The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307878960
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Sands, Tara
OverDrive, Inc

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A tale of family and flowers read by a great narrator.


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Jun 11, 2016

Victoria is a foster child with a chip on her shoulder. That part of this story is believable. After years of being shuffled from home to home, one would be leery of others and have a chip on the shoulder.
Beyond that, nothing else about this book hangs together.
Victoria is portrayed as too nasty, too angry, too self-centered, too alone......she's just "too". There's no reason for the multitude of people who stand by her and help her to do so. She gives them no reason to stand by her....and yet they do, with no return from her.
Coincidences and "being in the right place at the right time" are what holds the rest of the book together and it doesn't do that very well.
All in all, too unbelievable, too pat and too sweet.

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tboland
Apr 08, 2014

This was a great listen. The story builds on the characters communication with flowers the characters had so much difficulty with attachment and relationship yet found their way with flowers instead of words I am looking forward Deifenbaugh's next story

Madelon2237 Jun 02, 2012

Well written story of Victoria, a young woman struggling with the present after years of life in child protection/foster care. Strong family characters woven together by the love and hidden meanings of flowers.of flowers

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