If you haven't already, read this book. It is a touching story about a young girl growing up and out of the foster care system. Vanessa Diffenbaugh, depicts the protagonist Victoria as a troubled soul. A person who is looking for the power within herself to survive this struggle we call life. Just when things feel like they could not get any worse, she stumbles upon work in a small flower shop, where she lets her love for the Victorian language of flowers flourish, and become her way of communicating with the other characters she meets as the plot moves along.
As I sat reading this book, cupped in my creaky old papasan chair, summer heat on my brow, I realized the importance of the Victorian language of flowers. It is a lost art, really. How and when did this form of communication fade and diminish? It is such a beautiful way to convey something that one may not know how to say or express. Diffenbaugh creates the perfect atmosphere for her readers to deeply understand how a language that is centuries old empowered the young Victoria to find her voice and the strength to handle any and all obstacles she faces.
While I absolutely love the story, my favorite part of this book are the bonus pages in the back. Throughout the book, Diffenbaugh will refer to different flowers that Victoria comes in to contact with. The handy index of the flowers and their meanings gives the reader the chance to pause, look up the definition, and experience the message that the protagonist is wishing to convey.
My connection to this book runs deep. Not only does Victoria's relationship with flowers remind me of my own, but the ways in which she uses them to communicate. If you love flowers, romance, drama, and holding a book that is impossible to put down check it out!
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