By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
2012 Finalist in Women’s Fiction genre; Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), The Reading List
2011 Winner of School Library Journal's Adult Books 4 Teens
Victoria Jones is finally free of the foster-care system in which she had spent her childhood. She has just turned eighteen and wants to be alone, having developed a deep mistrust of society. However Victoria has an intrinsic desire to help people and finds herself using what she knows about hidden meanings of flowers to do it. Applying this knowledge, taught to her by a much loved foster mother, Victoria discovers self-worth that may allow her to trust and love. But she’ll have to decide if it’s all worth the risk by facing a secret in her past.
With her lyrical, moving narrative style, Vanessa Diffenbaugh writes from the first person perspective of Victoria. She faces the details of Victoria’s perceptions and truth with a raw tone that manages to also be sensitive and beautiful.
A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby with foreword by Vanessa Diffenaugh