Margin Notes: The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·   rating details  ·  34,946 ratings  ·  6,372 reviews
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

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.

The Language of FlowersThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book! I was really surprised by the directions the plot took and by how invested I was in the characters. The whole 'language of flowers' thing could have been trite or formulaic, but it didn't feel that way to me--it felt like it flowed from the plot. I recommend this one-but I'll warn you that I cried!!

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  1. a nurse recommended I read this at the hospital & it's totally on my list to read next!!

    1. It's a good one! Let me know if you want me to pop over to the library for you!! ;)


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