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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Vanessa Diffenbaugh (P)2012 Random House US
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Critic Reviews

"A moving and beautifully written portrayal of the frailty - and the hardiness - of the human spirit." (Sunday Telegraph)
"It has the right ingredients – a quirky plot device (the Victorian notion that flowers represent emotions), troubled heroine, hidden back-story, childhood trauma. It is entertaining, and, at times, quite addictive. These are all marvellous things for a debut (or any novel for that matter)." (Sunday Times Culture)
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By Carole Tew on 10-18-17

Heart-rendingly wonderful.

Loved it - I now have a new found love of flowers. Great narration, just the right tone of voice.

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By ANNABEL on 09-26-17

A beautiful story

A beautiful story very well narrated. If you have an interest in flowers then it's especially good!

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By Sarah on 05-17-15

Interesting Story

I enjoyed this book as I learned what it would be like to see things from another perspective. Although a little slow, I would recommend reading.

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