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Ya-Yas in Bloom (The Ya-Ya Series) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Wells
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Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again.

Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, 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. Using as narration the alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, Wells show 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 Louisiana sass shine through.

But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.

After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. Ya-Yas in Bloom continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.


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    ‘Uplifting, uproarious, saucy and smart, the Ya-Ya sisterhood sequel lives up to the highest expectations.’ Booklist

    About the Author

    Rebecca Wells is an actor and playwright in addition to being the author of the phenomenal bestsellers Little Altars Everywhere, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Ya Yas in Bloom. She has received numerous awards for her books.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 251 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (17 Mar. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000N0WTSS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars better than Divine Secrets 7 Nov. 2012
    By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Ya Yas in Bloom is the sequel to Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. It doesn't read like a sequel, however, but more like an expansion of what we learned about the Ya Yas and the Petites Ya Yas in Divine Secrets. The narrative jumps between Vivi's early youth and the Ya Yas first encounter in 1930, through to Sidda's youth in the 1960s and on to the 1990s. Different events in the lives of the Ya Yas, Petites Ya Yas and Trés Petites Ya Yas are told from the viewpoints of Vivi, Sidda, Baylor, Myrtis Spevey and her daughter Edythe, although only Sidda's and Edythe's recollections are told in the first person. We learn a lot more about the characters' lives, and I found both Sidda and Vivi more likeable in this book than in Divine Secrets. Whilst Baylor was a minor character in Divine Secrets, his recollections in this book form a major part of the narrative. Wells touches on racism, catholic guilt, nuns and religious fervour, Alzheimer's and mental illness, guns and hunting. There are plenty of laughs and some very moving moments. Whilst not a great deal happens, the Ya Yas do spring into action during a family crisis and save the day. While the Christmas Pageant was fun, the description was a little tedious as the litany of family names was recited. Better than Divine Secrets.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ya Yas in Bloom 4 July 2005
    Format:Hardcover
    This third Ya Ya book is not quite as good or as gripping as the first two, probably down to the more anecdotal style. That said, it is still wonderfully well written and hugely evocative of the American South, so would definitely recommend it.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment after the Divine Secrets 15 July 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    What a huge disappointment,
    After first reading the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and loving it I was so much looking forward to getting deeper into the Ya-Yas story. Sadly the Ya-Yas in Bloom is a miss-mash of boring short stories, amy written in children's voice devoid of the substance and flavour of he Divine Secrets. What on earth happened between these tow books? I'm not even sure it's the same author
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny book 17 Jun. 2013
    By KAY
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have the earlier two in the series and used to have this one as well but lent it out and never got it back.. Will now reread the whole set again.
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