The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 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 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. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780345525567

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kkoenigc Aug 19, 2017

My emotions were all over the place reading this book. A bit of hope. A bit of light. A lot of wondering. Love the way flowers were a way of communicating throughout. Glad I finally was able to read the book. I have wanted to do so for a long time.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 12, 2017

After spending her entire life in foster care, Victoria is left at age 18 in San Francisco with nothing. It’s difficult to read about the self-destructive mistakes Victoria continues to make, but her childhood makes it understandable. Victoria does have a gift for flower arrangements and divining the perfect flower for each customer. I won't give it away, but the ending made me livid. It seemed like the author wanted me to feel one way about the ending, but I am not buying it.

LoganLib_JennyI Mar 29, 2017

I loved the highlighting of the importance of mother-daughter or mentor as mother relationships in this book. The dictionary of flowers and their meanings was also very enlightening.

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Quietday
Mar 03, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The story kept me guessing and though Victoria's self sabotaging was difficult, it was also understandable and relatable. It is a good reminder that even one positive influence in a child's life, no matter how brief, can bring about resilience and change, giving them something to cling to. The ending was ultimately more loving and forgiving than I think most people would be but was a nice resolution.

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schodakewitz_0
May 25, 2015

Beautiful.

PimaLib_StephanieM May 18, 2015

Wowza. I have never read a more accurate or visceral account of the hormone horror show that is the postpartum period. And this is just one part of a very well crafted story. Even the experiences of the main character that I haven't (thankfully) had felt very real and familiar.

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EricaReynolds
Mar 25, 2015

Well-written, compelling characters. Beautiful descriptions of plants and their qualities. A book full of frustrations, guilt and a foster system that seems to fail everyone, but also full of hope and the healing power of nature and self-acceptance. I really enjoyed this book. A very satisfying book that I was sorry to see end. I will miss these characters.

BarbieQ Mar 20, 2015

This book was a reminder to me that people are the product of their experiences. On one hand Victoria is hard to relate to, yet on the other easy to understand. She is a survivor. An interesting and enjoyable read.

booklady413 Mar 18, 2015

This heartbreaking novel explores the life of Victoria, a foster child who must learn to love and be loved. I never realized all of the significance behind the choosing of flowers. This book comes full circle, and is a must read. I am looking forward to more by this author.

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barb8571
Feb 12, 2015

Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. The language of the flowers is fascinating and makes me want to know more about them. I now want to read more from this author.

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