Book Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I recently listened to the debut novel, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. What is the language of flowers?  Apparently, in the repressed Victorian era, the language of flowers or floriography was a way to convey your feelings through the different meanings of the flowers.  In this story Diffenbaugh tells the story of an emancipated orphan, Victoria Jones, who has a magical flair with flowers.  The chapters go back and forth from present to the past where Victoria learned the language of flowers from Elizabeth, a foster mother and the closest Victoria has ever had to having a family of her own.  After emancipation, Victoria has landed a job working with a local florist   and she has somehow transported this art into her bouquets and soon realizes she has a gift for being able to affect peoples’ lives with her floral arrangements. This is a magical novel that has many stories to unfold and is a perfect book to read or listen to as the flowers start blooming in Newburgh.

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