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A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

BONUS: This edition contains The Language of Flowers discussion questions. 

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The Language of Flowers: A Novel
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The language of flowers
May 3rd, 2014
It's nothing I expected from this book. In the beginning I didn't quite understand what was going on. But I soon came to love Victoria and will her back to her baby.
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February 5th, 2014
This book is really touching. I did not have any expectations when i started it and at the beginning was afraid it would not be relly good but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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January 25th, 2014
I'm an avid reader, two or three books a week and I can say that this book is one of the best I've read lately. Excellent development of characters and able to show very difficult situations in a compassionate and intelligent way. Keep writing
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January 24th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it, but once I was, it really held my attention and I really felt for the main character. I loved learning about all the different meanings for flowers and will think about it from now on when I buy flowers!
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January 23rd, 2014
After reading the brief synopsis on this novel, I had low expectations as did my fellow book club members as this was one of our monthly reads. I am please to say I and the rest of my group were completely incorrect. It was a great read and quite enjoyable. It’s complete with a love story, the character’s struggles and triumphs and how she communicates through flowers. It was quite interesting learning the meanings behind flowers and enjoyed the ‘flower dictionary’ at the back of the novel.
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The Language of Flowers
November 10th, 2013
The perfect blend of my two favourite things, flowers and a moving story.
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Time flies by us...
July 21st, 2013
if we wallow in regret. A pretty quick read, but a good one. I liked how she jumped from future to past, revealing it all in pieces. I completely recommend this book for a good, inspirational read:) leaning about meaning in flowers was neat-I honestly had no idea there were so many meanings!
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June 7th, 2013
Loved how flowers were used to communicate feelings. Great story of family and romantic love.
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