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The Language of Flowers review - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The Language of Flowers | LINGUA FLORA Heroine Victoria expresses her feelings with the help of blooms in this enchanting tale

The Language of Flowers

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
publisher:
Ballantine
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

During Victorian times, flowers were used to communicate: a peony to express anger, sage for good health, a tulip as a declaration of love. Victoria Jones, the narrator of Diffenbaugh’s debut novel The Language of Flowers, prefers thistle (misanthropy) after a traumatic childhood spent in a series of foster homes. Upon turning 18, Victoria is drawn to the world of flowers that she’d learned about as a child when she meets a stranger who stirs up secrets from the past. Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love. B+