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 enjoyed the story
Renalta. Her character put a lot on perspective
The Victorian language of flowers. I have to look it up!
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
Slow starter...hang in there. It is worth 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!
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.
Not any off the top of my head
Just the clarity of the characters. Her voice adds to each character in the book.
Ahhhhhhhhh............love comes in different colors..
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.
Once invested in the novel, it did not disappoint. It took a little while to get into the story, but the intricacies were beautiful and the novel just kept growing, just like the flowers.
The emotional development was confusing, truthful and sometimes difficult - just like real life.
Read mostly fiction. Rather read a book than watch TV. Enjoy listening to my book whenever I'm in my car or working about the house.
Love this book. The characters are well developed and you feel like they are alive. I couldn't put it down so I listened whenever I couldn't read. Wanted to cry, scream, hug, and even pray at various times. My emotions rolled with the story.
I have been very lucky in my career to have a wide variety of experiences. Science teacher and technology director.
It is a good book. I thought it showed how one interest can change someone's life for the better.
When she left her baby alone in her apartment.
When she comes home to stay!
No, some parts are so intense you may want to take it in small bites.
I am hooked on flower meanings because of this book!
No but only because I rarely listen or read to a book twice.
Triumph over circumstances.
Yes I liked the voice for the main characters.
The regret over the fire but being unable to change the course she set in motion.
No, it just wasn't a book I would choose. (book club pick)
Her terrible decisions and lack of ability to seize an opportunity.
Not To finish
Memoirs of a Geisha because it has a feel-good ending, emotions, and a great protagonist!
No, but would like to listen to another one.
Yes, I recommend this book to everyone. I would listen to or read it again. It is also a very informative book on flowers, bushes etc.
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