Review: The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging Flowers, Lynne Branard


Published June 3rd 2014 by Penguin Group/Berkley Trade

Paperback, 320 pages

From Goodreads…

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.

This book makes me think of a bowl of vanilla ice cream.  Wonderful and just right for some, but also too plain for others.  For me The Art of Arranging Flowers was vanilla ice cream that needed a lot of toppings. I was excited to learn about Ruby and intrigued by her floral skills.  Ruby knows the right flowers for every occasion and knows what secrets to add to help a budding romance or ease a cancer patient’s pain. That’s a pretty cool talent for a florist! I wanted to know more about it. I just wanted MORE from this book in general.  It was a little too simple and sweet for me -I think I was looking for some angst or action.  

The Art of Arranging Flowers delves into grief, love and how family and friends can heal us all while describing some beautiful bouquets.  There is definitely a reader that will love The Art of Arranging Flowers, sadly it just wasn’t me.  I liked it fine, but I just could not love it. You might love it though-lots of readers on goodreads are!  Anyone else read this one and disagree with me?

2.5 stars.  

Thank you Penguin and NetGalley for this advance read copy in exchange for an honest review.


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