The Language of Flowers

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 18, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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 itís 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.

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Her writing deeply and truly touched me. - LibraryThing
Parts of this story were hard to read. - LibraryThing
Diffenbaugh's prose is astonishing. - LibraryThing
Seems a common enough plot, really. - LibraryThing
A love story like no other. - LibraryThing
It was exceptional in terms of writing and storyline. - LibraryThing

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A surprise delight. The fundamentals are unexceptional, but the execution is superb. Broken girl tries to overcome her disadvantages. Many setbacks on the way to redemption. Seems a common enough plot ... Read full review

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User Review  - JoStARs - LibraryThing

Troubled former foster child Victoria Jones has a unique relationship with flowers and the meanings they convey. This relationship helps her navigate life after the foster care system. Victoria is a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband PK have three children: Treívon, 18, Chela, 4, and Miles, 3. Treívon, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millenium Scholarship. Vanessa and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

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