The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
On the Adult Fiction shelves at F DIFFENBAUGH and on the Talking Book shelves at TB DIFF CD
Plot Summary from Fantastic Fiction : The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like 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, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what’s been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. “The Language of Flowers” is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.
Review : I liked the flawed but likeable and believable characters, and the themes of family, love, and motherhood. This book offered an introduction to the foster care system and the Victorian language of flowers! I loved the way the author took these seemingly unrelated subjects and wove them into the book in a totally entrancing and believable way.
A delightful read.
Reviewed by : Carolyn
You might also like to read The language of flowers : symbols and myths by Marina Heilmeyer which can be found in Adult Non-Fiction shelves at ANF 398.368 HEI