The Language of Flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A stunning debut, this novel follows the coming-of-age story of Victoria who moves through the foster care system until she can break free and find a life for herself, not an easy task for this wounded girl.  This character is complicated, compelling and provides plenty of opportunities for a great book discussion.  The other characters are also well developed and fascinating.  However, the framework of the Victorian language of flowers (the book is complete with a dictionary) is creative and is a most provocative element for the plot.  There are several themes throughout the story, forgiveness, second chances, family love, linking one character with another enhancing this rich novel.

Reviewed by Annie

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