Monday, April 29, 2013

A to Z Challenge - Y - Ya-Yas In Bloom by Rebecca Wells

Today's book is one that I'd actually like to read. (There are a few letters in this tat I could find books as giveaways for so will be picking books I want to read)


Those sassy southern belle-dames are back. Hallelujah. Fans of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will leap for joy. And, to be fair, if you didn't get swept along in the divine madness of the Ya-Yas first time around, there's still plenty to hold your interest in this latest look at the Louisiana lives of the four gals and their increasingly blooming offspring, dahling. That's if you like your words candy-coated and sweet enough to calm a honey-bee. For the rest of us, a good flossing afterwards won't go amiss.
Rebecca Wells quite rightly recognises where her bread is buttered and delivers another slice of the four ladies and their inimitable style of living, hot on the high heels of a Hollywood script. Find out how the Ya-Yas first met, way back when, and how they got all grown-up and married. There's kids a plenty--well, for the sisterhood anyway and, against some odds, most of them turn out pretty decent folk.

Parts of Ya-Yas in Bloom is told from the point of view of Vivi Abbott Walker's children, particularly Siddalee and Baylor. So while we swing back in time to the thirties and the early days of the sisterhood, we also travel through the sixties and the arrival in the good ol' USA of four lads from Liverpool and on into the present day and the modern trials of career women.

There's even a plot of a kind, although not much to speak of--you can see it coming from afar--and its outcome is as predictable as Vivi's lipstick. It seems that if you're not in the sisterhood, then you're out. And life will just never be as much fun. ---Carey Green

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