The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

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By (author) Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Format: Hardback | 529 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 30mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Waterville, ME
  • ISBN 10: 1410441717
  • ISBN 13: 9781410441713
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition

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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. Now eighteen 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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"Devastating, hopeful, and beautifully written--"The Language of Flowers" is a testament to the tender mercies and miraculous healing power of love." -- Beth Hoffman, author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt " "A deftly powerful story of finding your way home, even after you've burned every bridge behind you. "The Language of Flowers" took my heart apart, chapter by chapter, then reassembled the broken pieces in better working condition--I loved this book." -- Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet "