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Why I read.

Every once in a while, a section of a novel or sometimes the entire book,  blazes into my brain. And the moment is so delicious, so arresting, so fantastic that  I’m in debt to the author for opening my eyes. I’m able to see the world in a different way. I’ve been reading The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder – by Rebecca Wells, and it is truly a remarkable book.

The Louisiana setting is lush and detailed and Calla Lily has a wonderful childhood until … I kept wondering when the mood would change – and it certainly did. So, from that perspective, it was like a well-written suspense story. I knew something terrible was just around the corner. And then it happened.

I’m always interested in finding out about the author’s personal journey. How did Rebecca Wells do this? How did she write so well and capture an audience that she became a best-seller? I discovered that she is a novelist, actor and playwright. She’s an award winning author. One of her books was made into a feature film and her work has been translated into twenty-three different languages.

Wow! Wow! And not an overnight success that’s for sure. Just like musicians and other artists -it’s all about dedication, determination and yes, sometimes being in the right place at the right time. And for many different reasons, this novel touched my heart.

Have you had the opportunity lately to read something that really rocked your world?

I’d love to know what you’ve discovered out there in the vast ocean of books that we now have at our fingertips.


  1. I’m listening to Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane and I’m intrigued by the carefully webs of side stories he is creating and I’m only on chapter 10!

  2. Hi Jodie,
    I enjoyed your post.
    I’m reading American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary by Neil Gaiman and I’m totally blown away. He’s such an amazing story teller! He evokes emotion when you don’t expect him to. His plot constantly surprises me. I feel like I’m eating chocolate. Just a wonderful experience from page one.
    Thanks for sharing your post.
    all the best,
    who missed you on the retreat but is looking forward to writing with you in the future.

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