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The Language of Flowers Audiobook

The Language of Flowers: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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 )

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    Andre Celliers Summerside, PE 02-18-15
    Andre Celliers Summerside, PE 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A real story."

    I not a person of many words. Just loved the story that was as life goes. Perfection in the imperfection.

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    Claire Andersen 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than expected"

    I'm not into flowers at all, but found the story took my breath away. Would recommend to anyone who works with children

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    Claudia Moriel USA 01-09-15
    Claudia Moriel USA 01-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Lovely Story"

    It kept me interested the entire time and it was real and heart warming. I would recommend it to anyone

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    penkypoo 11-06-14
    penkypoo 11-06-14

    A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!

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    "AMAZING, HIGHLY RECCOMENDED"
    Would you listen to The Language of Flowers again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Renata, she was quirky and kind hearted.


    What does Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She just made the characters each have their own personalities. I could listen to it like i was watching a movie in my head.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Language of Flowers and why?

    Victoria, it's her story...and it's complex story at that.


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    Arlene F Hawthorne, CA 10-25-14
    Arlene F Hawthorne, CA 10-25-14
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    "Emotional Story"
    Where does The Language of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many books yet but find I either love or hate them, none in between.


    Which character – as performed by Tara Sands – was your favorite?

    This is a tough one. At this moment I like Grant the best.


    If you could take any character from The Language of Flowers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Elizabeth. She's full of knowledge, soft-spoken, and kind.


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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 10-12-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "A pleasant surprise"

    I can't remember what inspired me to buy this book, but when I found it in my library I was a little leery of it. Re-reading the synopsis did not draw me in. However, it was next up in the library, so I began listening to it. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and how quickly it drew me in. The past and present of Victoria's story are intertwined through this novel, using the Victorian meaning of flowers as a story-telling mechanism. Enchanting and interesting. I loved it to the last minute.

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    cedar 09-20-14
    cedar 09-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved learning about the language of flowers!"
    Would you listen to The Language of Flowers again? Why?

    I enjoyed the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Renalta. Her character put a lot on perspective


    What does Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Victorian language of flowers. I have to look it up!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got frustrated with Victoria...but then I realized I could not wrap my head around her due to her horrible childhood experiences.... The book really made me pause and think


    Any additional comments?

    Good book.

    Slow starter...hang in there. It is worth it

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    Louise 08-29-14
    Louise 08-29-14
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    "Loved it!"

    I am not sure that the message to this story is one I would like my teenage daughter to read. I didn't raise my kids to run from their problems... but that said, it was a great book. I loved it. I loved the narrator! I was sad to have it come to an end! Read it... but read it before you give it to your daughter and decide if you think it is the right lesson to teach!

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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-29-14
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-29-14 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved this book.......!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book and I loved the reader and I loved the story. There are so many characters and somehow, this reader was able to keep them all separated. It is a wonderful story. Just be sure to listen to the entire story.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    Not any off the top of my head


    What does Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just the clarity of the characters. Her voice adds to each character in the book.


    If you could rename The Language of Flowers, what would you call it?

    Ahhhhhhhhh............love comes in different colors..


    Any additional comments?

    Read it.........listen to it.........you will love this book. Right after I read it, I had to go to a used book store and get a book about the Language of Flowers.

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    PunkyNYC NYC 07-31-14
    PunkyNYC NYC 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't want it to end!!!!!!!"

    Great story & narrater!!! Didn't start off slow, which kept me interested. The book now has me wanting to know more about flowers.

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