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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 07-26-14
    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A little time"
    What did you love best 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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Flowers?

    The emotional development was confusing, truthful and sometimes difficult - just like real life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Russell 07-22-14
    Pam Russell 07-22-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "A new favorite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mramos 07-07-14
    mramos 07-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I have been very lucky in my career to have a wide variety of experiences. Science teacher and technology director.

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    "Foster Care problems and one girls victory!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a good book. I thought it showed how one interest can change someone's life for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Flowers?

    When she left her baby alone in her apartment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she comes home to stay!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, some parts are so intense you may want to take it in small bites.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked on flower meanings because of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 04-10-14
    Julie 04-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Will look at flowers differently"
    Would you listen to The Language of Flowers again? Why?

    No but only because I rarely listen or read to a book twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Triumph over circumstances.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes I liked the voice for the main characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The regret over the fire but being unable to change the course she set in motion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tessa reynolds Chico, CA 03-13-14
    tessa reynolds Chico, CA 03-13-14
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    "Not over excited"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it just wasn't a book I would choose. (book club pick)


    What was most disappointing about Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s story?

    Her terrible decisions and lack of ability to seize an opportunity.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    Characters


    Did The Language of Flowers inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marisol 03-09-14
    Marisol 03-09-14
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    "The language of flowers"
    If you could sum up The Language of Flowers in three words, what would they be?

    Not To finish


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

    Memoirs of a Geisha because it has a feel-good ending, emotions, and a great protagonist!


    Have you listened to any of Tara Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but would like to listen to another one.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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