International Women’s Day – Review of ‘The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder’

Alright! I have my coffee by my side, computer in front of me, book in sight and cats near me playing (oh yeah, I have two cats). This book is dedicated to International Women’s Day, but I encourage everyone to give it a read.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells. A novel about a young woman’s captivating life story on growing into adulthood. Rebecca Wells is also the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder takes place in Louisiana in a town called La Luna. Calla Lily Ponder is named after a beautiful flower. I actually had never heard of this kind of lily so I looked it up and I have to say, if her character is named after the beauty of this plant, she must be a wondrous sight. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is about her life and how it unfolds through her youngest years. This book is the definition of “Why do bad things happen to good people?”. She endures some of life’s hardest obstacles and losses that no one would ever want to imagine happening to themselves. But these hardships happen every day to people all over the world. Which makes you even more grateful for what you have.

This life of Calla Lily’s is explained through her eyes and her perspective throughout the book. You experience her childhood and all its innocence; her youthful teen years and how awkward that can be; up into her early adulthood where excitement and scared can be the same emotion at once. As the book label describes this adventure it is “sweet, sexy, and funny”.

She lives her life through the spirit of The Moon Lady and her mother’s love. The first chapter you read is about her relationship with her mother. My favorite part about this book was also Calla Lily’s favorite part of life; hair. Calla Lily explains how she loved playing with her mother’s hair as a child. This brought me back to my childhood as I read and I too remember playing with my mom’s long dark hair, inhaling her scent, letting it comfort me; making a memory.

“I stood behind my mother, my legs on either side of her, and brushed her hair. I lifted her long chestnut hair off her neck, twirled it up on top of her head, then let it fall, watching its weight settle back down around her shoulders.”

The Crowning Glory was a great read because you can relate to many of the same emotions Lily felt throughout different events. I could feel her pain and joy in similar ways. When thinking back on what her character went through, you ask yourself, “How can a human be so strong to get through even the darkest of times?” (Dumbledore reference).

Are humans really that emotionally strong and able to get through anything?

When you look back at how much you might have struggled, there must have been times when you felt like you wanted or needed to give up. You felt there was no way you could push or even be guided out of that dark cloud. Calla Lily felt the same way and you experience all of it with her, step by step. One day at a time.

Her character is a remarkable one and I’m glad she was written in the perspective that she was. She is the glowing light in her own life that keeps her walking through the dark. She has a support system, that any human should have. She knows she is strong, beautiful, and humble. Seeing her character transform through her life is an example of what we can go through, just not as fast since we can’t read the pages to our future lives.

I dedicate this book to all the women out there today. May all your hardships come and go with grace. May you find your own strength within yourself and let that guide you through life.

Okay! I did it! Here’s to my first review! (drink shot of whiskey as celebration)



Title Photo by Lesley Davidson on Unsplash

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