may have worked better for me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/19/2013

    " Judy Kay is the perfect voice for the Yayas, and I found myself likeing this book even more than I expected too - the children of the Yayas, and their grandchildren, are (no surprise) interesting people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny Read | 10/4/2013

    " Not as good as the first. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Book Concierge | 3/8/2013

    " I was SOOOoo disappointed in this book. It lacks any of the power of the earlier books. The Characters are mostly all here, but the book just lacks focus. NOT recommended for anyone. If I could give it ZERO stars, I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/30/2013

    " If I had to label one of the books as my least favorite, this would probably be it. I loved getting to follow the next generation but the book was a little choppy. It was still a good read and I was sad to be at the end of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/3/2012

    " this is a good read if you liked the first books. it is much more disjointed. but not boring or uninteresting. i liked it well enough for a vacation book... but nothing like the first book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/14/2012

    " More Ya Yas I love those women! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Totoro Rugg | 3/31/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Templeton | 3/11/2012

    " Funny story about a group of girls who grew up together and their adventures together when they were older. I enjoyed it, something different from my usual pick of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/5/2012

    " I love her books. Female friendships are so rare. She has a talent to mix the dark elements of human relationships in with the good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/9/2011

    " Often a 3rd book in a series is not too good. But Ya Yas in Bloom was a fun, and easy to read collection of stories in the lives of the Ya Yas and their children. Easy to listen to on CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elenio | 9/28/2011

    " It was a very easy light read. A little complicated trying to remember the family trees and kept going back to the front page to memories them. Nothing earth shattering. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 7/9/2011

    " 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!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/11/2011

    " I haven't read the first few books in this series but, non-the-less, I really enjoyed this one. Especially the last story. Made me cry. In a good way. "

  • 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.