Book Review – The Language of Flowers

Book Review
The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh

How does one begin to trust after a lifetime ofbetrayals?  Is it possible for oneto be trusted after a lifetime of one’s own lies and deceit?  These are the questions that VictoriaJones struggles to answer in The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Orphaned at birth and processed through the foster caresystem her entire life, Victoria has finally reached the age of majority andhas aged out of the foster care system. Completely on her own for the first time, she must learn to land on herfeet and make it on her own, or face certain homelessness and starvation.   At a time when most young womenare just discovering who they are or who they want to be, Victoria must makethese discoveries while simultaneously shouldering the burden of her ownsuccess or failure in a world that has thus far shown more cruelty thankindness.
With no money, no education and no support system in placeto help her, Victoria turns to the only good thing she’s ever known:  The nearly forgotten language offlowers — a language created by the Victorians as a means to express theiremotions through flowers.
Is it true that “A rose is a rose is a rose” as GertrudeStein once argued? Are things really exactly as they seem to be, or might therebe more to be discovered below the surface?  As Victoria struggles to answer these questions forherself, she is forced to admit to her own culpability in the trail of youthfuldestruction she has left behind.
The Language of Flowers is a beautiful story thatintertwines Victoria’s past with her present, and teaches us all the importantlesson that we sometimes must make peace with our past in order to look forwardto a bright future.
This title is available in standard and e-book format at thelibrary.  For more information onthis first novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, visit the Random House websitededicated to this book by following this link.
~ Catherine H. Armstrong


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