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08 September 2015

2015 Book Review #32: The Art of Arranging Flowers

I needed a light read after the last book and thought this would do the trick.

I was wrong.  It was a little "deeper" than I anticipated.  And actually,  most of it was downright depressing!!  The ending was a bit better.


Ruby Jewell is a florist in  the small town of Creekside, Washington.  She is a single woman with a dog named Clementine.

She has many friends in the town and is well known and loved for her beautiful flower arrangements. She helps the town-folk celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, romantic dates, etc.

Yet...she is lonely.  Her sister Daisy died years ago and she is still stuck in her grief.  She has never married nor does she even date.

One day she notices a little boy peering in to her window.  Will is being raised by his grandparents as his mother died and he doesn't know his father.

What Ruby doesn't realize is just how much this little boy is going to change her life.


This book dragged until a little more than half-way.  It was a great story but too much flower description and maudlin!  It was depressing, sad, and not at all what I expected.  The writing style is good....actually it is quite good..it reminded me of the Mitford Series books.  In fact, Ruby's character reminded me a lot of Father Tim!  But not in a good way.

I was too frustrated with her inability to live in the moment and embrace the beauty she creates for her very own life.  Yet that is the point of the book I guess.

My favorite character in the book was her  gay friend, Carl.  His character is real, funny and smart. He had the best lines!  Just delightful.  Her friend Nora tells it like it is which I appreciated too.  

The ending is just beautiful and I'm glad things turned out the way they did for Ruby.  But it dragged in the getting there.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this an 8.


Linda said...

It sounds like a great book, Faith, and you gave it a very good rating! Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for your kind comment. In reference to the poll I posted, I did give an option for "other", because you mentioned that your favourite meat is bison, right? The reason I gave "other" as an option is because I knew there were meats that I either am not aware of or that I would forget about. Horse, bison, deer, I don't think I would have had enough room on the poll to list them. :)

Your are more than welcome to visit my blog anytime, it would be an honour to have you. I make one post each day. I hope you are having a great week! :)

Susanne said...

This book has such a beautiful cover, I was hoping it would be good because I have it on my tbr list at the library. Though you did give it an 8 which is still pretty good, I would say.