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+
LINGUA FLORA Heroine Victoria expresses her feelings with the help of blooms in this enchanting tale
Genre: Fiction; Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh; Publisher: Ballantine
Posted August 10 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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