We first meet Victoria Jones on her 18th birthday, the day that she was to be emancipated from the foster care system, free to live on her own for the first time. Her entire life she had lived in one foster home after another. The only consistent presence in her life was Meredith Combs, the social worker assigned to her case who refused to give up on her.
At age 9 Victoria was given one more chance and went to live with Elizabeth a women who truly understood her and was willing to do whatever was necessary to make their new arrangement work. Victoria grew to love and trust Elizabeth and through Elizabeth learned about the Victorian Language of flowers. She finally had a chance for happiness but managed to sabotage even this relationship, something that would haunt her for years to come.
This moving story alternates back and worth between the past and the present. Victoria struggles to over come her past, never forgetting Elizabeth and what she had taught her about flowers.
Aloe (Aloe vera)….. grief
Baby’s breath (Gypsoplila paniculata)……everlasting love
Haxel (Corylus)….. reconciliation
The Language of Flowers is about grief, love, reconciliation, trust, guilt and so much more. My heart ached for Victoria, and I was not willing to give up on her either as she struggled to make a life for herself. Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a foster care mother herself, does an amazing job of portraying the mindset of a child failed by the system. I could not put this book down. The Language of Flowers will be in book stores August 23rd.