The Language of Flowers

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Description: 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.

 

Recommended by: Kim Huyett, Director, Alumni & Community Relations

"The Language of Flowers is a well written, moving story that is full of sweetness and heartache.  The story line has an interesting focus on a central character who has difficulty communicating with people and the Victorian era practice of communicating secret thoughts and feelings through flowers.  This is a wonderful debut novel for Victoria Diffenbaugh.  I was fascinated by the actual "language" of flowers used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love.

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