The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh involves Victoria Jones, a ward of the state of California, who was abandoned at birth and has no knowledge of any family. She is withdrawn, rather unlikable, misanthropic and a bit of a sociopath. The one constant in her life is her obsession with flowers, and in the meanings subscribed to their floral characteristics by the now largely forgotten romanticists of the nineteenth century.
The story is all about the scarred and broken Victoria growing up and learning to love and more importantly, to be loved. It is at times very moving and by the end of the book you get to know Victoria better than you know some of your best friends.
The supporting cast is very well written also, Grant and Elizabeth are both exceptional characters and really help bring the story to life.
Released August 23rd 2011 published by Ballantine Books.
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