The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

Large Print - 2011
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A New York Times bestseller, An Indie Next Pick -- To write The Language of Flowers, Diffenbaugh found inspiration in her own experience as a foster mother. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions, but for Victoria Jones it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria is eighteen and emancipated. With nowhere to go, she sleeps in a public park where she plants her own small garden. When a local florist discovers her talents, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through flowers.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale Cengage Learning, c2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781594135774
1594135770
Characteristics: 527 p. ;,22 cm.

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What a wonderful book! Who knew that one could use flowers to communicate the most important things in life, like good luck=white heather, or devotion=red peony? Victoria made her way out of a life of foster care into adulthood by learning and applying the language of flowers. A story to revive faith in adversity and challenges. Such an enjoyable read! (submitted by JB)

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peacebenow
Oct 22, 2018

I especially enjoyed how this story was weaved through the language of flowers dictionary. Was not able to put this book down until after the middle section, when the story diverged from the flower dictionary and did slow a little. It all came together in the end. Was flying on a plane for the 1st half which was great. What a surprise when I visited Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst, MA. They had copies of the Victorian Flower dictionary. It's a small world!!

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LenoraDeslandes
Oct 18, 2018

Beautifully written with characters that were clearly informed by life experience.

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WoodneathShirlee
Aug 03, 2018

Victoria Jones struggles to overcome her troubled past as she works as a florist. She finds the meaning of flowers adds to the connection she can make with people and their arrangements. This unique gift helps her related to people and her own past.

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pansey
Jun 11, 2018

loved this book,hard to put down.

kkoenigc Aug 19, 2017

My emotions were all over the place reading this book. A bit of hope. A bit of light. A lot of wondering. Love the way flowers were a way of communicating throughout. Glad I finally was able to read the book. I have wanted to do so for a long time.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jul 12, 2017

After spending her entire life in foster care, Victoria is left at age 18 in San Francisco with nothing. It’s difficult to read about the self-destructive mistakes Victoria continues to make, but her childhood makes it understandable. Victoria does have a gift for flower arrangements and divining the perfect flower for each customer. I won't give it away, but the ending made me livid. It seemed like the author wanted me to feel one way about the ending, but I am not buying it.

LoganLib_JennyI Mar 29, 2017

I loved the highlighting of the importance of mother-daughter or mentor as mother relationships in this book. The dictionary of flowers and their meanings was also very enlightening.

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Quietday
Mar 03, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The story kept me guessing and though Victoria's self sabotaging was difficult, it was also understandable and relatable. It is a good reminder that even one positive influence in a child's life, no matter how brief, can bring about resilience and change, giving them something to cling to. The ending was ultimately more loving and forgiving than I think most people would be but was a nice resolution.

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schodakewitz_0
May 25, 2015

Beautiful.

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