The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

Large Print - 2011
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"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: Large Print Edition
ISBN: 9780345525550
9781594135774
Characteristics: 527 p. ; 25 cm

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WoodneathShirlee
Aug 03, 2018

Victoria Jones struggles to overcome her troubled past as she works as a florist. She finds the meaning of flowers adds to the connection she can make with people and their arrangements. This unique gift helps her related to people and her own past.

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pansey
Jun 11, 2018

loved this book,hard to put down.

kkoenigc Aug 19, 2017

My emotions were all over the place reading this book. A bit of hope. A bit of light. A lot of wondering. Love the way flowers were a way of communicating throughout. Glad I finally was able to read the book. I have wanted to do so for a long time.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jul 12, 2017

After spending her entire life in foster care, Victoria is left at age 18 in San Francisco with nothing. It’s difficult to read about the self-destructive mistakes Victoria continues to make, but her childhood makes it understandable. Victoria does have a gift for flower arrangements and divining the perfect flower for each customer. I won't give it away, but the ending made me livid. It seemed like the author wanted me to feel one way about the ending, but I am not buying it.

LoganLib_JennyI Mar 29, 2017

I loved the highlighting of the importance of mother-daughter or mentor as mother relationships in this book. The dictionary of flowers and their meanings was also very enlightening.

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Quietday
Mar 03, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The story kept me guessing and though Victoria's self sabotaging was difficult, it was also understandable and relatable. It is a good reminder that even one positive influence in a child's life, no matter how brief, can bring about resilience and change, giving them something to cling to. The ending was ultimately more loving and forgiving than I think most people would be but was a nice resolution.

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schodakewitz_0
May 25, 2015

Beautiful.

PimaLib_StephanieM May 18, 2015

Wowza. I have never read a more accurate or visceral account of the hormone horror show that is the postpartum period. And this is just one part of a very well crafted story. Even the experiences of the main character that I haven't (thankfully) had felt very real and familiar.

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EricaReynolds
Mar 25, 2015

Well-written, compelling characters. Beautiful descriptions of plants and their qualities. A book full of frustrations, guilt and a foster system that seems to fail everyone, but also full of hope and the healing power of nature and self-acceptance. I really enjoyed this book. A very satisfying book that I was sorry to see end. I will miss these characters.

BarbieQ Mar 20, 2015

This book was a reminder to me that people are the product of their experiences. On one hand Victoria is hard to relate to, yet on the other easy to understand. She is a survivor. An interesting and enjoyable read.

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