A deeply motivating and unforgettable story The Art of Arranging Flowers will breathe hope back into the lives of its readers.
I took a chance when I made the decision that I was going to read this title. Most of the time I find myself skipping over inspirational novels because of the tendency to deliver a more fairytale appeal, but this book was far from what I expected and in such a good way. The author did a tremendous job at portraying the story in a manner that was easy to follow and yet the connection from reader to characters as with Ruby was flawless from the beginning.
The novel is based on the foundation of grief and what it means for an individual to pick up their lives during the aftermath of losing a loved one. For me this is where I felt like I could have become best friends with Ruby. I shared in her grief but most of all I was able to be at her side during the inner conflicts of her mind when she wanted to give up but found a salvation in doing something that she loved, being a florist.
For Ruby flowers were the means of her salvation. Arranging the blooms isn't just a daily job for Ruby but it is her cure for keeping herself sane after the death of her beloved sister Daisy. The flowers are Ruby's medication and she leans on her job as being a florist as well as the happiness that she brings her customers to help ease away the pain that she is enduring.
I quite enjoyed being in the shop with Ruby as well and being surrounded by the glorious blooms of the flowers. I did learn a little about flowers and I am hoping to add that to my wisdom in gardening, but this novel is by no means an educational read. There are just a few tips and pointers along the way that the reader can either use or leave.
This novel is beautiful and moving and everything I never expected it to be. The title is brilliant, but the writing style is what persuaded me to offer the most praise. In so many ways The Art of Arranging Flowers isn't a book, it's a deeply woven story by a gifted narrator of the life of a woman who is just trying to live her life in the best way she can now that she has lost the person she loved the most.
As for my next trip to the local book store I will be keeping a close eye out for future novels by Branard. It’s my hope to find another story that I can come to admire such as Ruby's.
A moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal?and the powerful language of flowers.
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.
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