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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 18 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.
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By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12
You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one
In this moving debut, deftly narrated by Tara Sands, Victoria emerges from a foster-care system that hasn’t treated her well. She came close to finding a home with her beloved Elizabeth, but her inability to trust led to disaster. Now 18, and on her own, Victoria finds the only way to communicate – and possibly find happiness – is through the flowers she loves and the gift she has in choosing them for others. While this isn't a book I'd listen to again and again, I did enjoy it and found it quietly powerful.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
By "unknown" on 09-27-11
Just beautiful! Best book read in a long time!
If you could sum up The Language of Flowers in three words, what would they be?
moving, eloquent, beautiful
Who was your favorite character and why?
Victoria - she was self aware, honest and flawed. While I didn't always like her, I loved hearing her self analysis and awareness.
Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?
Every moment in this book moved me.
Any additional comments?
I could not have loved it more. It was the best book I've read in a very long time. The topic did not draw me, but a friend recommended it, and I am now ready to start it from the beginning and read all over again.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful