Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Intro -- The Flower Arrangement


Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
I've already finished The Flower Arrangement by Ella Griffin, but really enjoyed it so wanted to share with the rest of you. Here's the intro:
Dublin was deserted at 7 a.m. on Saturday except for a pair of die-hard Friday-night clubbers kissing in the doorway of the antique shop at the corner of Pleasant Street. Three purposeful seagulls flew along the curving line of Camden Street, then took a sharp right along Montague Lane. Gray clouds were banked above the rooftops but the heavy rain had thinned out to a fine drizzle, and a slant of weak sunshine cut through the gloom and lit a shining path along the drenched pavement ahead of Laura. She stepped into it, luxuriating in the faint prickle of heat on the back of her neck. 

 I'm also joining in with Teaser Tuesday which is a weekly bookish meme, hosted Ambrosia @The Purple Booker.
Here's my teaser from page 97:
Tall and slight and graceful, with a yoga body and black hair with glints of silver shot through it. She looks like a woman from a W. B. Yeats' poem, beautiful and sad.

This sweet novel set in Ireland focuses on Laura who turned to running a flower shop, Blossom & Grow, after her baby died.She throws herself into making people happy through flowers. She finally decides she is ready to try for a baby again, when she learns her husband is no longer committed to the relationship. Laura is supported by her brother and a cast of characters whose stories interweave with her own as they find love and disappointment. It reminds me a bit of Love Actually, except it isn't Christmas and it isn't London. The descriptions of the glorious flowers and the insight into the depth of each character really transported me. I liked it a lot. 4.5 stars.

5 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like the cover and think I could maybe enjoy this one as a vacation read (on the beach) LOL Hope you are enjoying it.

Ms. M. said...

It sounds lovely. I haven't heard of this book but will certainly look into it. Here's my link for today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1ti

Laura Thomas said...

Such flowing and descriptive writing. It lulls you right in.

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francetaste said...

Like Diane, I am pulled in already just by the cover. And then it gets off to a seductive start.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

That makes 3 of us..It was the cover that drew me in. I would certainly read it. Even if it isn't London :-) Thanks for sharing your review and score.

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