Friday, October 7, 2016

The Flower Arrangement
by Ella Griffin

Publisher: Berkley NAL
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Every bouquet tells a story. And every story begins at Blossom & Grow, a tiny flower shop in the heart of Dublin...
 
Among the buckets of fragrant blooms, beneath the flickering candles and lanterns, Lara works her magic, translating feelings into flower arrangements that change hearts and lives. 
 
She is no stranger to the power of flowers herself. They gave her hope when she was a child who lost a mother, and, again when she was a mother who lost a child. 
 
But old wounds take time to heal, and life has more heartbreak in store. What will it take for the woman who can unlock everybody else’s emotions to open up her own heart?


Kritters Thoughts:  Lara has a personal tragedy and decides to open a flower shop.  Some of her family and friends completely back the idea and some think she may be a little crazy.  This book is not only Lara's story but the story of her family and friends.

What I didn't love about this book is it had less to do with Lara working in the flower shop and more to do with the friends, family and customers that entered and were affected by her flower shop.  Each chapter felt like a short story in and of itself and it didn't feel like a complete narrative.  If I had known going into this story that it was almost a collection of short stories, I may have enjoyed it more, but I still wish more of the story revolved around Lara and her shop.

I didn't dislike the writing or the location, so I would read Ella Griffin again, so I don't want to dissuade you from reading it if you know that this book isn't a completely linear storyline.  

Have you read Ella Griffin?  Which one would you recommend I try next?


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2016 Challenge: 30 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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