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The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging Flowers - Lynne Branard

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. (source)

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley and was looking forward to reading it, but was extremely disappointed to find that the formatting of the galley that they sent me was way off. We're talking random indents, random numbers in the middle of sentences, random insertions of the title of the book in the middle of dialogue... not good. I found this to be incredibly distracting, and while I did give the book a try anyway, by chapter 2, I simply was not wowed enough by the book to attempt to put up with these errors. While I am sure that the final copy of the book, which is actually going to be released today, has been more thoroughly edited, I'm not going to continue to read this galley version - I have too much going on in my life right now to read a book that is just going to give me an additional headache. 

 

I opted to give this book 2.5 stars even though I abandoned it because the story does look interesting and if I were to see the book on a shelf at a library, I would definitely consider picking it up and giving it another try - again, my issues are with the formatting of the galley copy, not the book itself. But I'm definitely not going to be putting any more effort with the galley copy of this. 

 

Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.