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.
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.This book is the best book that I have read in 2014; I feel confident that it will remain at number 1 despite the fact that the year is only half over.
The opening sentence grabbed me right away and I could not put this book down. (I selected this book based on the title and cover and began reading without looking at the synopsis - not unusual way for me to select a book). Every character that Branard created was so well thought out and written. I adored them all. I identified with Ruby in many ways even though I have not had her life experiences.
This book touched me in a way that when I finished it, I literally had to be still and quiet for a good while. This is a book that makes you believe in the goodness of humanity, gives a gentle portrayal of grace and in the end, will leave you with a sense of hope and love (despite the tears shed).
Read this book. Even though I received an eARC of this book, I will be purchasing a copy for my permanent library. It was that good!
I gave this book: ★★★★★
★ = I did not like it ★★ = It was okay ★★★ = I liked it
★★★★ = I really liked it ★★★★★ = I loved it
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This is the first book published under the name Lynne Branard. She has published several other works under Lynne Hinton and Jackie Lynn.
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