The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

eBook - 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, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345525567
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (322 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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(Women's Fiction) A former foster child struggles to overcome a past filled with abuse, neglect and anger. Communicating through the Victorian language of flowers allows her to discover hope, redemption and a capacity for love. Damaged, authentic characters create an emotional tension in this pro... Read More »

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JCLHelenH Dec 13, 2013

Victoria uses the language of flowers, the meanings assigned to particular plants, to heal strangers she meets in her work at a flower shop. She uses the language of flowers to express emotions to those she wishes to love. And she uses the language of flowers to eventually heal herself.

At tur... Read More »

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What a wonderful book! Who knew that one could use flowers to communicate the most important things in life, like good luck=white heather, or devotion=red peony? Victoria made her way out of a life of foster care into adulthood by learning and applying the language of flowers. A story to revive faith in adversity and challenges. Such an enjoyable read! (submitted by JB)

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!!

Oct 18, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 25, 2015


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