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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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    Julie 05-04-15
    Julie 05-04-15
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    "Interesting overall."

    Some concepts were hard for me to imagine
    But overall I was anxious to find out how the story would end. I was happy with the outcome.

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    Floris 04-29-15
    Floris 04-29-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    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.

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    E. Andersen 04-12-15
    E. Andersen 04-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and original"

    The plot was intriguing, the story line moved steadily and the character endearing enough where you wanted to read to the end.

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    Faith L Kindle 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really works up emotions!"

    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.

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    albert f bertha 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Complete"

    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.

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    Patricia H. 03-10-15
    Patricia H. 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping story of mistreated foster child"

    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.

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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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