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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Sep 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, novels, english, owned-books
Read from September 07 to 19, 2012

My five stars expectation –that came first with the elegantly worded title “ the language of flowers” - was met in the very first chapters , but later on it unluckily diminished to four .
Victoria , the foundling baby that had been abandoned right after her birth , and Meredith the social worker who failed for 18 years to strike upon a foster family willing to breed Victoria.
It was hard task to harmonize the uneasy aggressive and troublemaker girl with the careless, loveless and cruel fosters .
At the age of 10 she found Elizabeth – a foster mother who loved her and met all of her physical and psychological needs, but the court took Victoria away from her when the kid lit a fire in Elizabeth’s vineyard .
At her 18th birthday , Victoria got the last chance to have a shelter . She was moved into a transition house and given a three months-last chance to find a job and rent a room , by the time limit she was evicted , so she moved to live in the forest _ dipped with her fears and hunger , as she had effortlessly planned.
Homeless and jobless Victoria met Renata – a Russian florist – who was astonished by Victoria’s knowledge about flowers and her talent in creating mesmerizing bouquets . Voctoria was hired at Renata’s store , her job had drawn an unforgettable vivid portrait of Victoria , the sensitive lady whose gift for flowers had helped her change the life of others . Victoria’s flowers were more creative than usual , they were able to deliver romantic messages and convey lovers’ feelings . Her flowers helped everybody but not our protagonist! . She was trapped in her troubled past. Her mistrust , reserve and the relapses of the past, all made her a problem in making and keeping relationships . Even when she met Grant -the mysterious flower vendor, who gave her what she really missed in her life , she couldn’t give in and she left him silently .
She started her own wedding flowers business ,based on what she had learnt from Grant , Renata and Elizabeth , the three people she let them down .
she was self-centered but sincere at the same time. She was taking everyone’s support , sacrifice , and help. but on the other hand She was living in grief , blaming herself all the time , she knew from the heart of hearts that she was wrong , but she failed to devote herself to anybody, not even to her newborn .
But after all the novel ended happily & romantically , it was a little dreamy and unbelievable .
This novel is a roller coaster ride of regret and disappointment combined with grief and solitude.
It come up the question : Could we somehow be driven by both regret and selfishness at the same time ?!

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09/07/2012 page 20
09/08/2012 page 54
17.0% "The safety of emptiness and loneliness" 4 comments
09/13/2012 page 120
38.0% "Here you are , obsessed with a romantic language- a language invented for expression between lovers- and you use it to spread animosity ." 1 comment
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message 1: by Amjad (new)

Amjad Sabbagh it was doubled:)

message 2: by Fotooh (last edited Sep 19, 2012 04:50AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fotooh Jarkas yep doc , thanks for notifying me of that :)

message 3: by Amjad (new)

Amjad Sabbagh Fotooh wrote: "yep doc , thanks for notifying me of that ;)"


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