Sara Vilkomerson
August 10, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Language of Flowers

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
publisher
Ballantine
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

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+

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