Tuesday, June 26, 2012

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The Language of Flowers’ main character, Victoria is on her own after turning 18 after a life of being shifted through the foster-care system. With nowhere to go, she finds herself alone on the streets of San Francisco, and she turns to what she knows best – the comfort of flowers.

Here is the book blurb:

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.



Not only is Vanessa Diffenbaugh a talented author, but she has done amazing work in the foster care system. She has founded the Camellia Network, whose mission is to create a nationwide movement to support foster youth transitioning into the world. Basically that means helping those who reach the age of 18 transition into adulthood once they leave the foster care system. For more information on the Camellia Network, you can go visit www.camellianetwork.org.

The Language of Flowers has been optioned for the big screen and this is one I can absolutely envision on the big screen. Everything about it screams MOVIE! MOVIE! MOVIE! A big mystery for me is that I’m really curious as to what kind of flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh had in her wedding bouquet!

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89 comments:

Tobi Helton said...

I LOVE Gerber Daisies! My bridesmaids carried them 7 years ago because I love them! They come in so many colors and are beautiful and simple!
tobihelton at gmail dot com

Carie Casey said...

Stargazer lilies. They are so beautiful but they stink.

Carie

Margie said...

I love daffodils. They mean spring is coming. Love the color!
Margie T

absolutahnie said...

calla lilies because they're beautiful, dramatic and make a statement!

ncsuloges said...

Calla Lilly, they are just so elegant.

Ally said...

Lilies...I love growing them!

Bev V said...

Roses, especially red ones. Not sure exactly why, but they smell wonderful and they are the epitome of beauty.

Megan said...

Big bountiful peonies!
Eloisepeaches

Carly said...

I'd pick Morning Glories. They are easy to maintain and beautiful. I've had vibrant blues, purples, and white with pink accents.

Carly H

Emma S. said...

I can't pick just one. So my favorites are calla lilies and orchids. I have an orchid tattooed on my foot.

Carol5814 said...

I love tulips. And I loved "the Language of Flowers" so much. So I'm entering for the grand drawing, but not this book since I already own it. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Lilies are really pretty and I also love cherry blossoms, even though they're only around for a short time.

Melissa A from CLC

jdstec said...

peonies and dahlias. I just think they are beautiful.

CAnative said...

Since I was a child I've loved pansies because they always look like they had smiling faces on them. As an adult I really love calla lillies.

Nicole

Mary Jo Burke said...

LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I'm super allergic to flowers, but pink roses are beautiful from a distance.

Bridget said...

Cala Lilies

iambtinrb

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I love tulips! Remind me that winter is over and warm weather is coming!
qweska8402

Alice said...

Any kind of lily, but esecially star gazers. They smell wonderful and they brighten a room.

Krystal said...

I love tulips and gerber dasies! Tulips smell soo pretty and they mean that summer is coming. Gerber dasies are just beautiful! I love that they come in such a variety of colors.
kndyer

Erin G said...

I love daisies - they say cheerful and happy to me!

buttah said...

Chrysanthemums, because they are my birth month flower! But gerber daisies always make my heart light up because they are so dang pretty!

Emily said...

Hydrangeas are my favorite - they remind me of Cape Cod (and relaxation, family time, and ocean...)!

Emily116

Lizett34 said...

My favorite flower is any that are given to me =)! Hahaha.... I do not have a favorite but Carnations are very pretty and always seem to catch my eye.

Sherry said...

Tiger lilies--no idea why I just love them

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

Pink carnations surrounded by baby's breath make me happy!

Melissa said...

My favorite are Gerbera daisies (Gerber daisies)...they're so vibrant and cheery!

-tmd636

Juliet Farmer said...

i love sunflowers because they're so happy looking!

Lindsay said...

Gerber Daisies, they are just bright and sunny, always guaranteed to make you smile!

equinn726 said...

Good questions this week! I love flowers and plants. Among my favorites are Geraniums, Gerbera Daisies and Delphiniums - so pretty!

your invisible pixie said...

I think my favorite is the hibiscus...it always reminds me of Hawaii!

Jonita said...

I love daisies! My wedding bouquet (which I made myself) was made out of white roses and daisies, and my bridesmaids carried daisies :)

Jonita

BrendaL71 said...

I love the look of Tulips but adore the smell the cheapest flower, Carnations.

Anonymous said...

I love lilacs because they are beautiful and are very fragrant.

-Donna W.

Jeffie T said...

Magnolias, they are just so classy.

EBrowning said...

I love Gerbera daisies. They are so bright and cheerful. Just looking at them makes me happy! :)

TinaB said...

I love Hydrangeas! I think I like them so much because my grandmother always had them in her yard.
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Bridget O'Neill said...

I love Gerbera Daisies. They come in so many colors (orange is my favorite), and they are so bright and cheerful!

Denise said...

I love the forget-me-not. I love the name, the daisy-esque center, the combo of blue and yellow.

-Denise F.

Sharn3960 said...

I'd really love to read this book.
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Tiffany Drew said...

I love cherry blossoms! They are just so simple and pretty :)

Crystal said...

Hydrangeas!! They are SO pretty! and one stem looks like a whole bouquet!

crystal717

Sslinsky said...

I'd have to say Marigolds. They're one of the only flowers I haven't killed (and the deer haven't eaten)!

Sarah

Margaret said...

I love lilies. They are so fragrant and just so pretty.

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Corgi Lover said...

Calla lillies. So pretty!!!

Lilian said...

I am waiting for the live chat right now! *excited!*

My favorite flowers are Dahlias, I brought them at a craft fair for my mother a few years back for Mothers Day. Too bad they don't really smell like much.

lilianxchengATgmail.com
Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

Colleen Turner said...

I just love Roses...all colors in a big, bright bunch!
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Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I loved this book and am only entering for the grand prize...Please let someone else read this masterpiece!

My favorite flower--I love the look of sunflowers (was surprised by their meaning of "false riches," but for fragarance my fav are peonies.

Dani In Chicago said...

I like daisies. they're a happy flower.

bluestarbrite said...

Lilly of the Valley. They're my favorite because when I was young, they were planted outside right under my window and I loved how they were little flowers.

Jessica said...

I hate flowers!! But I guess roses are the prettiest ones, I just don't like the smell of any flower.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I have always loved daisies and prefer them over roses. Hubby gets off cheap. I am not really sure why daisies appeal to me, maybe the white and yellow combination and the simplicity of that flower.

Joelle said...

Daisies (not gerber...just plain ole wild daisies). They are so simple, beautiful and free. They have been my favorite from as early as I can remember.

- jobella

Katie said...

Calla Lilies and gerber daisies are my favorites.

Coleen said...

I have two favorite flowers!! The first is Gerber Daisies because that was the first flower my husband bought me and every time I see them I think of him!!! My second favorite flower is Calla Lilies because they are so beautiful and simple!!!

Jen said...

gardenias...for some reason the smell makes me happy :)

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

TaraUB said...

Blue Grape Hyacinth. They remind me of my Grandpa.

betsy_blixt said...

Daisy's. They are bright and always put me in a sunny mood.

Nanette said...

I love Star Gazer Lilies...they smell SO good!! But really...ALL flowers are lovely. It's hard to pick a favorite.

Nan :)

Kristi said...

Lilacs. They smell fantastic. They don't last long enough though.

shoregirl said...

I love sunflowers, they are such happy flowers. They smile.

Kristen said...

Gerber daisies! They're just so happy.

Kristen27

ludy2288 said...

I love pink tulips because they represent spring & fresh beginings.

Marla W. said...

Easy...daisies are my favorite. Their simplicity is their beauty - simple and "innocent" for lack of a better word.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I will be the only person saying this but I don't like flowers. I never have - especially the smell which I know most people love! I don't know why but I have never liked them!
RebeccaE

Anonymous said...

I love tulips. They remind me of spring and new beginnings.

Colbey J

Luvschocolate said...

I love Peonys ,

Terri said...

My favorite is sunflowers. They just seem so happy.

Terri M.

Books & Reviews said...

Gerber Daisies.

A.C. said...

Totally boring, but I love roses. They are beautiful and smell so good! Might have to be Sterling Roses like the ones in Bed of Roses. I loved that movie!

Betsy said...

Hydrangea - 1 flower is a whole bunch!

Kim W. said...

My favorite flower is the gerber daisy. I love, love, love the colors they come in....so bright & vibrant! Had them (and calla lillies) in my wedding!

Leah B said...

A pansy - it was what I always planted with my mom when I was little.

accidentalgypsy said...

I love seeing tulips in the spring!

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I'm not a big flower fan. So I'll say the birds of paradise just because I think they're cool. :)

faithspage said...

Peony, so girly and pretty
kyfaithw at aol dot com

QuenKne said...

Roses & Gardinias (My grandmother's favorite!!)

TinaPow said...

Tulips and lily of the valley

Kristin said...

My favorite are Gerbera Daises. I love them. Second favorite are Calla Lilies.

robynn78 said...

Sweet Peas, remind me of my grandpa, who would grow them for my grandma & lillies of the valley remind me of my grandma,who would grown them for me, both are gone now but I cant wait to grow them when our house is built!

Read Baby Read said...

Peonies! I had them in my wedding, so they bring back the wonderful memory of that day.

Buffy Dee said...

Carnations... my great grandma planted them under the bedroom windows so in the summer the breeze would waft the smell through the house... childhood memories are the BEST!

Amelia said...

purple coneflower - purple is m fav color and I like the look of these flowers

Shellybelly43066 said...

Peach roses.. Wedding flower

Nancye said...

I love tulips!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Kelly said...

I've benn loving hydrangeas lately

keltban said...

Tulips...I think they are just so pretty. And when I see them I know that warm weather is coming!

Kristi said...

Stargazer lilies.... so pretty and they usually last for awhile!

aggiekristi04

Christina said...

I'm not sure...white daisies, lillies and hydrangea.

ChristinaL

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