September 16, 2011

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a Great Choice for Flower Lovers

The Language of Flowers is a delightful story about a young girl finding her way in a world with odds stacked against her. Victoria spends her days causing trouble in school (which she doesn't like) moves from foster home to foster home and never lives somewhere long enough to make roots. The book is about Victoria finding her way, figuring out how to support herself, finding family and putting down roots through the flowers!
Vanessa Diffenbaugh's book is for you if you are a florist, gardener, foster parent, adopted child, or child in a foster home. If you are out of work or looking for your calling in life, this book could help you find direction.

As a floral photographer, I really enjoyed this book and its information about the meaning of flowers. It also talked about the contradictory meanings, which was helpful too. My favorite part was when Victoria learned how to photograph flowers. This discussion was interesting and factual. And, in the middle of the summer, Victoria is searching for a blooming Cherry tree. That made me chuckle and roll my eyes. I'd love to find blooming cherry trees year-round. But then the photographs and beautiful trees wouldn't mean so much.
Cherry for Victoria
In its heart, the book is also a wonderful love story of Victoria and Grant. And, too, a sweet picture of a mother's love and the hard part about having a new baby. I'm not sure how Vanessa Diffenbaugh pulled all this together neatly in one story, but nothing seems forced. There is much to learn here in this work of fiction. And, a few tears to shed as well. There was one part of the book... that was especially surprising to me. You will know after  you listen to CD #9.

I listened to this book, but will purchase a copy to highlight and reread. The meanings will be perfect photography titles.

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