Review: The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Inspired by her own experiences as a foster mother and her youth in California, the author tells the story of Victoria–a foster child–and her life from 10 to 19. There are alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Victoria as a 10 year old and after her emancipation at age 18 when she ages out of the system. Woven through this novel is Victoria’s love of the natural world of plants and flowers and her knowledge of the symbolic meanings of individual flowers to convey a message without words. The well reviewed novel is the author’s first. I’m looking forward to her next.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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