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The Language of Flowers (edition 2011)

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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Title:The Language of Flowers
Authors:Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Author)
Info:MacMillan (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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I love the idea of telling stories with flowers, but I had a hard time with Victoria. I didn't really like her, even though I understand why she is the way she is. I wanted more information on the meanings of the flowers, and didn't even know there was a list in the back of the book until I had finished the book. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Listened to the recorded version of Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This book was touted as being excellent for book discussion groups, however, I found the plot so contrived and downright silly in places, that I wanted to throw it against the wall. Problem #1 - the heroine is so stupid. I get it that she came out of the foster child system from birth, but if you are smart enough and gifted enough to make enough money to pay rent and buy food in San Francisco you can't be that stupid. Problem #2 - how do you get away with running a business that pays rent and buys food in San Francisco and never file a tax form, or get a birth certificate for your child? This would never happen in the real world, but it does make for good fiction. That said - I did want to find out how things resolved in the end, so the author was able to keep me reading long enough to do that. Even so, this wouldn't be my first pick for a book group. Or even my second. Or third. It would be in the maybe list. At best I could only rate it as average. ( )
1 vote benitastrnad | Apr 22, 2015 |
Beautiful and creative way to tell a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and reconciliation. ( )
  tnociti | Mar 7, 2015 |
I was very intrigued by the "back cover summary" and diving into this book was easy. Following Victoria through the foster homes and into independency was good story telling that kept me turning pages. Even the cat-and-mouse initial meetings with Grant was cute -- I'm glad a flower "Dictionary" was provided. I didn't always agree with Victoria's choices and sometimes thought another action or result should have happened. That may be an ideal feedback for the author -- a reader takes what you give and owns it to the point of wishing better things or more happiness.

I recommend this book to anyone with a fondness for literature/novel genres. The focus on plant/flower meanings was very interesting and made for a unique approach in storytelling. This would make a good discussion book for a book club. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
I couldnt decide if I wanted to read this or not. Im glad I did because it was really good, I couldnt put it down! ( )
  ashlou6225 | Feb 5, 2015 |
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At first blush it sounds like something Dickens might have come up with, had Dickens been deeply interested in flower arranging.
 
In this absorbing and delicately wrought debut novel, Diffenbaugh heeds the creative-writing maxim: Write what you know. She has been a foster mother and has taught art and writing in low-income communities.This experience is discernible in The Language of Flowers. The idea that an angry young girl such as Victoria would actually be interested in flowers and their meanings seems implausible on one level, and yet Diffenbaugh uses to good effect the belief that evergreen hope lies nascent within most damaged kids.
 
In the end, she offers a cautionary tale about what happens to kids who've grown without families, one that strives to be honest but still hopeful. Children like Victoria may be able to survive on their own, but in order to do better than that - to thrive - they need support. But it's never too late to learn how to love.
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Moss is selected to be the emblem of maternal love, because, like that love, it glads the heart when the winter of adversity overtakes us, and when summer friends have deserted us. 
   — Henrietta Dumont, The Floral Offering
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For eight years I dreamed of fire.
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You can't poison me or give me medicine I don't want. Or hit me — even if I deserve it.
Now, as an adult, my hopes for the future were simple: I wanted to be alone, and to be surrounded by flowers.
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The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like 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, Victoria 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 meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. "The Language of Flowers" is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.
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When Victoria Jones starts working for a florist, she realizes her talent with flowers helps her change the lives of the people who buy her creations. But when she must confront her painful past, she has to decide how much she is willing to change.

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