Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:00pm
The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Victoria Jones has spent her entire life in and out of foster homes – three dozen in total. On her 18th birthday she finds herself emancipated from the care of the State of California with nowhere to go, and no one to turn to. Homeless, helpless, and never more alone Victoria secures work with a florist and is reminded of Elizabeth, the one foster parent who connected with Victoria and shared her love of flowers. Attempting to overcome her bouts of self-destructive behavior, Victoria discovers a personal way of communicating using the Victorian language of flowers. Understanding the meaning of flowers (Daisy = innocence, Lily = beauty) helps Victoria find ways of communicating and expressing herself with a new friend, Grant, who also just happens to know a thing or two about flowers. Fans of first time authors will find a charmer in Diffenbaugh’s debut.