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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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    Robyn Houle 07-29-15
    Robyn Houle 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional story"

    I was so engrossed with this book that I didn't want it to end. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The narrator could not have been more perfect for the part. Excellent story, excellent narrator, very well executed by both the author and the narrator together. Highly recommended!

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    Nancy McCracken LADERA RANCH, CA, US 07-12-15
    Nancy McCracken LADERA RANCH, CA, US 07-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "beautiful and fragrant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    I am a huge audio fan and like the addition of the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main girl. she was so brave!


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    suited the characters so well.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    recommended to all of my reading friends.

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    Jane 06-06-15
    Jane 06-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Silly and ridiculous"

    This was my book club's selection. I rolled my eyes a lot. The main character is selfish and unlikeable. Silly and inane. With so much good literature available, don't waste your time here

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    Betsy Geiselman Carbondale, Illinois 06-04-15
    Betsy Geiselman Carbondale, Illinois 06-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A beautiful story of hope and redemption"

    I loved the way communicating the language of flowers brought all of the characters together and ultimately gave hope for second chances.

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    E. Hicken Utah 05-31-15
    E. Hicken Utah 05-31-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book!"

    I enjoyed this book so much! It is well written, believable and clever. I'll never look at a flower the same again. The narrator did a wonderful job. I would recommend this to my older children as well as al those who enjoy a clean and thought provoking read!

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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 B 03-18-15
    Albert B 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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