We first mentioned the fictional novel “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on funflowerfacts.com over a year ago. When the book first came out in 2011, there was a lot of publicity and press regarding this debut author’s work.
Over this past weekend, I finally had a chance to read the book. With a romantic title like “The Language of Flowers,” one would assume that this book is about romance. There is some romance, but there are also themes of self-discovery, redemption, forgiveness, heartbreak, and sorrow. Specifically, “The Language of Flowers” is a modern coming of age story told through the eyes of a recently emancipated eighteen year old Victoria Jones. After spending her childhood in various homes in the foster-care system, Victoria only knows misanthropy, as she is haunted by her past and is unable to forgive herself for the things she has done.
As a flower lover, what made the book especially interesting was the role the flowers played. Not only was it the theme of the book, the flowers were integral to the plot. The flowers give Victoria a reason to get up each morning, a reason to live. Before flowers had any meaning to her, she was just another miserable, angry child in the foster-care system. But once she started using the Victorian language of flowers, the once cold and prickly Victoria learns to open up to the people around her and even uses her gift to make a difference in the the lives she touches.
The author covers a range of flowers in the book, from baby’s breath to zinnia, but for those that can’t get enough of the Victorian language of flowers, a flower dictionary is included at the end of the book.
Even if you don’t like flowers, I think you will find the book interesting. Vanessa Diffenbaugh takes us on emotional journey of a young lady trying to find her place in the world, while learning to forgive herself. The characters are the heart and soul of “The Language of Flowers.” From the guilt-ridden Victoria Jones to the kind and sympathetic Elizabeth (Victoria’s one-time mother), you will find someone to root for! Keep tissues nearby. You may get a little emotional.
I would recommend this book, especially to flower lovers. The book is an easy read with an engaging, heartwarming story. You will also learn more about the language of flowers! Perhaps, it may even inspire you to send someone some flowers.
The debut author found inspiration to write this book through her own experiences as a foster mother.
Rating: 4 flowers/5 flowers
If you read the book, leave a comment. Did you like it?
- The Language of Flowers,Vanessa Diffenbaugh (lasesana.wordpress.com)
- Review: The Language of Flowers (feedcuriosity.com)