Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Review: The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

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I know we've been talking about Dad and manly things, but today is for Moms!
So here's a book for all you Debbie Macomber style romantics!

The Art of Arranging Flowers cover


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.


For me this book started a little slow- it might have been my frame of mind, which was a bit frazzled, as Miss Grace was in the middle of a nasty 5 day stomach bug! But it soon picked up speed! However, I read it in small snippets, in between taking care of Miss Grace, and I actually think it was a good way to read it- to allow the poetry of people to flowers to meld together and make an impression! It is truly a 'behind the scenes' look at a florist shop and the decisions made on bouquets and other arrangements. It might be very enlightening for those who don;t know anyone in that business! The formula may seem familiar- magical flower arranging makes difference in people's lives- but Branard handles it deftly, encouraging the reader to read to the end to see the changes in Ruby's life, and those she touches. The book is very pleasant for a vacation read! 

About the Author:

Lynne Branard is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Lynne Hinton. She has written more than a dozen books, including Friendship Cake, Pie Town, and Welcome Back to Pie Town.

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