The Language of Flowers 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… The Language of Flowers 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… 2011-08-23 Fiction Ballantine
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The Language of Flowers (2011)

The Language of Flowers | LINGUA FLORA Heroine Victoria expresses her feelings with the help of blooms in this enchanting tale
LINGUA FLORA Heroine Victoria expresses her feelings with the help of blooms in this enchanting tale
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 23, 2011; Writer: Vanessa Diffenbaugh; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ballantine

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+
Originally posted Aug 10, 2011 Published in issue #1168-1169 Aug 19, 2011 Order article reprints
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