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I love when an author hits a home run on their debut novel and Vanessa Diffenbaugh's "The Language of Flowers" was a winner for me. If I could forgo language altogether and speak only with the hidden meanings of flowers: I would! Throughout this book, flowers were used to convey an expanse of emotions for a child raised in the foster system with such a distrust for the world that she cannot accept her own feelings and can only speak through the "language of flowers." It was pure poetry.

"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 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 with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger 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." ~Goodreads. com (4.09 rating)

Happy reading, friends!

~Heather

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