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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.
I so enjoyed this book. Given the theme, the flower connection, the month of May gathering, and all things connected to beauty... our book club chose this book from rave reviews from our friends.
At first, meeting Victoria was a bit like a leap of faith. I wasn't sure that I would connect with this character. I had students that would have adored a younger version of her, and yet as I continued my reading I found a variety of connections. Just like Victoria in choosing which flowers would bless her customers, I discovered aspects of myself within the bouquet of these pages.
Right up front, I must thank the author for her desire to help me as a reader/gardener... for I was thrilled to discover there was a flower dictionary at the back of the book which provided freedom to enjoy Victoria's story without worrying about how I would remember the numerous definitions (I never/ever look at the back pages... I do not like spoilers taking anything away from my literary journey).
Our book club discussion was filled with connections, ideas, and a few debates. We discussed what are hopes for Victoria would be, how we would enjoy knowing more about Grant's upbringing and thoughts about the past secret, what Elizabeth would be like as a Grandparent, and why Victoria chose the decisions she made that created such a long road to happiness. We celebrated the moment when Renata gave Victoria a chance, we were happy when Victoria allowed Grant into her life, we were very relieved when Mother Ruby arrived, and we dismayed when Victoria decided to build her life apart from those that mattered the most. We were frustrated that the "secret" took so long in unfolding and yet, we would not have chosen the finale to bloom any quicker than it did.
This is an excellent book choice....
Added to my shelf
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