Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review: The Art Of Arranging Flowers

Author: Lynne Branard
Title: The Art Of Arranging Flowers
Publisher: Berkeley
Publish Date: June 3, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.

Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.

Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.

Review:  Ruby is the town florist who has never gotten over the death of her sister. She's closed off her heart to love, though through her flowers she has helped many of the people in her town find love or fix their relationships.

The story is told through Ruby's eyes and even though it may feel slightly disjointed, this is one of the most beautiful books that you can read.

Little things start to change in her life. A young boy comes into her life looking for a job, a retired astronaut asks her to a special dinner, and a handsome vet moves into town. Through these people, Ruby's life begins to change, with the help of her employees, Nora and Jimmy, and her customers.

This is a book that will give you an emotional workout. There are marriages and deaths, just as in life. Not everything is happy, but it is real.

At one point, her dog is attacked by a porcupine and Ruby actually hurts herself trying to save her dog. I cried my eyes out as I read this, sending out a silent prayer to the author, to keep Clementine alive.

Its the people in Ruby's life that make this story so wonderful and so heartbreaking. I loved Captain Dan. At times, I wished he could be her love interest, as it was his one regret in life to not have loved again.

But everything seems to happen for a reason, and through sorrow, Ruby finds joy. 

I can also guarantee that if you are prone to tears, you will cry through the epilogue.

This is one of 2014's best reads. Don't miss this book!

Rating: 5 flowers


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