The Language of Flowers – A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After a dry spell of good “page turners” I finally hit on some books that have pulled back into reading every day. It helped a lot that I was sans internet for much of the time I was in Namibia. When I can’t sit and stare at Facebook and Instagram then my Kindle gets a lot more use! It’s a good thing.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was a great read. I loved the story line, and as a gardener and lover of plants I really like the unique use of flowers in the story.
Diffenbaugh takes you on a journey of the life of a girl, eventually a women, and her personal trials and tragedies as an un-adoptable foster child. Victoria Jones finds herself unable to love or care for anyone, or allow anyone to love or care for her. Her mistrust and loathing for every human she meets drives her to only love one thing – the language of flowers.
At 18 years old Victoria is no longer a ward of the state and she finds her self living in a forest next to a park and surrounding herself with flowers, the only thing she feels emotionally attached to. She finds a job in a flower shop and the florist recognizes her potential and helps her get on her feet. Working in the flower shop Victoria realizes her natural talent for using the Victorian language of flowers to communicate messages for brides and other customers and soon she is an indispensable part of the shop.
But Victoria’s pattern of running away from people who care for her continues and she finds herself leaving behind again, everything and everyone who shows they love and need her.
The Language of Flowers is both a sentimental and emotional story of love lost and found, life’s up and downs, and the human spirit’s ability to open up and let go of fear and imagine a new life for themselves. Five stars.