Friday, August 14, 2009

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder - Review and Book Giveaway (Closed)

book coverFrom the publisher:


The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the sweet, sexy, funny journey of Calla Lily's life set in [author Rebecca] Wells's expanding fictional Louisiana landscape. In the small river town of La Luna, Calla bursts into being, a force of nature as luminous as the flower she is named for. Under the loving light of the Moon Lady, the feminine force that will guide and protect her throughout her life, Calla enjoys a blissful childhood—until it is cut short. Her mother, M'Dear, a woman of rapture and love, teaches Calla compassion, and passes on to her the art of healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair." At her mother's side, Calla further learns that this same touch of hands on the human body can quiet her own soul. It is also on the banks of the La Luna River that Calla encounters sweet, succulent first love, with a boy named Tuck.

But when Tuck leaves Calla with a broken heart, she transforms hurt into inspiration and heads for the wild and colorful city of New Orleans to study at L'Académie de Beauté de Crescent. In that extravagant big river city, she finds her destiny—and comes to understand fully the power of her "healing hands" to change lives and soothe pain, including her own. When Tuck reappears years later, he presents her with an offer that is colored by the memories of lost love. But who knows how Calla Lily, a "daughter of the Moon Lady," will respond?

I enjoyed reading Calla Lily's story: how she handled the challenges that she faced, how she grew and changed over the course of the book. Although I didn't really identify with her, I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next!

This book contains a few incidences of language that might be considered offensive, a few intimate moments (not described in detail), and a subplot that some might find uncomfortable. If this was a movie, I'd say--and this is purely my own assessment--that it would be rated PG-13.

HarperCollins has generously offered a set of five new fiction books to one lucky reader! These are the titles in the prize pack:

The Lace Makers of Glenmara ~ Heather Barbieri

The Fixer Upper ~ Mary Kay Andrews

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder ~ Rebecca Wells

Mortal Friends ~ Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Sleepness Nights ~ Sarah Biltson
Want to win? Here's how to enter:

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Nancye!

Just leave me a comment to let me know your favorite type of books. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Limit 1 entry by this method. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

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More details: Open to residents of USA, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 8/25/09 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 72 hours, or another winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

105 comments :

  1. My favorite genre is suspense/thrillers but I do love the occasional lighthearted chick lit book

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  3. Mortal Friends would be my top choice

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  4. Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black

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  5. I signed up for Harper Collins email list

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  6. Oh, books.........I love them so. I would especially enjoy, " The Fixer Upper" by Mary Kay Andrews. I just know when she finds HOME it will be so sweet. Can't wait to look for it in the library. I have always read books, I can remember, "Dapple Grey", a horse book when I was in 4th grade. Am waaaaaaaaaaa over that age now.
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  8. My favorite type of books are suspense books. This needed to be first.......wow, am I messed up today.
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  9. From the Harper Collins upcoming book list I Know I would like to read Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black. Anything with a forensic scientist playing the main character and I'm immediately immersed.
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  10. I have entered Kiddies Corner Dears givaway with the Crayolas.
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  13. hey!
    i love to read, so this is great!
    i am a huge fan of jodi picoult and nicholas sparks, i have to say, i love fiction books!
    thanks for the contest

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  14. love the selection..
    i have read a few of mary kay andrews, her books are great quick reads!
    thanks again!

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  15. I especially love thought provoking books and travel memoirs, but I also make time for light, fun reads!
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  16. I'd most like to read the Lace Makers of Glenmara
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  18. Fantasy is my favorite genre of book
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  19. The Lace Maker is the book that appeals to me the most!
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  21. My favorite books are mysteries!

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  22. Of these 5 books, I'd guess the one that appeals most to me is Mortal Friends.

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  23. The upcoming Harper Collins book that catches my eye is Lisa Black's Evidence of Murder.

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  24. I subscribed to Harper Collins' e-mail notices.

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  25. I also entered Mission Mommy's Carolina Pad giveaway.

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  26. I am an e-mail subscriber.

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  27. My favorite type of book is Urban Fantasy.

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  28. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Pond appeals to me most.

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  29. I'm looking forward to A Duty to the Dead.

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  37. i'm a total bookaholic so favorite type is hard to say. I tend to really move towards fiction with women as main characters in stong roles, whether its a novel, mystery or whatever

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  38. entered the payless contest as well
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  39. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder ~ Rebecca Wells
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  40. American on Purpose by craig ferguson! i've had it on my wish list since he first talked about it.
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  41. Sign up for the HarperCollins email list. (1 entry)
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  42. ha, i cracked it! they have split them up...and i got into several that i will hence forth be getting enewsletters from...thank you for the directions!
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  43. I LOVE the girly fiction books! The kind that bring you into the story to make it feel like your right there with your best group of girlfriends! :)

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  44. I think I would like The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilla Ponder the best just because I absolutely LOVE Rebecca Wells! :)

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  45. The upcoming book that I'm most interested in is the Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones. Looks like it would be really good!! :)

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  46. I'm subscribed to your feed by email! Love it!! :)

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  47. My favorite genre is mystery - especially funny ones or culinary ones.

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  48. Mortal Friends sounds just like my kind of book!

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  49. As for future books, Bending Toward the Sun
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  50. I subscribed to the harper collins e-mail list

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  51. I subscribe to your e-mail updates :)

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  52. I like Christian romance and fiction

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  53. I would like to read the lace makers of Glenmara

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  54. I would like to read bending toward the sun

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  56. I like romance, suspense, and educational books. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  57. Sleepless Nights appeals to me most! Thanks!
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  58. I subscribe by e-mail!
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  59. An upcoming book that appeals to me is: The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse.
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  60. I'm not limited to just one genre, but my favorite is chick lit.
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  61. The book that most appeals to me in the prize pack is Mortal Friends.
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  62. An upcoming book that appeals to me is The Way of Boys.
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  64. My favorite is mystery.
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  65. MAry Kay Andrews The Fier Upper, love her books.
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  66. I like to read a bit of everything. I am reading "The boy in
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    I do like historic love stories
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  67. I would love to read Mortal Friends ~ Jane Stanton Hitchcock first
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  68. Too funny!! I would love to read How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck).
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  69. Signed up for the HarperCollins email list.
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  71. I'm most excited about The Fixer Upper in the prize pack!

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  72. Harper Collins Upcoming book I am most looking forward to reading is Making Mischief by Gregory Maguire -- love his books!

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  74. I like reading mysteries,some romances, mental health books. etc.

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  76. Bending Toward The Sun is my choice for the upcoming book list

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  77. The Lacemakers of Glenmara appeals to me the most

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  78. My favorite types of books of are cookbooks and craft books.

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  79. I am most interested in The Fixer Upper.

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  80. My favorite type of book is Contemporary Christian Fiction (including romances), and historical fiction. I also like to read children's and young adult books. I just LOVE to read!!

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  81. The book "Sleepless Nights" appeals to me the most b/c I read the first book "Bed Rest" (which I thoroughly enjoyed!!) and I would like to see what happens next!!

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  82. There are a LOT of awesome books coming out!!! There were quite a few books that appealed to me: "Lies My Mother Told Me" and "Bending Toward the Sun"

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  83. I signed up for the Harper Collins email list

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  84. I subscribe via reader

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  86. My favorite genre is suspense/thrillers but I like to read a variety of genres.

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  87. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the one that appeals to me the most because I also grew up in Louisiana.

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  88. Making Mischief by Gregory Maguire sounds like a good one on the upcoming list.

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  89. i love murder mystery/thriller/scifi books
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  90. i like autobiography, memours, historical fiction, romance, fantacy (like harry potter), mystery, ...(i like books)
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  91. american on purpose by craig ferguson...just because he is so interesting with the snippets of his life he shares on tv.
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  93. i would love mortal friends it looks like a great murder mystery
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  98. I looove Historical Fiction. If a book is historical fiction, I will probably like it. =) I also enjoy a good mystery, and I'd never turn down a book by Karen Kingsbury or Nicholas Sparks. I love reading. =)

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  99. Out of the Harper Collins 5, I would really like to have The Lacemakers of Glenmara.

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  101. On the upcoming HC list, The Child Thief by Brom looks very interesting. =)

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