Posted by Alexandra on September 07, 1998 at 12:00:32:
When my mum was out in the States in June she bought quite a few books and I am finally wading through them. There were two books that she raved about though and now I've read them I can see why she was raving about them and I'm going to start as well now - and who better to rave to than my friends at Pemberley! ;-)
The two books are by the same author, Rebecca Wells, the first one is Little Altars Everywhere where we are first introduced to the unique characters that Rebecca Wells creates. The story is an interesting family story told as memories of the family members. As the story unfolds you begin to realise that although the family has its high points there are a lot of not so high points that influence the whole family and those around it. I thought that this book was interestingly written and really pulled me into it, I wanted to know more and more about the family and how events were changing their lives.
After you have read Little Altars Everywhere (it really does have to be read first!!) move on to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. If you were moved by the first book just wait for this one.....
It is a couple of years later and we rejoin one of the main characters of Little Altars Everywhere Siddalee (sp?) Walker as she tries to come to terms with how her childhood has influenced her life. In particular, why she has troubles with her mother and the life her mother has always led. This leads to her mothers friends, known as the Ya-Yas. Another lovely story about women trying to figure out their lives and relationships with key figures in their life....and also there is a lot in in about friendships and how they shape your life!
When thay say a book "Will make you laugh, it'll make you cry", I never really believed them but after reading these two books I can see what they mean!
I think I'll stop my rave now....I think I've gone on for too long! If you do read these books I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did! :-)
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