The Language of Flowers Online PDF by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Victoria is a girl who some would say had a "troubled youth". She was abandoned as an infant and was tossed around between foster parents, government houses, and group homes. She never made connections with people, or loved anyone until she met Elizabeth. This book alternates chapters from the present day Victoria at 18 years old, to the days of Elizabeth and Victoria's youth. I enjoyed this book because of its incorporation of the "language of flowers". In the victorian era people believed that each flower was symbollic and meant something specific. For example if you were to give someone Baby's Breath it would mean everlasting love. The incorporation of the flowers into this book was brilliantly done; the anguage was shaped into every page with hints and secret messages hidden between the lines. Another reason I enjoyed this book was that it wasn't a sugary sweet storyline with prefectly sculpted charcters. The characters were all damaged people with shady pasts who had to deal with their decisions every day. Through this book it is easy to see that there are no quick fixes in life. In order to get something you want you have to work for it and build yourself up over time. This book was amazing and I will forever remember that flowers have meanings. In fact I will probably look for some flower dictionaries in the near future as well as recommend this book to my friends.
LOVED this! I love when the perfect book finds me at the perfect time. This is about a girl who was abandoned as a baby and raised unsuccessfully in the foster care system. She is full of hate and anger, but she knows flowers. She learned about flowers from her almost adoptive mother and the knowledge stayed deep within her
and was the one thing she was passionate about. Upon her 18th birthday and emancipation, she is homeless and alone because she refuses to look for a job or a place to live. She lives in a park and tends to her plants, until desperation leads her to a florist shop where she asks for work by handing the florist a bouquet of flowers. Thus begins phase two of her life as she gives herself over to arranging flowers for people based on the flowers meanings. All the while she is working through her ability to develop relationships with people. We are haunted by the one mother she had - the one who taught her about flowers, as well as a boy from the flower market that communicates with her in her own flower language. This is a story about plants and flowers, but also about relationships, trust and forgiveness, with enough romance and mystery to keep me reading and unable to put this down. Absolutely PERFECT!
I enjoyed reading this book. I have been interested in the Victorian language of flowers since coming across, "The Language of Flowers," by Sheila Pickles over 20 years ago. My fascination with the topic extended to my work in graduate school, where I wrote a paper on it. Up to this point all the reading I have done with regard to the language of flowers has been reference material of one sort or another. Diffenbaugh's is a work of fiction. I found it interesting to see how she wove the factual elements of this topic into an interesting story. The other aspect of this book that caught my interest was the plight of the foster child. My father was in the foster care system, from the age of five until he graduated high school at the age of 17. He was shunted from foster home to foster home and suffered hunger, beatings and abuse that could very well have turned him into a bitter, hateful person. Instead, my dad was a loving, nurturing man who treasured his family. He loved us deeply and unconditionally. Over protective -- yes; suspicious of people's motives -- yes; but one of the most unselfish, generous, and forgiving people you could ever hope to meet. I enjoyed seeing how Diffenbaugh developed the protagonist's character in her novel. She was able to portray Victoria as a touch-me-not child/young adult, while at the same time keeping the reader in Victoria's corner -not an easy thing to do. I thought it was well written, it moved along at a good pace. Once I picked it up I had a hard time putting it down. I'd definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Click Here to Download the Book