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The Language of Flowers Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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"Instantly entrancing" --Elle
"[An] original and brilliant first novel . . . a mesmerizing storyteller . . . I would like to hand Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of bouvardia (enthusiasm), gladiolus (you pierce my heart) and lisianthus (appreciation). . . And there is one more sprig I should add to her bouquet: a single pink carnation (I will never forget you)." --Brigitte Weeks, The Washington Post
"A captivating novel in which a single sprig of rosemary speaks louder than words . . . 'The Language of Flowers' deftly weaves the sweetness of newfound love with the heartache of past mistakes . . . [It] will certainly change how you choose your next bouquet." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Fascinating . . . Diffenbaugh clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria." --The Oprah Magazine (Book of the Week)
"Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love." --Entertainment Weekly
"Compelling . . . immensely engaging . . . unabashedly romantic . . . an emotional arc of almost unbearable poignance."
--The Boston Globe
--Woman & Home
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Up to the age of 18, Victoria has spent her life in care and foster homes. Over two parallel time periods the story illustrates how attachment disorder which can develop from infancy is manifest in her as a child and as a young adult, causing her to feel unwanted and unloveable, to lack trust in others and to behave in difficult, uncaring and unattached ways herself. You may wonder, though, how much is due to nurture (or in this case lack of nurture) and how much nature. What sort of personality would Victoria have had if she didn't have such a troubled upbringing?
Luckily for Victoria she comes across a few caring and very understanding people who try to help her in life, and we follow her as she tries to learn to trust them and feel worthy of their love, though she sometimes feels they would be better off without her. An intriguing back story gradually infolds. The novel is at times very sad and at other times uplifting.
There is more than a hint of magical abilities regards the flowers which gives an extra dimension to the novel that some readers may like, though I thought was taken a little too far. But, all in all, it's a lovely novel and definitely worth reading.
I've just looked up the One & Two stars and in a way feel sorry that they didn't get the same pleasure that I did from this story about a very complicated young girl.
I don't often shed tears when I read, in fact can't remember having done so since Black Beauty, but this book made me cry because I just wanted to take Victoria and wrap her up in unconditional love.
I will defintely be reading this book again. Truly brilliant.
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