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Friday, March 15, 2013

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers has always intrigued me, so when I saw this book, I snapped it up. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but this was a book I couldn't put down. Vanessa Diffenbaugh is well acquainted with foster care and children transitioning into adult hood from her work through Camellia Network of which she is the founder. In Language of Flowers she takes us on a journey through the eyes of a child emancipated from the system and her fascination with flowers and their meanings
This would be a good book review, there's lots of subject matter for discussion. Discussion questions can be found here.

From the cover:
After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones's 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. A local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for second chance at happiness.


Elizabeth said...

I loved this book.....thanks for the reminder.

Nice post and review.

Silver's Reviews

So many books, so little time said...

Lovely review post, not too sure this one would be for me but I have been pleasantly surprised before.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Joanne said...

sounds quite interesting. Glad the woman found her niche in the world. I can't imagine being in foster care. I've always needed a non-changing foundation to cling to.

K9friend said...

I'm reading this one now. I'll bet there are many workers in the child welfare system unhappy about how the system is portrayed.

Critter Alley

Cozy in Texas said...

I agree Pat, but like anything there is good and bad. I think most of those who work there are sadly overworked.