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Blomstenes hemmelige språk ➾ [Download] ➾ Blomstenes hemmelige språk By Vanessa Diffenbaugh ➳ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled pastThe Victorian Blomstenes hemmelige Kindle - 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 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 meaningsNow 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 she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them But a mysterious vendor at the flower market 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.


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  1. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    The elegantly worded The Language of Flowers made me invest quite a lot during the first chapters, but gambled all my affection away later on I will try to explain how this unceremonious drop around the middle of the story came to pass after introducing Victoria to you There is nothing victorious about Victoria apart from the fact that she survived to see her eighteen s birthday Even social worker Meredith sees her only as a failure she personally doesn t deserve A dark blotch on her white s The elegantly worded The Language of Flowers made me invest quite a lot during the first chapters, but gambled all my affection away later on I will try to explain how this unceremonious drop around the middle of the story came to pass after introducing Victoria to you There is nothing victorious about Victoria apart from the fact that she survived to see her eighteen s birthday Even social worker Meredith sees her only as a failure she personally doesn t deserve A dark blotch on her white sheet of professional accomplishments For Victoria has been a foundling baby, abandoned at an age that usually makes finding families willing to adopt an easy task But somehow Victoria left and was made to leave foster family after foster family, fought in between for affection, food and physical integrity among cruel or indifferent caretakers and fellow foster kids as emotionally messed up and adapted to the loveless situations of their short lives as herself, botched up her last and only chance at a permanent solution at the age of eleven, drove Meredith crazy for the remaining seven years by countless court trials and group home fights and now, on her eighteen s birthday, the day the State of California finally rids itself from the responsibily of its parentless ward s well being, she does not react as frightened and subdued as Meredith wished her to On the contrary She does not use her final three months time in the transition home to hunt for a job and find a room She spends her days stealing flowers from communal flower beds and people s gardens to plant them in milk cartons, unconcerned about flooding and molding the carpet On the day of her eviction into unassisted adulthood Victoria takes her flowers and moves into the concealed shrubbery of the town s recreactional area Hunger and cold do not drive her into wanting to change her homeless lifestyle, but fear of physical abuse does, when drunk men invade her fragile sanctuary at night Though paperless she persuades an overworked Russian florist Renata to take her on as a weekend assistant by demonstrationg her astonishing knowledge about flowers and her extraordinary skill at creating bouquets So far so good.Now you would think you will see the friendship between Victoria and her new boss grow and grow and grow, some relapses to occur, love to enter her life in small, hesitant steps Yes, I agree, that would maybe mean walking the edge of tear jerker like soppy, drenched in the sickly smell of forget me nots and red roses But I did not expect the story to rely so heavily on flashbacks to Victoria s time on Elizabeth s vine yard which triggered her all consuming obsession about the meaning each decorative plant used to have in European culture that climax in revealing the outrageous reason for the planned adoption to go amiss view spoiler Her actions made me really irrevocably hate Elizabeth That was inexcusable to do to someone who felt loved and wanted for the very first time hide spoiler and for Victoria to go finally and understandably feral My initially strong connection to Victoria slowly began to unravel, when she starts to get to know date Grant, a young flower farm owner she fleetingly knows from her childhood I understood her reserve, her mistrust, her outstretched feelers But I resented her self centered, cat and mouse style behavior view spoiler and it really failed me how she first sleeps under Grant s kitchen table to protect herself from him and has him sleep outside the house while she locks all doors, but suddenly decides to let him use her body without really wanting him and without spending even half a thought on contraception There must have been dozens of pregnant or infected girls in the foster homes to observe hide spoiler A friend of mine said Diffenbaugh s style reminded him a lot of the novels by Sarah Addison Allen I do understand, because the works of both contain dark pasts and the woven in magic of fruits or flowers or gardens My association goes into a different direction, though The heroine Victoria and her actions reminded me the most of is Carly from Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar If you liked the romance in that novel, you might enjoy Victoria s and Grant s love story as well The last thread between Victoria and me was torn when she declines everyone s help view spoiler during her pregnancy and especially after the birth of her daughter hide spoiler , but selfishly makes the persons around her maintain, support, sacrifice, worry, plan and work for her eventhan if she had accepted being advised and assisted right in the beginning Why does she stop working view spoiler Why does she move back into the forest during her pregnancy, depriving her unborn kid of warmth, vitamins and proper nourishment needed to thrive inside her womb hide spoiler She could have managed And why does she start her own and illegal wedding flowers business a bitter competition to her boss business when she could have just asked Renata to integrate her unique service into her shop s palette for agenerous salary Since she was still using Renata s wholesale card to buy the flowers she needed, Renata could have easily done her in by simply reporting her to the authorities view spoiler Plus, I hated the exclusiveness, that garantees her only successful mouth to mouth propaganda She decides only to carter to couples who look like they will stay together, which later could be attributed to Victoria s choice of flowery accessories The bouquets themselves are prepared by homeless girls, because only the flowers happiness inducing magic will be important for the wedding How the bridal centerpiece looked and smelled and lasted, is of no concern whatsoever A highly unlikely concept in my opinion I, personally, would never, ever use Victoria s Message service If I wanted, I could look up any flower s meaning by myself and I would not pay attrocious prices to have clumsily gathered mosses and leaves on my dinner table hide spoiler I need to stress that I actually have thought maybe it s me, maybe I have just not enough stomach lining and empathy for the broken mind of someone with a devastating childhood The author information at the end of the book mentions that Vanessa Diffenbaugh has personal first hand experience with raising foster kids Apparently she gave home to one orAfter reading the book I do not question that at all But when I compare my reading experience of The Language of Flowers to that of other stories featuring difficult or hard to like main characters, I am sure that a truely skillful author can make me feel and ache and root for anyprotagonist, no matter how strange or evil I have just finished reading Froi of the Exiles yes, it is Fantasy, I know Fact is, when I was reading the volume preceeding it, I would have never guessed Melina Marchetta would get me to like him Now I love him fiercely Maybe his personal growth is fantastical, unrealistic, but maybe it is simply magic The kind of magic only the best authors can evoke in a reader s mind Because of that believe I do not feel any reservations to rate the second half of this book only with two stars in contrast to my four star expectation in the beginning.Completely off track, but on my mind If you like flower shop based plots, you might perhaps enjoy the Japanese movie Oto na ri It is about a lonely thirty something florist and a celebrity photographer, who dreams of shooting Canadian landscapes, living wall to wall in an apartment building without meeting each other It is sad and funny and bittersweet I loved it.A lot of thanks go to Netgalley and to the publisher, Random House, for giving me access to an electronic review copy in exchange for this honest review


  2. kari kari says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Too much folding He folded himself into a chair She folded her feet beneath her He folded over in exhaustion placing his head on the table She folded over in pain She folded herself underneath the bush How about He sat in a chair She pulled her feet beneath her He slumped over in exhaustion She bent over in pain She curled herself underneath the bush Really, another verb is needed here and fold ed was most overused Yes, I am nitpicking, but since I was bothered enough to comment, Too much folding He folded himself into a chair She folded her feet beneath her He folded over in exhaustion placing his head on the table She folded over in pain She folded herself underneath the bush How about He sat in a chair She pulled her feet beneath her He slumped over in exhaustion She bent over in pain She curled herself underneath the bush Really, another verb is needed here and fold ed was most overused Yes, I am nitpicking, but since I was bothered enough to comment, the overuse of it was noticeable and bothersome Synopsis Foster child ages out of the system, plants a garden in a city park, sleeps under a bush.Meets a florist who gives her a job, meets a man, rents a tiny blue room.Gets pregnant, runs away to sleep under the bush.Has baby, runs away to sleep under the bush.Give baby away.Happy ending.The problems I have with this are that there isn t any reason for any of the people who help this girl to want to help her She snarls and sulks and is so hard and distant that I was left wondering why any of these people wanted to be around her let alone assist her No one knows her sad bitter hostile history and she isn t talking so why should they feel anything for her It didn t appear that under all her anger that there was a gentle caring person She seemsthat if you scratched the surface, first of all, you d definitely get scratched back, but that under that tough exterior, you d find something even harder andunyielding Can t say that I liked Victoria much So can you enjoy a book when you don t really like the protagonist I find it can be difficult, but in the hands of a crafted writer, you can still enjoy the story I didn t find that to be true here For me, the story would have been better told in third person I think some distance between Victoria s mean thought process and the reader would have helped I didn t much like being in this misanthropic head and I didn t get any idea of anyone else s motivation for caring for her Why did Renata hire her Yes, she s a magical flower genius, but why would she want this girl around, glaring at her customers Yes, lots of glaring.And Grant, why is he attracted to her Does he have a thing for mean women More snarling and glaring He seems like a very gentle soul to be that way, didn t understand what he saw in her, other than her ability to send messages by flowers.Victoria s negativity was so over the top She finds out she s pregnant and hates the idea of a baby, but won t get an abortion because the idea that someone else would have control over her body for the time it would take to get the thing out that s how she thinks of it is too horrid for her to think about She is offered medical benefits by her employer, but instead she runs away to live under a bush No, I am most certainly not kidding Having decided to have the baby and afterward figure out what she s going to do with it, she gets no prenatal care, not even bothering so little as to pick up a bottle of prenatal vitamins at the drugstore No, she s too busy hiding under the bush And she spent hours in the library comparing flower meaning dictionaries and countless hours photographing flowers with old time camera which she spends money on the film development even though she has very little money , but didn t bother to read one single book on pregnancy or child care So, again, not that first doctor visit and she knows a midwife, willing and ready to help her, but she doesn t want that either She s going to give birth at home, alone, all by herself, because I have no idea what is wrong with her at this point Many people have shown her that they care about her, that they re willing to help her, but she can t accept it I get that we re supposed to believe that she s so broken she was an abandoned baby who never found a real forever home that she sees herself as unworthy of anyone s concern, but how it came off to this reader is that she s too selfish and stubborn to do what s right This is when my connection to her broke down completely.Also, after hiding in the bush, she comes back, continuing to hide while also building herself an amazing floral designing business Uh huh I believe my suspension of disbelief was at the breaking point by this time.Well, what a surprise, she isn t able to have the baby all by herself so she gets help and after a week during which she doesn t bother to even name the child , she gives it away not for adoption , even though she could have asked for help, could have at the very least told someone when that person is there, in the room with her, asking her how she s doing, that she wasn t doing well But no, she cannot do that I have no idea why And no one, not one single person, asks her where her child went Not one Did she bury it in her garden in the park Toss it in the ocean Where is it I know this is fiction, but that can t excuse complete disregard for life as it is or common sense It s based in the real world If a woman had a child she didn t want and that child disappeared a week later, that woman is going to be getting a serious visit from the police Yet, she comes back without the child, glares all round, states that she won t talk about it and they all accept it Really REALLY I can t recommend this one Too irritating in style, characterization and unlikely plot


  3. Anne OK Anne OK says:

    Can t remember when I ve read and enjoyed a story as much as Victoria s She stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love herwith each page There were times when I wanted to shake her and yell at her to wake up and get a grip Just when I thought she wouldn t, she did just that Amazing story of survival, love, and strength The flowers add so much depth and feelings to this story that I was enthralled by it all Just an amazing and wonderfully well written book wi Can t remember when I ve read and enjoyed a story as much as Victoria s She stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love herwith each page There were times when I wanted to shake her and yell at her to wake up and get a grip Just when I thought she wouldn t, she did just that Amazing story of survival, love, and strength The flowers add so much depth and feelings to this story that I was enthralled by it all Just an amazing and wonderfully well written book with a full bouquet of heart touching moments to remember and treasure


  4. Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    5 stunning stars This book was even better than I had hoped for and I had high hopes I have had this book on my shelf for years and have read countless raving reviews To be honest, I was worried this might end up being one of the many over hyped books I ve been reading lately It is not It fully lived up to the hype andExquisitely beautiful writing Heart wrenching storyline Endearing and unforgettable characters This was done to perfection.Victoria is a young woman who grew up in 5 stunning stars This book was even better than I had hoped for and I had high hopes I have had this book on my shelf for years and have read countless raving reviews To be honest, I was worried this might end up being one of the many over hyped books I ve been reading lately It is not It fully lived up to the hype andExquisitely beautiful writing Heart wrenching storyline Endearing and unforgettable characters This was done to perfection.Victoria is a young woman who grew up in foster care system Emotionally damaged by the back and forth between numerous foster homes and group homes, she is unable to maintain healthy relationships She constantly chooses self destructing behaviour and pushes herself away from those who care Her one true connection is to the language of flowers which is how she makes her mark in the world Each plant and flower holds a true meaning and when placed skillfully and precisely in an arrangement, conveys deep meaning.I adored Victoria She is flawed and insecure, yet strong and set in her ways I had a deep connection with her from the first chapter and whole heartedly enjoyed following her emotional and heart wrenching journey There is a strong theme of motherhood among these pages, specifically mother daughter relationships, that will stay with me a long time The relationships within this novel are complex and emotional I was completely immersed within each of Victoria s relationship, finding myself analyzing each scenario and situation the characters found themselves in Though I did not agree with many of Victoria s personal choices, I was committed to rooting for her to find true happiness and contentment This is a beautiful book that has earned a spot on my Favourites List It is one to be savoured and not rushed through I highly recommend and look forward to readingfrom this very talented author


  5. Diane Diane says:

    Sorry if I post this review twice I somehow lost the one I was writing.This book is the darling of book clubs all over the country but I found it to be insipid and flawed It showed great promise for about the first third Diffenbaugh seemed to show an accurate and heartbreaking portrait of a young girl who is let down by the foster care system She is angry and damaged This was believable and felt very real.The rest of the book didn t make a lot of sense to me This broken young woman is sa Sorry if I post this review twice I somehow lost the one I was writing.This book is the darling of book clubs all over the country but I found it to be insipid and flawed It showed great promise for about the first third Diffenbaugh seemed to show an accurate and heartbreaking portrait of a young girl who is let down by the foster care system She is angry and damaged This was believable and felt very real.The rest of the book didn t make a lot of sense to me This broken young woman is saved and loved by many people as she embarks into her new life as an emancipated adult Why She s dirty and slow to communicate She disappears without explanation She isn t at all loveable.The author has quite a few errors in grammar where was the editing and overuses some verbs I was very tired of characters being startled for instance I also felt that the use of foreshadowing was done with a very heavy hand I didn t need to be clobbered over the head with it A subtle hint would have been enough.This author shows promise but this novel is over rated


  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Language of Flowers, Vanessa DiffenbaughThe Language of Flowers is the debut novel of American author Vanessa Diffenbaugh It was published in 2011 by Ballantine Books The novel follows the fraught life of a Victoria Jones, who by the age of 18, had lived in 32 foster homes, and becomes a flower arranger The novel was inspired by a flower dictionary, a type of Victorian era book which defines what different types of flowers mean.Acacia Hidden loveAlaleh Expressing loveGrapefruit My frow The Language of Flowers, Vanessa DiffenbaughThe Language of Flowers is the debut novel of American author Vanessa Diffenbaugh It was published in 2011 by Ballantine Books The novel follows the fraught life of a Victoria Jones, who by the age of 18, had lived in 32 foster homes, and becomes a flower arranger The novel was inspired by a flower dictionary, a type of Victorian era book which defines what different types of flowers mean.Acacia Hidden loveAlaleh Expressing loveGrapefruit My frown will kill meYarrow Healing for a broken heartViolet Think of meAmin al Dawla s turn CompassionPortulaca Confession of lovePersimmon Bury me in the beauty of natureMoss Motherly loveKhalang AloneSiavoshan s blood you are trappedDarwash I overcame all obstaclesClove Tree I love you and you don t know itWhite clover Think of meDandelion Simple inspiration, loyalty, happiness and honestyCamelia My destiny is not in your handsChrysanthemum The truth is, you are a great friend of mine 2016 1395 396 9786003840157 1397 21 09 04 1399


  7. Linda Linda says:

    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa DiffenbaughI loved this book from the beginning and didn t want it to end I have always had a fascination with knowing the names history of flowers and plants and love finding them in natural surroundings This book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, whose name is similar to the dieffenbachia plant had such a moving story line in telling the story of Victoria, from her abandonment at birth, through childhood abuse, to her orphanage experience The Language of Flowers by Vanessa DiffenbaughI loved this book from the beginning and didn t want it to end I have always had a fascination with knowing the names history of flowers and plants and love finding them in natural surroundings This book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, whose name is similar to the dieffenbachia plant had such a moving story line in telling the story of Victoria, from her abandonment at birth, through childhood abuse, to her orphanage experiences and her difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships Victoria s life is portrayed with a depth of a feeling that pulls the reader into caring about this strange and sometimes difficult young woman The story moves back and forth in time and place within the span of her life which brings greater meaning to why she behaves the way she does with people she meets Victoria reminds me of several young people I have met and worked with over the years They may be prickly but also may produce the most beautiful lives, just as some thorny plants produce soft and beautiful flowers It is a story that can lift you up with expectation and hope, and than then bring you down and make you sad It is a roller coaster ride of resiliency and success combined with sadness and disappointment The idea of pouring over dusty and seldom read book after book in the personal pursuit of creating your own book of flowers and their meanings struck a cord with me What a quiet and resolved drive and passion Victoria kept mentally reconnecting to her childhood to find understanding and meaning in her own life There was a personal relationship with the flowers Victoria worked with and it was evident with all those who became involved in her world The flower you re looking for is clearly the common thistle, which symbolizes misanthropy Misanthropy means hatred or mistrust of humankind Does humankind mean everybody Yes, I thought about this Misanthropy No one had ever described my feelings in single word I received this as an early reviewer copy and appreciate the opportunity to have read this book It is hard to believe that this was a debut novel and Vanessa s own experiences as a foster mother and teacher shine through in this novel For me this was an outstanding selection and I will be recommending this book as a book club read I rate it as a full 5 star book


  8. Jo Jo says:

    I have received many a horrified look when I have told people that I don t like red roses Their expression of horror only got worse when I told them I much preferred yellow roses I was always really confused as to why which flowers I liked would cause such a strong reaction.Then I read this book and found out Translation Time I don t like red roses I don t like love But I love yellow roses But I love infidelity.o.ONow, I m guessing that this wasn t actually the reason why the look I have received many a horrified look when I have told people that I don t like red roses Their expression of horror only got worse when I told them I much preferred yellow roses I was always really confused as to why which flowers I liked would cause such a strong reaction.Then I read this book and found out Translation Time I don t like red roses I don t like love But I love yellow roses But I love infidelity.o.ONow, I m guessing that this wasn t actually the reason why the looked at me in horror becauseum, well, not many people know that flowers have meanings behind them never mind what they were But I still thought it was interesting because red roses are always associated with romance and lurrrve.But anyway, that has nothing to do with this book.Well, it kind of does because it just shows how unique and interesting I found it FYI My other two favourite flowers Orchids and lilies mean refined beauty and majesty respectively, so that s better Anyway, I really really loved this book I wasn t sure at first and that s why I put it off for so long, but once I picked it up I was completely engrossed This book had a great dreamy almost magical realism feel about it And magical realism is my favourite kind of realism I love the characters, even when I hated them, and the writing was just glorious without being too wait for it cough flowery Ms Diffenbaugh s story was perfectly constructed with all these little layers added on and meshed together I think I loved the past chapters marginallythan I liked the present ones, for I adored Elizabeth But then we have Grant oh GrantFor years my message laden flowers had been faithfully ignored, an aspect of my communication style that gave me comfort Passion, connection, disagreement, or rejection None of these was possible in a language that did not elicit a response But the single sprig of mistletoe, if the give did indeed understand its meaning, changed everythingGirly sigh Without spoiling it too much, I really loved the ending Victoria is a flawed character and she is not always likeable AT ALL But I really appreciated the ending that she was given I think I could have gone either way, but Ms Diffenbaugh chose the right one Maybe it s just me, but I like it when books end with the beginning of a new journey This review has kind of been thrown together, I apologise This book deserves better but I thought I d finish off by sending Ms D a little message of the floral kind, about my feelings about this book clears throat Dear Ms Diffenbaugh,I present you with a trilliam to represent modest beauty I was prepared for this book to lose me completely because of high brow, literaryness, and get too tangled up in a vine like metaphor But it didn t It s a very subtle and quiet book and it s wonderful And I present you with some lupine which means imagination because wow, this premise was brilliant I also give you a few yellow roses because, as we know, they could also represent jealousy And I am jealous that I didn t come up with this story grumbles I also present you with a purple rose, because this book had me enchanted I also have this can of tinned pineapple I m sure it counts which meansYou are perfectif you could just give that to Grant for me Thanks.And, nearly done, here is some raspberry Not to make a fruit salad with the pineapple but to represent remorse that it took me so long to read this book but you can eat it if you want And lastly, I present you with a poppy because this book was fantastic I received a copy of this book from the publishers.


  9. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Update 1.99 Kindle special today If any of my friends especially women friends , have missed reading this book.now is a good time to buy it Vanessa, the author, truly wrote a book about something she has direct experience with The Foster Care SystemThe LANGUAGE of flowers Location San Francisco Vanessa went to Standard lived in the Bay Area and is very familiar with the SF Bay Area It s excellent Her first book My favorite book she wrote I started this book today On Valen Update 1.99 Kindle special today If any of my friends especially women friends , have missed reading this book.now is a good time to buy it Vanessa, the author, truly wrote a book about something she has direct experience with The Foster Care SystemThe LANGUAGE of flowers Location San Francisco Vanessa went to Standard lived in the Bay Area and is very familiar with the SF Bay Area It s excellent Her first book My favorite book she wrote I started this book today On Valentines Day.and its already warming my heart I readthan half of it already too hard to put down but now my husband is waiting for us to eat dinner we already exchanged gifts very sweet.I LOVE LOVE LOVE this creative wonderful book I don t want it to end As I said..I LOVE this book everything about it


  10. Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    The Language of Flowers is a mesmerizing, unforgettable hopeful story that beautifully weaves the past and present while exploring abandonment, love and finding what triggers a person to open up to others In the past, we see Victoria s self destructive ways as she grows up in foster homes Now through her connections to flowers, she starts to open up by speaking the language of flowers to help people find some joy through flowers Flowers start to connect Victoria to others as she tries to lear The Language of Flowers is a mesmerizing, unforgettable hopeful story that beautifully weaves the past and present while exploring abandonment, love and finding what triggers a person to open up to others In the past, we see Victoria s self destructive ways as she grows up in foster homes Now through her connections to flowers, she starts to open up by speaking the language of flowers to help people find some joy through flowers Flowers start to connect Victoria to others as she tries to learn to trust herself.The characters are like a beautiful bouquet of flowers and Vanessa Diffenbaugh weaves a moving story here with the bonds between damage Victoria and the characters Each brought some emotional conflict to Victoria while also bringing something heartwarming to the story Victoria stole my heart and, left me heartbroken with her self destructive ways Victoria s foster mother, Elizabeth, warmed my heart with her love, how she always saw the beauty in Victoria and her commitment to her I rooted for each bond between the characters to bloom and fear the storms that threatened them.The ending wrapped up so well and left me with the most satisfying feels Just what I needed right now I highly recommend it.ForTraveling Sisters reviews can be found herehttps travelingsistersbookreviews.com


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10 thoughts on “Blomstenes hemmelige språk

  1. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    The elegantly worded The Language of Flowers made me invest quite a lot during the first chapters, but gambled all my affection away later on I will try to explain how this unceremonious drop around the middle of the story came to pass after introducing Victoria to you There is nothing victorious about Victoria apart from the fact that she survived to see her eighteen s birthday Even social worker Meredith sees her only as a failure she personally doesn t deserve A dark blotch on her white s The elegantly worded The Language of Flowers made me invest quite a lot during the first chapters, but gambled all my affection away later on I will try to explain how this unceremonious drop around the middle of the story came to pass after introducing Victoria to you There is nothing victorious about Victoria apart from the fact that she survived to see her eighteen s birthday Even social worker Meredith sees her only as a failure she personally doesn t deserve A dark blotch on her white sheet of professional accomplishments For Victoria has been a foundling baby, abandoned at an age that usually makes finding families willing to adopt an easy task But somehow Victoria left and was made to leave foster family after foster family, fought in between for affection, food and physical integrity among cruel or indifferent caretakers and fellow foster kids as emotionally messed up and adapted to the loveless situations of their short lives as herself, botched up her last and only chance at a permanent solution at the age of eleven, drove Meredith crazy for the remaining seven years by countless court trials and group home fights and now, on her eighteen s birthday, the day the State of California finally rids itself from the responsibily of its parentless ward s well being, she does not react as frightened and subdued as Meredith wished her to On the contrary She does not use her final three months time in the transition home to hunt for a job and find a room She spends her days stealing flowers from communal flower beds and people s gardens to plant them in milk cartons, unconcerned about flooding and molding the carpet On the day of her eviction into unassisted adulthood Victoria takes her flowers and moves into the concealed shrubbery of the town s recreactional area Hunger and cold do not drive her into wanting to change her homeless lifestyle, but fear of physical abuse does, when drunk men invade her fragile sanctuary at night Though paperless she persuades an overworked Russian florist Renata to take her on as a weekend assistant by demonstrationg her astonishing knowledge about flowers and her extraordinary skill at creating bouquets So far so good.Now you would think you will see the friendship between Victoria and her new boss grow and grow and grow, some relapses to occur, love to enter her life in small, hesitant steps Yes, I agree, that would maybe mean walking the edge of tear jerker like soppy, drenched in the sickly smell of forget me nots and red roses But I did not expect the story to rely so heavily on flashbacks to Victoria s time on Elizabeth s vine yard which triggered her all consuming obsession about the meaning each decorative plant used to have in European culture that climax in revealing the outrageous reason for the planned adoption to go amiss view spoiler Her actions made me really irrevocably hate Elizabeth That was inexcusable to do to someone who felt loved and wanted for the very first time hide spoiler and for Victoria to go finally and understandably feral My initially strong connection to Victoria slowly began to unravel, when she starts to get to know date Grant, a young flower farm owner she fleetingly knows from her childhood I understood her reserve, her mistrust, her outstretched feelers But I resented her self centered, cat and mouse style behavior view spoiler and it really failed me how she first sleeps under Grant s kitchen table to protect herself from him and has him sleep outside the house while she locks all doors, but suddenly decides to let him use her body without really wanting him and without spending even half a thought on contraception There must have been dozens of pregnant or infected girls in the foster homes to observe hide spoiler A friend of mine said Diffenbaugh s style reminded him a lot of the novels by Sarah Addison Allen I do understand, because the works of both contain dark pasts and the woven in magic of fruits or flowers or gardens My association goes into a different direction, though The heroine Victoria and her actions reminded me the most of is Carly from Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar If you liked the romance in that novel, you might enjoy Victoria s and Grant s love story as well The last thread between Victoria and me was torn when she declines everyone s help view spoiler during her pregnancy and especially after the birth of her daughter hide spoiler , but selfishly makes the persons around her maintain, support, sacrifice, worry, plan and work for her eventhan if she had accepted being advised and assisted right in the beginning Why does she stop working view spoiler Why does she move back into the forest during her pregnancy, depriving her unborn kid of warmth, vitamins and proper nourishment needed to thrive inside her womb hide spoiler She could have managed And why does she start her own and illegal wedding flowers business a bitter competition to her boss business when she could have just asked Renata to integrate her unique service into her shop s palette for agenerous salary Since she was still using Renata s wholesale card to buy the flowers she needed, Renata could have easily done her in by simply reporting her to the authorities view spoiler Plus, I hated the exclusiveness, that garantees her only successful mouth to mouth propaganda She decides only to carter to couples who look like they will stay together, which later could be attributed to Victoria s choice of flowery accessories The bouquets themselves are prepared by homeless girls, because only the flowers happiness inducing magic will be important for the wedding How the bridal centerpiece looked and smelled and lasted, is of no concern whatsoever A highly unlikely concept in my opinion I, personally, would never, ever use Victoria s Message service If I wanted, I could look up any flower s meaning by myself and I would not pay attrocious prices to have clumsily gathered mosses and leaves on my dinner table hide spoiler I need to stress that I actually have thought maybe it s me, maybe I have just not enough stomach lining and empathy for the broken mind of someone with a devastating childhood The author information at the end of the book mentions that Vanessa Diffenbaugh has personal first hand experience with raising foster kids Apparently she gave home to one orAfter reading the book I do not question that at all But when I compare my reading experience of The Language of Flowers to that of other stories featuring difficult or hard to like main characters, I am sure that a truely skillful author can make me feel and ache and root for anyprotagonist, no matter how strange or evil I have just finished reading Froi of the Exiles yes, it is Fantasy, I know Fact is, when I was reading the volume preceeding it, I would have never guessed Melina Marchetta would get me to like him Now I love him fiercely Maybe his personal growth is fantastical, unrealistic, but maybe it is simply magic The kind of magic only the best authors can evoke in a reader s mind Because of that believe I do not feel any reservations to rate the second half of this book only with two stars in contrast to my four star expectation in the beginning.Completely off track, but on my mind If you like flower shop based plots, you might perhaps enjoy the Japanese movie Oto na ri It is about a lonely thirty something florist and a celebrity photographer, who dreams of shooting Canadian landscapes, living wall to wall in an apartment building without meeting each other It is sad and funny and bittersweet I loved it.A lot of thanks go to Netgalley and to the publisher, Random House, for giving me access to an electronic review copy in exchange for this honest review

  2. kari kari says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Too much folding He folded himself into a chair She folded her feet beneath her He folded over in exhaustion placing his head on the table She folded over in pain She folded herself underneath the bush How about He sat in a chair She pulled her feet beneath her He slumped over in exhaustion She bent over in pain She curled herself underneath the bush Really, another verb is needed here and fold ed was most overused Yes, I am nitpicking, but since I was bothered enough to comment, Too much folding He folded himself into a chair She folded her feet beneath her He folded over in exhaustion placing his head on the table She folded over in pain She folded herself underneath the bush How about He sat in a chair She pulled her feet beneath her He slumped over in exhaustion She bent over in pain She curled herself underneath the bush Really, another verb is needed here and fold ed was most overused Yes, I am nitpicking, but since I was bothered enough to comment, the overuse of it was noticeable and bothersome Synopsis Foster child ages out of the system, plants a garden in a city park, sleeps under a bush.Meets a florist who gives her a job, meets a man, rents a tiny blue room.Gets pregnant, runs away to sleep under the bush.Has baby, runs away to sleep under the bush.Give baby away.Happy ending.The problems I have with this are that there isn t any reason for any of the people who help this girl to want to help her She snarls and sulks and is so hard and distant that I was left wondering why any of these people wanted to be around her let alone assist her No one knows her sad bitter hostile history and she isn t talking so why should they feel anything for her It didn t appear that under all her anger that there was a gentle caring person She seemsthat if you scratched the surface, first of all, you d definitely get scratched back, but that under that tough exterior, you d find something even harder andunyielding Can t say that I liked Victoria much So can you enjoy a book when you don t really like the protagonist I find it can be difficult, but in the hands of a crafted writer, you can still enjoy the story I didn t find that to be true here For me, the story would have been better told in third person I think some distance between Victoria s mean thought process and the reader would have helped I didn t much like being in this misanthropic head and I didn t get any idea of anyone else s motivation for caring for her Why did Renata hire her Yes, she s a magical flower genius, but why would she want this girl around, glaring at her customers Yes, lots of glaring.And Grant, why is he attracted to her Does he have a thing for mean women More snarling and glaring He seems like a very gentle soul to be that way, didn t understand what he saw in her, other than her ability to send messages by flowers.Victoria s negativity was so over the top She finds out she s pregnant and hates the idea of a baby, but won t get an abortion because the idea that someone else would have control over her body for the time it would take to get the thing out that s how she thinks of it is too horrid for her to think about She is offered medical benefits by her employer, but instead she runs away to live under a bush No, I am most certainly not kidding Having decided to have the baby and afterward figure out what she s going to do with it, she gets no prenatal care, not even bothering so little as to pick up a bottle of prenatal vitamins at the drugstore No, she s too busy hiding under the bush And she spent hours in the library comparing flower meaning dictionaries and countless hours photographing flowers with old time camera which she spends money on the film development even though she has very little money , but didn t bother to read one single book on pregnancy or child care So, again, not that first doctor visit and she knows a midwife, willing and ready to help her, but she doesn t want that either She s going to give birth at home, alone, all by herself, because I have no idea what is wrong with her at this point Many people have shown her that they care about her, that they re willing to help her, but she can t accept it I get that we re supposed to believe that she s so broken she was an abandoned baby who never found a real forever home that she sees herself as unworthy of anyone s concern, but how it came off to this reader is that she s too selfish and stubborn to do what s right This is when my connection to her broke down completely.Also, after hiding in the bush, she comes back, continuing to hide while also building herself an amazing floral designing business Uh huh I believe my suspension of disbelief was at the breaking point by this time.Well, what a surprise, she isn t able to have the baby all by herself so she gets help and after a week during which she doesn t bother to even name the child , she gives it away not for adoption , even though she could have asked for help, could have at the very least told someone when that person is there, in the room with her, asking her how she s doing, that she wasn t doing well But no, she cannot do that I have no idea why And no one, not one single person, asks her where her child went Not one Did she bury it in her garden in the park Toss it in the ocean Where is it I know this is fiction, but that can t excuse complete disregard for life as it is or common sense It s based in the real world If a woman had a child she didn t want and that child disappeared a week later, that woman is going to be getting a serious visit from the police Yet, she comes back without the child, glares all round, states that she won t talk about it and they all accept it Really REALLY I can t recommend this one Too irritating in style, characterization and unlikely plot

  3. Anne OK Anne OK says:

    Can t remember when I ve read and enjoyed a story as much as Victoria s She stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love herwith each page There were times when I wanted to shake her and yell at her to wake up and get a grip Just when I thought she wouldn t, she did just that Amazing story of survival, love, and strength The flowers add so much depth and feelings to this story that I was enthralled by it all Just an amazing and wonderfully well written book wi Can t remember when I ve read and enjoyed a story as much as Victoria s She stole my heart from the beginning and I only grew to admire and love herwith each page There were times when I wanted to shake her and yell at her to wake up and get a grip Just when I thought she wouldn t, she did just that Amazing story of survival, love, and strength The flowers add so much depth and feelings to this story that I was enthralled by it all Just an amazing and wonderfully well written book with a full bouquet of heart touching moments to remember and treasure

  4. Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    5 stunning stars This book was even better than I had hoped for and I had high hopes I have had this book on my shelf for years and have read countless raving reviews To be honest, I was worried this might end up being one of the many over hyped books I ve been reading lately It is not It fully lived up to the hype andExquisitely beautiful writing Heart wrenching storyline Endearing and unforgettable characters This was done to perfection.Victoria is a young woman who grew up in 5 stunning stars This book was even better than I had hoped for and I had high hopes I have had this book on my shelf for years and have read countless raving reviews To be honest, I was worried this might end up being one of the many over hyped books I ve been reading lately It is not It fully lived up to the hype andExquisitely beautiful writing Heart wrenching storyline Endearing and unforgettable characters This was done to perfection.Victoria is a young woman who grew up in foster care system Emotionally damaged by the back and forth between numerous foster homes and group homes, she is unable to maintain healthy relationships She constantly chooses self destructing behaviour and pushes herself away from those who care Her one true connection is to the language of flowers which is how she makes her mark in the world Each plant and flower holds a true meaning and when placed skillfully and precisely in an arrangement, conveys deep meaning.I adored Victoria She is flawed and insecure, yet strong and set in her ways I had a deep connection with her from the first chapter and whole heartedly enjoyed following her emotional and heart wrenching journey There is a strong theme of motherhood among these pages, specifically mother daughter relationships, that will stay with me a long time The relationships within this novel are complex and emotional I was completely immersed within each of Victoria s relationship, finding myself analyzing each scenario and situation the characters found themselves in Though I did not agree with many of Victoria s personal choices, I was committed to rooting for her to find true happiness and contentment This is a beautiful book that has earned a spot on my Favourites List It is one to be savoured and not rushed through I highly recommend and look forward to readingfrom this very talented author

  5. Diane Diane says:

    Sorry if I post this review twice I somehow lost the one I was writing.This book is the darling of book clubs all over the country but I found it to be insipid and flawed It showed great promise for about the first third Diffenbaugh seemed to show an accurate and heartbreaking portrait of a young girl who is let down by the foster care system She is angry and damaged This was believable and felt very real.The rest of the book didn t make a lot of sense to me This broken young woman is sa Sorry if I post this review twice I somehow lost the one I was writing.This book is the darling of book clubs all over the country but I found it to be insipid and flawed It showed great promise for about the first third Diffenbaugh seemed to show an accurate and heartbreaking portrait of a young girl who is let down by the foster care system She is angry and damaged This was believable and felt very real.The rest of the book didn t make a lot of sense to me This broken young woman is saved and loved by many people as she embarks into her new life as an emancipated adult Why She s dirty and slow to communicate She disappears without explanation She isn t at all loveable.The author has quite a few errors in grammar where was the editing and overuses some verbs I was very tired of characters being startled for instance I also felt that the use of foreshadowing was done with a very heavy hand I didn t need to be clobbered over the head with it A subtle hint would have been enough.This author shows promise but this novel is over rated

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Language of Flowers, Vanessa DiffenbaughThe Language of Flowers is the debut novel of American author Vanessa Diffenbaugh It was published in 2011 by Ballantine Books The novel follows the fraught life of a Victoria Jones, who by the age of 18, had lived in 32 foster homes, and becomes a flower arranger The novel was inspired by a flower dictionary, a type of Victorian era book which defines what different types of flowers mean.Acacia Hidden loveAlaleh Expressing loveGrapefruit My frow The Language of Flowers, Vanessa DiffenbaughThe Language of Flowers is the debut novel of American author Vanessa Diffenbaugh It was published in 2011 by Ballantine Books The novel follows the fraught life of a Victoria Jones, who by the age of 18, had lived in 32 foster homes, and becomes a flower arranger The novel was inspired by a flower dictionary, a type of Victorian era book which defines what different types of flowers mean.Acacia Hidden loveAlaleh Expressing loveGrapefruit My frown will kill meYarrow Healing for a broken heartViolet Think of meAmin al Dawla s turn CompassionPortulaca Confession of lovePersimmon Bury me in the beauty of natureMoss Motherly loveKhalang AloneSiavoshan s blood you are trappedDarwash I overcame all obstaclesClove Tree I love you and you don t know itWhite clover Think of meDandelion Simple inspiration, loyalty, happiness and honestyCamelia My destiny is not in your handsChrysanthemum The truth is, you are a great friend of mine 2016 1395 396 9786003840157 1397 21 09 04 1399

  7. Linda Linda says:

    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa DiffenbaughI loved this book from the beginning and didn t want it to end I have always had a fascination with knowing the names history of flowers and plants and love finding them in natural surroundings This book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, whose name is similar to the dieffenbachia plant had such a moving story line in telling the story of Victoria, from her abandonment at birth, through childhood abuse, to her orphanage experience The Language of Flowers by Vanessa DiffenbaughI loved this book from the beginning and didn t want it to end I have always had a fascination with knowing the names history of flowers and plants and love finding them in natural surroundings This book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, whose name is similar to the dieffenbachia plant had such a moving story line in telling the story of Victoria, from her abandonment at birth, through childhood abuse, to her orphanage experiences and her difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships Victoria s life is portrayed with a depth of a feeling that pulls the reader into caring about this strange and sometimes difficult young woman The story moves back and forth in time and place within the span of her life which brings greater meaning to why she behaves the way she does with people she meets Victoria reminds me of several young people I have met and worked with over the years They may be prickly but also may produce the most beautiful lives, just as some thorny plants produce soft and beautiful flowers It is a story that can lift you up with expectation and hope, and than then bring you down and make you sad It is a roller coaster ride of resiliency and success combined with sadness and disappointment The idea of pouring over dusty and seldom read book after book in the personal pursuit of creating your own book of flowers and their meanings struck a cord with me What a quiet and resolved drive and passion Victoria kept mentally reconnecting to her childhood to find understanding and meaning in her own life There was a personal relationship with the flowers Victoria worked with and it was evident with all those who became involved in her world The flower you re looking for is clearly the common thistle, which symbolizes misanthropy Misanthropy means hatred or mistrust of humankind Does humankind mean everybody Yes, I thought about this Misanthropy No one had ever described my feelings in single word I received this as an early reviewer copy and appreciate the opportunity to have read this book It is hard to believe that this was a debut novel and Vanessa s own experiences as a foster mother and teacher shine through in this novel For me this was an outstanding selection and I will be recommending this book as a book club read I rate it as a full 5 star book

  8. Jo Jo says:

    I have received many a horrified look when I have told people that I don t like red roses Their expression of horror only got worse when I told them I much preferred yellow roses I was always really confused as to why which flowers I liked would cause such a strong reaction.Then I read this book and found out Translation Time I don t like red roses I don t like love But I love yellow roses But I love infidelity.o.ONow, I m guessing that this wasn t actually the reason why the look I have received many a horrified look when I have told people that I don t like red roses Their expression of horror only got worse when I told them I much preferred yellow roses I was always really confused as to why which flowers I liked would cause such a strong reaction.Then I read this book and found out Translation Time I don t like red roses I don t like love But I love yellow roses But I love infidelity.o.ONow, I m guessing that this wasn t actually the reason why the looked at me in horror becauseum, well, not many people know that flowers have meanings behind them never mind what they were But I still thought it was interesting because red roses are always associated with romance and lurrrve.But anyway, that has nothing to do with this book.Well, it kind of does because it just shows how unique and interesting I found it FYI My other two favourite flowers Orchids and lilies mean refined beauty and majesty respectively, so that s better Anyway, I really really loved this book I wasn t sure at first and that s why I put it off for so long, but once I picked it up I was completely engrossed This book had a great dreamy almost magical realism feel about it And magical realism is my favourite kind of realism I love the characters, even when I hated them, and the writing was just glorious without being too wait for it cough flowery Ms Diffenbaugh s story was perfectly constructed with all these little layers added on and meshed together I think I loved the past chapters marginallythan I liked the present ones, for I adored Elizabeth But then we have Grant oh GrantFor years my message laden flowers had been faithfully ignored, an aspect of my communication style that gave me comfort Passion, connection, disagreement, or rejection None of these was possible in a language that did not elicit a response But the single sprig of mistletoe, if the give did indeed understand its meaning, changed everythingGirly sigh Without spoiling it too much, I really loved the ending Victoria is a flawed character and she is not always likeable AT ALL But I really appreciated the ending that she was given I think I could have gone either way, but Ms Diffenbaugh chose the right one Maybe it s just me, but I like it when books end with the beginning of a new journey This review has kind of been thrown together, I apologise This book deserves better but I thought I d finish off by sending Ms D a little message of the floral kind, about my feelings about this book clears throat Dear Ms Diffenbaugh,I present you with a trilliam to represent modest beauty I was prepared for this book to lose me completely because of high brow, literaryness, and get too tangled up in a vine like metaphor But it didn t It s a very subtle and quiet book and it s wonderful And I present you with some lupine which means imagination because wow, this premise was brilliant I also give you a few yellow roses because, as we know, they could also represent jealousy And I am jealous that I didn t come up with this story grumbles I also present you with a purple rose, because this book had me enchanted I also have this can of tinned pineapple I m sure it counts which meansYou are perfectif you could just give that to Grant for me Thanks.And, nearly done, here is some raspberry Not to make a fruit salad with the pineapple but to represent remorse that it took me so long to read this book but you can eat it if you want And lastly, I present you with a poppy because this book was fantastic I received a copy of this book from the publishers.

  9. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Update 1.99 Kindle special today If any of my friends especially women friends , have missed reading this book.now is a good time to buy it Vanessa, the author, truly wrote a book about something she has direct experience with The Foster Care SystemThe LANGUAGE of flowers Location San Francisco Vanessa went to Standard lived in the Bay Area and is very familiar with the SF Bay Area It s excellent Her first book My favorite book she wrote I started this book today On Valen Update 1.99 Kindle special today If any of my friends especially women friends , have missed reading this book.now is a good time to buy it Vanessa, the author, truly wrote a book about something she has direct experience with The Foster Care SystemThe LANGUAGE of flowers Location San Francisco Vanessa went to Standard lived in the Bay Area and is very familiar with the SF Bay Area It s excellent Her first book My favorite book she wrote I started this book today On Valentines Day.and its already warming my heart I readthan half of it already too hard to put down but now my husband is waiting for us to eat dinner we already exchanged gifts very sweet.I LOVE LOVE LOVE this creative wonderful book I don t want it to end As I said..I LOVE this book everything about it

  10. Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    The Language of Flowers is a mesmerizing, unforgettable hopeful story that beautifully weaves the past and present while exploring abandonment, love and finding what triggers a person to open up to others In the past, we see Victoria s self destructive ways as she grows up in foster homes Now through her connections to flowers, she starts to open up by speaking the language of flowers to help people find some joy through flowers Flowers start to connect Victoria to others as she tries to lear The Language of Flowers is a mesmerizing, unforgettable hopeful story that beautifully weaves the past and present while exploring abandonment, love and finding what triggers a person to open up to others In the past, we see Victoria s self destructive ways as she grows up in foster homes Now through her connections to flowers, she starts to open up by speaking the language of flowers to help people find some joy through flowers Flowers start to connect Victoria to others as she tries to learn to trust herself.The characters are like a beautiful bouquet of flowers and Vanessa Diffenbaugh weaves a moving story here with the bonds between damage Victoria and the characters Each brought some emotional conflict to Victoria while also bringing something heartwarming to the story Victoria stole my heart and, left me heartbroken with her self destructive ways Victoria s foster mother, Elizabeth, warmed my heart with her love, how she always saw the beauty in Victoria and her commitment to her I rooted for each bond between the characters to bloom and fear the storms that threatened them.The ending wrapped up so well and left me with the most satisfying feels Just what I needed right now I highly recommend it.ForTraveling Sisters reviews can be found herehttps travelingsistersbookreviews.com

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