Y – YaYa Sisterhood, Divine Secrets of, Rebecca Wells

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel
Loved: The Ya-Yas stole my heart! They’re such a funny, crazy bunch of women, and I loved the “now and then” style of this book. It was a great snapshot of life, and draws the reader into the world of bayous, drama and Gone with the Wind!

Learned: This was one of the first well-done examples of non-chronological storytelling I've read. Wells uses a good approach for her flashbacks and framing style. It’s not something I’d want to use right now in my own stuff, but I admire her ability to weave two different time periods together into one plot. One of my crit group friends is telling a mother-daughter story, and uses a similar approach that works very well.


  1. Yay, this is my first Y post to comment on!

    I'm always amazed when writers come up with an interesting way chronologically to tell a story.

    1. It works really well for this book, because it's framed as looking back through a scrapbook.

  2. I don't know if I'm confident enough to attempt a non-chronological story, at least not yet. Always interesting to read one to learn how others achieve it.

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

  3. Hello Nicole, beautiful space, passing to say hello, nice to read your text.
    if you like the poetry I invite you to my space, thank you.
    happy day.

  4. Good Y post. I might just have to read the book for that reason alone. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I really need to take the time to read this one.

  6. I'd be interested to attempt a non-linear narrative, but it is somewhat intimidating.

  7. I got this book last year at a book sale, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I can't imagine writing in that style - I think I'd probably confuse myself! lol I'm even more curious to read this one now, though.