The Language of Flowers

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 18, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a moving story of hope and forgiveness, and an international bestseller.

The Victorians used flowers to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. For Victoria Jones, flowers and their meanings are her only connection to the world – although for her, they are most useful in expressing feelings such as grief, mistrust and solitude.

After a childhood in the foster care system, Victoria – now eighteen – 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 a meeting with a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realize what's been missing in her own life. As she starts to fall for him, though, she must confront a painful secret from her past – and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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User Review  - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing

I bought this book years ago, the beautiful cover drew me in, but for some reason I didn't read it. Last year, I found a companion book that I got because I adore flowers and their victorian meanings ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

Loved, even though the diction was stuffy at times and I felt physically sick to my stomach during the entire breastfeeding episode. This is a unique, painful, beautiful book. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born and raised in northern California. After studying creative writing, she went on to teach art and technology to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband PK have four children: Donovan, Tre'von, Graciela and Miles. Vanessa is also the co-founder of Camellia Network, whose mission is to create a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care. She and her family live in Monterey, California.

The Language of Flowers is Vanessa's first novel. It was published in over forty countries, and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in the UK. She is also the author of We Never Asked for Wings.

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