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March 20, 2016

The Language of Flowers



The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Fiction
2011 Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read by Tara Sands
Finished on November 4, 2015
Rating: 3/5 (So-so)




Publisher’s Blurb:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating 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 with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning 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.

The Language of Flowers has been extremely popular with readers and book clubs, so I decided to wait a while and let all the hype die down a bit before reading it myself. I wound up listening to the audio, which was ok, but I don't know what all the excitement was about. I didn't think it was anything special and wonder why so many readers loved it. It held my interest, but it didn't wow me. It’s been four months since I finished and if pressed, I wouldn’t be able to tell you a single fact about the story. Not a one!

Final Thoughts:

Meh. Maybe it was better in print.

10 comments:

  1. I've looked at this one a lot based on all of those great reviews. Glad I held off. It does so often seem like bookclub favorites aren't necessarily the best reads.

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    1. Lisa, I find this true of a lot of book club favorites, as well award winners.

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  2. I wonder if it was better in print because I loved it. Sorry it didn't work for you.

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    1. Kathy, I think that's probably the case. I love audios, but I really need to stop listening if I'm not impressed with the narrative, whether it's the reader or the content. I think I've missed out on some good books because I've stuck with the audios.

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  3. It's been on my wish list for ages. If I ever get to it, I'll make sure it's in print.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea, JoAnn!

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  4. I have this on my TBR in print format. Good thing by the looks if it!

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    1. I'll be eager to hear how you like it, Kailana.

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  5. I do like that cover! I think this is one of those books that's probably more of a comfort read?

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    1. I honestly don't know how to respond. I don't remember it feeling like a comfort read. The main character had been through a lot as a young girl and was struggling with her current situation. If you read it, I'll be curious to hear what you think, Iliana.

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