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 )
Love books with a lot of heart. Deep character development and intelligent writers.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It held my interest throughout the story.
I liked the foster mother.
She did an excellent job
I liked the flower shop owner.
The book was a typical love story of a poor girl lost in the world making good on her life, but the author was able to weave into the story these wonderful elements of the language of flowers. I never knew there was such a history of types of flowers for different emotions and desires. Very interesting and well performed.
Amazing insight into growing up, basically on your own. Along with getting the voice right for Victoria.
The gathering of moss for the crib and where Victoria goes with ...(don't want to give it away)
No, have not listened to Ms. Sands, but enjoyed her Victoria voice, very believable.
Elizabeth, because like many a mother, she wasn't perfect.
I don't think I've ever disliked the main character in a book before, but I ended up disliking Victoria as an adult. I got her anger and aloofness as a child, but couldn't stand it as she grew up. At the point when she got pregnant and ended her relationship with Grant, my interest in the book ended. I listened to the rest just to finish the book. I may have had a different experience had I read it, but I did not find the story engaging. Sorry!
It wasn't Tara Sand's performance - it was just that I didn't like the main character.
It was delightful learning about the meaning of flowers.
I found the main character unrealistic and unlikable. Her actions just did not make sense other than that she was selfish and made poor decisions. I could tell what was going to happen next. The flower theme became tiresome and empty. Very overrated sappy chick book.
That is all by John Hodgeman
She is a great reader, expressive, clear. I would listen to something she read again.
The flower thing had some promise and the author does write nice prose, I just could not stand the overly romantic, overly emotional story line. I could not figure out why the supporting characters seemed to like the main character who gave them little to latch on to.
Yes! I work with kids, so it was interesting to hear Victoria's responses to situations.
It ran the gamut of emotions, laughter, sadness, empathy, tears.
This is the first time I had a book skip chapters. Each time at the beginning of listening, the book skipped 1-2 chapters. Also, the chapter numbers(auditorially) did not match those listed, which made it hard to get back.
I actually had both the audio and print version of the book and switched on and off depending on the situation. The audio was great...when I switched to print I would hear the audio voices in my head! My only complaint with the audio is that it was slow. I could read the book much faster.
I'm not sure. It's quite a unique story. I think if you liked The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, you'd like this book. They're the same type of read.
No, but learning about the meaning of each flower variety was really interesting. I haven't looked at flowers the same since.
The author made of a rather common topic a very enjoyable reading experience.
The reunion of Elizabeth and Victoria after many years of absence from each other's life.
Not a particular one.
Cry at times, but for the most part, wonder over the possibilities of events such as those described may occur.
The book is not a master-piece, but in keeping with today's writing trends, I think this is better than many. I wished the narrator had more dynamic and more interest in better reding, though I could tolerate her, at times< monotone style.
The author's story line of the magic the main charater brings to others through her use of flowers. Very inspiring. Least? The character's painful lives and poor choices dominate the pages. They cannot get past their past, a bit depressing.
Too much time spent on the total naivete of the characters and their poor decisions.
flat, monotone, mumbly Perfect for the for dark characters in the book.
no. couldn't bear to see how painful the future might be
Loved the idea of the flower language. Narrator's performance perfectly depicted the characters personalities.
Just your average bookworm.. love reading books physically, but with work and school, audiobooks are a great alternative. I host a book club, and I few of us are avid listeners. I listen while I clean, drive, and workout. Great hobby!
Definitely. Great narrator. Matched the characters well.
White Oleander... troubled girl in foster-home-hell.
I really hated the main character a lot of the book, and my heart cried out for the child.
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