The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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 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 with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger 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.
This book was truly a surprise. It was our book club read and I halfway expected to be bored to tears. Not so. It is a mesmerizing, insightful and well-written novel. Diffenbaugh’s character development was excellent and you find yourself rooting for the main character Victoria from start to finish. Victoria has grown up in the foster care system and she is one of the misfits who has fallen through the cracks. Despite her quirky and rebellious ways, you can feel her need to be loved. Although the journey was at times very rocky, Diffenbaugh leaves us with an ending that will restore your faith in humanity.