Monday, June 2, 2014

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Title:  The Art of Arranging Flowers
Author:  Lynne Branard
Publication Information:  Berkeley Trade. 2014. 320 pages.
ISBN:  0425272710 / 978-0425272718

Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley through NetGalley free of cost in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quote:  "Sometimes we think there is supposed to be this great spiritual awakening that happens before we make a change in our lives. We expect some 'aha' moment, some beautiful enlightening experience to shape us into the people we want to be, but sometimes it just happens from the circumstances in our lives that present themselves. We become who we are meant to be because of the things along our edges that pull us into existence."

Ruby Jewels has been a florist in a small town for over twenty years. She understands flowers and the language of flowers. She also understands her customers and their needs, sometimes even before they themselves do.

Ruby has created this sheltered world for herself, surrounding herself with her friends and with her dog Clementine. Yet, as she quietly addresses the needs of those around her, her own emotions and needs go unaddressed. In bits and pieces, we learn that Ruby's sister died many years ago and that Ruby has never recovered from that loss. In fact, that loss and the facts of her childhood have defined her life since.

Will Ruby break free of the past? Will someone find their way past the walls she has built? Will friendship and love persevere?

Surrounding Ruby is an equally sweet cast of characters. Two recovering alcoholics who provide support for each other. A young boy who has lost his mother. A gentleman fighting the last battle of his life. Young lovers. Shy lovers. Weddings. Funerals. Someone new to town.

"Sweet" is the best way to describe this story. Anyone interested in flowers and flower arranging will find all the descriptions inviting. The story itself is predictable but warm and inviting. No major drama. No major highs. No major lows. Just people living life in a small town and coming to terms with their own pasts and futures.

Enjoy it with an afternoon cup of tea or under the umbrella at the beach.

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