by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A She Reads Selection
~BOOK GIVEAWAY TODAY! SEE BELOW.~
I’m so pleased to share with you one of the best novels of the last year. I read The Language of Flowers in two days, passed it along to friends, and my book club just recently discussed it too — everyone has loved it.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes that she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market inspires her to question what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
This is an amazing book! I encourage you to pick it up. (Available on Amazon)
About the Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children: Tre’von, eighteen; Chela, four; and Miles, three. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.
The Language of Flowers is a selection of the SHE READS book club. If you love to read novels and you like discussing them with other like-minded women, this online book club is for you! Each month, the She Reads book club offers one current title as a featured selection. Readers have vast differences in taste, so diverse genres and authors are chosen, with a total of twelve books per year.
While the She Reads book club is run by Christian women, the books chosen are not necessarily “Christian” books, but they’re from a variety of genres and publishers. The website features a blog that regularly discusses books and authors; discussion forums; author profiles and interviews; and discussion questions you can use in your own book club.
I’m giving away two copies of The Language of Flowers. Leave a comment by Saturday (2/18) at 11:59 pm EST. I’ll randomly select two winners. (Winners must live in the US/Canada.)
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