A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now 18 and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what's been missing in her life, and when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
©2011 Vanessa Diffenbaugh (P)2011 Random House Audio
“As a foster care survivor, I feel a kinship with Victoria Jones as she battles loss and risk and her own thorny demons to find redemption. Vanessa Diffenbaugh has given us a deeply human character to root for, and a heart-wrenching story with insight and compassion to spare.” (Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife)
"The Language of Flowers is a primer for the language of love. Vanessa Diffenbaugh deftly gathers themes of maternal love, forgiveness and redemption in an unforgettable literary bouquet. Book clubs will swoon!" (Adriana Trigiani, author of Very Valentine and Don’t Sing at the Table)
“A deftly powerful story of finding your way home, even after you’ve burned every bridge behind you. The Language of Flowers took my heart apart, chapter by chapter, then reassembled the broken pieces in better working condition - I loved this book.” (Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet )
I loved the book and could not wait to get back to it each day. The narration was excellent and I liked the way the chapters alternated between the present and the past.
Honestly this book kept making me angry... But I enjoyed it no less. Well written & good story. The knowledge you gain about flowers is interesting too.
This is the most well-developed book I have read in a long time it just felt complete when I finished. She grew she changed and at the end I truly felt like this girl's life I've come full circle, sometimes books leave you hanging at the end and you are wondering the whole time well what happened? But in this book there is a great ending.
Could not put this book down. It kept me in suspense the whole time. Victoria suffered so many setbacks as a young child it is amazing to see how she develops and makes something of her life.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
Yes, I could not stop listening the first time. The story is about learning to love when you have never been loved. Victoria really was delt a crappy hand and reading her evolution through this story was really cool.
I really liked Renata, she was quirky and kind hearted.
She just made the characters each have their own personalities. I could listen to it like i was watching a movie in my head.
Victoria, it's her story...and it's complex story at that.
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