Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

3 Star

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.

Sabrina-Kate - 3 Star

The Art of Arranging Flowers had an interesting premise but unfortunately even though I found it very easy to read, I did not love the book. The writer has a great writing style and yet it did not captivate or interest me like I had hoped (despite the fact that I was quite interested in the idea of someone being able to understand exactly what you needed just by looking at you or even without looking at you).

The story line was set in a small town and had that almost predictable progression that made it an easy read yet this disappointed me as I was hoping for something more interesting to happen. I did find that the main character talked a lot more about flowers than the other characters in the book which seemed a bit strange to me at first but perhaps it was entirely the point as the character was supposed to be a damaged, closed off person. 

The Art of Arranging Flowers was not without its charms and had a lot of sweet moments, but something about it just did not work for me as I felt that it lacked in realism and true actions.

Thank you to Penguin for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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