The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345525567
9780345525550
9780345525543
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 25 cm

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peacebenow
Oct 22, 2018

I especially enjoyed how this story was weaved through the language of flowers dictionary. Was not able to put this book down until after the middle section, when the story diverged from the flower dictionary and did slow a little. It all came together in the end. Was flying on a plane for the 1st half which was great. What a surprise when I visited Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst, MA. They had copies of the Victorian Flower dictionary. It's a small world!!

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LenoraDeslandes
Oct 18, 2018

Beautifully written with characters that were clearly informed by life experience.

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WoodneathShirlee
Aug 03, 2018

Victoria Jones struggles to overcome her troubled past as she works as a florist. She finds the meaning of flowers adds to the connection she can make with people and their arrangements. This unique gift helps her related to people and her own past.

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pansey
Jun 11, 2018

loved this book,hard to put down.

kkoenigc Aug 19, 2017

My emotions were all over the place reading this book. A bit of hope. A bit of light. A lot of wondering. Love the way flowers were a way of communicating throughout. Glad I finally was able to read the book. I have wanted to do so for a long time.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jul 12, 2017

After spending her entire life in foster care, Victoria is left at age 18 in San Francisco with nothing. It’s difficult to read about the self-destructive mistakes Victoria continues to make, but her childhood makes it understandable. Victoria does have a gift for flower arrangements and divining the perfect flower for each customer. I won't give it away, but the ending made me livid. It seemed like the author wanted me to feel one way about the ending, but I am not buying it.

LoganLib_JennyI Mar 29, 2017

I loved the highlighting of the importance of mother-daughter or mentor as mother relationships in this book. The dictionary of flowers and their meanings was also very enlightening.

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Quietday
Mar 03, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The story kept me guessing and though Victoria's self sabotaging was difficult, it was also understandable and relatable. It is a good reminder that even one positive influence in a child's life, no matter how brief, can bring about resilience and change, giving them something to cling to. The ending was ultimately more loving and forgiving than I think most people would be but was a nice resolution.

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schodakewitz_0
May 25, 2015

Beautiful.

PimaLib_StephanieM May 18, 2015

Wowza. I have never read a more accurate or visceral account of the hormone horror show that is the postpartum period. And this is just one part of a very well crafted story. Even the experiences of the main character that I haven't (thankfully) had felt very real and familiar.

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