Today is the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Ciara Knight. The idea is brilliant:
Post about a book you’ve noticed. You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.This is something I have been wanting to do a bit more anyway, but I really love this idea. We were also encouraged to pick one that hadn't been on the NY Times Bestseller List and I tried really hard but couldn't meet this requirement. However, I really haven't heard many people talking about this book, so I'm going to highlight it anyway.
I picked up The Language of Flowers from my library. The title and cover caught my attention but the premise really pulled me in.
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 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 meanings.
Now 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.This book is amazing and beautiful. Diffenbaugh has found a way to simultaneously make a book heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. I ignored life and just read this book. The voice and writing are superb and I just wanted to walk through nurseries and gardens with the book's almanac and make bouquets for everyone in my life.
Have a book you just loved lately? Have you read/hear of The Language of Flowers?