Book Title: The Language of Flowers
Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Genre: Literary Fiction
Summary: Having spent her childhood in foster care, Victoria Jones struggles to connect with the world. Finding companionship with and communicating through her flowers, Victoria realises she has a gift that shapes and changes the lives of those around her.
Favourite Scene: Hazel in the moss-lined cradle. I wept. I’m partially speaking in code, here, to avoid spoilers – read it and you’ll know what I mean!
Favourite Character: Elizabeth.
Review: I was intrigued from the opening page and instantly enthralled by Victoria’s obvious struggle to connect and communicate. Her naivety and her resilience were made evident right from the start and I appreciated the depth of character that Diffenbaugh managed to portray in the first few chapters, and the growth that developed as the story progressed. It would be easy to dismiss this as a simple and somewhat predictable story, but there is a lovely quality to the writing that made it so enjoyable and so honest that I was surprised that the occasionally ignorant and often selfish Victoria wound her way into my heart – perhaps because I sympathised with her selfishness and understood her struggle to foster relationships and trust in others. I enjoyed the interwoven stories of past and present, loved Elizabeth with all her strengths and flaws, and appreciated Renata’s subtle interventions in helping Victoria grow and mature.