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Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Cleverly combining tender and tough, Diffenbaugh's highly anticipated debut creates a place in the world for a social misfit with floral insight.After more than 32 homes, 18-year-old Victoria Jones, abandoned as a baby, has given up on the idea of love or family. Scarred, suspicious and defiant, she has nothing: no friends, no money, just an attitude, an instinct for flowers and an education in ... Read full review

Review: The Language of Flowers

Editorial Review - - Norah Piehl

At one point in Vanessa Diffenbaugh's compelling debut novel, her heroine, Victoria, struggles to learn the complicated intricacies of a manual film camera. The flower she chooses as the subject of her photographic experiments is a white rose. This might seem like an easy choice, or maybe one guided by aesthetics or popular preference. But anyone who flips to the back of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine_Gail - LibraryThing

I absolutely loved this book! Early on Victoria made her way into my heart and I found myself cheering her on towards a happy ending. Though their time together was brief Elizabeth gave Victoria a ... Read full review

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User Review  - tiffany76 - LibraryThing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the story line about the young girl Victoria jones and her challenges growing up in the foster care system. I also really enjoyed the floral dictionary Vanessa ... Read full review

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User Review  - mzkat - LibraryThing

Those who find pleasures in the calming fragrance of lavender, the sweetness of basil added to sauce, and the lush, thorn-free blooms of peony will have to accept that these will never be the same ... Read full review

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User Review  - MartyJo - LibraryThing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the very start. The Victorian language of flower meanings is brought to life in an unlikely contemporary setting. It follows the life of a troubled young woman who was abandoned as an infant trough flashbacks to a satisfactory and almost believable conclusion. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarahfine - LibraryThing

An amazing debut from a promising author. "Flowers" is a harrowing but hopeful tale about Victoria, a young woman who bounces between foster homes and group homes, aggressively rebuffing any and all ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmchshannon - LibraryThing

If you are like me, I tend to start new books feeling decidedly torn. On the one hand, the possibility that it will be a book for the ages is a seduction all on its own. On the other hand, there is ... Read full review

The Language of Flowers

User Review  - Joanna M. Burkhardt - Book Verdict

Victoria Jones, a product of California's foster-care system, overcomes her psychological and social woes through the language of flowers used by lovers in the 19th century and her own love of flowers ... Read full review

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User Review  - 1eye2read - LibraryThing

The Language of Flowers is unlike anything I have read before. It is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a woman who survived an extremely difficult childhood, overcame countless difficulties ... Read full review

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