The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers

By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

  • Release Date: 2011-08-23
  • Category: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,311 Ratings)

Brief Description

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.
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Praise for The Language of Flowers

"Instantly enchanting . . . [Diffenbaugh] is the best new writer of the year."Elle

“I would like to hand Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of bouvardia (enthusiasm), gladiolus (you pierce my heart) and lisianthus (appreciation).  In this original and brilliant first novel, Diffenbaugh has united her fascination with the language of flowers—a long-forgotten and mysterious way of communication—with her firsthand knowledge of the travails of the foster-care system. . . . This novel is both enchanting and cruel, full of beauty and anger. Diffenbaugh is a talented writer and a mesmerizing storyteller.  She includes a flower dictionary in case we want to use the language ourselves.  And there is one more sprig I should add to her bouquet: a single pink carnation (I will never forget you).”Washington Post

"A fascinating debut . . . Diffenbaugh clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria."O Magazine

"Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love."Entertainment Weekly

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Customer reviews

  • Fantastic

    By Want my chipotle faster
    A great book. Refreshing, real and engrossing.
  • The Language of Flowers

    By Quirkygal1
    As a former foster child, this book pulled at my heartstrings ❤ I think anyone who has felt unworthy at some point in their life would be inspired by this book though..
  • Captivating

    By Abarr8888
    This book was surprisingly captivating! Loved it!!
  • The language Of Flowers

    By Smedlelybox
    Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. Don't miss out on this one!
  • Wow

    By Sylliesyl0000
    Im not a reader, at all. My Neighbor recommended this book. Beautiful and touching! Such a fun read
  • The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    By Lindylou39
    Great character development. You are immediately pulled into Victoria's story and feel her emotions! At times, you want to taker her aside and give her a "good talking to". This is a story that lingers with you, long after you have turned the last page!
  • Language of Flowers

    By SomethingClever1234
    Excellent book! I didn't want it to end.
  • The Language of Flowers

    By Perky too
    I almost don't need to write a review, because if you have read this far you will most likely be influenced by all of the favorable comments. I have trouble agreeing with a lot of them. I didn't like this book nearly as much as most readers. It was an interesting approach to a story about a troubled young person. Something a little different. I found it very difficult to like the main character. Just as I was beginning to feel for her, she did something ridiculous. And it was a little hard to believe she could survive on her own in some of the conditions the author wanted us to believe. I'm not sorry I read the book, I just wish I liked it more.
  • Not a riveting writing

    By Sriji
    Subject matter of book is good, but author is not able to deliver it with creative skill of writing. Without looking up in dictionary, you can not feel which flower represents which feeling, so it is useless information. Relationship between Catherine and Elizabeth, Reneta and Victoria does not creat enough sensation.
  • Wow!

    By Nataly H
    A must read! Couldn't put it down!