The Language of Flowers | Book Review

STATSAuthor, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published August 23, 2011
Ballantine Books
Series - No

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 eighteen 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.

I loved this book. I really did. It is one of those that I hated to see end and I will pass it along to someone else. I can't thank Linaeenough for adding it to my Cara Box she sent.
Victoria is such a sad girl. Her entire story is just awful. She goes through life thinking the absolute worst of herself and that there is no possible way anyone could love her. She can only bring pain and sorrow to others.
Then she meets a florist that puts her knowledge of the language of flowers to work and her world not only changes but opens up to amazing possibility.
This one by far one of my favorite books of the year.

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  1. I love this book, too. I also want to know what happens to Victoria because I want her (so badly) to have a happy ending!

    1. I would love a second book just to see what the distant future holds for her. I am sure that there would be things to overcome, but I too would love to see her have a very happy ending.

  2. I've heard great things about this book. Good review!


    1. Thank you! I had heard great things also was so happy to have it gifted to me. Let me know what you think if you read it.

  3. I've actually had my eye on this one for a while now. And hearing that you enjoyed it only makes me want to read it more!

    1. It was great. It was one of those that I didn't want to go to sleep while reading because I couldn't wait to find out more.

  4. I've been wanting to read this book, but now I'm convinced! Thank you!

  5. I haven't read this one but I do have a copy on my Kindle! I guess I'll have to move it closer to the top of my to-read pile.

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