Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells



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  1. Ella D.C. Says:

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood tells the story of a mother and daughter from the Louisiana bayou where everyone knows each other, speaks Louisiana French, enjoys traditional Cajun dishes, and where there is no difference between friends and family. Though the plot follows both Vivianne Dahlin, the mother, and Siddalee, the daughter through their adult lives, the author also switches to tell of Vivi and Sidda’s childhoods, ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s. When Vivi was a little girl, she and three other girls formed a strong bond and the humorous and joyful group became known as the Ya-Yas. The girls were “all that”; they were the goddesses of the bayou. They had the best parties, houses, clothes, boyfriends, but most importantly they had each other, and they supported each other through everything as they grew up. When Sidda was born, she loved her mother, the glamorous and vivacious Vivi, with all her heart. However, as time went on, alcohol often caused Vivi to lose sight of her life and she occasionally slipped and abused her children. Although this was challenging for the Ya-Yas, they were very supportive of her through her troubles. Sidda was brave and independent, and often took charge of the family when her parents weren’t around. As an adult, Sidda worked as an amazing play director and lived in Seattle with her fiancée Connor, but she became uncertain about her future and postponed her wedding. When a sly reporter coaxed information out of her about her mother, a terrible news article showed up in the New York Times that caused Vivi to become furious with Sidda and shun her from the family. Just when Sidda’s life seemed like it couldn’t get any worse, the arrival of an old scrapbook of her mother’s life turned things around. Entitled Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, the scrapbook revealed so much Sidda had never known about her mother. The huge album stuffed with the relics of her mother and the Ya-Yas crazy and glamorous lives flooded Sidda with sadness, happiness, nostalgia, and curiosity. In the end it led her home, to her mother, the amazing Ya-Yas, and her true love, Connor, and on this journey she learned lessons of life, friendship, and love.

    Chock full of excitement, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is also rich with colorful characters, universal truths, and stark realities of life. You will cry and laugh out loud while eating up the carefree and boisterous lives and actions of the vibrant characters in this heartfelt novel of a mother and daughter’s relationship, the ups and down of their lives, and the sweet imperfect love that they share. I had a hard time getting into the book at first, but the deeper I read into the novel, the more I connected with the dynamic characters and felt as though I was living right alongside them in the heart of Louisiana, and I believe many other readers will also be captivated by Rebecca Well’s charming and exhilarating novel. Wells does an outstanding job of creating believable characters with real life problems; I could fully relate to each character. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys novels about family, friendship, and romance.

    Rating: 5 out of 5

    Recommendations: Little Altars Everywhere, Ya-Yas in Bloom, The Joy Luck Club, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love, The Secret Life of Bees

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