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
Characteristics: 527 p. ;,22 cm.


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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.

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.

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.

May 25, 2015


PimaLib_StephanieM May 18, 2015

Wowza. I have never read a more accurate or visceral account of the hormone horror show that is the postpartum period. And this is just one part of a very well crafted story. Even the experiences of the main character that I haven't (thankfully) had felt very real and familiar.

Mar 25, 2015

Well-written, compelling characters. Beautiful descriptions of plants and their qualities. A book full of frustrations, guilt and a foster system that seems to fail everyone, but also full of hope and the healing power of nature and self-acceptance. I really enjoyed this book. A very satisfying book that I was sorry to see end. I will miss these characters.

Mar 20, 2015

This book was a reminder to me that people are the product of their experiences. On one hand Victoria is hard to relate to, yet on the other easy to understand. She is a survivor. An interesting and enjoyable read.

booklady413 Mar 18, 2015

This heartbreaking novel explores the life of Victoria, a foster child who must learn to love and be loved. I never realized all of the significance behind the choosing of flowers. This book comes full circle, and is a must read. I am looking forward to more by this author.

Feb 12, 2015

Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. The language of the flowers is fascinating and makes me want to know more about them. I now want to read more from this author.

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