The Art of Arranging Flowers PDF/EPUB Æ The Art PDF

The Art of Arranging Flowers PDF/EPUB Æ The Art PDF

  • Kindle Edition
  • 320 pages
  • The Art of Arranging Flowers
  • Lynne Branard
  • English
  • 16 July 2016

10 thoughts on “The Art of Arranging Flowers

  1. Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday says:

    25 STARSWe become who we are meant to be because of the things along our edges that pulls us into existence Just to be clear I do not hate this book I believe this will please a very specific reader demographic which I am unfortunately not a part of But the disappointment from where I stand is just too palpable for me to justify to myself the 3 stars that this probably does deserve I was expecting romance the heroine owns a dog somewhere a sweet veterinarian turns up THE FREAKING COVER IS PINK WITH A LADY HOLDING A BOUET OF FLOWERS how can I not brace for something like that incredibly emo 90’s film Bed of Roses? on a defensive note back in the day Christian Slater was actually hot I mean kudos for going against the stereotype but is it too much to hope for something less narcoleptic? Maybe some original sentiments on the contemplations about life death family and the universe?The book tells the story of Ruby Jewell a 45 year old former lawyer now florist in the small town of Creekside helping the townsfolk with their lives Through the magical voodoo powers of her flower arrangement She watched me put in several stems of white flowers lilies orientals and long narrow callas She asked me a lot of uestions about the choices I made and I had explained that the colour white promotes healing of spirit that white light is a natural pain reliever increasing and maintaining energy levels and reliving depression and inertia White dispels negativity from the body’s energy field Much of the book focuses on Ruby running her shop and how her craft manages to do these feats of wonder with a bit of grosgrain and gerberas avoiding marital disputes over forgotten anniversaries and birthdays picking the proper flowers to help the shy admirer woo the local librarian making arrangements to uplift the spirits of the sick and so on Yet despite her talent in bringing love to these people with her creations Ruby has long closed her heart form such emotion since the death of her sister Afraid to love because of the threat of loss Until a boy an astronaut and a veterinarian changes it allThe thing is I love that blurb I’m a sucker for that blurb That’s my go to blurb when I look for a feel good story Unfortunately it just went a little too overboard on the feel good that the town of Creekside has started to read like that pretend town in The Truman Show without the random product placement and the whole awesome plot twist in the end Everyone acuiesces to Ruby’s borderline meddling ways and every possible conflict is resolved in the most wonderfully magical manner with butterflies glitters and a ukulele version of a Top 40 song playing in the background ❊ Ruby needs a dress for a date but doesn’t have the money? A client readily gives her a 25% commission for extra work ❊ Shopping trip to Nordstrom but has no idea what to buy? The only gay guy in Creekside is available to tag along and dole out fashion advice ❊ Ruby technically steal adopts a boy from a couple with the wife in cancer remission no less? view spoilerIt’s okay the wife gets pregnant in the end anyway hide spoiler

  2. Jules Jules says:

    This is a beautiful story set in a small town in Washington state Ruby is a florist who takes care of everyone's needs but her own I was hooked on this book from the start The descriptions of the flowers and their healing attributes were poetic The story unfolds as beautifully as a flower opens up and blossomsThe characters are all well developed and key to the story All the characters felt like neighbors and by the end of the book I was wishing I could move to Creekside WashingtonThe story was well paced and had a clear message I was misty eyed several times while reading The transformative power of Ruby's detailed attention to her customers' needs is beautiful as is the uiet giving of the local hero Dan Miller While Dan has experience both he and Ruby spend a lot of time and effort helping others reach their dreams Their relationship with each other as well as with the other townsfolk reveal the true nature of life and human nature The person Dan helps the most is Ruby who is a bit lost after her hard upbringing and loss of her familyThe analogies of people and flowers are lyrical It was lovely to read how Ruby blossomed as she readied herself to be vulnerable to love The story is sweet and sentimental I'm looking forward to Lynne Branard's next book

  3. Maurynne Maxwell Maurynne Maxwell says:

    There are writers who tell a great story and writers who put together wonderful sentences There are my favorite writers who do both Lynne Branard is now on my favorite author list With the literary talent of Alice Hoffman the sweetness and humor of Sarah Addison Allen and the wholesome storytelling of Debbie Maccomber Branard still carves her own niche The Art of Arranging Flowers is a gentle magical exploration of love and grief and the healing power of beauty It's a sweet story of the smalltown flowershop owner whose appreciation of the special properties of flowers helps the love lives of all the town who's been content to remain alone And yettwenty years after losing her sister her heart starts waking up in unexpected ways blooms in unsuspected places So if you like a touch of lyricism a smidge of mysticism a peek into a uirky uiet life there's a lavish bouuet of love for you in The Art of Arranging Flowers I am so grateful for the opportunity to read the EARC of the book from the publisher and netgalley but it works out for them now I have to buy the darn thing for my library

  4. Bubble Bath Books Bubble Bath Books says:

    Bubby says I have a new mission in life It is to go to my nearest bookstore and purchase every single book that Lynne Branard also known as Lynne Hinton and Jackie Lynn has ever written And then I will sit in my comfy chair with my stack of books and disappear into a world of meticulously crafted characters and communities that feel like I’ve been there before And when I’ve read them all and don’t bother me until I’m done I will be a better person because this book touched my soulSissy says Let it be known that I read this book first I texted Bubby telling her that it was wonderful and that she must read it Exactly 23 hours and 55 minutes later she texted me back that she wished our mom could read it highest praise ever and that she was giving it 5 bubbles It is not everyday that you read a book that not only entertains you and thrills you with the anticipation of romance but also makes you think deeply about your own life The Art of Arranging Flowers is one of those rare treasures Read full review at wwwbubblebathbooksnet

  5. Susan Susan says:

    The Art of Arranging Flowers is a lilting lyrical love story although it doesn't feel like a love story at first Ruby Jewell owns a flower shop in a small town and is a magician at knowing what her clients need almost all repeat customers and designs her arrangements with serious intent adding blooms and other things that facilitate whatever the recipient needs be it healing love courage or energy She is patient and kind to all her customers all of whom love her Ruby has a sad shadow that follows her the death of her sister Daisy Although Ruby has managed to get out of her grief stricken bed and runs a successful business the miasma of her sadness prevents her from getting too close to anyone She is friendly and thoughtful but reserved and private This changes however when Will a young boy who has moved to town to live with his grandparents arrives and when Ruby becomes friends with an elderly former astronaut Through her relations with these two and an obvious connection with the new veterinarian obvious to everyone BUT Ruby Ruby is able to shed the shield of grief that had prevented her from loving anyone again and she comes into her own as a woman and a whole personIt takes a while to get into this story but it is worth the wait It builds slowly to a crescendo that is magnificent pure and right I loved the vignettes told by the flower arrangements The author makes flowers come alive in a way I hadn't thought possible and makes them the centerpiece oh no I didn't really say that of the story The arrangements become characters in the story and shed light on the people who both buy and receive them The relationships between Ruby and Will and Ruby and the astronaut are stunning in their revelatory detail revealing what life and human nature are at heart about and revealing to Ruby who she really isI look forward to reading by this authorI received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review

  6. Cinta Cinta says:

    I got a free copy of this book from Penguin Books as part of their First to Read programI have to say that I was suffering from a really bad case of insomnia and this book made my problem disappear I would read a chapter every night Just one because I was already sleeping before I could start a second one I didn't start kind of liking this book until it was almost finishedI found the book boring and repetitive and I think the flowers had much prominence than the characters when it should have been the other way round The story is predictable the characters are kind of flat and they all had pretty much the same voice I know the protagonist is a florist but she doesn't need to talk about flowers in every single conversation and the fact that she changes lives with her arrangements made me roll my eyes big timeAs I said I only enjoyed the final part of the book because the writing improved uite a lot the moment the author stopped mentioning all the flower names she could find in Google and when finally we the readers could see the sense of community the author had been trying to convey from the beginning although I didn't see it at firstNot the kind of book I would like to read I only recommend it if you like flowers or if you want a remedy for insomnia

  7. Beckie Beckie says:

    When I first started The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynn Branard my first thought was so she is a florist and the book is about arranging flowers? I didn't have high hopes However This book is sooooo much than that Branard makes flower arranging sound like the most fascinating thing ever I had no idea all of the inside things on flowers and arranging I had heard of aroma therapy but had never heard of how colors or certain flowers can not only alter mood but promote healing and encourage desires etc This is all incredibly interesting stuff And the writing She is an amazing writer She draws you in not only in description of the flowers but the characters are well developed the emotions are strong and the reader becomes invested in the book The novel stars Ruby a florist in a small town who is still grieving for the loss of her sister twenty years before The story follows her as she navigates through all of the emotions celebrations and losses that her customers deal with as they go through life She however has no children has never really dated and her family is all deceased The town and the flowers try to bring Ruby out of her shell as events happen in the town I really liked this novel and I will be reading of Branard in the future

  8. Judy Lesley Judy Lesley says:

    Have you ever wanted to own a florist shop? Did you ever realize how much private information actually passes through a florist shop in the course of the owners and workers just filling orders? Those two uestions are some of the reasons I found this novel so interesting The story takes place in a small town in Washington State and centers on a young single woman who owns the town’s floral business Ruby Jewell has portions of her own personal life that she hasn’t come to terms with yet but she can use her knowledge of the art of arranging flowers to influence the lives of her friends and customersIf you have a basic familiarity with common materials used by a florist shop in constructing all types of arrangements using plants and flowers you will be right at home with the information in the novel There isn’t an attempt to overwhelm the reader with botanical information just to explain the thought process Ruby used when designing flowers for a specific customer for a specific event These arrangements were described in such wonderful detail that I was easily able to picture the finished arrangement in my mind As the reader gets to know Ruby and her reasons behind using specific materials in an order we also get to know the customer or friend or neighbor the arrangement is for with the backstory of what is happening to them which brings them to this time in their life As with any florist shop there are orders precipitated by births deaths proms weddings surgeries dire diagnoses civic and church functions or other social occasions reuiring the decorating power of flowers Intertwined with all the flowers are the stories of Ruby’s past tragedies and the sadness or happiness for those close to her There is a nicely managed list of characters whose joys and sorrows add to the tapestry of everyday life enriched by the individual traits and stories presented through their interactions with Ruby There is a list of uestions in the back of the novel for consideration by book club groups which will give them a starting point for much discussion regarding the issues raised in this novel Even if you are reading the book simply for your personal pleasure the uestions will allow you to reflect deeply on the conseuences of the interactions between the characters in this novel who correlate so closely with our own lives and people we come into contact with within our own families jobs or social situations I enjoyed this novel and I sincerely hope you will alsoI received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley The opinions expressed are my own

  9. Olivia Olivia says:

    I loved certain aspects of this but others heavy sighOne of the minor characters has breast cancer and partway through the book she decides to get involved in alternative medicine uackery Eventually it's celebrated that she's cancer free and that she beat her illness by standing up to it And I just headdesksI'm going to assume that Ms Branard is not trying to suggest that all ill people experiment with this But it really doesn't matter Please do not ever insinuate to a sick individual that the reason they're sick is that they weren't strong enough or brave enough to conuer their sickness through sheer willpower

  10. Isis Isis says:

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Trade for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review Though I received this e book for free that in no way impacts my reviewRuby 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 occasionWhether 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 needYet 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 uniue 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 againThis is a warm charming tale that will take you on a journey not just with the characters but within yourself as well It is impossible to read this book and not apply the lessons learned within to your own life as you've lived it thus farFor all that it seems to be a depressing story with all the death divorce and illness for each bad thing there is also good to maintain the balance Though for some like Ruby that balance can get heavily overloaded possibly taking to long to ever return to a centered balance For far too long Ruby had been simply trying to maintain enough balance to survive But her balance wasn't centered so she was simply existing when she should have been living It seems so easy for one outside a situation to see the problems and sometimes the solutions or at least the first steps toward a solution It is much much challenging to apply that kind of scrutiny to ourselves so it's no real surprise that Ruby was often oblivious to her own lifeStructure had been a necessary thing after the death of her beloved sister Daisy It was that structure which held the fragile pieces that remained of Ruby together She eventually grew to feel comfortable with her structure; she had her best friend Clementine with her at all times her work at the shop and slowly the people of the town upon whom she unconsciously heaped all her creativity passion love and desire to be loved in return With Nora and Jimmy helping in the shop and Cooper delivering the flowers that became her gift to customers Ruby stopped extending herself It was safer not to risk loving anyone that way she wouldn't risk losing another part of herself But she didn't realize that her friendships grew into love of all different types except romantic Ruby wasn't ready to go down that road and didn't see it in her future She'd seem too many halves of a whole after a person lost their spouse That was too great a riskLong before Ruby saw what was happening young Will Captain Dan and even the new town veterinarian John Cash all helped her change They each caused her to stretch muscles she thought forever destroyed broken beyond repair Between these three very different men well two men and one boy as well as all of the town folks Ruby slowly was pushed pulled and forced to live past her old boundaries It was not a comfortable experience yet it slowly became exciting as she woke up just like her beloved flowersThe myriad lyrical descriptions of different flowers singly and combined doubled as descriptions of people and emotions The colors curvatures and properties of each individual flower and plant were Ruby's way of communicating her abundant love for those in her town The town folks though she made magic with her bouuets but she just took what was already there and used flowers amplify things or bring the right person's attention to what was right in front of them As perceptive as she was why did it take Ruby so long to lower her own walls and let them stay down? Did Ms Branard allow Ruby to blossom so slowly in order to allow the reader to find their own walls and reflect on how best to tackle them at the same time? I can't answer that but I can say that this was a thoroughly enjoyable book One that had me in tears in than one spot and smiling in others I found Ms Branard's approach to the big uestions in life as well as the answers she offered for consideration to be thoughtful creative versatile and heartfelt

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