This months book club was a very rowdy, talkative event. We had so much to catch up on that I think the book was discussed for a nano second! It was too bad, because I would have really liked to have given the book a little more attention than we did. For July we read The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
As the title portrays, the story is about Victoria Jones, the main character, who conveys her messages, thoughts and feelings through the meaning of flowers. The book starts when an eighteen year old Victoria, emancipated from Foster Care, starts living on her own. She has no family, home, job or money and her only true interest and passion is for flowers and plants. She finds a secluded spot in a local park and creates her own garden from flowers and plants she steals from around the city. She lives in the park, nurturing her garden and stealing food to survive. After a scary night of drunks crashing near her makeshift home she gets the courage to go to a local florist and look for work. Victoria is so competent and knowledgeable about flowers that she becomes a important part of the florists business, creating bouquets with each flower representing a word or special meaning for the customer. Many bring love, caring, and happiness to the recipient. While Victoria creates these arrangements of love, she herself is struggling to forgive, forget, survive and open her heart to love. I really enjoyed it and suggest you pick up a copy.