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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

(Fiction, Women’s) From Amazon:”The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions . . . But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude ... Read full review

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User Review  - LisaSHarvey - LibraryThing

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS Vanessa Diffenbaugh MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫ PUBLISHER Ballantine Books PUBLISHED April 3, 2012 A fascinating and engaging story of a young woman who never knew love, but has a ... Read full review

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User Review  - CindaMac - LibraryThing

Insightful and compassionate. Diffenbaugh masterfully switches back and forth in time without confusing the reader and making you want to read “one more chapter” late at night to see how things will ... Read full review

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User Review  - niquetteb - LibraryThing

A nice story about a young woman with a troubled youth intertwined with communicating through flowers and their various meanings. There is some romance, but the theme resonates more on family. I liked ... Read full review

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User Review  - debs4jc - LibraryThing

Victoria has been betrayed over and over again during the years that she grew up in the foster care system. The only thing that ever interested her is flowers and their hidden meanings. When she is 18 ... Read full review

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User Review  - librarian1204 - LibraryThing

Read as a book club selection. Love the flower meaning dictionary at the end of the book. I wasn't sure about the story but I ended up liking it very much. Mis-labeled, in my opinion, by my local ... Read full review

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User Review  - afyfe - LibraryThing

Flowers can mean many thing to different people but sometimes they may be the only way for someone to communicate. This, we quickly discover, is the only way 18 year old, homeless, Victoria is ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheLoopyLibrarian - LibraryThing

Just as contrived, just as predictable, and just as compulsively readable as a Victorian novel. I found myself caring about the characters and being drawn into the story. I read it cover to cover in ... Read full review

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Great Book
This book is great and the ending unbelievable! Thank you for including so many of our flowers and the meanings! That was the icing on the cake! Thank you!

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I especially love it when a debut novel charms me into skipping a meal or two and this book did just that. Front and center and totally able to carry this character driven novel is Victoria, a product of the foster care system. The story is told from her viewpoint and realistically reflects how emotional and physical abuse damages the psyche and hinders a person’s ability to form normal relationships. Victoria’s journey is filled with beauty and anguish. As she struggles to find herself as an adult recently released from the foster care system, she discovers her passion for flowers and their meaning. This is an enchanting thread steeped in knowledge gleaned from the Victorian Age, which the author uses to bond the characters together. In summary a great book for those who like character-driven novels with strong emotional pull. Excellent book club choice.
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