Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well.

Today's book is The Flower Arrangement by Ella Griffin. It's a story of interwoven characters, centred around Lara, the owner of Blossom & Grow, a flower shop in Dublin. Lara has a heartache; she lost a much wanted baby. And flowers provide some solace to her. 

Then there is a large cast of minor characters -- her brother, various customers and so on, all with their own stories. There is heartache, loss, relationship drama, soul searching, and among it all, beautiful flowers. 

If you like melancholy Irish women's fiction and are looking for a bittersweet read, pick this one up. Readers have mentioned that the ending is a little abrupt so be prepared. But if you want to read about love, loss and... [read more]