Sunday, August 12, 2012

Developing an understanding for The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was recommended to me by several friends, and after another phase of reading non fiction, it was an extra special treat to have a compelling bit of fiction to look forward to at the end of each day.... to be honest, I didn't always limit myself to bedtime reading - a few chores were ignored in the reading of this book!

 Victoria Jones overcomes the emotional scars of a tumultuous and bleak childhood in foster care through a love of flowers, and the messages that they convey. The tale, told in a dual narrative between her child and adult self, weaves a story where struggle is intertwined with little glimpses of hope, and carried along by an underlying tension - she has done something that she fears she will never be forgiven for.  

Victoria's tentative move towards happiness and love unfolds rather like a delicate flower - it's subtle and affecting.

1 comment:

  1. ooh I've had this recommended to me too, might see if the library has it, sounds great.


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