Nicole Says… Read This Book by Lynne Branard

By Nicole McManus

The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard
The Art of Arranging Flowers
by Lynne Branard

The Art of Arranging Flowers revolves around Ruby Jewell, the town florist. She has owned her shop for a couple of decades and is the go-to person to solve any situation that life may bring. Using flowers and colors, Ruby provides a holistic approach to help aid the members of her community, all while still suffering from the loss of her sister many years ago. As new people begin to enter Ruby’s life, she realizes she can’t hide behind her flower counter forever.

This book screams unique, from the old fashioned cut pages to the plot lines, and it won’t let readers down. Short, easy to read chapters will have readers turning the page quickly. Though some may expect this to be just another sweet romantic story, this book covers a wide range of topics from cancer and alcoholism to abandonment. The author uses Ruby’s own inner pain and her uncanny knack of reading people to help bring light to these sensitive topics. The poetic prose brings a bit of majestic beauty that matches the eccentric characteristics of this small town. Fans of Southern literature will want to take note of this author and this book.

This month’s issue of Sasee is all about growth and gardening, so how could I not pick up a book with the word “Flowers” in the title. As I started reading, I embraced how each of the characters not only grew in the story, but also in my heart. While reading, I took a ton of notes on what colors and which flowers I needed to incorporate into my home. I used to volunteer making flower arrangements in a hospital where I grew up, but I never knew the meaning or “usage” that each special bloom had. After reading this book, I can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt this spring and put my newly found knowledge into action.

Sponsored by My Sister’s Books.

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  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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