Vanessa Diffenbaugh The Language of 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. (Quelle:'E-Buch Text/18.08.2011')
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  • In the end she still has much to learn

    The Language of Flowers
    Aljona-poems

    Aljona-poems

    10. October 2013 um 07:38

    Victoria's life was never easy. Growing up without a mother or father in different foster homes, she has never experienced love. The other children/teenager/young adults hate and get around her. Her only way to communicate and tell what she feels is through flowers. When being responsible for herself she ends up on the street for weeks. But then she finds "Bloom" and Renata, the owner of the flower shop. Her life changes, but she gets also confronted with her past by meeting Grant. Everything, her job and her life with Grant, seemed fine, until she realized her pregnancy. Victoria's past is unveiled step by step while the story moves on, what makes the story quite captivating, for some questions the reader has in mind aren't answered immediately. Though one might guess why she feels guilty and unworthy of being loved and why she chooses isolation. Her desire for becoming a good mother and her fears are described very well. Their are two storylines in the book, switching after each chapter. The language is neither overblown nor slang, but very straight and easily to understand. One learns a lot about the fascinating language of flowers - by the way: thanks for the flower dictionary at the end of the book. All in all it's a touching story written in a modern style, confronting the (ordinary) reader with two uncommon issues: the life and problems of foster children as well as the almost forgotten Victorian language of flowers. Worth reading!

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  • A Great Surprise!

    The Language of Flowers
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    Ein LovelyBooks-Nutzer

    20. August 2013 um 19:30

    Things always seem to happen when you least expect them. – I cannot by any stretch of the imagination remember how the book I am going to review today initially came to my attention. Suddenly it simply appeared on my Amazon wish list. But it was not until a bargain sale that I finally bought it. And I certainly did not regret my purchase, quite the contrary: Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut quickly advanced to the position of my favourite book. The Language of Flowers tells the story of the orphan Victoria who has spent her entire childhood and adolescence in the ‘system’. Being handed from one foster family to another, from one social institution to the next. Her only chance to escape this personal little hell she ruined a long time ago.Now, becoming of age, she is no longer a ‘governmental problem’. And as Victoria is being released into the real world, she is left with nothing. Probably the most difficult time of her life is about to start for the girl who has always been socially awkward and an outsider. Her only hope might be her deep passion for flowers and the language they speak ... Actually, I did not even want to read this book. The synopsis sounded like nothing I would be remotely interested in. How much you can err ...399 pages later I have been over the moon with this novel. Completely enchanted by its moving plot and unique characters. [First and fully published on The Little Book Fay.]

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  • Rezension zu "The Language of Flowers" von Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    The Language of Flowers
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    Lialiest_

    21. October 2012 um 20:11

    The cover looks interesting. You can see white flowers. The title sounds beautiful. Victoria is a girl, whose passion is flowers. She loves the meanings of flowers, she likes the way people want them and how they might change the people. She loves Elizabeth, who was like a mother years ago – she never had one. The content and the idea are good. The book is seperated into 4 parts. There are time steps forward and backward in the book, but they aren't marked. That was difficult. Vanessa Diffenbaugh's writing style was very good. I liked the book and I would recommend it to you.

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