I rarely review a book, but The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is special and it ties in with my blog very well.
I've always had an interest in the Victorian practice of sending secret messages to lovers through flowers, This practice is also known as floriography.. Each flower has a meaning, which when passed on can declare true love or break a heart. For instance rosemary means remembrance, heliotrope - devotion, Lily of the Valley - sweetness, and arborvitae - everlasting friendship. The problem comes with the fact that many of these flowers and trees have more than one meaning, causing confusion and sometimes misunderstanding.
Victoria Jones, the main character, discovers she has a rare ability for creating just the right floweal arrangements for each person's interests or problems. Her view of the world through looking at grasses, leaves, and even thorny plants is intriguing.
But there is much, much, more to this story than floral references. You will find mystery, love, a close look at the foster care system, and the many dilemmas a young woman has to face when dealing with the world on her own, where flowers can be her savior and also her downfall.
If you are a fiction reader, as I am, I highly recommend The Language of Flowers. I'm sure you're going to love it, and it could be the beginning of a new interest or hobby for you as you weave your way through this beautiful story.
You might also like to visit my other blogs: An Herbal Bedfellow, www.anherbalbedfellow.com & Grabbin' A Bite, www.grabbinabite.com