There’s been a lot of buzz recently about this novel, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It has received rave reviews from influential readers, authors, booksellers and publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly.
Praise for The Language of Flowers has appeared on Amazon from trusted readers:
- “Flowers link everything in this book, and although I am not a gardener, or especially knowledgeable about flowers, I found them to be a charming, almost mystical part of the story.”
- “I don’t judge books by their covers, but rather by how eager I am to pick them back up and reluctant to put them down. By all my marks, Vanessa Diffenbaugh speaks a language that I understand.”
Publishers Weekly calls the debut novel “affecting,” and says the main character, who “relies on the Victorian language of flowers to communicate,” is “hard to love, but very easy to root for.”
Goodreads, a social networking site for readers with more than five million members, shows similar applause. Among the reader reviews:
- “This book is crazy good. CRAZY. GOOD. I started it this morning before work and couldn’t think about anything else all day.”
- “I highly recommend this moving novel. I read an advance copy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since reading it, I now take notice of the meanings of flowers and enjoy giving them that much more.”
- “I liked the subplot, the language of flowers from the Victorian Era. After reading this novel, you may find yourself re-thinking the flowers you give as gifts and plant in your own gardens. I highly recommend.”
- “Vanessa Diffenbaugh, in her debut novel, ‘The Language of Flowers,’ offers concrete meanings difficult to misunderstand and impossible to ignore: a dictionary of flowers. The characters, hobbled by regrets and hoping for reconciliation, exchange flowers whose shared meanings eliminate missed perceptions. The romanticism of flowers is coupled with the truths of our foster care system and the plight of children caught in its web. The unique mode of storytelling melds reality with hope, and the result is a complex tale of love and redemption. Highest recommendation!”
“The Language of Flowers” is an official selection of the Doubleday Book Club and a featured alternate for Rhapsody, Literary Guild, Doubleday Large Print, Book of the Month Club and several others.
I, for one, am waiting for this novel release with great anticipation!