The Language of Flowers: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 23, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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, itís been more useful in communicating 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 with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning whatís been missing in her life. And when sheís forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether itís worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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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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User Review  - tielwingsmama - LibraryThing

Just finished reading this book and all I can say is wow! Passed it on to my mother who will hopefully feel the same. I could not put it down, as it is a page-turner for sure! I would love to see this ... Read full review

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User Review  - owlbeyourfriend - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this one. The only reason I gave it a 5 instead of a 4 was some of Victoria's development was too delayed, too drawn-out. I also felt that Marlena's changes were too quick for me. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

To write The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh found inspiration in her own experience as a foster mother. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford University, Vanessa taught art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her first novel.

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