The Language of Flowers
 

The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The international bestseller: now in paperback.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like 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, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel from author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.

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Macmillan Digital Audio
ISBN: 9780230757264
Publication date: 01.03.2012
Running time: 600 Minutes

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ISBN: 9780330532013
Publication date: 01.03.2012
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

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ISBN: 9780230761810
Publication date: 18.08.2011

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Reviews

'A moving and beautifully written portrayal of the frailty - and the hardiness - of the human spirit.' Sunday Telegraph

'Diffenbaugh writes with a lovely sensitivity about ways of communication and how meaning is not always absolute. The Language of Flowers is a warm, satisfying and feel-good read'
4 star review, Metro

‘It has the right ingredients – a quirky plot device (the Victorian notion that flowers represent emotions), troubled heroine, hidden back-story, childhood trauma. It is entertaining, and, at times, quite addictive. These are all marvellous things for a debut (or any novel for that matter)’ Sunday Times Culture

‘Her narration and her story are absolutely compelling. The flowers and their connotations add a fresh twist to a classic tale of girl done good… Beautiful and absorbing’ Heat magazine

‘A blooming good read’ The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine (book of the week)

‘A well-crafted novel which I read almost at a sitting. The many themes of disassociation and communication, the nature of motherhood and of family, regret and redemption are interwoven in a rich tapestry… An arresting new talent’ Daily Express

'Mind-bogglingy good' Irish Examiner



‘An absorbing epic filled with romance, secrets and redemption’ Easy Living

‘Diffenbaugh’s debut is tough and tender, entwining loss and regret with second chances and happy outcomes’ Marie Claire

‘Captivating’ Woman & Home

‘Diffenbaugh’s first novel is strong, and she has created a tenacious and likeable heroine’ Psychologies

‘A unique and fascinating debut novel’ Good Housekeeping

‘(A) delightful and utterly absorbing novel. The plot unfolds like a whodunit and you wait with bated breath to discover Victoria’s devastating secret’ Candis

'Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel is touted as this year's Chocolat. A sensory feast of flowers and their symbolic meaning, this tale - seen through the eyes of foster-care survivor Victoria - is uniquely compelling' ASOS

'Vanessa Diffenbaugh's charming new novel follows 18-year-old Victoria Jones, just out of foster care with nowhere to go. Settling herself in a park, she begins planting a small garden, soon discovering a talent for helping people using flowers.'
Stella loves... pick in Stella, Sunday Telegraph

‘This heart-rending debut novel… delivers on suspense and emotion’ SHE

‘For the Victorians, each flower had an individual meaning, so bouquets became coded letters. This idea is the inspiration behind Diffenbaugh’s debut – tipped to become the Chocolat of 2011 – where troublesome foster child Victoria finds her place in society and a way to express her creativity through her love of flowers’ Glamour

‘Part gardening manual, with a lexicon of floral fiction in the appendix, and part coming-of-age story’ Timeout

Books by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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