Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Language of Flowers

Book: The Language of Flowers
Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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, it’s been more useful in communicating 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 and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. -Goodreads

Review: This is a beautiful book about love, loss, friendship and finding peace. Told in alternating timelines, we follow 18-year old Victoria as she leaves foster care and attempts to live in the real world on her own. In another timeline, we follow her as a damaged foster-child placed with a woman named Elizabeth, who seems adamant about adopting her. Both timelines were had glimpses of hope and heartbreak. While the plot was rather slow, I found this very well written and very interesting. 

Grade: 4/5

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