||A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.From the Hardcover edition.
||Victoria Jones thought she might have finally found her way out of the cycle of foster and group homes that had been her life up to that point. After spending time in roughly 30 foster families, Victoria gets taken in by a wonderfully caring woman....Eight years have passed now, and Victoria lives on her own, finding solace and expression in the poetry of Victorian botanicals. In her debut novel, Vanessa Diffenbaugh unravels what happened in those intervening years--patiently and seductively. What transpired to tear Victoria out of the most loving situation she had found? What happened after she left, during her time on the streets of San Francisco? And now that she is 18 and working at a flower shop, can things settle down and "normalize" for her? She has a boyfriend named Grant, but Victoria herself doubts that she will ever be able to let her guard down enough to experience love.