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text 2017-05-03 09:32
Heat Wave

Our weather suddenly turned hot yesterday, and the over 90-degree temperatures were literally frying the last of our iris blooms, so I rescued the best of the bunch and brought them inside to enjoy. They have a honey like fragrance that has drifted throughout most of the house and is simply divine. I added some mint to the mix for a bit of greenery and snapped these pictures to share here on BL. Enjoy!

 

 

The dark rust one is named Rustler.

 

 

  

And a 2nd photo was needed to include the country cat. :)

 

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review 2016-11-29 12:00
Lovely Story, But That Ending...
The Flower Arrangement - Ella Griffin

‘A flower shop…was an emotional revolving door and you never knew what would come through next–love, sadness, guilt, joy. Lara could barely cope with her own feelings. The thought of trying to cope with someone else’s was too much to bear.’

The Flower Arrangement was a highly emotional novel lush with details and full of sentimental, almost spiritual, moments. The intricate storyline was told from multiple characters’ POVs, all of whom crossed paths at some point thanks to Lara and her charming flower shop.

 

I will start off warning readers of two things. First, this did not have a traditional HEA, being that it was women’s fiction and not contemporary romance. It ended rather abruptly, with a lot still left hanging in the balance. Secondly, it was a story that might be difficult for some readers to handle. It deals mainly with various types of grief and loss, delving into some dark subject matter that could be triggers for some. (Miscarriage, loss of loved ones due to cancer and other illnesses, infidelity, drug use)

 

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review 2016-09-29 01:40
The Flower Arrangement - Ella Griffin
This book was about Lara and her flower shop. Usually when you think about flower shops, you think about birthdays, Valentine Day, Mother's Day, you know happy occasions. That happens in this book. However, a lot of it dealt with death. So get out your tissues. It also dealt with breakups. Maybe, get out two boxes of tissues.

I really liked the story and the characters. It was very sad and it did have its happy moments as well. I really grew to like Lara and I hoped throughout the whole book that she would find her happiness. She is such a good person. What I didn't like was the ending. Did that character have a baby? Did she tell the father or did she come to her senses and realize that he was just a big horses arse? I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but if there is, I will be reading it. I can guarantee that.

A huge thanks to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
 
 

 

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review 2013-06-16 00:00
The Final Arrangement: A Cozy Flower Shop Mystery (The Flower Shop Mystery Series) (Volume 1)
The Final Arrangement: A Cozy Flower Shop Mystery (The Flower Shop Mystery Series) (Volume 1) - Annie Adams This is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery series by Annie Adams. We meet our main character, Quinella "Quincy" McKay as she is opening her flower shop, Rosie's Posies that she has taken over from her aunt. Right off the bat we are introduced to a fascinating and multi-faceted group of characters.

Quincy finds out that one of her biggest competitors, Derrick nicknamed the Vulture, had been murdered. Not only that, that he was laid out in a casket with a flower spray in her style using her unique ribbon. Since Quincy and Derrick had been caught on tape the evening before at the mortuary having an argument. Next thing Quincy knows her delivery driver is complaining of being side swiped by 2 guys in a red truck, her sister gets beat up by her boyfriend and someone sets a bag of dog poo aflame on Quincy's porch. Life sure did get interesting very quickly for Quincy.

One of the themes of this book was domestic abuse. Quincy had escaped from it in her previous marriage and her sister Allie is currently in an abusive relationship. Several other incidents of it crop up here and there during the book. This really touched a nerve for me personally. Firstly, because I witnessed it first hand during my parents marriage and then with my sister's first marriage. I think Ms. Adams handled it very well in a truthful style that didn't hide the atrocity of it, but didn't over sell it either.

Another theme covered was hypocrisy. Hypocrisy concerning religion, substance abuse, sexual orientation and politics. Ms. Adams did a very good job of portraying this hypocrisy in many ways. From the sly wink, wink, nudges to the outright blatant. It really helps to draw a picture of how no matter what something looks like on the surface, you never really know what is going on deeper in a person or community.

When I first started reading Final Arrangement, there were moments that disturbed me, but I was drawn into the story and really needed to find out how things would turn out. Nice job. I am giving this book 3 stars on Goodreads.
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review 2013-01-02 00:00
The Final Arrangement (Flower Shop Mystery #1) - Annie Adams Amazon Freebie 01/02/2013
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